Document ReferencePl C 52/156/1-2
TitleLetter from George Smith, Gower Street, London to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 28 Apr. 1801
Date28 April 1801
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionSolicits the duke's intervention in the case of Francis Steele Bond, now in Newgate under sentence of transportation for stealing £2550 from William Alston; explains that he is acquainted with both these men as they are inhabitants of Rochester where his father [Nathaniel Smith] represented Parliament; gives a brief outline of Bond's unblemished life and the immediate circumstances surrounding the robbery; describes Bond's flight to London with money that Alston had entrusted to him; suggests that he left for London without word not to steal this money but to meet with an 'abandoned woman'; explains why this is a credible possibility and asks the duke to investigate the case further; will answer any enquiries of Mr Fox or Mr Baldwin.

For the duke's draft response to this letter see Pl C 52/35.
Termjustice, appeals for clemency
crimes, robbery
punishments, transportation

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA40073Smith; Nathaniel (1730-1794); Mr; MP; deputy chairman of East India Company 17831730-1794
NA11771Fox; Charles James (1749-1806); Mr; statesman1749-1806
NA32221Baldwin; William (c.1737-1813); Mr; M.P. and lawyer; founder member of Whig Clubc.1737-1813
NA41340Alston; William (fl 1801); Mr; a butcher of Rochesterfl 1801
NA41339Bond; Francis Steele (fl 1801); Mr; convictfl 1801
NA41341Smith; George (fl 1801); Mr; son of Nathaniel Smith MP for Rochesterfl 1801
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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