National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 636
38 Berkeley Street, Lambeth
August 25th 1819
I beg leave to become a candidate to go out as a settler to the intended new settlement at the Cape of Good Hope. I am entering the thirty fifth year of my age, am unmarried & without incumbrance. My father had the honour of serving His Majesty as a past captain in the Royal Navy; but a sad reverse of fortune obliged me, after trying every channel through which any chance of obtaining a situation in this country presented itself, to make an attempt in a distant land for that support, which fortune seems to deny me in this.
As my education has been liberal, perhaps I might be found an acquisition to the new colony, in filling one of those places of trust which may be vacant, & for which I beg leave also to become a candidate, and I trust I may be considered deserving of which as my sentiments of attachment to my Sovereign & his Government have never varied, even in the hour of adversity, a rare instance of fidelity in these times!
I have the honor to be Sir with the highest sentiments of respect
Your most obedient humble servant