National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 148
His Majesty's Ship Nimrod
Dec 23 1819
Not hearing untill of late His Royal Highness the Prince Regent's orders for forming a new colony in Africa is the only reason for my late application.
I have sailed in His Majesty's Royal Navy as Midshipman, Master Mate and Master since the year 1794 & bear testimonies of my good conduct in all rates of ship I have had the honor of serving in, previous to Nimrod was as Master of Anholt Island under the command of Major CAMPBELL of the 11th Royal Veteran Battalion, I flatter myself to his entire satisfaction.
I am enured to hott climates, strong healthy & 41 years of age.
Should there be any situation your Lordship would think me a fit object to fill either military, civil or from settling in the new colony I shall be highly honored in your Lordship's commands.
My only reason for addressing your Lordship on the subject is I have an only child for whom I wish to gain a something in case of my death as I can save butt little from my pay or Half Pay. My widow will be certain of her pension. Praying your Lordship to excuse if I address you improperly.
With due respect I remain
Your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant
Master of HMS Nimrod