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.

CRAUSE, Mary Ann 1835

National Archives, Kew CO48/164, 68

Pomeroy Cottage
Pomeroy Street
Old Kent Road
Near Deptford
June 3rd 1835

    I am commissioned by my Brother Lieutenant Charles CRAUSE of the Royal Marines, who has a family of ten children totally unprovided for, and who has requested me to solicit your interest to procure a situation for one of his sons, who is a young man who has been brought up at the Cape with his father and understands Agriculture in all its branches, likewise Surveying of Land, and is well acquainted with the Country and would be of service in any overlooking department where confidence is required. Lieutenant CRAUSE, his father, and two brothers have fought and bled in defence of their King and Country, and trust that their long and faithful services will interest you to commiserate his circumstances and give his son some situation at the Cape where Lieutenant CRAUSE has two brothers now resident and himself has a command on the frontier under Lord Charles SOMERSET. We are given to understand there is a Lieutenant Governor about to be appointed at Algoa Bay, you might be pleased to give him an appointment under the Lieutenant Governor. Relying on your humanity
I remain
Your most obedient serv't


[note written across corner: Answ'd 11 June. Cannot hold out prospect &c]

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