21 December 2010
National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 451
Newark on Trent
16th Sept. 1819
Having an intention to try my fortune among the Emigrants to the Cape, I should feel obliged by the communications of the particulars under which I am to proceed – should your Lordship deem me worthy of a grant. Is any Law or Order to be established or is the fostering care of Government to be extended to the poor forlorn creatures? Having best Medical Education I obtained from the public & Royal Hospitals the most handsome testimonials of abilities I venture my Lord to offer my services thro you to the Colony. I have made Chemistry with medicine my peculiar delight & could render very essential assistance in respect to the Chemical Arts many of which will be of necessity practised by the Colonists. I should be bound in Gratitude to you my Lord, if you would condescend to confer upon a young man who is parentless & friendless any humble situation in any Colony either at the Cape, New South Wales or Canada, & altho numerous petitioners for your favor obtrude their claims upon your notice for once my Lord listen to the solicitations of the unpatronized & I trust my future [conduct] will give you pleasure as having done [so].
I am, My Lord
Your most respectful humble servant