National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 93
22nd November 1819
I take the liberty of stating to your Lordship that I am by trade a house carpenter and wheel wright, professing at the same time a good general knowledge of every branch connected with the timber trade both in building and husbandry; therefore have no doubt I should be found particularly useful to the settlers proceeding to the Cape of good Hope where I am desirous of going, but having lately returned from the Continent where I have resided for some time past; I am sorry to say I arrived too late to join any of the parties going out this season.
I therefore beg to know if I may be permitted to proceed to that settlement with my son (a youth of 16 and upwards) at my own expense; subject at the same time to have the sum of £10..0.0 refunded to me at such time and under such regulations as those emigrating in parties with the permission of the Government? I beg further to state that I shall be ready to proceed on these conditions either with or without the customary grant of land.
I have the honor to remain my Lord
your Lordships most obedient very humble servant