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To the Right Honourable Viscount Melbourne, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department
The humble petition of John Crudginton and Frances his wife sheweth that their eldest son Daniel Crudginton was convicted at the Middlesex Sessions on Monday the 7th of April inst before Benjamin Rotch Esq for stealing a pair of shoes in the Parish of Christ Church Middlesex (valued at 2s/6d) and sentenced to be transported for 7 years.
Your Petitioners beg to state they with their Witnesses attended at the Sessions House on Monday morning and saw the Prisoner in Clerkenwell Prison at 1 o’clock at which time no bill was found and your Petitioners were informed that he would not be tried that day, your Petitioners and their witnesses went home to dinner and our Prisoner's Mother returning in the afternoon to see if a bill was found when to her great surprise and distress she was informed her son was tried and transported by half past 3 o’clock on the same Monday afternoon.
Your Petitioners (although poor people with a family of 6 children excluding the Prisoner) would have obtained him professional assistance and had many respectable Witnesses to speak to his Character some of whom have known him from his cradle which he lost the benefit of through the cause above stated.
Permit your Petitioners to state that the Prisoner is now in his 18th year is by trade a Shoemaker and a good workman and never up to this transaction had a dishonest act laid to his charge but on the contrary he was always industriously inclined and done his utmost to assist his Father in bringing up Petitioners large family as we could have fully proved.
Your Petitioners under these circumstances fervently hope that your Lordship will be pleased to take this case into your Lordship’s most gracious consideration and that by being entirely misled by being informed that he would not be tried on the Monday by his not having the benefit of Counsel being deprived of the evidence of his friends and always borne a good character for honesty and industry he will be an object to which your Lordship will be pleased to extend mercy but if your Lordship cannot grant him a commutation of sentence your Petitioners sincerely pray that your Lordship will be pleased to permit him to remain in the Country that your Petitioners may not have their feelings further wounded by the expatriation of their son
And your Petitioners
As in duty bound
Shall we Pray
We the undersigned join in the Prayers of the Petitioners can vouch for the truth of the foregoing statements and humbly recommend the youth to the mercy of your Lordship
Thos Bradbury, Vine Place, Spitalfields
John Kinman, Paper stainer, Westminster Road
Edward Poucell, Boot maker, Walworth
Joseph Smith, Scale maker, Whitechapel
James Hanson, Coll of the R*** Road Samuel Ellis
Bricklayer, North Street
Thomas Powell, Mason, North Street
Duncan Dewar, Smith, North Street
Abraham Holder, Stone mason, North Street
Jos Kane, Weaver, North Street
R C Bean, No 27 North Street, Whitechapel Road
Mr J Doughty, 21 Whitechapel Road