National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 411
4 Queens Way
30th November 1819
I take the liberty of writing to you to name my intention of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope, with the idea of settling there, and have taken my passage on a Merchant Ship which I expect will sail in the course of a week.
Putting myself on the same footing with other Settlers I do not know whether I am making a just claim, in asking for the grant of 100 acres of land, having the means of cultivating same. If the claim is a just one, and the grant allowed, will you have the goodness to put me in the right way of receiving the proper documents, to show to the Governor on my arrival at the Cape.
I am a young man by profession a surveyor about the age of 24, entirely dependant on my own exertions.
I have the honor, to remain
Your most obedt. humble servant
[Note from GOULBURN on the reverse]
Acquaint him that on application to the Governor he will receive such a grant or his means of cultivation may appear to entitle him to.