PARKER, Richard (brother of William PARKER, 1820
Filed under A-L
National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 166
[To Sir Nicholas COLTHURST MP]
Feb 18th 1820
My dear Sir Nicholas.
In the absence of my brother who is now aboard ship at Cove waiting the first fair wind to sail for the Cape of Good Hope, I beg to request you will do me the kindness by ascertaining whether Government intend to encourage emigration next September to South Africa. Conceiving that Wm. was on his voyage a letter has been addressed to me by a gentleman of respectability at Enniscorthy County of Wexford stating that 100 Protestant families were anxious to proceed to the colony my brother's party are to be located on. I have been further assured that every individual has his deposit ready to make & will also take out means, not only of subsistence, but for other purposes; as Wm. has engaged in this undertaking I am desirous to forward his views & could the addition now offered of loyalty & respectability be added to his strength it would give his friends here some satisfaction. I therefore have no hesitation in imposing on you the task of making in the Foreign Office such enquiry as will enable me to give a favourable answer, or at least a decisive one. Your knowledge of Mr. GOULBURN will I am certain greatly facilitate this object. I will take on me for you on some future occasion ten times over the trouble I now put you to.
Forgive the haste I write in and believe me most sincerely
Your faithful friend