National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 931
December 2 1819
This petition of John HART of Mohill in the County of Leitrim
That hearing by the Public Prints of an encouragement being held out for families to emmigrate to the Cape of Good Hope as settlers but not knowing the conditions on which they are [treated?] your petitioner has thus directed by these prints to address himself to your Lordship and that every requisite information would be furnished to those wishing to go to that Colony. Your petitioner has in consequence taken the liberty of addressing your Lordship on that lead, he being desirous of going with his family to that part of the world on the encouragement held out by the news papers, he your petitioner has served a considerable time himself in the Army for some of the Colonys abroad but not there.
Your petitioner therefore very humbly submits his case and offer to your Lordships humane consideration. Hoping your Lordship will be graciously pleased to favor such information to be forwarded as is necessary on such occasions to enable him to prepare himself by the time he would be noticed to attend for embarkation and that he might also be enabled to state to others that might be inclined to go settle there from this part of the Kingdom.
And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray