Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Snow, 9 July 1804

To His Excellency
Thomas Jefferson President of the United States.

The Humble petition of James Snow

Humbly Sheweth,

That Your unfortunate petitioner is a prisoner confined in the Gaol of Alexandria on a fine of One hundred Dollars. Your unfortunate petitioner is truely Sensible of his errors, which he has been led into from his Youth & indiscretion, by designing Men, Your petitioner has been confined Twenty Months without the Smallest prospect of Relif but from the Clemency of Your Excellencey, and being confined in a Gaol in the Prime of Youth, having no powers to Serve my Country or myself as a Good Citizen aught to do, Humbley pray that Your Excellencey, will pitty my condition and forgive my Offence, And Your Petitioner in Duty bound will ever pray,

James Snow

July 9th. 1804

The Undersigned Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia have been applied to by the above petitioner James Snow to recommend the remission of his fine.—

We Know of nothing in his Character or Conduct to entitle him In point of Justice to such remission; On the Contrary we consider that his crime, which was, Perjury, was properly punishable by imprisonment,—putting in the pillory and fine. the Term of the imprisonment by the first Part of the sentence is expired, and he is now confined on account of the fine We are satisfied that he has no means of Paying the fine, and in consideration of that circumstance, of the length of his imprisonment, of the expence incurred thereby to the United States; and of the possibility of his reformation, we are induced to recommend and do respectfully recommend to the President the remission of his fine as prayed by him in order that he may be discharged from further imprisonment—

W Kilty

N Fitzhugh

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

July 17. 04.

I do herby Certify That James Snow has been confined in the Jail of Alexandria County since the date of this Judgment & That The punishment of the pillory has been inflicted—Alexa 16th. July 1804.

L Summers D M

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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