Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Daniel McGinnas, 23 January 1806

To the President of the United States.

The Petition of Daniel McGinnas, a free mulatto man, most respectfully represents.

That your Petitioner, has been confin’d in the Prison of Washington County, in the District of columbia, Since the 7th day of November

That at the Circuit Court, held for Said County in   term   Your Petitioner was tried on a Presentment for Assult & Battery, and was Sentenced to pay a fine of One Dollar, and Costs to the Amount of $30.69 Dollars more, making in the whole $31-69 Dollars, exclusive of Joal fees, all, or any part of which, your Petitioner, is utterly unable to pay, & must remain here, untill your Excellancy is pleas’d to liberate him.

Your Petitioner therefore prays, that Your Excellency, will remitt his fine & fees; and restore him to liberty: and his future observance of the Laws, Shall be marked, with that attachment to Order; which distinguishes, the gratefull Supplicant, and the good Citizen—and, as in duty bound, he will ever pray—your petitioner

Daniell McGinnas

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I do hereby Certify that the facts as stated in the Above petition are true—

John W Pratt Deputy


In Consequence of the Within Petition and Statement, We the Undersigned Judges do respectfully recommend to the President of the United States to Grant the Said Petition

W Kilty

W. Cranch.

N. Fitzhugh

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

Jan. 24. 06.

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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