National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 370
17th Augt 1819
The humble petition of Thomas GILLATT, of Heeley, near Sheffield, in the county of York.
Most humbly sheweth
that your humble petitioner has served his Majesty as a soldier, in the campaigns of Spain, Portugal and France, but in consequence of not being able to obtain employment, he is become desirous to emigrate to the Cape of Good hope, being informed that a settlement is about to be formed there, therefore your petitioner humbly prayeth that your Lordship will take his case into consideration
and your petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray.