Gas stokers' plea for clemency, 1873
PRO HO 45/9326/18243, no. 28


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.
Sheweth,
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 of Labour
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
G Ray
E Jones
Robert Wilson X his mark
T Dilley
Witness C W Bannister. Governor.

 


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