SEPHTON, Hezekiah, 1820 Settler
(see also correspondence for Edward WYNNE in CO48/46)
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 1075
11 Bedford Court
New North Street
Red Lion square
London Novr 11 1819
Having been disappointed in Mr Thomas COLLING he not being able to go out, at the Head of One Hundred familys as accepted by you, and as I am selected by the Company to succeed him, I hearwith agree to accept of the terms proposed by His Majestys Government to to take the One Hundred Settlers under my care to the Cape of Good Hope and await your pleasure for such other neccesary information as may be required for our guidance.
I am My Lord
your most Ob't Servant
National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 1085-1089
Nov 18 1819
Having accepted of Mr SHAW as our minister to accompany me with One Hundred Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, I hearwith submit to you the Inclosed testimonial as a proper person to officiate in that capacity.
Your most Ob't Humble servant
[Note on the back from GOULBURN: Let him be accepted and write to Lord C. SOMERSET accordingly]
Wesleyan Mission House
Nov 18th 1819
May it please Your Lordship
The Committee for managing the Wesleyan Missions having been applied to by a number of Settlers going out to the Cape of Good Hope under the sanction of His Majesty's Government to appoint them a Minister and Mr William SHAW having offered himself to the Committee for that service, we are directed by the Committee to State to Your Lordship that Mr SHAW is a person of approved character as a Minister in our Society, and is considered by us in every aspect to be a proper person to take charge of the religious conduct of the persons who have accepted him as their minister.
The Committee beg leave to submit to Your Lordship that they do not make themselves responsible for the conduct of the individuals composing this colony, though from what they know of the leading persons among them they confidently trust that they could conduct themselves so as not to forfeit the good character they have at home, and the Committee having been applied to by them, they are anxious that so large a body of people, chiefly members of the same religious body as themselves, should not go out without a Minister of their own persuasion.
We have the honour to be
Your Lordship's Most Obedient Humble Servants
Names of Mr SHAW's family
William SHAW, aged 21 years, minister
Ann SHAW – 31-
Margaret Ann SHAW aged nine weeks
Sophia HARRIS aged 17 years; servant