National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 228
Reading a Dublin newspaper I perceived an article stating that there was encouragement held out by Government for people chosing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope & hearing of your very amiable disposition I take the liberty of trespassing on you to state the particulars which oblige me to offer myself as a candidate.
My father in the year 1808 was a very respectable distiller in Dublin. In this business he failed & was a bankrupt he then in the year 1814 commenced the vinegar business in which he was equally unfortunate & lastly was obliged to commence the ... [it appears that a part of the page has been cut away here]
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