SILBY, Richard and William TREGARTHA
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 802
No.1 Tower Royal Court
August 3rd 1819
We beg leave to lay before you this letter as expression of our wish and desire to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope. We are young men lately from Cornwall now come up to London to seek emploayment by reason of the failure of the fishing in Cornwall which have cause a very great distrest in the small fishing towns. We have been in London a considerable time but have had very little work. Therefore finding by the publick prints that Government intend to send out peaple to the Cape Good Hope it is our desire to go out if Sir it should meet with your aprovebation. We are sorry to say that our circumstances will not permit us to deposite even the little that is requird but we have no dout on our minds of becoming chargeable in as we are young men able to work and ave a parrfect knowlage of fishing and farming having been emploay for these branches troughtout the year. We have likewise some friends in the colony how have obtain large grants of land in the colony. These friends would happy to hear of our arival in the colony, were we hope not only to make our selfs useful to those how may colonize ther but likewise to use our endevers to bring the natives under the comforts and blessings of civilize life. If Sir you could so manage for us to go or to put us in a way in which we are likely to suceed it will be a favour we never forget.
We remain Sir
Your most humble servants
I thank you for the printed circlar in answer to a letter sent to his Lordship conserning going to New Sou Wells