National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 172
Sligo, 29th Dec 1819
I have had the honour of receiving your communication of the 17th instant stating the conditions under which Government countenance emigration to New South Wales. I regret very much the suspension of that encouragement which I understand has formerly been given as I would prefer it to almost any other country I am acquainted with – the conditions I could comply with were it not for the great expense incurred by paying passage &c in going there.
Being now determined to avail myself of the facilities offered and the means given with service by Government to Settlers going to the Cape of Good Hope: may I entreat your indulgence while I submit the following brief queries on that subject; hoping you will have the kindness to let me have their answers. - When and from where shall the first transport sail? Where and by whom is the eligibility of the settlers ascertained, and what is it that constitutes that eligibility? To whom and where is the deposit money paid and when? In what state is the land which is to be given to the settlers? What should be the nature of the agreement between me and the persons whom I may bring out with me? Hoping you will have the goodness to pardon and comply with the request
I am Sir, your obedient and H'ble Servt