Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elizabeth Shorter, 28 January 1807

ca. 28 Jan. 1807

To the President of the United States

The Petition of Elizabeth Shorter humbly represents

That your petitioner was committed to the prison of the County of Washington in the District of Columbia on the charge of Stealing a pair of shoes of a certain Phebe Long, nearly twelve months ago—that at the last Session of the said Court held in the Month of June-last she was tried and convicted of the theft and sentenced to pay a fine of one dollar, and to be publickly whipped with six stripes and to stand committed till the said fine and the fees arising on the said prosecution should be paid.

Your petitioner further represents, that she hath received the Corporal punishment to which she was sentenced by the Court, but being wholly unable to discharge the fine and the Costs aforesaid, she entreats that the President will take her case into consideration, and extend to her that relief which to his humanity and sense of public duty may appear proper. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c.

The undersigned Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia believing the facts stated in the within Petition to be true and that the Prisoner has suffered nearly twelve months imprisonment, respectfully recommend her case to the consideration and mercy of the President of the United States

W. Cranch

N. Fitzhugh

Allen B. Duckett

[Order by TJ:]

Let a pardon issue.

Th: Jefferson

Jan. 28. 07.

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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