To the Directors of the New Zealand Company
On board the London
Care of Mr Ward 21st August 1840
I am sorry to inform you that I am obliged to send on shore another emigrant and his wife, namely James & Frances Seymour. On inquiry I found that he has before been confined in an asylum & last night I was rather alarmed to observe symptoms of his former complaint coming upon him. I accordingly put him in the sick-bay, gave him a solution or Tartrate of Antimony & placed two of the other emigrants to watch him. This morning about five I was called out of bed by one of the watch saying he had cut his throat. This I found to be incorrect, but he had wounded himself very severely with I think a 7lb weight, as I had caused everything to be removed with which I thought he could hurt himself - I have therefore determined upon sending him & his wife on shore, with the Pilot to the agent at Portsmouth - his daughter and two sons remain on board.
your obedient servant