Saturday, 12 January 2013

12th January 1813: Henry Hobhouse sends the result of the York Special Commission to the Home Office

Jan. 12. [1813]


The Business of the Commission being concluded, I have the Honour to inclose from Lord Sidmouth’s Information a Calendar of the Prisoners, in which their several Sentences or their Modes of Discharge are noted. His Lordship will find the general Result to be that of 64 Prisoners

18 have recd Sentence of Death,
6 of Transportation for 7 Years,
17 capitally indicted, but discharged on Bail to appear & answer when required by the Crown.
2 admitted Evidence for the Crown.
13 discharged without Indictment
7 acquitted (4 of them by Consent)
1 has traversed to the next Assizes.

Of the 15 who have just received Sentence of Death, Mr. Baron Thomson intimated to only one of them any Hope of Mercy, viz. to John Lumb who was recommended by the Jury; & I understand that it is their Lordships’ to execute all the others either on Thursday or Saturday next.

I hope this Result of the Commission will meet the Approbation of his Majesty's Ministers; & as soon as I return to Town I will have the Honour of calling at Whitehall to answer any Enquiries which Lord Sidmouth may wish to make.

I have [etc]
H. Hobhouse

[To] J Beckett Esq

This letter can be found at HO 42/132.

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