Catalogue description Home Office: Criminal Petitions, Series II

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Details of HO 18
Reference: HO 18
Title: Home Office: Criminal Petitions, Series II

Original petitions made by convicted persons seeking the revocation or reduction of their sentences. Attached to some petitions are related papers and some returns, made by the governors of convict prisons, of convicts recommended for early release for good behaviour.

The petitions were made between 1839 and 1853; some of the related papers are dated after 1853. Earlier petitions are in HO 17.

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Date: 1839-1863

The original arrangement of the petitions into bundles has been maintained. This is broadly chronological but the exact basis for it is not known; it may reflect when the Home Office filed the first paper for each case. The dates of the individual petitions overlap considerably between one bundle and another.

The original bundle number and a paper number for each item have been maintained in the current references, e.g. bundle 6, paper 5 is HO 18/6/5.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 381 bundle(s)
Access conditions: Open

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