Historical Records of New Zealand
Parramatta, June 28th, 1823
When the Revd. Mr. Williams arrived in the Lord Sidmouth he brought me a requisition from the Church Missionary Society in which they solicit me to visit New Zealand to settle their affairs belonging to that mission, provided I could obtain Your Excellency’s leave of absence for a short time. I have now to request Your Excellency’s sanction for me to proceed to New Zealand as soon as I can obtain a vessel for the purpose. The Rev. Thos. Hassall will officiate for me during my absence, which I hope will not exceed three months.
I have, &c.,