National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 793
No 39 Dennison Street
15 Sep 1819
On application to the agents here a difficulty arose which they could not solve whether I was too old to go out to the new Settlement now forming in Southern Africa and as I sho'd not like to prepare for such an undertaking without a certainty of being accepted have presumed to address you on the subject and submit to your fiat after having stated the facts.
I am in my 51st year of a sound constitution and have seen many ups and downs having in my progress thro' life been accustomed to earn my living in various businesses was in the outset in the law and as I suppose the Colony will be governed by the same laws as its Mother Country might be of service in that respect and my age might then be considered to add weight to argument and the younger classes might be kept from those quarrels which the blood of youth, without experience, is too apt to fement and sometimes rises to such a heighth as to occasion very disagreeable results if not chequed in time - I have been in agriculturial pursuits (and which I am fond of) and sometime since resided on a farm belonging to NORTH Esqr. at Walton near Cotlands in Surry,
I remain with great respect your most obedt. hble. servt