National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 156
Aug 2nd 1819
I shall feel obliged if you will send me the particulars of the terms respecting persons going out to the Cape as myself and 11 other persons propose going out in the farming business. Please to direct for me as below by tomorrow's post as I intend going into the north before I leave England.
I remain your obed't sev't
Messrs Marsden & Prustler
Hop & Seed Merchants
No.7 Counter Street
National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 190
August 18th 1819
In answer to your letter dated 3 inst I shall be obliged by your information stating if we shall be allowed to take out with us a small quantity of sheep to the Cape. If so I purpose takeing with me some from the forest between your Lordship's estate at Langworth and Ollerton. My Lord I am the person that lately kept the Hop Pole Inn at Ollerton, being no stranger to your Lordship shall feel greatly obliged by your letter of recommendation to the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, which letter I feel confident will be of great service to me. Should your Lordship require a character of me as a farmer Mr DOWLAND of Cuckney no doubt will give your Lordship every satisfactory information. As it will be my greatest pleasure to improve the Cape as much as I possibly can I shall thank your Lordship for every information respecting what we shall be allowed to take out in order that I may have everything in readiness for November. I purpose takeing with me some hops from Mr. EL[obscured]'s Kent plantations, haveing no doubt that they will answer well at the Cape.
My Lord, from the report I saw in one of the papers yesterday ploughs &c are to be bought as cheap at the Cape has here. If your Lordship will allow me to take out a few ploughs, harrow &c from England I shall feel obliged as I go out with a determination (with the blessing of God) to show them how to improve land. My Lord, providing some of the 9 persons I take out with me does not chuse to remain upon the 100 acres of land those persons so leaving it shall I be allowed to take it provided I get it into cultivation within the given time. My Lord I hope you will excuse my being so troublesome but as I hope to end my days at the Cape shall be glad of every information. A letter directed to the Post Office, Ollerton, Notts, my Lord, will oblige
Your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't
Late of the Hop Pole Inn