National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 320
Aug 7 1819
From the printed letter with which I was favoured in reply to mine of the 31st ultimo I hear that a grant of land is given to naval officers proceeding as settlers to North America (without being obliged to take out labourers) by applying to the Governors of the Colony.
At the same time understanding from the public prints that Government encourages emigration to the Cape as a more eligible situation, I have to request your Lordship will be pleased to inform me whether naval officers may receive the same grant of land upon the same terms there as in North America without being obliged to take out settlers. And in the event of officers being permitted to travel to the settlement at the Cape of Good Hope whether the expences out are paid by the Government.
I have the honor to be very respectfully
Your Lordship's most obed't humble servant
Surgeon Royal Navy