National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 41
Pittimoor near Sheffield
August 5th, 1819
May it please your Lordship,
Having been informed that Government proposes to encourage emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, I take this opportunity of offering and petitioning your Lordship to accept of myself and family which consists of the following persons viz
myself - William EAMES - 47 years
my wife - Sarah EAMES - 40 years
a son - Joseph - 22 years
do - William - 20 years
do - John - 14 years
do - Edward -12 years
do - Thomas - 6 years
a daughter - Ann -19 years
do - Elizabeth -18 years
do - Mary - 16 1/2 years
do - Eliza - 8 years
My present occupation is that of a brick maker but have been used to the making or cutting of canals, new roads, all kinds of farming and husbandry work. In such employment my children have been engaged under my directions.
I have it in my power to find the sum of Fifteen Pounds, and whatever more may be required and agreed upon am willing to liquidate it when fixed in the settlement by the [date] which may be appointed. I am at liberty to remove at any time your Lordship may appoint soon as the agreement and terms are settled upon.
If your Lordship will not think me too presuming I humbly request the favour of an early reply waiting which I remain with due respect
your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant.
NB Pittimoor is a small village one mile from Sheffield on the road to Leeds.