GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Selected Settler Correspondence 1820 - 1837

Whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46 at the National Archives), whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape, here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed. There are many other letters in later files, thought not to be written by eventual settlers. However, if an ancestor is known to have emigrated after the 1820 settlers then it might be worth looking through the rest of the correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically. The relevant files for letters written in 1820 are CO48/52 (A-L) and CO48/53 (M-Y). Later files are labelled "Original Correspondence" followed by the year, and can be found from CO48/56 (1821) to CO48/186 (1837).

Unless otherwise stated letters were written to either the Secretary of State for the Colonies or his deputy. The original correspondence is filed in order of receipt. Here it has been placed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the writer, with letters by the same writer in chronological order, for ease of reading. Original spelling has been maintained. Reference numbers, where given, refer to printed page numbers stamped on the letters and will enable visitors to the National Archives to locate the letter more easily.

NAVY BOARD re Abeona, 1820

National Archives, Kew CO48/52, 154


Navy Office

15th August 1820


In return to your letter of the 10th instant we acquaint you for the information of Earl BATHURST that the persons undermentioned may embark on board the Abeona Transport of 328 tons at Deptford about the 25th instant for passage to the Cape of Good Hope.


John GEORGE late Troop Serjeant Major of the 21st Light Dragoons

Thomas BOTHANS late Farrier Major in Do.

Martha ROONEY, wife of a Serjeant in the Cape Regiment

We are Sir your very humble servants



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