BRAITHWAIT, John, 1820
Filed with the Dispatches of Sir Rufane DONKIN
National Archives, Kew, CO48/49, 121
12 July 1820
To His Excellency Major General Sir Rufane Shaw DONKIN KCB, Acting Governor of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, &c &c
The Petition of John BRAITHWAIT
Most humbly sheweth
That Petitioner came to this Colony as a settler, that under peculiar circumstances was obliged to leave his wife & family behind, she being then quite far gone in a state of pregnancy and enjoying at the same time a very ill state of health, and no doctor being on board the vessel in which Petitioner was ordered to embark, together with her timidity rendered such a separation absolutely necessary, or Petitioner must ultimately have lost the chance then offered by Government to emigrate to this Colony. Under these cases Petitioner humbly hopes that Your Excellency will be pleased to intercede with the Colonial Secretary in England in order that a passage may be granted free of expence for Petitioner’s wife and family to this Colony. On a grant of Petitioner’s request his wife & family will proceed to Portsmouth or any other port directed by a letter directed to her at Knaresbro, Yorkshire. And Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.