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To Thomas Jefferson from Jacob Wagner, 25 August 1803

From Jacob Wagner

Depart. State
25 Augt. 1803

J Wagner presents his best respects to the President of the United States and encloses an application for a pardon by Thomas Hutchings and John Hopkins. A blank pardon accompanies the papers, which were put into J.W’s hands by direction of the Marshal, with a request that it might be intimated to the President that one of the applicants (which is not stated) is labouring under a fit of sickness.

J.W. duly received the President’s letter respecting the pardon of Miller, the burglar, and by the same post the pardon itself. The President’s letter enclosing one from the Secretary of the Prefecture of the Lower Alps has also been received and its directions executed.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the State Department “from Wagner” on 29 Aug. and “pardon of Thomas Hutchings & John Hopkins” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found, but see below.

In December 1802, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia found Thomas hutchings and John hopkins guilty of assaulting and stabbing one John Brown. Each man was fined $50 and sentenced to imprisonment of six months and until the respective fines were paid. TJ granted both a pardon, which was dated 25 Aug. 1803 (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 59, GPR).

j.w. duly received: TJ to Wagner, 11 and 20 Aug. 1803.

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