PORTER, Edward

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 171

Sept 1st 1819

My Lord,

I request your Lordship will have the goodness to inform me whether it is proposed by His Majesty's Government to send out a Schoolmaster with the persons emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope. If such is their intention I beg leave to offer my services and to state my pretensions. I am 31 years of age, have a wife % five children & we are all healthy. I have been regularly brought up to the profession by my father, the Rev. E. PORTER, who for more than 20 years kept a Boarding School for Young Gentlemen at Highgate in this County, with whom I lived as his assistant till he died in the year 1812. I continued his school in the same village for 4 years, and have for the last 3 years kept a school at No.8 Beech St Barbican, which I still conduct. Having lived in the country nearly all my days I am practically acquainted with Horticulture and understand a little of Farming. I can refer your Lordship for my character to R.L.STORKS Esq, 5 Highbury Place, Islington or to John SMITH Esq and Dr. DUNCAN of Highgate. An early answer will very greatly oblige, my Lord

Your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't