National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 706
250 Oxford Street
Set 27 1819
Not knowing that His Majesty's Government have any intention of sending out schoolmasters to accompany the young colony to the Cape of Good Hope, I have it in contemplation to send one out at present, humbly conceiving that proper persons of that description would prove to be highly advantageous both in a moral & economical point of view, in contributing by their advice & good conduct to further the views and comforts of the inexperienced settlers. The person I propose sending, I beg leave to say, is in all respects adapted for such an undertaking, being conversant with business generally; can erect saw mills, grist mills, bridges, lay out farms, roads &c and from his residence in the back woods of America makes him quite familiar with all the difficulties & impediments to be encountered in new settlements, and as the School Master will have to read the Church Service in place of a Minister, at least for a time, I conceive it will also be natural that he should possess proper influence in his Department, and therefore think it would be requisite he should hold a Commission of the Peace; with due deference, my Lord, may I be allowed to ask if in the event of this person going out in such a capacity, can a Commission of the Peace be granted to him, or if the Government will allow any portion of land for the use of the School, or contribute in any measure to the Erections necessary for the Establishment.
I have the honor to be, my Lord
Your Lordship's very obed't hum sev't