National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 241



July 26

My Lord,

Having lately perused an article inserted in one of the public prints containing a proposal made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a grant of 50..000 £ for the purpose of affording persons an opportunity of going to the Cape of Good Hope, I being therefore a poor man with a large family of a wife and five children all under nineteen years of age and being very much reduced for want of employment should be very thankful to embrace the offer which is now presented, and should be very much obliged to your Lordship if you would have the goodness to send me the necessary information relative to the sum of money required to be advanced by each settler at time of embarking and also the time and place of embarking, your humble petitioner is a Mechanic and understands the Husbandry business.

I shall now wait your Lordship's pleasure for an answer and remain your Lordship's most obliging & obedient servt.