Petition from Patrick Clark et al. concerning clemency for Thomas Hunt
Clark, Patrick; Cumming, William, 1724-ca. 1797; Et Al.
Volume 19, Pages 934-935
THE PETITION OF SUNDRY INHABITANTS OF HILLSBOROUGH DISTRICT IN BEHALF THOMAS HUNT.
To the Honourable Alexander Martin, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina:
We have the utmost confidence that your Honor will never be wearied with exercising the Mercies of Government; happy that the first Magistrate is possessed of powers to soften the rigour of General Law and Sensible that your Honour will always enjoy a pleasure in Administering Mercy; we hope that the following Reasons will induce your Honor to extend the clemency of the State to the Unfortunate Object of this Petition.
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He is under Sentence of Death for Horse Stealing which during the trial seemed rather an indiscretion than a crime, his general Honest character, his Attachment to the Liberties of his Country, His tender years joined with the prayer of this Petition, we hope will mark him as a proper object of clemency and mercy.
John McFarland, Coln.
John Nickols, J. P.,
Charles Ahley, Lt.,
James Carrington, Esq.,