Criminal Petitions re Thomas Baker Sackett. 1827. HO 17/93 (item Rm 22) Series 1 (1819-1839), National Archives, Kew, London. (Researched by Marion Sackett).

[This is a bundle of 10 documents, several undated, which did not appear to be in any particular order within the bundle. In this transcript, I have put them into what appears to be a sensible order. Some signatures on the petitions are difficult to decipher with certainty. — Marion Sackett.]

Undated Petition – but with internal reference to “this present Month of September 1827”:

To the King's Most Excellent Majesty
The Humble Petition of Thomas Sackett
a Prisoner under Sentence of Death in your Majestys
Gaol of Newgate
Most Humbly Sheweth
That your petitioner was at the Session holden for the City of London this present Month of September 1827 Tried before Newman Knowlys Esquire Recorder of the said City upon an Indictment and charging him with Assaulting James Sharp on the Highway putting him in fear and taking from his person and against his will a pocket Book containing Bills of Exchange and other securities for Money his property convicted thereupon and sentence of death was passed upon your unhappy Petitioner for the same.

Your Petitioner most ^humbly craves leave to represent unto your most gracious Majesty that he is wholly and entirely innocent of the Charge of which he hath been found guilty and that from the Evidence upon the Trial of the said Indictment when Reported to your Majesty given against your petitioner it will appear that that Evidence was not sufficient to satisfy a Jury to come to the conclusion they did by pronouncing a Verdict of Guilty although your unhappy petitioner doth not mean in any manner in this humble petition to say or insinuate that they intended to give a Verdict contrary to Evidence but your Petitioner fears that they were a little biased by the foulness of the Crime with which your Petitioner was charged and he your Petitioner being at the place caused them to come to the conclusion they did for the only Evidence that appeared against your Petitioner was as far as he can recolect That there were several persons in the passage where the Prosecutor was who surrounded him and at which time he lost his pocket Book That your unhappy Petitioner was there and appeared to be picking up some thing he had drop’t – upon which he was charged as one of those who surrounded the Prosecutor but it was also in Evidence that he your petitioner was ^not seen to do anything and not so near to the person of the Prosecutor as to have taken his pocket Book That your Petitioner was searched and nothing found on him and he expressed his surprise at the Charge and expressed his readiness to accompany the person or persons who so charged him to go where they pleased to take him which your Petitioner did in the most submissive manner being conscious of his innocence.

Your Petitioner most humbly craves leave further to represent unto your most gracious Majesty that he hath arrived at the Age of Twenty eight Years and hath been brought up respectably and carried on the Trade of a Butcher and a Farmer having in the year One thousand eight hundred and Nineteen taken a farm at Butsbury in the County of Essex of Two hundred and fifty acres under Thomas Pouton Esquire of Mayfair in the County of Middlesex and paid his Rent to C.G. Parker Esquire of Chelmsford in the County of Essex but on Account and through the depreciation of Corn and the great distress in agricultural business your Petitioner became reduced in his circumstances and left the Farm in the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty three with Credit and respectability and afterwards carried on his Trade and Business of a Butcher in the Commercial Road ^Whitechapel Road and lived there to January last (One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven) when on account of unavoidable losses and misfortunes and his Business not succeeding to his wishes he sought for and got employ occasionally by assisting Butchers when he could get employ and which he did with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers and always supported and deserved the Character of an Industrious honest Man which was proved on the Trial of your Petitioner and never until the fatal moment which hath reduced your wretched Petitioner to his present deplorable state had he been charged with or Guilty of any offence against the Laws of his Country and laboured hard to support himself from an early period in life And he well hopes that from the Evidence against your petitioner some circumstances will appear warranting your Majestys most tender consideration his former good character his great and unavoidable misfortunes and distress; and induce your most gracious Majesty in your great Wisdom and Mercy to spare the life of your wretched Petitioner well knowing when he is supplicating the fountain of Mercy where a doubt may exist of the Guilt of the wretched being mercy will be extended – and should your gracious Majesty be graciously pleased to spare the life of your wretched Petitioner he will ever conduct himself in the strict path of rectitude and virtue and every way a deserving object of such great mercy and goodness.

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly Implores your most generous Majesty to be graciously pleased to take his case into your Majestys most tender consideration and spare his life on such condition as your most gracious Majesty in Your great Wisdom and Mercy shall be graciously pleased to direct
And your Petitioner as in Obedience and in duty bound will ever Pray &c

Thomas Sackett

We the undersigned most humbly beg leave to reccommend to the gracious consideration and Mercy of His most gracious Majesty his Majestys humble and wretched Petitioner Thomas Sackett

James Sharpe, Prosecutor
[Caroline A__________]
G H Smyth, Berechurch Hall, Colchester
Willm Meller, Thudeick
Andw Gibbs, 57 Aldgate High St, London (his late Master)
William Sum[dle], Salesman, Raignham, Essex
[Isaeen Mickins], Salesman, Hornchurch, Essex
William Finch, Salesman, Margaretting, Essex
Robt Claridge, Salesman, Finchley, Middlesex
John Monk, Salesman, East Wickham, Kent
Thos Brough, Bass Inn, Smithfield
John Jones, Banker, West Smithfield
Thomas Upton, 91 Watling St, Storehouseman
John Rogers, 16 Bridge St, Blackfriars, Warehouseman
Charles Spurden, 42 Friday St, Warehouseman
George Frederick Minton, Warehouseman, 128 Cheapside
John Flower, Warehouseman, 61 Bread St, Cheapside
John Moss, Warehouseman, 61 Bread St, Cheapside
Allan [?] Greeth, [Pecary?] Ct, Wholesale Draper
Robt Thing, Salesman, Leadenhall Markett
Geoe Smith, Mandford Le Hope, Grays, Essex
Tho White, Butcher, 74 Aldgate High St
Robt Cook, Salesman, Welling, Kent
Willm Eve, Do, Grays, Essex
[Jexl] Mason, Salesman, Danbury, Essex
John Butcher, Maida Vile West
Josh Scales, 59 High St, Aldgate, Salesman
Joseph Giblin, Farmer & Appraiser, Upminster, Essex
Salmon, Warehouseman, Old Change, Cheapside
William [Frichd], Church St, Bethnal Green
Willm Bawtree & Co, Bankers of Colchester
T. J. Turner, [Mayto] of the County of Essex
Firmin Fenton & Co, Chemists, Colchester
Walford & Garrard, Auctioneers, Colchester
Charles [Pugers], Wood Green, [ _____ ]
John Clay, Mayor of Colchester
Mr Smith, a magistrate for the Boro of Colchester
[W. Harling], a magistrate for the Borough of Colchester
F. T. Abell, A magistrate for the Borough of Colchester
Edward Clay, a magistrate for the Borough of Colchester
John Taylor, Alderman of the Borough of Colchester
[H.] Osborne, Merchant Colchester
J G Sarjeant, Attorney at Law, Colchester
Charles Edward Perry, Colchester, Gentleman
Thos Blyth, Alderman of the Borough of Colchester
Saml Daniell, Attorney at Law, Colchester
Thos Creek, Merchant, Colchester
Danl Pellikin, Merchant, Colchester
[A. F. Mills ?], of Colchester, Gentleman
Wm Bilton Smith, Alderman of the Boro’ of Colchester
J. Haddock } Brothers in Law
Lnl Garrard } of Thos Sackett

Dorse: Thos Sackett
Old Bailey Septr
Session 1827 –
Highway Robbery

Considered at
Report in
Council 16 Nov r
and subsequently

Memorial dated 2 Oct 1827:

To the Honble Newman Knowlys Esqr
Recorder of London
The Memorial of we the undersign’d
Most respectfully Sheweth

That we humbly beg leave to represent, that we feel very seriously impressed with the distressing and awful situation of Thos Sackett, who was Capitally Convicted at the last Old Bailey Sessions.

That in consequence of having known the said Thos Sackett to have been an Apprentice to Mr Andrew Gibbs of Aldgate High Street, Carcase Butcher, who joins us in this our Memorial and who with ourselves testify that during the time he served, he discharged his Duty with Industry, Integrity and Humanity and was frequently entrusted with four to five hundred Pounds, to take to his said Masters Bankers, Messrs Fuller & Compy.

