National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 186
21 Hampden Street
August 2nd 1819
I am induced to address your Lordship as I wish to settle at the Cape of Good Hope in my profession being a Surgeon – and wd wish to know what encouragement I wd meet with from His Majesty's Government for that purpose. I am an ass't surgeon in the Royal Navy on half pay with a wife and two children and am well acquainted with the diseases of tropical climates, having served in India, from which I returned in April last.
I have the honor to be my Lord with much respect
Your Lordship's obedient humble servant