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.

COMBLEY, William, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 160

On Board the Sir G.Osborn

Febr. 10 1820


I will take it as a particular favour to inform me if I am obliged to produce a Certificate of my Marriage to the Wife I have on Board with with me. Captn YOUNG say's I am obligated but I think it wrong to oblige one more than another and nothing of the kind is mentioned in the Instruction's. I am at present accommodating the Passenger's as Surgeon, on their passage to the Cape of Good Hope without emolument. Awaiting an early answer

I remain Sir

Your most Obt. Humble Ser't.


P.S. Myself and Wife are entered in Mr WILSONs party, and should have sailed in the La Belle Alliance had I not been detained, as Surgeon to the Brilliant and since shifted to the Sir G Osborn. Capt. YOUNG's Inducement is on anonimos Letter he has received from an unknown hand. We are now 110 miles from Home.

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