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Royal Pardon

Whereas John Jones - Thomas Mills - John Purdie - John Taite alias Skinner - John Connoway alias Irish Jack - William Bennett - Joseph alias John Brown - Joseph Sedgley and Thomas Green were at sessions held at the Old Bailey in February and April last tried and convicted of divers felonies and had sentence of death severally passed upon them for the same, we in conversation of some favourable circumstances humbly represented unto us in their behalf are graciously pleased to extend our Grace and Mercy unto them and to Grant them our pardon for the crimes of which they stand severally convicted on condition of their being severally transported to the Eastern Coast of New South Wales or some one or other of the Islands adjacent for and during the terms of their several and respective natural lives our will and pleasure therefore is that you give the necessary directions accordingly and that they be ??ed for their said crimes on the said condition in our first and next general pardon that shall come out for the poor convicts in Newgate and for so doing this shall be your warrant given at our court at St Jamesís the twenty first day of May 1799 in the thirty ninth year of our reign

To our trusty and wellbeloved our justices of Gaol Delivery for the City of London and County of Middlesex The Sherriffs of our said City and all others whom it may concern

By His Majestyís Command

Pardon, HO 13/12, AJCP reel 420.