Catalogue description Prisoner name: Thomas Gaskins and Charlotte Long. Prisoner age: Gaskins 28. Prisoner...

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Details of HO 17/41/146
Reference: HO 17/41/146

Prisoner name: Thomas Gaskins and Charlotte Long.

Prisoner age: Gaskins 28.

Prisoner occupation: Gaskins a farm labourer (mower) in employ of John Lane of Deerhurst, Gloucestershire.

Court and date of trial: Gloucester Summer Assizes [Gloucestershire] August 1833.

Crime: Gaskin: Arson of hay rick at Deerhurst, property of John Lane. Long: Arson of hay rick, property of Jesse Organ, and two other ricks belonging to different farmers about one and a half miles away.

Initial sentence: Death (both).

Annotated: Day of execution 31 August.

Petitioner(s): Petition on behalf of Thomas Gaskins by the prisoner, and 11 inhabitants of Deerhurst, including the prosecutor and his sister, John Lane and Ann Lane. Petition on behalf of Charlotte Long by 106 inhabitants of North Nibley [Gloucestershire] and vicinity.

Grounds for clemency: Gaskins: long standing servant of John Lane, always honest, hardworking and trustworthy; first offence; intoxicated when offence committed. Long: mother of four children; first offence; crime instigated by Betty Burford, a bad character, who gave evidence at trial; rick fires not near any property.

Other papers: Letter from under sheriff, Gloucester, as to date of execution. Covering letter on behalf of Gaskins from James Fryzer, Tewkesbury. Covering letter on behalf of Long from John Weight, Wooton Under Edge. Letter reviewing cases from J Gurney, Ryde, Judge, can find no mitigating circumstances for either prisoner.

Additional Information: Thomas Gaskins lived in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. He was indicted with his brother, Samuel Gaskins, who was acquitted of being an accessory after the fact. Charlotte Long lived in North Nibley. Her husband had previously been transported for felony and she had been removed from the parish prior to giving birth to a bastard child.

Date: 1833 Aug
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: FS38
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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