National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 1023
Greenford, near Harrow
Oct 12th 1819
I am a Pensioner upon the Royal College at Greenwich for former services in the Marines, am about thirty seven years of age, by profession a Handicraft in Agricultre and I am desirous of going out to the Cape of Good Hope with my wife.
I beg leave to solicit that you will be pleased to indulge me with a free passage and also grant me the best information on the subject which will give me great satisfaction coming from or threw any other channel will not be satisfactory
I am my Lord
Your dutiful ob't serv't