Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Wilford Knott, 10 October 1806

on or before 10 Oct. 1806

The humble Petition of Wilford Knott a prisoner confined in Washington County Jail, sheweth—That at a Court holden for the County aforesaid on the fourth monday of July last your petitioner was fined under a presentment, by the Honorable the said Court for a Breach of the Peace in the sum of Eight dollars which together with the cost amounts to a heavy Sum—That being unable to discharge the same Your Petitioner was committed to Prison where he has remained ever since—That Your Petitioner is a poor man and has a wife and two small children who depend on him alone for a Support—That being wholly unable to discharge the fine and Cost and consequently seeing no prospect of freeing himself from his present and long Confinement, Your Petitioner prays your Excellency to interpose in his behalf and grant him such relief as your Excellency may think meet and proper, and your Petitioner will pray.

We the Subscribers Certify That the facts stated in The within Petition are truly Set forth, and we recommend the Case of the Petitioner to the Clemency of the President of the United States.

Richard Brown

and 19 other signatures

Wilford Nott was committed to Jail on the 17th. Sept—it has been represented to me that he is unable to pay his fine & fees & that he has a Wife & several children—

Daniel C. Brent

Oct 10th. 1806

The undersigned Judges, believing the facts stated in the foregoing Petition to be true, respectfully recommend the case of the Petitioner to the consideration of the President of the United States.—

W. Cranch.

N Fitzhugh

Allen B Duckett.

[Order in TJ’s hand:]

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

Oct. 10. 06.

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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