National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 171
No.2 George Street
August 9th 1819
Observing by the Public Prints that it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to permit any of His Majesty's Subjects to emigrate under certain conditions to Southern Africa where land will be given to them on their arrival to locate themselves, I have taken the freedom of writing to your Lordship respectfully to enquire whether a half-pay officer with a wife & family who had procured leave of absence would be permitted to proceed to settle at the Cape under more favourable conditions than those promised to others of His Majesty's Subjects who may not have served their country & whether the carrying out of “Ten able bodied individuals above the age of 18 years” would be dispensed with. Such H Pay officer having merely wherewith to enable him to purchase a few necessary implements of husbandry & to maintain his family & one servant as labourer until the period had arrived for the gathering of the first crop raised by his exertions.
I humbly beg your Lordship's pardon for this intrusion & have the honour to remain my Lord
Your Lordship's most obed't humble sev't
1st Lieut Royal Marines