21 December 2010
National Archives, Kew, CO48/56, 159
October 22nd 1821
I take the liberty of addressing you upon the subject of a memorial that was forwarded to Sir Benjamin BLOOMFIELD to be presented at the Colonial Office in behalf of Mr. John INGRAM.
When I waited upon Sir Benjamin in Dublin he took so warm an interest in his case that I have little doubt of his exertions on his return to London to forward his application for the office of Barrack Master at Cape Town, where Mr. INGRAM is now a resident. To this extremity he was driven after having expended a considerable sum of money in endeavouring to form a settlement at Clanwilliam, where the entire failure of his crops and other unforeseen and unfortunate contingencies obliged him to relinquish the settlement altogether & to solicit the interest of his friends for a provision for himself and a large family. He wrote a full state of his case to Sir B. BLOOMFIELD who is his near relation & most steady friend. Under his direction the memorial was drawn up & to be forwarded to him upon his return to London. His immediate departure to the Continent must have put it out of his power to announce to Mr. INGRAM's family the success of his application at the Colonial Office – and they have requested me to relieve them from a painful state of suspence by enquiring from you in his absence if any such application & memorial had been presented and what success they may hope from it. I felt myself justified from a long friendship with Sir Benjamin to interest him in this case during our intercourse in Dublin and my close connexion with the wife & family of Mr. INGRAM, whom he has left behind, will I trust excuse me to you for requesting the favour of a few lines upon this subject.
I remain Sir with much respect
Your very obedient servant