To his excellency George Clinton Esquire Governor of the State of New York, Captain General and Commander in Chief of the Militia thereof, & Admiral of the Navy &c.
The Petition of Benjamin Rogers a Prisoner in Albany Goal, and others the Subscribers in his behalf. Most humbly shews, That the Petitioner is only seventeen Years of Age, has languished for six Months in a loathsome Prison, and is now under sentence of Death for stealing a Horse – there are however Circumstances which He humbly hopes will entitle Him to mercy and which He trusts your excellency will extend to him consideration of his Youth, and the Intreaties of these benevolent Members of Society who have joined him in this Prayer for his Pardon, and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray.
Abraham Yates, Jun., Abraham Ten Broeck, Abraham A. Lansingh, John R. Bleecker, R't Bleecher, John N. Bleecker, Henry Bleecker, John J. Bleecker, John Cuyler, Jacob Cuyler, Richard Varick, Cornel's Cuyler, Bangaman Rogers, John Barclay, Ph: Schuyler, Harme Gansevoort, John Ten Broeck, Thomas Hun, Leon'd Gavesvoort, Jun'r, Jacobe Hno. Lansigh, Abraham Bloodgood, John Tayler, Isaac I Truax, Jacob Guyler, Dirick B. Van Schoonhoven, Henry Van Schoonven, Nanning Harmense Visscher, Zacharies Sickels, Harm's Wendell, Gynier Van Yeveren, Bastian Visscher, Abram Bogert, Nicholas Marselis, Jno. Jacs Beekman, John roseboom, Jr., Jacob jac'b Lansigh, Abraham Cuyler, Richard Lush, Dirck Schuyler, Jun'r., Gybert Fonda, Abraham Veeder, John J. Hanson, Elbert Willett, E. Westerlo, Peter Gansevort, Conrad Gansevort, Corn's Glen, W. Mancius, Garret Roseboom, Joh's Beeckman, Dirck Roseboom, Walter Quackinboos, Jr.
Albany 20th May 1778
Printed in Clinton Papers, vol. 3, p 334. This community-based survey includes the name of fifty-two, mostly Albany city people and demonstrates the consensus-based nature of decision-making in early Albany.
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