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To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 15 May 1802

From Alexander J. Dallas

The United States } Circt. Ct. for the East Dist. of Penna.—May Session 1802 Larceny on the High seas. Trial and Conviction 14 May 1802
vs
David Jackson

Phila. 15 May 1802

Sir

David Jackson, a boy of fifteen years of age, was yesterday convicted of Larceny in the Circuit Court. The Jury have requested me to transmit his petition, and their recommendation, for a Pardon.1

He is a poor Lad, without family, or friends, in this part of the Continent. The Captain, with whom he sailed, and who prosecuted for the offence, does not give him a good character; but if the President shall deem it proper to grant a Pardon,2 I will endeavour to prevail on the Inspectors of the Prison to exert themselves, in obtaining a Master, with whom there will be some chance of his reformation. I am, with the sincerest esteem, Sir, Yr. mo. obedt Servt.

A. J. Dallas

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