DOWNER, Henry re William SMITH
National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 682
August 10th 1819
William SMITH, the bearer of the note, lived with me as an assistant in my business near three years. I found him steady and attentive and I believe him to be an honest and respectable person. I understand it is his desire to go with his family to the Cape and have therefore taken the liberty to give you the above account of him.
Your most obed't sevt