DOWSON, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 641

89 Old Street



July 29th 1819


Since the circular has appeared to promote the colonisation of the Cape of Good Hope I have turned my attention to that object in consequence of the difficulty I now experience from the want of trade & a large family, as my father was a farmer & in my youth I gained some knowledge of the cultivation of land which I have not yet forgot. By trade I am a Sadler, Harness & Collar Maker besides I well understand all kinds of Millitary Accoutrement Work having had long practice in that. As I am not acquainted with the proper mode to proceed to make a proper application according to Tenor of Circular I have been informed I shall by application receive from your office the necessary instructions. Conceiving my trade will be absolutely necessary in a new Colony & I have no doubt in my short time I should be [able] to cultivate & manage the land in a proper manner.

I am Sir your most obd't humble sevt