National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 755
Byford near Hereford
July 24th 1819
Having read in the dayly papers a copy of an official letter from the office of the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department on the emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, I have to request you will be pleased to inform me by the return of post or at your earliest convenience if the Act of Parliament extends to Naval Officers? I am a Lieutenant in the Navy on the Half Pay and having a family which I find it difficult to provide for I have no objection to go to the Cape or any other place for that purpose.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your most obed't serv't