Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nathan Sanford, 18 July 1807

Washington July 18. 07.


I have generally refrained from exercising the power of pardon except in those cases where the judges & Attorney present at the trial, & consequently conusant of all the circumstances of the crime, recommend the petitioner as a proper object for the exercise of that power. for as to myself I can rarely know any facts relative to it but those which the petitioner or his friends think proper to present to me. I therefore take the liberty of sending you the inclosed petition, & of asking the favor of you to submit it to the judges before whom the trial was held, giving at the same time your own opinion on the question whether a pardon ought to issue.

Accept my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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