National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 306
29th July 1819
The difficulties I have experienced in bringing up and maintaining my family induces me to take advantage of the offer made by His Majesty's Government for sending out settlers to the Cape of Good Hope should I be deemed fit for such purpose.
I was brought up as a Farmer and have since practiced the trade of a Butcher consequently I have had experience of agricultural matters & complete knowledge of stock &c. My family consists of my Wife & Five Children, two boys and three girls, the eldest 19 years, the youngest 6 years. Should this application be honored by your notice I can produce the most satisfactory testimonials for character. A reply directed as under will greatly oblige
Your Lordship's most obed't and respectful servant
No.2 Manifold Place