Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Orpwood, 19 December 1804

To His Excellency Thomas Jefferson President of the United States

Your petitioner John Orpwood of the County of Alexandria in the District of Columbia most respectfully begs leave to represent to your Excellency: That at the last Court for the said County of Alexandria a judgment was rendered against your petitioner on a verdict found against him for a riot; The amount of which with Costs your petitioner is informed will be Sixty two dollars Eighty one Cents—Your petitioner begs leave further to state, that his extreeme poverty, renders it impossible for him to Discharge the said amount or any part of it—and that unless your Excellency extend the benefit of a pardon to your petitioner, The Gloomy horrors of confinement will be his unavoidable fate—And Therefore your petitioner prays that his fine and the Costs attending the prosecution may be remitted, And as in Duty bound will ever pray &C—

Jno. Orpwood

Alexandria County Sct

The petitioner John Orpwood came before me the subscriber one of the United States Justices for the County aforesaid and made oath that the facts stated in the foregoing petition are true

Given under my hand this 19th day of December 1804—

Alexr Smith

We the subscribers Justices of the peace for the County of Alexandria, being satisfied of the petitioners poverty, do respectfully recommend to the President a remission of his fine—

George Taylor

A Faw

Peter Wise Jr

George Gilpin

Jacob Hoffman

Elisha C. Dick

Cuthbert Powell

Alexr Smith

We the undersigned Judges beg leave respectfully to recommend to the president of the United States to remit the Petitioners Fine & Fees & also to discharge him from further Imprisonment

W Kilty

W. Cranch.

N Fitzhugh

[Order by TJ:]

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

Dec. 27. 04.

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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