PIKE, John, 1828
National Archives, Kew, CO48/127, 376
The humble Petition of Thomas PIKE and John PIKE brothers of William PIKE, Settler at the Cape of Good Hope,
Sheweth, That we your Petitioners, most humbly request you will please if Practicable, to grant us the indulgence, to have a conveyance from this our Native country, to the Cape of Good Hope to our Brother, and to our Families, consisting of 17 Persons who are all desirous to go. We your Petitioners begs further to state for your information we have been since our youth in the practice of Cultivation in the farming line and our Sons also have been in that capacity and are all stout and healthy; as also our wives who are as desirous to go as ourselves.
Providing we can be granted the indulgence We beg to add we conceive there will be 3 of us capable to work our Passage if there can be any provision made for the remainder, if not we shall humbly acknowledge, and attend to your answer – trusting you will be pleased to inform us the [total] amount of the Passage expences.
Hoping the result of Your Honors answer being favorable, we shall as in duty bound ever fervently pray.
Which is Submitted by
Your Honor's most humble Petitioners
John & Thomas PIKE
Nottingham 12th May 1828
N.B. Please to address
Post Office Nottingham
Till called for
P.S. If it would be more agreeable to convey a larger number here is several other families wishes to go.
National Archives, Kew, CO48/127, 377
15 May 1828
Mr Secy HUSKISSON desires me to acquaint you in answer to your Memorial of the 12th instant that H.M's Govt. do not grant passages to persons desirous of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope.
Sender: J. LEVESON GOWER
National Archives, Kew, CO48/127, 378
2nd June 1828
I applied on the 12th Ulto. for information what the freight would be for myself and family, as well as my Brother and his family; if not probable to go free and I have received an answer that there is no provision at present for a passage for Settlers (nr. Bathurst). I now beg you will please to inform me what will be the least expence for myself and Brother Wives and children consisting of seventeen souls to go to that part of the Globe. I have a brother a Settler in that part of the world who has sent for us shall it meet the approbation of Lord Bathurst to grant the indulgence to join him with as little delay as possible.
Shall you Sir please to favor me with an answer on the subject as speedily as convenient, it will be greatfully acknowleged and my Brother, who is there will pay £20-0-0 and £20-0-0 we can advance between [us and] if that will not be a sufficient sum we [will] endeavour on receiving your answer to make up the amount being resolved to go.
I am, Sir
Your very Obed't. Serv't.
Till Called For