Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 25 November 1807

Nov. 25. [1807]

Th:J. to Mr Gallatin

It seems I think that a pardon may be justly expected in the inclosed case. but the practice we have followed is a sound one, to let the matter go to a jury that facts may be proved & disclosed; & after that only, to determine the question of pardon. the practice of Nolle prosequi is to be avoided but in extraordinary cases. I once agreed to one in a case of manslaughter by surprise, & of which, I have repented ever since. I will thank you for your opinion on this matter. Affectionate salutations.

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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