National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 59
At Mr. MARSDEN's
Carpenter & Builder
St.George in the East
July 29 1819
In consequence of the offer of His Majesty's Government to give encouragement to persons desirous of setling in the Colony of the Cape I most respectfully offer myself to your notice as a candidate for the grant to be sent out under a person who may advance the sum required. I am 30 years of age, am a carpenter & wheelwright by trade, lately married no family. Should I be so fortunate as to become an object of your choise the most satisfactory referance can be given as to my ability & general caracter.
From Sir, your most obedient humble servant