Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacob Coleman, 14 April 1806

Philadelphia Goal
April 14th.—1806—

To his Excellency
Jefferson President
of the
United States

The Petition of Jacob Coleman, of the Borough of Reading, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Cabinet maker

Humbly Sheweth

That at a Circuit Court of the United States, for the District of Pennsylvania, he was on the Eleventh Instant, convicted of robbing the Mail, which he had been employed to carry from Sunbury to Reading, and for that offence, sentenced to be whipped with Twenty Stripes, and suffer an Imprisonment of Five Years—

That immediately on being charged with the offence, your Petitioner confessed the Fact, and when indicted, acknowledged his Guilt—

That the Property taken hath been compleatly restored—

That your Petitioner is about Twenty One years of age, unpractised in Guilt, however atrocious his Crime, and married to a worthy Woman, of a reputable Family, who will soon be a Mother—

Your Petitioner most humbly hopes, that the Affliction of his Parents and Connexions, will not be increased, by a public suffering, in this State unusual, and therefore peculiarly disgraceful; that your Excellency will be pleased to remit, his corporal Punishment, and in your Wisdom, so far lessen the Term of his Imprisonment, as may be consistent, with what he is well aware, is due from him to the Justice of his injured Country—

Jacob Coleman

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

Index Entries