National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 317


August 7th 1819

My Lord,

The writer of this, having expressed a wish to avail himself of the offer made by His Majesty's Government to Mechanics out of employ to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I must humbly take the liberty of soliciting you to permit me to be one of the number, as through the badness of trade I have been very much out of employ, and I cannot get employ elsewhere. Although willing to make myself usefull to Society I have not the Opportunity of so doing, unless through your condescension in complying with my request – the Master I now work with I have work for some time and if required I can have a letter of recommendation from him

I remain your ob hbl svt


Please direct for me at Mr. LAWRENCE

Near the High Bridge