REYNOLDS, William (2)
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 442
3 Waterloo Place
July 20th 1819
I take the liberty of addressing you to solicit a participation in the grant allowed by Government to enable distressed manufacturers to emmegrate to the Cape of Good Hope.
I have been for some years a Master in the manufacturing of Tin Ware and Ironmonger but business being so very bad have been obliged to give up my house and business and am very desirous of going to the the Cape with my family consisting of a wife and three children under ten years of age. I beg leave to say that at all times I shall as heretofore exert myself for the interest of my king and country having served five years in the Belston Volunteers commanded by Major PROUD (Staffordshire) and four years in the Local Militia under Sir John WROTCHLEY Bart and in the Staffordshire Yeomanry.
I beg with due submission to say that I can procure very respectable refferences as to my general conduct for honesty sobriety and industry. If I should be thought a proper person to be sent to the Cape I shall feel it a double obligation by as early a communication as convenient. And by to say I am prepared to enter into any arrangement necessary for the satisfaction of Government, and beg to subscribe myself
Your most obed't and humble servant