National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 170
Ligueira near Coimbra
3 Nov 1819
Your Lordships goodness will I hope pardon for the liberty taken in addressing your Lordship on the subject of emigration to the Cape of Good Hope.
I observe by the public papers the support and encouragement His Majesty's Government offers to those who wish to become settlers in that Colony and can be approved.
The little knowledge I have of the Cape partly by aiding in the attack and capture under the orders of Admiral Rt. Hon'ble Lord K and being otherwise accustomed to the climate induces me to be desirous to offer myself as a candidate for your Lordships appointment to take out a party of able bodied men and their families as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope conformable to the regulations laid down by His Majesty's Government.
I hope this intrusion on your Lordships time will not be too great an infringement by informing: I have been here nearly eight years during that time under the patronage of John JEFFERY Esq, Consul general, Lisbon from whom I can get a certificate to that effect should your Lordship require it.
I wait with all humble submission encouraged to hope may in part excuse the presumption in troubling your Lordship for an answer with the regulations accompanied in order to make the necessary arrangements should I prove to be one of those of your favour, and beg leave to remain with all possible respect and deference
Your Lordships most devoted and most obedient humble servant