National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 285
29th July 1819
In April 1818 I took the liberty of submitting to your Lordship some observations regarding the advantage of forming a colony at the Cape of Good Hope and of endeavouring to turn the current of emigration to that quarter in preference to America. I observe with great pleasure that Parliament has voted money for this very useful purpose and I hope that under the paternal care of Government it may become an object of great importance to the nation. I have long turned my attention to the subject and being generally acquainted with the Highlands of Scotland I beg leave most respectfully to solicit that if any situation offers connected with this undertaking in which such a person may be required, your Lordship will be pleased to employ me. My Profession of Physician and Surgeon would render my services very necessary in such an establishment and having served many years in the army both in a medical and a military capacity I might be found useful in forwarding the intentions of Government. I can procure the most respectable testimony as to character and ability.
I have the honour to be
Your Lordship's very obedient servant
D.M. LEARS MD
Surgeon and afterwards Captain in the late Lt.Fencible Regt