Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John McFarlane, 13 September 1804

Alexandria Jail 13th Sept. 1804.

To The President of the United States

The petition of John McFarlane of the County of Alexandria, Humbly Sheweth. That your petitioner was at the last court for this County, convicted on an Indictment presened against him and others for a riot; & fined Ten dollars and the Costs of prosecution, the whole of which amounts to upwards of Sixty dollars.—and That your petitioner is and has been for some time since confined in the Jail of this County—whear he labours under a Complicated disease, in addition to the Miseries incidental to his situation—without the possible means of releving him self, as he is intirely unable to pay the sum for which he is confined.—Under Those circumstances he alone relies on the Clemincy of The President for an elioration of his distressfull situation, confidently believing That it is only necessary to convince the President of the truth of this statement to obtain the remission of his fine and the restoration of his Liberty

John Mcfarling

Alexandria 15th Sept. 1804.

At the request of the petitioner McFarlane I do hereby Certify I am well acquainted with him and am fully satisfied of his intire inability to pay the fine & Costs for which he is confined

L Summers D Marshal

District of Columbia

September 17th 1804

We the Undersigned Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia do, (on account of the inability of the Petitioner) respectfully recommend to the President of the United States to remit the fine as prayed

W. Kilty

W. Cranch.

N. Fitzhugh

[Order by TJ:]

October 4th. 1804.

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

The President is respectfully refered to the record sent up with the applycation of Geo. McFarland

J. M.

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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