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.

ROBERTS, Thomas Cramer re Thomas BUTLER, 1824

National Archives, Kew, CO48/67, 259

6 Cleveland Row


Dec 10 1824

My Lord,

I beg to address yr Lordship for the purpose of procuring information concerning an individual by the name of Thomas BUTLER, a native of Ireland, formerly a resident in the County of Kildare to about 1820 or 1821, proceeded from there to the Cape of Good Hope with a party of his followers to settle there. Nothing has been heard respecting him for some time past & except the name is mentioned in the returns that I understand are forwarded to yr Lordship from that colony I am deprived of the means of ascertaining whether he is dead or still lives. May I beg the favour of your Lordship's answer

I have the honour to remain

Yr Lordship's obed't humble servant

Thos. Cramer ROBERTS

[Transcriber's Note: Thomas Cramer ROBERTS was a London barrister]

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