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

Correspondence 1821 to 1837.

Here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed, whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46) whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape.

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.

ULYATE, Henry, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 428

2 Clapham Pond Place

Clapham Road

4 Jan'y. 1820


I trust the undermentioned circumstances will plead an excuse for this Application to you requesting a Grant of Land at the intended new settlement in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. I some time back entered into an Engagement with a Gentleman who was going out in Mr WAIT's party the unfortunate failure of whom has prevented his going and in consequence placed me in an unpleasant situation having prepared myself, Wife and 6 children with every requisition and sold my furniture, should I not be successful in this application I should be a very considerable looser which I sincerely hope will not be the case. I possess a small capital of 270£ have a slight knowledge of Agriculture and the manufacturing of Agricultural Instruments. I am quite willing to pay any passage to the Cape by the first conveyance for myself and family should I be so fortunate as to receive from you such Grant and am Sir, with due submission

Your Obt. Servant


PS Your answer at your earliest convenience will be considered an Obligation as by delay I might loose an opportunity of taking my [passage] for a considerable time.

[Note from GOULBURN on reverse]

Was he on Mr WAITs list [clerk's answer: Yes]

Acquaint him that although Mr WAIT does not go the party is understood to proceed under the direction of Mr THORNHILL with whom he is at liberty to embark

12th Jan.

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