BOARDMAN, William, 1820
National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 36
La Belle Alliance
4th January 1820
Not having yet received any information with respect to the terms on which I am to go out with Mr WILLSON's party as a clergyman, and the vessel being about to leave Deptford tomorrow, I take the liberty to request whatever information you may think proper to communicate with regard to my stipend, and the duties required from me.
It has been suggested to me that a portion of the stipend is usually advanced to clergymen going abroad under similar circumstances. Should that be the case it would be of essential service to me at present as I have incurred considerable expenses in bringing my family consisting of eleven persons, more than two hundred miles, as well as by living for some time in London: unless therefore an advance be made I feel that it will be impossible to acquit myself with that respectability, and effect, which are essential to the interests of my party and the support of my family.
Requesting most respectfully that you will be pleased to communicate without delay whether I may draw a portion of my stipend, as also that you will be pleased to state what that stipend may be.
I have the honour to be Sir,
Your very obedient and respectful servant