National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 649
Aug 4 1819
Your Lordship I hope will pardon the liberty I take of troubling you with this letter but having heard that Government encourages emigration to the Cape of Good Hope and I thought your Lordship would be kind enough to furnish me with the particulars if it is so for I am in extreme distress with my family and should be happy to proceed hither if possible after begging your Lorships forgiveness for troubling you I beg leave to subscribe myself Your Lordships very humble servt.
Your Lordship will please to address
Wm. HALES Shoe Maker
35 Baldwin St.