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Subject: [ZA-EC] Settler Correspondence - William PARKER Part 17
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 22:50:01 +0100 (BST)
Transcribed from CO48/45 at the National Archives in
Mr. PARKER presents his compliments to Mr. GOULBURN,
takes leave to inclose Mr. ROBERT HOLDITCHs
testimonials as a Surgeon and as he is very highly
recommended by Alderman ATKINS to the Earl BATHURST
hopes for his Lordships permission to substitute Mr.
HOLDITCH in the place of Doctor ROCHE, who has not
fulfilled his promise to Mr. PARKER
30 Nov 1819
[note from GOULBURN: Have no objection to this person]
406 [enclosed with above]
Nov 23rd 1819
I can only corroborate the statement of Aldn ATKINS
in favor of Mr. HOLDITCH by saying that he was a
diligent and attentive student at the hospitals to
which I belong & that I believe him to be in every
respect deserving of your Lordships kindness.
I have the honor to remain
Your Lordships obedt humble servt
408 [enclosed with above]
22 Nov 1819
The bearer Mr. Robert HOLDITCH is a Surgeon and
desirous of going out to the Cape of Good Hope with
Mr. PARKER. Mr. HOLDITCH is recommended to me in the
strongest manner for steadiness of conduct and
gentlemanly deportment and that he will perform every
professional duty committed to his charge in a manner
creditably to himself and satisfactory to those who
may come under his care. Mr. HOLDITCH is a loyal man,
has recently taken up a weekly publication against the
present order of reforming but did not answer his
endeavours. I therefore beg to introduce him to your
Lordships notice and attention as a gentleman worthy
of going out to the Cape according to his wish. He has
a wife and two children.
I have the honor to be, my Lord
Your faithful humble servant
410 [enclosed with above]
Nov 21st 1819
I certify that Mr. Robt HOLDITCH served a regular
apprenticeship with me at Plymouth in Devonshire as
Surgeon and Apothecary, during the whole of which
period he conducted himself with the greatest degree
of fidelity and is fully entitled to my warmest
praises and recommendation, both in respect to his
professional abilities and deportment as a gentleman.
John H. BRIDGEMAN MD
No.10 Adam Street, Adelphi
1 December 1819
Herewith be pleased to receive lists in Triplicity
seventy five able bodied men with their families
willing to proceed with me to the Cape of Good Hope.
The Deposits for these individuals amount to eight
hundred and fifty five pounds, which should be found
correct. I am prepared to pay at the Treasury at a
I have the honor to be Sir
Your obedient and very humble st.
No.10 Adam Street, Adelphi
3 December 1819
Mr. PARKER presents his compliments to Mr. SMITH,
would be obliged if he could with convenience add the
name of Wm. OSBORNE, baker, aged 24, Elizabeth OSBORNE
his wife aged 20 and Elizabeth aged 1 to his list of
settlers, for which the deposit of £10 st is enclosed.
Mr. PARKER hopes that Mr. SMITH will pardon this
trouble, as two families are proceeding with him that
are intimately connected with OSBORNE, from whom they
didnt wish to separate.
[note signed PS overleaf]
His money returned and himself informed that Mr.
GOULBURN could not sanction his application.
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