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To James Madison from Cathrine Wolger, 29 April 1809

From Cathrine Wolger

Washington City 29th. April 1809

The humble Petition of the Subscriber to your Excellency begs leave to represent to you that she has been Confined in the City Goal for an Assault and Battery, and still remains Confined for the fines & fees which she [is] unable to discharge, she therefore solicits you will have the goodness to grant her a free Release from her present Confinement & she will be in duty bound ever to pray for you[r] health & happiness. Yours Respectfully

Cathrine Wolger1

Signed in behalf of the Subscrib[e]r
Willm. Prout Willm. S Baim
Thos. Reynolds George Wolger
Tunis Craven

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with the added notation: “pardon.”

1Six weeks after Wolger’s appeal JM granted her “a remission of the fine and costs … requiring that all prosecutions and judicial proceedings for an account thereof be forthwith stayed and discharged” (Executive Order, 12 June 1809 [DNA: RG 59, Presidential Pardons and Remissions]).

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