National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 28

Opposite the Horns

Grange Road



July 25th 1819

My Lord,

I hope your Lordship's goodness will be pleased to excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you, but having lately observed an advertisement in the papers that Government is about to encourage an emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave to acquaint your Lordship that I carried on an extensive cooperage in Plymouth and having been unfortunate in my speculations from the change of times that I am now reduced to the situation of a journeyman cooper in the London Docks, where the work is now become so slack that of late upon the average I have not been employed more than two days of a week, which is a very small income to support a wife and seven children. I shall therefore feel very much obliged if your Lordship will be pleased to inform me the particulars respecting the emigration to the Cape and where I am to apply to get a passage for myself and family, as being thoroughly acquainted with every branch of the coopering business and having also been used to husbandry I have every reason to hope, as work is so scarce in England, that I should be able to support my family with more comfort at the Cape than I can do here. I therefore hope that your Lordship will be pleased to take my case into favourable consideration and any favour conferred on me by procuring me and my family a passage to the Cape of Good Hope will be gratefully acknowledged by, my Lord

Your Lordship's very humble servant