THORN, William (2)
National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 73
No.1 Crown Place
9th August 1819
Having seen by the papers and the Motion of the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer that certain portions of land was to be granted by His Majesty's Government to persons wishing to proceed to the South East of the Cape of Good Hope, I most humbly beg leave to state to your Lordship that I am a native of the West of England and spent my youthfull days with my Father there who is a Farmer. I am by Trade a Baker and am at present a little reduced through misfortunes I have met with in Trade, and have a Wife and two young healthy Boys.
I most humbly beg your Lordship will be pleased to grant me a portion of land subject to such regulations as may be thought necessary. If permitted I could take out with me a limitted number of necessitious young men which I trust would meet your Lordship's approbabtion.
I have the honor to be
Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant