LAW, Thompson

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 265

Stockton on Tees

July 24th 1819

My Lord,

Learning that the Government have it in contemplation to assist British subjects to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I having been many years in the Indian Seas & at the Cape in His Majesty's ship Iphigenia as Ship's Butcher I now feel a wish to go to that settlement either as a settler or on His Majesty's service, should any possibility be offered for that purpose. I should feel myself highly honoured by your Lordship's attention to this and if honoured by your Lordship's answer will confer a lasting obligation on my Lord

Your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't

Thompson LAW

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 301

Stockton on Tees

August 3rd 1819

My Lord,

I am honoured by your Lordship's kind communication in answer to my wish to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope. I beg leave to state to your Lordship that my former note has probably not been clearly understood. I beg leave to give a more detailed explanation of my wishes to go there. On my discharge from His Majesty's ship Iphigenia and consequent return home from many years service as Ship's Butcher, I found my friends mostly deceased or otherwise left the place of my former residence, and consequently found myself in a different population. Having been accustomed to the climate of the Cape so long is my wish to return there, the only thing I beg leave to ask is free passage there, not doubting but a person of my description would be much wanted there. I should be highly honoured by an answer to this and am your Lordship's most obedient servant

Thompson LAW

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