National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 83
Charter School of Trim
Co. Meath, Ireland
12 Oct. 1819
Having for the last 12 years been master of Trim Charter School which School is now suppressed and having a wife and seven healthy children to provide for viz: three sons, well grown boys & four girls, I beg your Lordship's protection in enabling me to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope with them. The boys are all able to assist in the farming line as I have reared them to habits of industry and their ages are 14, 15 and 16 years. I shall lodge the necessary deposit for each and also for three or four able men to come with me should I prove so fortunate as to meet your Lordship's approbation. My age is 38 years my wife 34 both thank God extremely healthy & most anxious for the settlement - I can bring £300 with me which will enable me to provide comfortably for them - my eldest son is a good classical scholar & I trust will turn out a loyal and good subject to his Majesty's government as that principle has been inculcated in my family from their birth.
With earnest solicitation for your Lordship's kind protection
I am, my Lord, your Lordship's most obedient and very dutiful humble servant
Master of Trim Charter School