JONES, William re Mrs. WHITE, 1821
National Archives, Kew, CO48/56, 176
[To Richard PENN Esquire]
Army Pay Office
26th January 1821
I beg to return you my sincerest and best thanks for the favour of your obliging letter of the 5th Instant, in answer to my application, in behalf of Mrs WHITE for a passage for herself and children, to the Cape of Good Hope; and would certainly have done so sooner, but I was desirous of being enabled to state to you, at the same time, as required by your letter, the cause of her not having proceeded thither with her Husband: and I am now informed that it was impossible for her to go out then, from the precarious state of her health in consequence of confinement in childbed. I beg leave further to mention that Mrs WHITE has recently received another letter from her husband, expressive of his most anxious hope that she may be so fortunate as to obtain, through assistance of government, a passage for herself and children, and be enabled to join him; he being, at present in timely employment in a public building (a court house) now erecting at Bathurst Town; with every fair prospect of doing well hereafter.
If therefore, under these circumstances it should be in your power to obtain for the poor woman, the assistance of government in providing a passage on board the "Duke of Marlborough" W HOLLET, Commander (a private trader that will sail early in the ensuing month) it would be a still greater favour; as the brother in law of Mrs WHITE & his wife who are mentioned in my former application are going to embark in that vessel; he having made terms with the Captain to work his passage out: And it would afford the greatest comfort the most desirable indeed, to Mrs WHITE to go out in the same ship with such near relations.
Relying on your kind offices in this matter, I beg to subscribe myself
Your much obliged & obed't hble servant
P.S. I would beg leave to add that the grandfather of Mrs WHITE's Husband (a Mr GRINDON) was, for many years, until his decease, one of the Landing Surveyors in his Majesty's Customs; that those for whom I am soliciting the favour of your kind assistance, are most deserving people - struggling under misfortunes.