From Timothy Green
Fredericksburg, December 20, 1813.
Parental solicitude will plead my excuse for addressing this immediately to you. The circumstances attending the arrest and imprisonment of my Son, I am not acquainted with; nor was any thing known relative to them till the last evening.1 The signatures attached to the petition, I have presumed would answer the same purpose as hundreds, which might be obtained.2 My desire is to procure an arrest of judgement, until circumstances are reported to the Secretary of War; and then such a remission thereof as the case may authorise.
For obvious reasons, your early attention is earnestly solicited.
RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 94, Letters Received, filed under “Green”). For enclosure, see n. 2.
1. Francis Green, a private in the Seventh Regiment of Infantry, was tried by court-martial at New Orleans in September and October 1813 for “mutinous conduct.” He was found guilty and sentenced to three months hard labor with ball and chain, but the latter part of the sentence was remitted. He remained in service at New Orleans and was discharged in 1815 (DNA: RG 94, Registers of Enlistments, 1798–1815, 10:59).
2. The enclosed petition (1 p.), dated 20 Dec. 1813, and signed by John Minor, John Mercer, William S. Stone, John W. Green, Hugh Mercer, and Benson S. Master, stated that Francis Green was “in confinement under a charge of having stricken his officer,” that his previous conduct had been “uniform and exemplary,” and that his crime was probably the result of youthful rashness rather than bad character. The petitioners asked JM to “pardon or mitigate” Green’s sentence in order to “save the feelings of a most amiable family.”