|To the Right Hon[oura]ble Henry Austin Bruce M.P. Her Majesty's
Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department.
|The Humble Memorial of John Bunn, George Ray, Edward Jones, Robert
Wilson and Thomas Dilley. prisoners in Maidstone Gaol.
|That your Memorialists were convicted at the last December Sessions
of the Central Criminal Court upon a charge of conspiracy arising
out of the late Strike of Gas Stokers at the Beckton Works of the
Gas light and Coke Company and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
|That your Memorialists are all working Men of god character and
had no intention whatever to offend against the Law of the Country
but honestly believed that the part they took in the said Strike was
only a legal exercise of their rights of combination for the protection
|That your Memorialists deeply regret having unintentionally broken
the Law but they have erred entirely in ignorance and will in future
carefully avoid taking any part in any unlawful or improper act
|That your Memorialists were unanimously recommended to mercy by
the Jury who tried them and have already been severely punished for
their offence having been in prison since the 10th day of December
last, and they trust that these facts and their previous good character
will commend their case to your merciful consideration
|Your Memorialists therefore humbly pray that you will be pleased
to advise Her Majesty to extend Her Royal Clemency to them and remit
the remainder of the sentence they are now undergoing.
|[signatures] J Bunn
|Robert Wilson X his mark
|Witness C W Bannister. Governor.