Petition of George Pasfield and Others to Lilburn W. Boggs, August 18371
To His Excellency The Governor of the State of Missouri,
The Undersigned Citizens of the County of Sangamon would most respectfully represent, that in the early part of 1836, Massie a citizen of this County, of very respectable Connexions and as many of us know, and all of us believe heretofore of good Character and Conduct, was Convicted in the St Louis Circuit Court of the Crime of Larceny, uppon three indictments for stealing property of very trivial value, and was sentenced to the Penitentiary for Six years where he has ever Since been Confined.
[may . . .?] [. . .?]
We are unwilling from the Circumstances of the transaction to attach deliberate guilt to his conduct, The articles, were (as we are informed) alleged to have been taken from a Steamboat on which he was employed—he was no doubt intoxicated—the hands—who were witnesses and himself had quarrelled, and he was taken into ^custody^ asleep and in Liquor within a few Steps of the boat, the property was in his trunk
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by his side— such we ^[. . .?] ^ are informed were the Circumstances. He was tried as appears from the record within a very few days of his arrest, without the presence of his friends— not without enemies, without means to employ Counsel, and destitute of the knowledge to conduct a defence if innocent—
We incline to believe, from his friends— his early associations the manner in which he has been brought up, his previous fair character, and ^from^ the facts to which we have alluded, that he has been more imprudent than guilty and more unfortunate than Criminal, But if guilty he has suffered a long Confinement, and we most respectfully suggest, that he is rendered by the uncertainty of his guilt and the Certainty of his punishment, a fit subject for the exercise of that clemency, which your excellency— is so happy as to be able to apply,
we are very Respy[Respectfully] your Obt[obedient] Servants
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T M Neale
Geo Pasfield Jaconiah Langston
Sanford Watson
Robert Latham R. Radford
Geo. Miller John J Ballentine
Joshua. S. Hobbs John C Klein2
James Matheny John T Tongate3
John Constant4
A. Lincoln John Keyes
J R Herndon
J. H [Steet?] John White5
David [Kruger?] James Smith6
James Campbell
W D Herndon Hirum C Miller
J M Jones John. M. Spurgin
R M Jones Peter Carell
[Danl S?]. Bennett John Decamp
John Sherrill J. F [Latcher?]
Cornelius T Rathbone Wm MacDonald
J. L McCracken John Evans
William Clark John Ritchie
Thomas. E. Jackson Patk Goulding
James C Ross Thomas [Orr?]
Andrew L Lindsay
[Thomas Commard?] Robert [V Eckert?]
W H Robbins William Fitzsimmons
William Dillard Thompson Wigginton
Wm Foster. Peter Langwell
A. D. Wright George M. Saunders
T. J. Goforth Daniel Daring
Gunnell S Mckinnie

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J. M. Cabaniss
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J. Massie—
Petition for Pardon.
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To his Excellency the Governor of Missouri—
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Let a writ issue granting a full pardon to the within named Massie
L W Boggs
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[Writ?] issued 8th march 1838
[P. G. G.?]
1Abraham Lincoln signed his name to this petition. On February 7, 1838, Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan wrote to Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs recommending the pardon of Jesse E. Massie. Duncan enclosed this petition along with another in favor of Massie, also signed by Sangamon County residents. On March 8, 1838, Governor Boggs granted the pardon.
Edmund Taylor and Others to Whom it May Concern, 21 October 1836, and Joseph Duncan to Lilburn W. Boggs, 7 February 1838, both in SHS Collection, Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri).
2There were several men named John Klein/Cline in Sangamon County and Springfield during this time.
3This may be John Tongate of Macoupin County.
4There were at least three men named John Constant living in Sangamon County in 1837. One lived in Springfield; one lived in Mechanicsburg; and a third lived elsewhere in the county and died in 1838. It is unclear which of these men signed this petition.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 218-24.
5There were several men named John White living in Sangamon and Menard counties during this period. It is unclear which of them signed this petition.
6There were several men named James Smith living in Sangamon and Menard counties during this period. It is unclear which of them signed this petition.

Handwritten Document Signed, 4 page(s), SHS Collection, Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri).