National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 362
August 14th 1819
I take the liberty of addressing you on my intention of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope. I beg leave to state that I have been in His Majesty's Service above twenty years and am now on the Half Pay of the 22nd Regiment of Foot, but unwilling to remain an inactive member of society I purpose taking out a number of settlers and from the many applications that have been made to me I have not the least doubt I could take out 50 families or more, many of the men are well versed in the use of firearms having been in the service with me.
I beg to know if there is any further encouragement from the Government to their Officers than to private persons, at what time and at what port in this Kingdom we shall embark. Any further communication from your office will be most thankfully received by
Your Lordship's most obedient servant
Lieut HP 22nd Foot