That previous to his being out of the term of his Apprenticeship, he became entitled to a considerable property, which induced him, by the advice of his ^late Father, to solicit his Master to allow him the remainder of his time, which he did, but very reluctantly, but it was with the prospect before him, that the said Thomas Sackett, would in all probability become an opulent, and most useful Member of Society.

That after this period, he took a poor Farm at a place call’d Buttsbury near Billericay in Essex, where he expended about £1500 in improving the Land, and after all his endeavring in bringing the same to a fair state of Cultivation, he was compell’d to leave the same in consequence of the reduction in all Agricultural produce, which took place in the Year 1824 he then return’d to London, and took a Butchers Shop – in Whitechapel Road, with ev’ry prospect of doing well, and after two Years trial, it did not answer his expectation.

That after this second disappointment, he went again into the Country and remain’d a long time, and then again return’d to London where he got a living by way of his Business.

That during the time we have known him we never knew that he was any Desperate Character, or ever guilty of Felony – and the more so that he never committed any Act of Cruelty towards dumb Animals.

That under all the circumstances stated, and well knowing that you do not delight in Death, but doth in the pleasure of preserving Life, therefore we most fervently beseech and implore your Honor, to be mercifully and graciously pleased to spare the Life of the unfortunate individual in question, in doing of which, we hope and trust that his future conduct will be beneficial to himself, and useful to Society in General, and for which your Memorialists will, as in duty bound ever pray.

2nd Octr 1827 James Sharpe, Prosecutor
Andw Gibbs, 57 Aldgate High St / his late Master
Josh Scales, 59 High St, Aldgate
Peter Perry, Common Council Minnies
John Prested, Common Council Man
Robert Carter?, - Do - Minories
John Smith, - Do - Minories
John Hayward, Churchwarden, St Botolph, Aldgate
E Calebatch, Deputy, Minories
Ann Nelson, Bull Inn, Aldgate
George Adams, Minories
Saml Thenston & John [Sheeh], Minories
John [Flornan / Hornan], Aldgate High St
George Bullas, A^ldgate High St
Christr Mattews, Whitechapel High Street
James Spencer, No 52 Aldgate High Street
Saml [Fravell], Common Council
Ed. Edwards – by desire of his Brother Thomas Edwards No 5 Old Broad Street – Witness against the Prisoner – who is absent from London

Dorse : Rm 22
Petition on behalf
of Thomas Sackett
Highway Robbery
Sept Sessions 1827

Considered at Report in
Council 16 Nov r 1827

Letter from D W Harvey, MP, dated 16 Oct 1827:

7 Great George Street 16th Oct 1827

My Lord
In most respectfully requesting your Lordships early and earnest attention to the enclosed petition I feel that nothing which could be urged by me could add to the pretensions of the numerous and respectable persons who have interested themselves in the fate of the unhappy man to whom it refers. But I have felt it my duty to see the afflicted Relatives of the convicted Party, and from their statements and my own enquiries I continue to express my humble but decided conviction that Sackett is innocent of the offence imputed to him. At the same time they and he would gratefully [bow] to any mitigated sentence that the ends of justice may demand, and that no sacrifice would be spared to enable the unhappy man, wherever sent, to redeem his reputation by those exertions which are too often unavailing when not cheered by the assistance of Friends. Any enquiries which your Lordship may direct shall be pursued with the most faithful promplitude and I may be allowed to add that the pleasure I shall feel in having contributed in any way to mitigate the sentence passed upon the Culprit and thus to soothe the affliction of his respectable connections, will be no ordinary degree enhanced by the circumstance of its being effected through your Lordship.

I have the honor to be
my Lord,
Your Lordships
most obedient Servant
David W Harvey

To the Marquis of Lansdowne
His Majestys Principal Secretary of State
for the Home Department.

