21 December 2010
National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 12
No 48 Merchant Street
Bristol 20th July 1819
Understanding that it is the intention of his Majesty's Ministers to send out such persons as may wish to leave their native country, to establish a colony near the Cape of Good Hope, I humbly take the liberty of addressing your Lordship on the subject and humbly hope you will pardon me doing so as I am unacquainted with any other mode by which I can make an application. I have been many years a Clerk In His Majesty's Navy, and was paid off about three months back from H.M.S. Antelope, and can produce certificates from all the Captains I have sailed with of my good conduct. As it is out of my power to obtain a situation on shore that would procure me a livelihood, I humbly take the liberty of offering myself to your Lordship, as a person who would gladly and thankfully embrace the opportunity of going out to the Cape of Good Hope, or any other of His Majesty's Colonies and should feel truly grateful to your Lordship, should you think me worthy of filling any office which may be established in the Colony.
I have the honour to be with the highest respect
Your Lordship's most obedient humble Servant