My Lord,

            I trust you will excuse my troubling you as the following circumstances under which I labor will I hope be considered a sufficient apology. Having agreed with a gentleman to go with him to the new settlement intended to be established in the colony at the Cape of Good Hope as his clerk and steward for the space of three years and to receive from him an under grant in perpetuity of fifty acres of land (myself possessing a small yearly income) He now having declined going (through the unfortunate failure of the principal of the party, Mr. WAIT of Walnuttree House near Brentford) leaves me laboring under great disappointment after having disposed of my furniture and other  property and provided myself wife & six children with suitable apparel and other necessaries [for] three years. I therefore hope under the above mentioned circumstances this application to you requesting an individual [grant] of land from His Majesty’s Ministers will be attended with success as in such case it is my intention to pay my [own] passage out and proceed to the Cape by the first conveyance I can meet with – should the reverse take place my loss will be very considerable. You answer at your earliest convenience will be considered an obligation confered on

Your most obedient servant




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