Dorse: Great George Street
16 Oct 1827
Mr W Harvey
Case of Thos Sackett

Letter from D W Harvey, MP, dated 20 Nov 1827:

7 Great George Street
20th Nov 1827

Sir Upon the Receipt of your letter this morning, I proceeded immediately to make those enquiries which appeared to me best calculated to meet the suggestion of the Marquis of Lansdowne in reference to the case of Thomas Sackett by the “production of testimonials to his character, down to the recent period before the prosecution, signed by responsible Individuals”. The result of my exertions will be found in the accompanying documents to which I respectfully solicit his Lordshipps attention. Feeling that the value of Mr Gibbs testimony mainly depended upon his respectability, I applied to Mr Alderman Thorpe late M P for the City, and in whose immediate vicinity he resides, for his character. The answer is enclosed. As it regards the reputation of those persons who have signed the same general memorial, I have to state, that I am authorized by Sir James [Shane?] Bart, the alderman of the Ward in which they chiefly dwell, to say, that he knows the greater part of them to be respectable trader – people, and that he will cheerfully answer any official enquiry respecting them. The shortness of the time, has necessarily confined my enquiries, but I have reason to believe that should the Marquis of Lansdowne desire it, the most satisfactory testimonials to the general and morall character of Sackett may be obtained from his Landlord, and the Clergyman and Overseers of the parish in which he occupied nearly 300 acres of Land.

I have only to add, that the two Sisters of the unfortunate man, who are respectably connected and have large families, are now in Town, in a state of the most distressing anguish, waiting their Brothers fate – and that nothing will afford me greater pleasure than to be the medium of cheering tidings.

I have the honor to be
[your Lordships ?]
David W Harvey

S M Phillips Esq

Dorse: 7 Great George St
20 Nov 1827
Mr Harvey

Letter from Alderman J T Thorp, dated 20 Nov 1827:
[Underlining was done in a darker ink.]

Nov 20th 1827

Dear Sir
In reply to your Enquiry respecting the character of Mr A Gibbs – of Aldgate High St I have the pleasure to inform you that – I have known him full 28 years – that he is a Man of Substantial Means and of the Integrity & Respectability that whatever he may state carry the fullest Credence. I [remain ?] Dear Sir
Yrs truly
J T Thorp

D W Harvey Esq MP

Dorse; Thos Sacket

Undated testimonial from A Gibbs:
[Underlining was done in a darker ink – perhaps by the recipient?]

57 Aldgate High St, London

My Lord
Thos Sackett the unfortunate man order’d for Execution on Thursday next, was an apprentice to me as a Wholesale Butcher & Saleman during the whole of which time he conducted himself in all respects in the most exemplary manner, so much so indeed, that I parted with him with great regret, and when he some time since, commence’d the Business of a Butcher in this neighbourhood (after he had been reduce’d by Farming an extensive tract of bad Land in Essex) I readily gave him Creditt to Considerable extent. It is something more than Twelve months since when he left this business, but he has not been lost sight of by me, for I have frequently seen him, and that up to a period shortly before his late apprehension, and though I have no intimate accquantance with him, he allways appeare’d to me, to be correct in his Conduct, and I certainly consider him incapable of the crime of which he has been convicted I have reason to believe that Sackett was imploy’d by Mr C Matthews a neighbour of mine even a short time before he was taken up and should your Lordship be addressd by Mr Matthews upon the subject I beg to [subjain] that reliance may be placed upon his statements. I have the Honor
to be your Lordships
Most Obedient Servt
A Gibbs

To the Most Noble
Marquiss of
Lansdown &c &c &c

Undated general testimonial:
[Underlining was done in a darker ink – perhaps by the recipient?]

To the Marquis of Lansdowne, his Majestys Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department

My Lord
We the undersigned humbly represent to your Lordship that we have known Thomas Sackett, now under Sentence of Death, for some Years past and to a period not distant from that of his apprehension, and that from the opportunities we have had of observing him and his conduct, we considered him to be of sober demeanor, honest principles and of industrious habit and certainly incapable of committing the offence of which he has been convicted –

George Bullas, No 58 Aldgate High St
Josh Scales, 59 Aldgate High St
Rd Smith, 60 Aldgate High St
Jas Kilby, 63 Aldgate High St
N Woodley, 64 Aldgate High St
[ __ Gadely?], 72 Aldgate H. St
J Goulding, 73 Do
R LeDoridge, 65 Do
R Brookman, 16 Great Pearl Street, Spitalfield
[Al Saul], 56 Aldgate High Street
James Spencer, 52 Aldgate High Street
Edwd Trench, 49 Aldgate High St
Jos Brown [?], 48 Aldgate High St
Michl Scales, 44 Aldgate High St
Saml Seul, 43 Aldgate High St
Louis Alexander, 4 Smiths Burs Somerset St
Meny Staples, 14 New Road
Benjamin Ward, 3 White Chaple Hy St
Daniel Felgate, 2 White Chapel High St
P Silvester, 51 Aldgate High St
David Davies, Cannon St Road

