Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 16 August 1806

Monticello Aug. 16. 06.

Dear Sir

I have made it a rule to grant no pardon in any criminal case but on the recommendation of the judges who sat on the trial, & the district Attorney, or two of them. I believe it a sound rule, & not to be departed from but in extraordinary cases. this occasions me to trouble you with the inclosed petition. it is probable the party petitioning, or his friends, on being informed of the rule, will take the petition and present it for the necessary signatures; I ask the favor of you accordingly to put it into their hands with the necessary information. I salute you with affection & respect

Th: Jefferson

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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