6 Shepperton St
To The Right Honble Robert Peel
11th June 1825
In obedience to the commands with which you were pleased to honour me I now address you,
and I shall endeavour from the consciousness of your time being too precious to be lavished
on an insignificant individual like myself to be as concise as possible consistent with the
nature of my request.
You may perhaps have known that about eighteen years ago a Mr Macready took the Manchester
Theatre, but for want of funds to furnish it as was necessary, he was glad to accept Mr Galindo
as a partner in the concern upon paying him as agreed upon 3500 pounds. Scarcely a twelvemonth
had elapsed when by his misrule and mismanagement the whole scheme proved abortive and he to get
rid of our claims declared himself a bankrupt, having for that purpose previously engaged in
another speculation. To people of our limited means this was a most serious misfortune as it
nearly swallowed up the whole of my little property, and subsequent misfortunes have every year
increased the evil. Within the last three years Mr Galindo has withdrawn himself from me and his
family, and I have had to struggle with innumerable difficulties to support myself and my two
children on my small income.
By the advice of my friends I am come to reside in the vicinity of London and by the assistance
of my son who is perfectly well qualified for the undertaking am endeavouring to open a preparatory
school for young gentlemen from the age of 7 to 12 . It has been suggested to me that as nearly the
whole of my small property was sunk in the Manchester Theatre by which means its value has been
enhanced to the proprietors, they would be willing to support me on a benefit night to assist my
present views, but the difficulty lies with the managers who might refuse me a night.
The motive of my presuming to address you is that could I procure the support of Sir Robert Peel
and were it known he was influenced by you, they would not venture to refuse me.
My most humble and earnest intreaties therefore are that you would grant this request which
I could never sufficiently acknowledge, by writing a few lines which I may present to
Sir Robert Peel requesting him to honour me with his sanction that I am persuaded would
ensure me success
And were I so fortunate as to obtain a sum of not even more than one hundred pounds you Sir
would be the cause by granting this my request of giving the means to a whole family of providing
for themselves in a decent and honourable mode of life.
I presume I may scarcely add that to a mind so generous and liberal as yours this must be a
pleasing reflection, and the blessings which may attend so fine an action will doubtless bring its
own reward when you have to reflect that the thanks and prayers of the unfortunate must soon attend
Let your determination be what it may either to grant or refuse this my request, you will at
least do me the favour to forgive this intrusion.
Believe me, Sir
with the truest respect, your most obedient and very humble servant
N.B. Catherine was 60 at this time and died four years later in Dublin. The children she refers
to would have been Sarah (22) and Philemon Alfred (20) later vicar of Bolton. Juan (23) had been
adventuring in Central America for some 5 years already.