Dorse: Thos Sacket

Testimonial from Christopher Matthews, dated 20 Nov 1827:
[Underlining was done in a darker ink – perhaps by the recipient?]

To the Marquis of Lansdowne, his
Majesty’s Principal Secretary of
State for the Home Department &c &c

My Lord
I beg humbly to represent to your Lordship that I have known Thomas Sackett for several years and that up to a few Days previous to his apprehension – my dealings with him as a carcase Butcher have been considerable, and that in all our transactions I have found him honest, industrious and sober, and that nothing surprised me more than to hear he had in any way rendered himself amenable to the Laws of his country and tho’ I should be the last to question the correctness of the verdict by which he was pronounced guilty I really believe him incapable of a criminal action – In addition to the above statement, I beg further to say that for some months before Sacketts apprehension and up to the Saterday sennight previous I regularly employed him to superintend my shop, when considerable sums of Money have passed thro’ his hands, and I always found him deserving my fullest confidence.
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your Lordships Ob. Servt
Christopher Matthews
High St Whitechapel
Novr 20 1827

Dorse: Thos Sackett

Undated document which appears to be a summary of the preceding papers, with some extra family details:

Thos Sackett upon whom Sentence of Death was passed at the Old Bailey Session Septr last is a Young Man, Son of Respectable Parents, late of Hornchurch in the County of Essex.

By the Will of his Grandfather he was entitled to Property to the Amount of £3000 – he received a liberal Education at a highly reputable Academy in Bedfordshire, and, at a proper Age, was put Apprentice to Mr Anthony Gibbs of Aldgate in City of London Butcher, where his conduct received the appreciation of his Master, but, coming of Age before the Expiration of his Time, and thereby entitled to the Property under the Will of his Grandfather, his Master, at his request, gave up the Indenture of Apprenticeship in order to enable him to go into Business for himself. He hired a Farm in the Neighbourhood of Billericay in Essex, which he held for about three Years, but he found by reason of the great Depression of Agricultural Produce that it did not Answer, and in the Year 1824, he left the Farm, having lost, during the Occupation, upwards of £1500 of his Property. He then took a Shop in Whitechapel Road, where he carried on Business as a Butcher for about 2 Years, and that his Conduct merited and received the approbation of his Neighbours at that Time, is Evidenced by the Signatures to a Petition to the Recorder of the City Imploring him to be Merciful and to spare his Life – he found in this attempt he lost most of the Property which he possess’d on leaving the Farm, in consequence of which he gave up the Business, and went into the Country amongst his Friends for nearly twelve months when he again returned to London, with the Intention of pursuing his Business in a humbler Walk. It seems however that he was still unfortunate, but little or nothing of his Connexions of the present Year was known to his friends, untill the Account of the Trial appeared in the Newspapers.

It may, therefore, be stated with Confidence that, during the whole period alluded to, (except only during the present Year) the conduct of this Young Man (for he is now only abt 28 Years of Age) was uniformly such as to gain him the respect of his Friends and Acquaintances, and if he really was concerned in the Street Robbery for which he was tried, it was, unquestionably, the First Offence, – a point of some Importance in the Law for punishing offenders.

The unfortunate Youth has two Sisters of highly respectable Character and Situation in Life residing in Colchester, one of them married to a Gentleman connected with the Banking Establishment of Messrs Mills, Bautree and Compy – and the other, to Mr Lionel Gerrard of the same place, Silk Mercer, and the distress of these Sisters, their Husbands and Families, may be more easily conveyed to the Mind of a Feeling Individual by the Strength of Imagination, than by the Power of the Pen.

The Good Character of the Youth for at least 27 Years of his Life – (he is now only 28) – that (if Guilty) it is his first offence, – and the Situation of his Relatives and Friends are powerful Inducements to any one, who is capable, to exert his Endeavours to obtain Mercy – Add to this that there was no Evidence on the Trial of any Threats used, or Violence committed by the unfortunate Youth, – a trait in our Law, which used to distinguish the Offence commonly called Picking of Pockets, from the far more serious one of Highway Robbery.

Letter dated 21 Nov 1827:

Nov r 21st 1827
My Lord
I beg leave most respectfully to acknowledge receipt of a Respite for Thomas Sacket who was before ordered to be Executed
I am
My Lord
with the greatest Respect
Your Lordships
most Humble Servt
Jno Montner
Keeper of His Majestys
Gaol of Newgate

To the Most Noble
the Marquis of Lansdowne

Judges' & Recorders' Returns re Thomas Baker Sackett. 1827. HO 6/12, National Archives, Kew, London. (Researched by Marion Sackett).

List of capital Convicts to be Reported to
His Majesty in Council the [blank] day
of November 1827
September Session

Name Crime Substance of Petition By whom recommended
Thomas Sackett

Law take its course

Transport Life
Robbery on a Person Two Petitions on behalf of the Prisoner commenting on the Evidence produced on the Trial – Prays a Commutation of his Sentence

Letter of Mr Harvey transmitting one of the Petitions and expressing his decided Conviction of the Prisoners Innocence
numerous Persons who had formerly known the Prisoner

[There were 35 cases on this document; one was annotated “Postponed”, 29 were annotated “Transported for life”, and five were annotated “Law take its course”. Of these, Thomas Sackett was the only one to have a second (pencil) annotation “Transport Life” – so it looks as though it was a very close run thing for T.B.S.]

Dorse of document :-

List of Capital
Convicts to be Reported
To His Majesty in
Council the [blank] day
of November 1827

September Session

Pardon prepared 22nd Novr 1827

[The date of the pardon was the day T.B.S. was due to be hanged, which explains why he was given a “Respite” (stay of execution) before being granted a Conditional Pardon.]

Correspondents & Warrants re Thomas Baker Sackett. 1827-1828. HO 13/50, National Archives, Kew, London. (Researched by Marion Sackett).

[These are “office copies” of correspondence, in approximate date order in a bound volume. The index booklet mainly references the recipient of the communication.]

Index booklet

Pardons Conditional
Sackett Thomas, Old Bailey, p.120

Sackett Thomas, Newgate, p.105

Letters Promiscuous
Harvey D.W. Esq., p. 105


The Sheriffs of
London and Middlesex
Whitehall 21 Nov r 1827
I am to signify to you the Kings Comands, that the execution of the Sentence of Death passed upon Thomas Sacket, now in the Gaol of Newgate, be Respited until further signification of His Majesty’s Pleasure.
I am &c

D.W.Harvey Esq. M.P.
The Marquess of Lansdowne presents his Compliments to Mr Harvey, and has the satisfaction to acquaint him that in Consequence of the documents inclosed in his letter to Mr Phillipps in favor of Thomas Sacket, Lord Lansdowne has felt himself warranted in transmitting to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, an authority for Respiting the Execution of the Prisoners Sentence Whitehall
21 Nov r 1827

p. 114

Sheriffs of London & Middlesex
Usual letter to remove Thos Sacket, Chas Hendrick, Hy King, Thos Sheffield als Browne, Hy Rogers, Edwd Sadler, Jno Sadler, Timy Dogerty, Wm Watson, Wm Ramsdale, Rd Barnett, Thos Perry, Wm Penny als Buckly, Geo Nelson, Ambrose Blackford, Jno Riley, Edwd Read, Jas Buchell, Jas Davies, Thos Knight Jas Langham, Geo Bullard, Wm Cain, Chas Hawkins & Geo Haig to the York 27 Nov r 1827

J H Capper Eq Do to receive the above

[The York was a hulk at Portsmouth]


