Letters from Robert Godlonton discovered in an English attic are of both historical and lexicographical interest.
They provide a vivid image of the settlers' arrival in southern Africa in 1820 and their struggle to establish a colony.
The find could even lead to an update of the Oxford English Dictionary as the correspondence contains the earliest recorded use of the phrase "here goes".
Mr Godlonton writes: "As I promised when at home to give you a full and particular account, here goes to begin. We arrived..." [Link]