James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jones, 10 February 1813

From William Jones

Nav: Depmt 10 feb: 1813

I have the honor to lay before You, the proceedings of a Court Martial, held at Fort Norfolk, on the 1. aug: 1812—with the sentence of Death, pronounced by said Court, upon George Allen, a private of marines. And a reference to a similar sentence, by another Court Martial upon …1 Potts a private of Marines the proceedings of which, are not to be found, either in the War or Navy Departments; but may probably be in Your possession. Permit me to observe, that these men, have been under close confinement, now six months: & as I understand the punishment of others, under similar sentences, about the same time, to have been remitted, I take the liberty, of bringing these facts to Your notice.2

W Jones.

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 45, LSP).

1Jones’s ellipsis points.

2On 12 Feb. 1813, JM pardoned Thomas Potts and George Allen and remitted their death sentences (DNA: RG 59, PPR).

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