GODDARD, Ralph, 1820 Settler
National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 387
113 Wardour St.
Aug 24 1819
It is not but with some degree of feeling, the result of mature consideration, that I am brought to sacrifice the ties of patriotic friendship with my fellow countrymen; for the unknown priviliges of another part of the habitable globe. Had I not being a venturer in lifes uncertain lottery and from thence drawn a successive number of blanks which has reduced me almost to a state of penury and despair; I should not emigrate to this foreign clime – to revisit the much loved British Isle no more. Its necessity:- alas! necessity; which inspires my pen; and which causes me to part with those endearing objects of my mature home – to cross the trackless wave, and “to burst the long unbroken clods” that turfs the wasteland “o'er”. The terms of emigration I am but partially acquainted with and I would request to know wither I am confined to any weight of carriage as my calling is that of a joiner and Housefurnisher, so that I might be enabled to carry some convenient tools with me. I have a wife and one promising lad about 12 years of age, which compose the whole of my family. I further request to know when, and where, the vessel will sail from; and where I'm to enquire for further information respecting my intended emigration; that I might dispose of the remainder of my goods and to make preparations accordingly.
I remain your most humble & obedient servant.