National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 172
No.14 Tower Street
Near the Assylum
July 21st 1819
According to the advertisement in the paper concerning the cultivation of the colony at the Cape of Good Hope i have a great inclination of going there to settle should it meet your approbation to give me any encouragement that by my industry i may maintain a livelyhood for my wife & family which is a young industrious woman 30 years of age & 3 children 2 girls & one boy the oldest girl 10 years the boy 5 years & the young one 2 years of age & myself 35 by trade a carpenter & joiner was brought up as a farmer in the county of Surry have a brother as rents a share of farm now at the same place & if you will acquaint me with your proposials I knows a young man & his wife trade a carpenter no children & a young man a sawyer & his wife & one child & if you want farming men to go i have no dout but i can get plenty that would like to go with me & i should like to know what goods & tools &c we are allowed to take with us & the terms of support when we land on the colony.
I remain your most your most humble servant