John White et al

George R
Whereas at the Sessions holden at the Old Bailey in September last the following persons were tried & convicted of the Crimes hereafter mentioned & had Sentance of Death passed upon them for the same viz John White, Robert Martin, Catherine Conjuet, Harry Hale, Thomas Ferry, James Davies, George Ballard, William Cain & Henry Rogers of Housebreaking; Sophia Gunyon, William Goodrich, Charles Hendrick, Richard Barnett, Geo Nelson, James Bushell, Sarah Elliott & Thomas Knight of Larceny value £5 in a dwelling House; James Gardner of Larceny value 40/- in a dwelling House; Timothy Dogerty, William Ramsdale, Ambrose Blackford, John Riley & Edward Reed of Highway Robbery: Harry King of Robbing near the Highway: Thomas Sacket & James Langham of Robbery from the Person: William Watson, Charles Hawkins & Thomas Heffield als Brown of Horse Sts; James Southgate of Stealing Sheep; Margaret Cavenagh & Ann Lynch of Traitorously colouring base coin; George Haig of Uttering a forged order for payment of Money & William Penny alias Buckly of feloniously being at large before the expiration of the time for which he had been sentenced to be Transported. We in consideration of some circumstances humbly represented unto Us are graciously pleased to extend our Grace & Mercy unto them & to grant them Our Pardon for the Crimes of which they stand convicted on condition of their being ^severally Transported to New South Wales or Van Diemans Land or some one or other of the Islands adjacent for & during the Term of their respective Natural Lives: Our will & pleasure therefore is that you do give the necessary directions accordingly: And for so doing &c       26 Nov r 1827

To our Trusty & Welbeloved
our Justices of Gaol Delivery
for the City of London & County
of Middlesex; the Sheriffs of
the same City & County & all
others whom it may concern
By H.M. Command

p. 190

The Commrs of the Navy
Whitehall 15 Jany 1828
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 11th Inst reporting for the information of the Marquiss of Lne that you have chartered the Ships “Bussorah Merchant” & Phoenix the former for the Transportation of 170 & the latter of 190 male Convicts , & I am to desire that the “Bussorah Merchant” may be directed to embark the whole of her complement at Shereness & the Phoenix at Portsmouth & Devonport & proceed with such Convicts to Port Jackson in New South Wales.
I am &c
J M Phillipps

[The Phoenix was the ship on which Thomas SACKETT was transported to New South Wales. The Bussorah Merchant was later instructed to sail to Van Diemans Land, now Tasmania.]

p. 210

The Commrs of the Navy
Whitehall 23 Jany 1828
With reference to my letter of the 15th Inst I am directed to acquaint you that it is desirable that the ship Phoenix instead of embarking her complement of convicts at Portsmouth & Devonport should embark the whole of them at the former Port.
I am &c
J M Phillipps

p. 249

J H Capper Esq
[Usual letter] to remove 100 [male convicts] from the Leviathan to the “Phoenix” 11 Feb [1828]
J H Capper Esq
[Usual letter] to remove 90 [male convicts] from the York to ["Phoenix"] 11 Feb

[Leviathan & York were hulks moored at Portsmouth]

p. 285

R W Hag Esq
Whitehall 4 March 1828
Inclosed I transmit to you by direction of Mr Sec Peel a List of 190 Male Convicts embarked in the Ship Phoenix & I am to desire that you will lay this document before Mr Secr Huskisson & move him to be pleased to formard the same to the Governor of New South Wales.
I am &c
J M Phillipps

p. 286

The Commrs of the Navy
Whitehall 4 Mar 1828
I am directed by Mr Secr Peel to acquaint you that the Bonds & Contracts for the Transportation of 190 Male Convicts embarked in the ship Phoenix having been entered into it will not be necessary to detain that vessel any longer on account of this office.
I am &c
J M Phillipps

Index to the New South Wales Convict Indents & Ships. 1788-1842. CD-Rom, National Archives, Kew, London. (Researched by Marion Sackett).

[The index records the names & aliases & ships of the convicts who arrived in New South Wales & Van Dieman’s Land 1788–1842. Index compiled by the Genealogical Society of Victoria. Records are in Australia.]

Ship = Phoenix [She made 2 other trips, arriving 21 May 1822 & 25 Dec 1826]
Arrival = 13 Jul 1828 [Total of 196 convicts on board.]
Fiche no. = 669
Page no. = 101
Film = 398
Shelf no. = 4 / 4013