National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 899
August 28th 1819
Having on a former occasion had the honour to address your Lordship in an application for my going to America, which your Lordship kindly granted, but from the shortness of the time allowed me for preparation and for the settling of my affairs in this Kingdom I was constrained to decline the undertaking. I now find there is a grant from Government for a certain number of settlers in this Kingdom to reside at the Cape of Good Hope, and as I have made every arrangement towards such a plan would with your Lordship's permission claim that indulgence. Would your Lordship have the kindness to favour me with a few lines of instruction on the aforesaid business it would add to the many obligations I already am indebted to you.
I remain with the utmost deference
Your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant