Petition of George Pasfield and Others to Lilburn W. Boggs, August 18371Springfield Illinois
August 1836.^7^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.
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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
. . .?] ^ 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
<Page 2>by his side— such we ^[
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
|T M Neale|
|Geo Pasfield||Jaconiah Langston|
|Robert Latham||R. Radford|
|Geo. Miller||John J Ballentine|
|Joshua. S. Hobbs||John C Klein2|
|James Matheny||John T Tongate3|
|A. Lincoln||John Keyes|
|J R Herndon|
|J. H [Steet?]||John White5|
|David [Kruger?]||James Smith6|
|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|
<Page 4>J. M. Cabaniss
Petition for Pardon.
Petition for Pardon.
To his Excellency the Governor of Missouri—
Let a writ issue granting a full pardon to the within named MassieL W BoggsMarch 8th 1838
[Writ?] issued 8th march 1838
[P. G. G.?]
[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).
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.
Handwritten Document Signed, 4 page(s), SHS Collection, Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri).