National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 189
47 Old Broad St
19th July 1819
I beg leave to offer my services in carrying into effect the arrangements of Government at the Cape of Good Hope. The location of the settlers, the adjustment of boundaries, the regulation of supplies, the settlement of differences and disputes and numerous other incidents, will I conceive, afford employment for an individual like myself, bred in the practice of the law, acquainted with land surveying, building and drawing, and accustomed to business in general. Permit me to add that my character for talents and integrity stands high - that I am young, active and healthy - and have conducted business of great responsibility and difficulty with advantage to my employers and credit to myself. On these points I can give the most respectable references.
From inclination and from unfavourable prospects here, it is my wish to settle as a Planter, but I submit that I may also be useful in effectuating the objects of His Majesty's Government and therefore humbly solicit that they will condescend to entrust me with some employment connected with the establishment.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant