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Ellen McHenry per Mellish 1830 petition

Ellen McHenry per Mellish 1830 - ID8973
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To The Right Honourable Robert Peel Secretary of State for the Home Department.
This humble memorial of Daniel McHenry of No 5 Upper Rupert Street in the Parish
of St James's
Sheweth
That your memorialist having humble served his country for 22 years in the 1st
Regiment of Guards for which he enjoys a pension is grieved beyond all expression
to state that he has an unfortunate daughter ELLEN McHENRY who on the 13th
instant was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey Sessions of stealing three pairs of
shoes and one sheet the property of where she lodges. The Prosecution was in the
frequent habit of lending the unhappy prisoner property to pledge which she
always restored as soon as possible and which was her intention to do with the
property above adhered to.
That it will be an everlasting affliction to your Memorialist that his unhappy
daughter could have offended against the laws of the country to such an extent as
to induce the Recorder to send her beyond our seas for seven years.
That Memorialist's miserable daughter is a cripple has been lame since two years of
age she is now seventeen and of general ill health and as it is verily believed she
could not survive a voyage. This is humbly to entreat Honourable Sir your humane
interference in order that she may be allowed to suffer her punishment in this
country for which great consideration your memorialist and his unhappy daughter
will ever pray.
Thomas Stephens - 82 Wardown Street
Robert Hughes - 74 Wardown Street
John Bryan
George Lewington - Surgeon Brunswick Street
George Cozens - Maker of Cloth and Coats Rainproof - 9 Great Windmill Street
Haymarket
John Hunt
George Parker - Grocer - 70 Wardown Street
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8th April 1830
Sir,
Your humble Petitioner is Hester McHenry having an unfortunate daughter ELLEN
McHENRY cripple ever since 2 years of age and got aquainted with bad company
was tried at the January Sessions at the Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years
transportation beyond the seas. The Prosecutor being in the habit of sending her to
pawn different articles for her at length she taken some shoes and sheet value 5
shillings for which she was convicted. The prayer of your Petitioner is that she may
induce her punishment in this country praying your influence with Right
Honourable Peel Secretary of State.
Sir
Your Petitioner will ever pray.
ELLEN McHENRY
OLD BAILEY - 1830
ROBBING HER LODGINGS
TRANSPORTATION FOR 7 YEARS
SOURCE - HOME OFFICE CRIMINAL PETITIONS - SERIES 1
SERIES - HO 17
PIECE NUMBER - 77
ITEM NUMBER - OO 14
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ELLEN McHENRY - AGED 20
OLD BAILEY JANUARY SESSIONS 1830
ROBBING HER LODGINGS
7 YEARS TRANSPORTATION
GOALERS REPORT - HERE BEFORE (4TH TIME)
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