EVANS, Charles 1835
National Archives, Kew, C)48/164, 96
24th July 1835
Having been driven from my house in Albany, Cape of Good Hope, with great risk of life & loss of property by Caffers, I returned to this Country about two months since after an absence of fifteen years, during which time I had attained to a station of comfort & independence.
This calamity has obliged me to mortgage a small freehold property which I possess in this Country – I left my son fighting against our savage, treacherous enemy with other gallant lads in that Colony – I am now desirous of returning to my former home in Africa and venture to solicit from Your Lordship a passage out in some transport or King's Ship with my Wife, in which priviledge I feel assured will if possible be granted me – Many hundreds of my countrymen less fortunate than myself have been reduced from independence to absolute want & misery & unless something like reparation is made to them the whole district will be thrown back for 50 years & England will lose a good & increasing Custom for her manufacturers.
The missionaries have done much mischief as I believe, with little good – instead of making Christians of the heathens I do not believe they have made one.
The Hottentots are good subjects to the King & generally much attached to the English, of which it is not a slight proof that if any of them come before a jury they invariably reject the Dutchmen as their judges prefer the English Colonists.
I was offered an introduction from Sir Harford JONES-BRYDGES in whose neighbourhood my freehold lies, or I could have had one from mercantile acquaintances.
I am respectfully Your Lordship's most obed't serv't
At Mr. B.D. MEREDITH's, opposite WhiteChappel Church
[Note scrawled across corner by clerk]
25 July. Regret the losses wch he has sustained – [commiserations?] with those Resident in the Eastern District of the Cape but cannot comply with his request nor recommend .. till some official account shall be rec'd from the Governor of the state of the Colony...