From the book: A Documentary History of Indian South Africans edited by Surendra Bhana and Bridglal Pachai

Robert E. Somasundram was unhappy as a teacher and enquired in a letter dated 3 June 1891 whether the Protector knew of any vacancy. Source: I.I./1/134, 738/91, Natal Archives.

The undersigned begs to bring the following few lines to thy honour's presence hoping thereby not to intrude into thy honour's precious time. I am an Indian young man who came over to Natal from Madras by the S.S. Umtata in April 1890. I was educated in the Wesleyan Mission College in Madras up to the university matriculation standard. I have passed my middle school examination and hold a government certificate to that effect. I am now employed in the Point school as a teacher but I have informed my superiors that I would leave school because it does not suit my convenience. I would be very thankful if your honour would be pleased to remember me (thy humble servant) if any vacancy should occur under your honour's superintendence. I enclose my certificate given to me in Madras.