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Petition of Jesse Page and Wife, 1 December 1803

Petition of Jesse Page and Wife

[on or before 1 Dec. 1803]

The Petition of Jesse Page, and Wife, of Ann Arundel County, in the State of Maryland; respectfully sheweth, that they are the Parents of a Profligate Son, who now lies, in Confinement, for Desertion, at the military Corps, in Frederick Town;

Your Petitioners would beg Leave, to represent, that they have always sustained a fair and reputable Character, in Society—that their Son, Shadrach Page, from Habits of Intemperance and Intoxication, after having enlisted in the Army, has deserted twice, and is now under Tryal, or Sentence for the Offence:—That they have nothing to plead, in his Behalf: but his Youth and Infirmities:—but confiding in the well known Humanity of the President, they pray, that Mercy may be extended, to their unfortunate Son, and thereby their Afflictions will be lessened: and they, in Duty bound—will &c:

RC (PHi); undated; at head of text: “To Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, President of the United States”; endorsed by a clerk; with subjoined affidavit by Richard Ridgely and ten others describing the petitioners as “fair and honest” and recommending clemency; attestation by Gabriel Duvall, dated Washington, 1 Dec. 1803, stating that “I do not know the petitioner” but those who have advised clemency “are respectable.”

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