Near the East India Docks
August 1st 1819
Your petitioner Charles LEACH is a native of England born in Reading in Berkshire aged 39, Understands a great part of the Art of Agriculture.
Your petitioner has been near Eighteen years in His Majesty’s Naval Service and is a Pensioner of Greenwich Hospitall at eleven pounds a year, have no family, Buried my wife fifteen months ago through which and Other Misfortunes and for want of Employ am Drove to Great Distress.
Sir your petitioner understanding there is an Oportunity open to such Persons as wish to Aply for Leave to Emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, therefore your petitioner humbly Beggs Leave and hopes he will be allowed to be one. Sir should this meet with your Aprobation your petitioner will ever pray.
Transcriber’s Note: Emigrated as a private settler in NIGHTINGALE’s Party on the Amphitrite – see John LEIGH correspondence]