PHILIPPS, Thomas, 1835
National Archives, Kew CO48/164, 194
No.17 Bernard St
25th July 1835
Having at the request of Lord GLENELG delivered to his Lordship a statement of the particular objects desired by the Landholders and Merchants of the District of Albany in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope for the prosperity of that Settlement, as expressed in the Resolutions passed at a public meeting and which I was deputed to represent to His Majesty's Government.
I have now the honor to request that you will be pleased to bring under the notice of his Lordship one point more, viz the advantage which would accrue to the Colony if the regulations in force relative to Grants of Land to Officers of the Army & Navy were extended to South Africa, as it would induce many Officers to select that Country for their future residence & be the means of introducing a valuable class of Settlers calculated in every way to promote its prosperity, and this has been made particularly manifest in the late warfare with the Caffers where the Officers who are Settlers there have been of the most material service.
I trust therefore under the impression I have of the importance of this measure I shall be excused for urging this point also on the early consideration of Lord GLENELG
I have the honor to be, Sir
Your most obedient and humble servant
[Note written across the top corner of letter in pencil}
I believe the Crown has little or no land to bestow. What say the comm'y?