Document ReferencePl C 52/150
TitleLetter from Henry Sedley [later Venables-Vernon, 3rd Baron Vernon] Nutthall Temple, Nuthall, Nottinghamshire to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 18 Apr. 1801
Date18 April 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionDoes not think that George Duce has been pardoned; explains the background of this convict; describes his involvement with a gang of law breakers who he later gave evidence against at Derby and Nottingham, and who were convicted and sentenced to transportation; is astonished that when finally Duce was convicted for horse stealing last month, that he was not executed; explains that the evidence was clear and does not think that Mr Baron Graham could find anything in his favour; thinks Graham has shown too much leniency across his entire circuit; believes that at Derby, even the most merciful judge would have executed this man and 2 others for highway robbery; adds that he is pleased to hear of the king's recovery and their better successes in the 'north'.
Termpunishments, transportation
crimes, horse-stealing
justice, leniency

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41484Graham; - (fl 1801); Mr; judgefl 1801
NA41485Duce; George (fl 1801); Mr; convictfl 1801
NA36138Vernon; Henry Venables- (1747-1829); 3rd Baron Vernon; succ. his brother 1813; took surname Sedley in 1779, but discontinued using that name upon his succession to the peerage in 18131747-1829
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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