National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 312
5th August 1819
The humble Memorial of Gregory WILLIAMS
Most humbly and submissively sheweth
That your Lordship's Memorialist is an Englishman born and having served in His Majesty's service a long time viz in the Cheshire Fencibles for 7 years and 6 months and fought in said regiment in the Rebellion in Ireland having served also in His Majesty's 97th Regiment of Foot for the space of 9 years & 113 days and having been discharged from the said regiment when the Reduction took place without the least Benefit whatsoever that your Lordship's Memorialist having a wife and 4 children and is in the utmost distress at present. Therefore relying on your Lordship's humanity hoping you will allow Memorialist & family to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope in order to enable Memorialist & family to make out a livelyhood for themselves for which Memorialist in duty bound will ever pray.
PS Be pleased to direct your answer to Gregory WILLIAMS, Shoemaker, Corbetts Lane in Fair Lane, Cork, Ireland together with the necessary information how I am to act concerning the same as being in the utmost distress.