SHEPHERD, James W.
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 768
26th July 1819
Having seen in the paper a circular relative to settlers in the Cape of Good Hope I went to the Secretary of States office and was referred to you who I beg to inform it is my intention to go there with your approbation and assistance. I am married, my age 21 my wife 18 no family, both healthy by trade a shoe maker but for want of business have lately sold milk and wrought in the Gardens and even that has failed. I am therefore induced to avail myself of this opportunity of addressing you hoping you will have the goodness to answer this and give me your instructions how to proceed.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your most obed't humble serv't
James W. SHEPHERD
PS I was born in Lambeth am now residing at No.23 Hand Street Globe Fields Mile End
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 821
No.23 Hand Street
6th August 1819
I received your letter of the 28th ult in answer to my application relative to my emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and am grateful for your prompt attention to the same. I now beg leave to say I am ready with the money and number of persons required agreeable to the terms of the circular. Awaiting your further orders
I remain Sir
Your most obedient humble servant