King to Secretary of State
5 Norfolk Street Park Lane
30th August 1858
Having resolved upon proceeding at my own expense to "Vancouvers Island" as I am now out of employment, I beg most respectfully to solicit the honor of an introduction to the Governor of That Island, or of "British Columbia", in order that I may have some document of an official character to prove that I have served Her Majesty in this Country (which the Testimonials, copies of which I have done myself the honor to forward to the Colonial office in some measure testify to) so that in the event of an opportunity for employment presenting itself, I may submit my qualifications for their consideration. If my present application is irregular, I humbly solicit pardon, and plead as my excuse the anxiety which I naturally feel for some honorable occupation, by which I may support my young family who accompany me to this distant colony, but to which I go, feeling confident from my knowledge of its unbounded resources, that it bids fair to become one of the most prosperous of the Colonial Gems which adorn the British Crown.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient Servant
E. Hammond King
Late Paymaster 59th Regt &
P.S. I purpose embarking in the "Southern Eagle" which sails for "San Francisco" California on or about 25th proximo.

The Right Honble Secretary of State for the Colonies Colonial Office
Downing Street
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I think that the writer, who has been an Officer in the Army—has visited Australia China, & can speak French, German, Hindoustanee, & some Chinese, & has lately been in the Constabulary at Carmanthen, might wellManuscript image receive a Letter of introduction to the Governor—to whom we shd send copies of the testimonials in our possession.
His name might further be mentioned to Mr Brew, the Chief Inspector of Police, as possibly an eligible Sub Inspector.
ABd 31 Augt
HM Aug 31
Annex draft to him enclosing the letter & take the other steps indicated.
C Sep 1