National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 242
23 Oct 1819
Myself and about sixty of my friends and neighbours have it in contemplation to go out and settle at the Cape of Good Hope. Would your Lordship be so good as case me be informed what encouragement government gives to such of his Majesties subjects as may be enclined to settle in that quarter. We propose to go of all trades. My present occupation is a farmer and [apertration?] of land in the farming I have had much experience and am now about 32 years of age unmarried, this is about the age of all those that might go with me. Some of them mill wrights square wrights blacksmiths taylors & shomakers to trade.
Please direct the answer as under care of George STEWART Esq, Aberdeen
I am my Lord your Lordship's most obedient servant