Filed under N
National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 838
Prince Eugene Lane
Corner of Avon Street
23rd September 1819
The petition of William HILES of the City of Bristol
That Petitioner has served in His Majesty's Royal Regiment of Artillery upwards of fifteen years and was discharged therefrom in consequence of the Reduction in February 1815, upon a Pension of five pence per Day, and that since being discharged Petitioner has not been able to obtain any employment to support himself, his wife and five children, which has reduced him to the lowest ebb of distress. Petitioner further begs to state that in order to obtain some relief for himself has about six months since opened a day school as the only means in his power but without any prospect of success. Petitioner therefore humbly prays that he may be allowed under the same generous benefit as other British subjects to emigrate with his family to the Colony about to be formed near the Cape of Good Hope.
Petitioner further humbly prays that His Excellency the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department will be pleased to direct that Petitioner be informed on what terms he can be admitted to emigrate, he never having seen any circular, or other official document relative thereto and only knows of such an arrangement by mere hear say.
And Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray