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.

FRANCIS, W.D. re Thomas Price ADAMS, 1826

National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 159

Secretary's Office

Auction Mart

Bartholomew lane

17 Jan'y 1826


On the 29th November 1819 Mr. Thomas Price ADAMS with his family, in Mr. BAILIE's party, sailed on board the Chapman for the Cape. He is now living at Mount Adams, Fish River, Albany, South Africa upon a Government grant of land. A son of his, 16 years of age, is awaiting a passage to his father. Will Government grant him that? Or contribute towards the expence? An answer will be esteemed a favour upon, Sir

Your obed't humble serv't


[note across foot]

This cannot be complied with. Lord BATHURST has not felt at liberty to comply with an application which has been lately made to him by a large body of the Cape settlers for transporting their wives & families to the Colony.

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