May it please your Lordship to have a private interview with a humble individual which may lead to some material information for your Lordship—consideration, and importance for the welfare and justice of this country
Your Lordship will have the goodness to excuse the Signature of name at present but the writer will wait for your Lordships answer as he is the Bearer of this himself will fully satisfy your Lordship as to the propriety of the greatest Secrecy at present
28 March 1817
[On the reverse: "Mr Richards requesting an Interview"]
This document can be found at HO 40/10. Over the next few months, 'Mr. Richards' (aka W.J. Richards), would become better known as 'Oliver the Spy'.