BAGLEY, Patrick, 1820 Settler
National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 602/603
No.2 Cumberland Court
Tottenham Court Road
His Majesty's Government having held out an engagement to such persons who are in want of employment & who possessing the means are inclined to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I humbly beg leave to offer myself to the authorities. I inform your Lordship that I have formed an association of 15 able bodied men of the above description for whom I am ready to make necessary deposit & I humbly request that your Lordship will be pleased to allow us the privilege of going out under the protection of H.M. Government & to participate in such grants of lands as shall be there defined. My service to my King and Country will I trust recommend me to your Lordship's favour, having been 8 years in His Majesty's service during the most active part of the Campaigns in Spain and Portugal in which time I was 3 times wounded, at the battle of Albuera when only 13 years of age, 2ndly at the storming of Badajoz and 3rdly at Salamanca, besides having been in may other engagement & skirmish with my reg't during the above period, for which H.M. Government have been pleased to give me an annual pension of 10£ which will be paid to me (as His Royal Highness the Duke of York informs me by letter) at the Cape in any way I please. I hope these circumstances will prove strong inducements for your Lordship to favor my application and should I become so fortunate to participate in the Grant I assure your Lordship that it will be my peculiar pleasure to study to conduct myself so as to merit & support the good character I obtained in H.M. service and to forward the priority of those associated with me to the utmost of my power.
Your Lordship's condescension and kindness will confer a lasting obligation on me
Your Lordship's humble and obed sevt
PS I further beg leave to inform your Lordship that if further security be necessary it shall be forthcoming to the amount of £500. Your Lordship will be pleased to observe I belonged to the 40th Reg't of Foot.