National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 42
27 Long Acre
28 July 1819
Having a strong desire to take advantage of the offer of His Majesty's Government to emigrants to the Cape of Good Hope I beg leave most respectfully to state my situation and beg your assistance. I am a taylor by profession and have a wife and five sons under fourteen years of age. I have but little money and consequently should be glad to enter into any arrangement which would enable us to get there. I can produce the most satisfactory testimonials to character and abilities as a workman as well as an earnest desire to serve my employers. Should you approve I shall be happy to wait upon you or receive your instructions in any way you may think proper.
I am respectfully your obedient humble servant