UNDERHILL, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 208

Chatham, Kent

9th Nov 1819

Honorable Lords Commissioners of the Navy

Most humbly sheweth that your Petitioner served his time in his Majestys at Chatham as a shipwright and at the reducement of the yard was discharged and after served as labourer so long as was able to support my family. Having been advise by many of the officers of His Majesty yard to apply to your Lordship for to go out to Cape of Good Hope on wich I ever trusted in your Lordships goodness and still do trust. I have a wife an small family nearly starving for the want of bread. Humble petitioner will ever in duty bound to pray and serve you

John UNDERHILL

Near the post office, Chatham, Kent

John UNDERHILL/ wife an 2 children

Edes QUENTON

William BENNETT/wife

John READY/wife an 2 children

[note on reverse]

The shipwrights for the Naval Yards at the Cape are already provided.

As it appears to be an offer on behalf of himself & others to go to the Cape put it under cover to Mr. GOULBURN

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