BACKHOUSE, Rev. J.R. re Charles GURNEY , 1820 Settler
National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 530
The Rectory, Deal
Sept 24th 1819
I take the liberty of troubling you with this letter at the particular request of Mr. Charles GURNEY, who, I understand your Lordship has been informed, wishes to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope. The party he has formed to proceed with him to that Colony is chiefly composed of young men resident here. They all bear respectable characters, are each of them, I believe, possessed of some small capital, & from every information I can procure are inclined to be industrious. The distress which is so unhappily prevalent in this place & the consequent difficulty of procuring a subsistence, has prompted them to embrace the opportunity which now offers of endeavouring to better their condition, & will, I humbly hope, be an inducement with your Lordship to forward their plan, as far as the same may be deemed consistent with the views of His Majesty's Government.
I have the honour to be My Lord
Your Lordship's most obedt hum sevt
Rev. J.R. BACKHOUSE, Rector of Deal