62/1853 To His Excellency Sir John Young
15 Apr 63 Governor in Chief in and over the
Executive Com. Territory of New South Wales and its
J.Y. Dependencies __ ___ ________ of
Same etc. etc. etc.
May it please you Excellency
We the undersigned residents of the Mining District of Tambaroora, by leave most Respectfully and modestly to address a few lines to Your Excellency on behalf of the unfortunate individual now lying in Bathurst gaol under the most awful Sentence of Death – vis. John Peisley.
1stly We would honestly beg to impress upon your Excellency’s mind that it is not with the view of Supporting – upholding – or encouraging crime in the least degree, under any shape that we have resorted to the present effort to save the life of a fellow creature, felling but too well assured of your Excellency’s determination not to allow the Escutcheon of the royal prerogative of mercy at your Excellency’s disposal, to become soiled or tarnished by the encouragement of so base an attempt.
2ndly We would not seek to exonerate the subject of any appeal on account of any extraordinary victuo of forbearance which he might or might not have exercised or in his alleged cause, but rather rest our hope on a far througher basis than the flimsy attempt at a recrimination of (and, we regret to say it,) the existing living causes of the young man’s downfall , nor yet from the extenuating circumstances that might be drawn from a comparison of the present case, to that of the deliberate destroyer of the late Mr. Mooney of the Meroo.
3rdly In so doing we would even venture within the precinct of ordinary rule and _ _ _ _ _ _ _ on your Excellency’s_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ so far as voluntarily to venture in this case of “life versus death” (one of the most serious and solemn this can possibly be submitted for your Excellency’s consideration) our truthful and candid opinion, – in recording which we cannot avoid expressing it thus, that as far as “temporal” punishment be conceived, the very extension of your Excellency’s clemency in the case would re???ound to the cause of Christianity & equally if not much more to vindicate the Christian laws and complete the ends of ”temporal” justice with far greater severity that even the destruction of human life could accomplish.
Under the forgoing premise we most earnestly and respectfully entreat your Excellency to withhold your fatal signature.
We cannot possibly urge more, but as Christians we beg to subscribe ourselves
Your Excellency’s humble supplicants
|En_ _ _ _ _||James|
|Monahan His X Mark||Mathius|
|Slack -Postmaster Tambaroora||William James|