|In April 1781 John Glover, Benjamin Bowsey and a number of other
prisoners awaiting execution all received royal pardons. There was,
however, a sting in the tail. These pardons were conditional on serving
- presumably for life - as soldiers on the African coast. Conditions
there were so appalling and disease so rife that this was generally
considered to be a death sentence in itself.
SP 44/95, p. 115 (30 April 1781)