21 December 2010
National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 976
1 Oct 1819
Mr. ROWCROFT presents respectful compliments to The Honourable Mr. Wm. BATHURST. Mr. R has no knowledge of the applicant Mr. James WILMOT for the Colony in South Africa but thinks he may depend on the description given of him in the letter herewith & that the certification may be useful to the selection desired
National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 974
[To Thomas ROWCROFT MP]
30th September 1819
The kindness with which you treated my former application to you induces me to solicit a favor which although of a different nature is still of great interest to me.
I have a friend (Mr. James WILMOT) who wishes to avail himself of the advantages held forth by Government in the establishment of a colony in the Cape of Good Hope. He has sent in his name &c agreeably to the form prescribed but as the number of applicants greatly exceeds the present limits of the intended colony he is particularly anxious to be named in the list of those first permitted to sail.
Mr. James WILMOT purposes taking out his brother and nine agriculturalists and being a person of great respectability and good property will have a better chance of success that many who desire to join the expedition as it will be his pride to conform in every respect to the will of the Government, he conceives that a favorable mention of him may secure the early nomination which is of so much consequence.
Permit me then Sir to hope that if it be in your power you will promote the wishes of my friend which will be conferring a great obligation o Sir
Your most respectful servant
Mrs. H. SUCH