BOURNE, Capt re Thomas NORTON, 1820 Settler
National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 714
Nov 24th 1819
The person Thomas NORTON on whose behalf I address your Lordship states that his application at the present time to be put on the list of those sent to emigrate to the cape of Good Hope in lieu of some one of those who having been on the list now decline to go – requires to be seconded by a person of some respectability.
I have therefore in consequence of NORTON's solicitation the honour to inform your Lordship that he served as Armourer on board H.M.Ship Medusa under my command upward of seven years, during the whole of which time his conduct was most exemplary. He is a sober man & very ingenious, some 35 or 40 years old, a healthy robust man.
I have the honour to be my Lord
Your Lordship's obdt humble sevt
Reg'd W. BOURNE