National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 382
9th September 1819
I took the liberty of addressing the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the subject of emigration to the Cape of Good Hope and was referred by that Department to your Lordship. The purpose of my letter was in order to give the poor creatures a bias for emigration it would appear that someone should set them the example whose situation in life does not require his quitting the country for want of employ. This might reconcile them the more to undertake the journey, in which purpose I should feel no objection to make voyage myself with my family to settle at the Cape, provided I can do so under such an arrangement as may be adopted without prejudice to my reduced pay as Adj't of Local Militia.
I flatter myself to have been popular in my situation in this district, which is very populous. If I can be made useful in any way (having regard to my situation in life) your Lordship may depend upon my best exertions.
Should this communication in any way [obscured] your Lordship's views it will I trust be a sufficient apology & if not I must beg your Lordships forgiveness
I have the honor to be my Lord
Your Lordships most faithful serv't
Capt. & Adjt. Late Agbrigg Local Militia