Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Blake, 26 July 1807

Boston 26. July 1807—


I had the honor to receive, in course, your communication of 24 Ulto, relative to the Petition of John Partridge; who is now in imprisonment in this District, pursuant to the sentences on two convictions for uttering counterfeit Bills of the Bank of U State—The papers were submitted, immediately after their reception, to the District Judge, who has been awaiting an Opportunity of confering with the Presiding Judge of our Circuit Court, on the subject to which they relate—Oweing however to the indisposition of Judge Cushing, no such opportunity has occurred, & it seems quite uncertain when he may be in Town, or if he do come, whether he will be able to attend to business of any kind—Under such circumstances, I deem it to be my duty, without waiting for a formal conference with the court on the subject in question, merely to state to you that the whole amt. of costs, for the non payment of which the convict is now detained in Prison, will not probably exceed twenty Dollars; and that although from many circumstances which transpired in the course of his trial, it appeared very probable that he had been in connection with a numerous & very mischievous tribe of counterfeiters yet that his counduct, since the commencement of his imprisonment has been uniformly indicative of contrition—I have the

honor to be with mo. perfect respect—Yr. Obed St

Geo: Blake

[Opinion in TJ’s hand, along left margin]

Let a pardon issue

Th: Jefferson

Aug. 1. 07

DNA: RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.

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