Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Southark, 13 June 1806

Charlestown State prison.
June. 13. 1806.

May it please your excellency.

Inclosed is my petition with the Certificate of the Honl. Geo: Blake Esq. Atty. for Massa District also Danl Jackson Esqr. Superintendent of the State prison his Certificate. Relative to my Conduct & My being unable to pay. I Must therefore Most earnestly Request Your excellency. that. on the Rect. of these Papers. You will forgive Me My Cost. &. Send Such Orders to the Marshal of the United States that I may go free & I Never will trouble your Excelly in Such a Manner Again

I am your excelly. Obedt. H Servt

John Southack


Or your order to the Supreintendant of the State prison. that I may go free will Answer the same Purpose.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.


State prison, Massachetts
June 9. 1806—

To His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esqr.
President of the United States

The Undersigned your Humble petitioner would Just Humbly Represent to your excellency that he was Convicted at the Circuit Court held in Boston in June 1803. of forging a Check on the United States Bank in the Name of Thos. H. Perkins Esqr. & Sentenced on the Ninth day of June 1803 to three Years Hard Labour & Costs of prosecution. the Undersigned would therefore inform your excellency his term of hard Labour Ceases this day.—& that he is Now detained for Costs of prosecution. he would therefore Most Humbly Beg your excellency to Remitt him his Cost of prosecution So that he may go free. As he is intirely Unable to pay any part thereof & he as in Duty Bound Shall ever pray.

John Southack

Boston June 13. 1806. I Certify that it is the Opinion of the Court that they are Not Authorized by law to Remitt, the Cost of prosecution of Jno. Southack Agreeable to his petition—and that the fact stated in the above Petition are correct; I further certify that there having been, as I think, not more than two or three Witnesses adduced on the part of Government, in the trial of the Petitioner, the Bill of cost must be very inconsiderable, not exceeding, perhaps, twenty Dollars—

Geo: Blake

US. Atty for

Massts District

[Order by TJ:]

June 21. 06.

Let a pardon issue for the costs of prosecution

Th: Jefferson

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