Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Peter Van Ness, 3 January 1805

Washington Jany. 3d. 1805—

To Thomas Jefferson Esqr.
President of the U. States,

the petition of the subscribers

Humbly states

That Robert W. Peacock, as your petitioners are informed, is apprehended and confined in the goal of this City upon a charge of Forgery, which may possibly be substantiated against him:—That your petitioners are advised that the Wife of the prisoner is a woman of merit, and of very respectable connexions in the state of virginia;—that she is together with her two helpless, innocent, little children, plunged by the alleged misconduct of her Husband, into distress and wretchedness; and that she wishes to retire from the Country with her said husband before a trial is had in the case:—That your petitioners are informed that you possess the power of ordering the said prosecution to be discontinued—Your petitioners therefore pray that you will be pleased to exercise the said power upon the express condition that the prisoner shall leave the Country within such period as to you shall seem meet, and as you may specify.—

And your petitioners will ever pray

John P. Van Ness

and 153 other signatures

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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