MARTINSON, George, 1820

Filed with Dispatches of Sir Rufane DONKIN

National Archives, Kew, CO48/49, 95

Spanish Reed
5 June 1820

To His Excellency Major General Sir Rufane Shaw DONKIN KCB, Acting Governor of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, Commander in Chief

The Memorial of George MARTINSON

Humbly sheweth

That Memorialist came to this Colony as a settler under the direction of Mr. CROSSE [sic – should be CRAUSE], that in November last Memorialist went on board the Nautilus Transport to provide for and make arrangements for the comfort of his family previous to their embarkation. The vessel dropt down the river and, proceeding to sea, got on the Goodwin Sands, that on the ship’s righting she finally proceeded to sea without stopping either at the Downs or at Portsmouth, at one of which places Memorialist had been assured by Mr. WALTON the Master the ship would touch and remain at least for a week, and where Memorialist had determined to embark his family.
Memorialist therefore humbly hopes Your Excellency will be pleased to forward this or what other statement Your Excellency may judge requisite on an occasion of such a nature to His Lordship the Earl BATHURST, Colonial Secretary, recommending Memorialist’s case, and Memorialist thereby hopes again soon to feel the enjoyments of life so much to be desired (that of again having his family with him) and trusts that his wife and family who were so unfortunately left in England will be sent to this Country.

Any information or direction to his wife how to act will be gratefully received by being addressed for Sarah MARTINSON to the care of T. PEMBERTON, Foreign Post Office or to R. CALLOW, 12 Archers Street, Haymarket. And Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray.