National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 817
No. 3 Playhouse Yard
White Cross Street
Saint Lukes 30th September 1819
We the undersigned having been all master bricklayers and plasterers by trade and lately through misfortunes being compelled to become journeymen and the season fast approaching that work will become more scarce and many like ourselves will be thrown out of employ; we take the liberty of addressing ourselves to you, to request you will be pleased to inform us, what mode we must proceed in to obtain our passage over to the Cape of Good Hope, and on what terms we can get out there; we have all been in the Isle as well as in different parts abroad, having some years back been in his Majestys service under Sir H. BRUNTON and discharged by Admiral TYLER and were in the employ of Mr ALEXANDER for 14 months.
We should like to go out under the employ of Government or of any individual, who we could agree with, but still to be free settlers in the Isle, still we leave ourselves entirely to your directions and shall feel greatly obliged and thankful by being favoured with your Reply, addressed to us as under, and are Hon Sir
Your very obd't & humble serv'ts