Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Commons, 17 May 1808

New Orleans May 17th 1808

Sr Exelency the President Thomas Jefferson

Your Exelency will pardon my boldness of my undertaking, as I find myself under necessity to apply to your Exelency. I was by a bad sett poeple persuadet & forced to inlist in the Service of the United States, and if I would not comply with there desire, they would flog me ecct; I am in the Service here in the Artillerie in Captn. Coxs Compagnie, and I do not know how long I must Stay. I would beg your Exelency humbly, to have compassion with me, and grant me my freedom, as my parents do not know jet where I am to this present time; wich lives in Kentuky. If my parents should hear of me in what Situation I am, it would breach there heart, and it would bring them to the grave for Sorrow. I am in hopes your Exelency will grant my request; and in such expectation

I am your Exelency most humble Servant

Samuel I. Commons


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