National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 540
July 17, 1819
I have not the honor of knowing you, but in your department I perceive from public prints you'r about increasing our Cape Colony, and I beg leave Sir to submit or rather trouble you with some of my former suggestions on this to our Ministry and which you'l at your leasure peruse as some of - any, then - remarks may meet my Lord BATHURST's and your good opinion - to further a public good now wanted, and from my particular experience I was willing to assist in - to avoid the present pressure now, I foretold, and which you'll say if you saw all I had both bothered Ministry & self a deal about. If my services are further wanted I will give you any conversations or any assistance in my power for the furtherance of the Cape - my favourite plan - for a general good.
These I will call for at your office, or for the pleasure of your inquiries.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your most obedient servant
The Prince Regent, and various know my desire on the reduction, to people the Cape, and use our old camp acquipage, war stores, &c &c, and ere this I would have governed some hundreds of thousands, some destitute, &c &c.