From James McGurk
[28 Oct. 1802]
I Beg for my life onley [as] Judge Cranch Coms home I know he has given Some Remarks in writeing But wee Doo not know what way he might Bend if he Was on the Spot I Should think I had afare Chanc for my Life I hope if his Should Bend Judg keltey would Bind
Can not the presedint of the united States grant this Requist to aman That will Bee put to Dath in the wrong without the Presidents mercey I never can bleive But you will if you Can by fare manes Save me till I get ancir from your own han which I Requist By the Bearor as I am now going to the Galos
RC (DNA: RG 59, GPR); torn; undated, but see below; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Presedent of the unted States”; endorsed by TJ: “Mc.Gurk.”
NOW GOING TO THE GALOS: James McGurk was executed on 28 Oct. (National Intelligencer, 29 Oct.).