DIPLOCK, John re Mary GOWAR, 1825
National Archives, Kew, CO48/74, 144
The humble petition of John DIPLOCK and others
That in the year 1819 one Richard GOWER, then of Greenwich in the County of Kent, Plumber and Glazier, was induced with his family consisting of a wife (Mary GOWER) and three children to emigrate to His majesty's settlements at the Cape of Good Hope, taking with him a considerable property which he had saved in this country.
That the said Richard GOWER on his arrival at the Cape settled in Graham's Town where he used every exertion to support himself and family but in consequence of the failure of the crops and other misfortunes he was reduced to great extremities which ultimately caused his death in the month of July last leaving his said wife the said Mary GOWER and her three helpless children (the eldest only 10 years old) entirely destitute in a strange land.
That your petitioners are advised that in cases of such extremity Government have in some instances granted free passages home to this country and your petitioners being unable to send her the means of returning and conceiving that this is a case for the merciful consideration of Government.
Your petitioners therefore trusting to the well known humanity of your Lordship prays that you will be graciously pleased to take the case of the said Mary GOWER and her said three children into your serious consideration and order them a free passage to England and petitioners as in duty bound will pray.
National Archives, Kew, CO48/74, 151
8 Walnuttree Walk
2nd March 1825
With reference to my letter of the 4th ultimo inclosing a petition from the friends of Mary GOWER praying a free passage home from the Cape of Good Hope for herself and children, I shall esteem it a particular favour your obtaining an early answer thereto.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your most obed't serv't
[Transcriber's Note: Mary DIPLOCK married Richard GOWAR on 16 Dec 1810 at St.Martin in the Fields, Westminster]