National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 777
Oct 4th 1819
May I beg your Lordship will have the goodness to let me know the encouragement I receive from Government by emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope. I am a half pay subpleton [*subaltern] of the 23rd Regt and my brother who has taken a degree in the Irish University for the Church [wishes] also to go in case we are approved of by Government and that we shall approve of the conditions offered. I will take with me from ten to one or two hundred people. I hope I am not too late in my application and beg your Lordship will have the goodness to let me know the particulars of the encouragement & whether we will be approved of.
My Lord with [respect]
Your Lordship's very obedient servant
Lieut. half pay 23rd foot