National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 78
10th August 1819
I beg your Lordship's clemency for this intrusion as I have seen in the public papers that Government is pleased to encourage emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. My Lord I have formerly seen better days and was brought up solely to the husbandry department and am well acquainted with every branch of husbandry business. The depression of trade in this country and other distressing circumstances rather too grievous to me to detail has reduced me and my family (which consists of a wife and three children) to absolute want and distress. Thus circumstanced I am very desirous to change my present situation for one that offers brighter prospects and as an emigration to the Cape of Good Hope under the auspices of Government affords such a promising prospect I most ardently wish to embrace so fine an opportunity. Understanding that your Lordship has the superintendancy of the business permit me to implore your Lordship's assistance therein, and humbly request that your Lordship will be pleased to direct that this my humble petition may be answered in such manner as may be most expedient to your Lordship and by so doing you will confer one of the greatest favours on me.
I am my Lord
Your most obedient and most humble servant