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doubtful. He was pardoned upon condition that he abstain entirely from intoxicating drinks.

Edward McCormick, convicted in the county of St. Joseph, in September, 1856, of the crime of larceny, and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Pardoned November 7, 1856.

This was a boy whose sentence was commuted upon the recommendation of Judge Bacon, from the State Prison to the House of Correction.

Alonzo Crandall, convicted in the county of Sanilac, in November,. 1855, of the crime of burglary, and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. Pardoned November 1, 1855.

This pardon was granted upon the recommendation of Judge Copeland, who sentenced him, J. C. Wyllis, prosecuting attorney, Hon. O. D. Conger, and many others, who expressed the belief that he should be immediately set at liberty.

William Jackson, convicted in the county of Calhoun, in October, 1853, of the crime of arson, and sentenced to five years' imprisonment. Pardoned August 27, 1855.

This man burnt his own house in a fit of jealousy. D. Darwin Hughes, the prosecuting attorney at the time of his conviction, W. A. Brown, the present prosecuting attorney, and many other of the most respectable citizens of Calhoun, asked his liberation, and they all united in saying that the "evidence did not seem sufficient."



No. 31.

| No. 31. ]

PETITION of citizens of Jackson for the relief of James W. Elliott. To the Hon. the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan:


The undersigned inhabitants of the village of Jackson, respectfully represent to your Honorable bodies that on the 17th day of September, A. D., 1855, James W. Elliott, then being one of the keepers in the State Prison at this place, was violently and feloniously assaulted while in the performance of his duties as such keeper, by a convict by the name of George Williams. The assault was made with an ash stick four feet in length, and about two and a half inches in diameter, and the blows inflicted upon the head. Williams has since been convicted for this assault of the crime of assault with intent to murder Elliott. Mr. Elliott has been unable to do much business since his injury, which was very severe, and we doubt if he will ever recover. And inasmuch as this injury was inflicted on him while in the service of the State, and the assaulter being a convict, his civil remedy is valueless. We therefore respectfully ask your Honorable bodies to provide by law for the payment to said James W. Elliott of such reasonable sum as you think may be just and humane on the part of the State whose interests you represent.

And your petitioners will ever pray.

Amos Root,

O. W. Bennett,

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NOTE-It will be observed that the annexed statement of the surgeons and physicians who have examined Mr. Elliott, is addressed to me. This occurred in consequence of its being made at my request. I desire to add to the statements of the foregoing petition that having been well acquainted with Mr. Elliott for a number of years, I can say with confidence that if there can be any case of the sort proper for relief by the Legislature, then his is certainly such a case.

JACKSON, January 13, 1857.


Hon. Austin Blair:

JACKSON, MICH., Dec. 30, 1856.

DEAR SIR:-We, the undersigned physicians of Jackson, having been acquainted with James W. Elliott for many years, and also having a knowledge of the injury which he received from one of the convicts in the Michigan State Prison, while officiating there as one of the keepers, would here impart unto you the following information relative to said Elliott, and the injuries which he then received.

Mr. Elliott, during the many years we have been acquainted with him, has been a person of temperate, moral and industrious habits, and of good constitution, and well fitted to bear the fatigue of manual labor.

On the 17th day of September, 1855, while on duty as keeper, he received two wounds, one on each side of the forehead, produced by

blows inflicted by a convict, with a stick of ash timber measuring 2 5-8 al the large, and 2 inches in diameter at the small end, and about 4 feet in length. On the reception of the first blow, he was felled to the floor and remained insensible for a short time, and partially deranged for several weeks. The injury rendered him unable to perform any kind of manual labor for about seven months, and up to this time he bas been unable to endure any kind of vigorous exercise.

Since the injuriy, even up to the present time, the mind is easily excited and disturbed, and without any unusual exercise or excitement he often passes many hours and even whole nights without sleep.

How long these effects may continue it is impossible to determine, but judging from the time that has already elapsed, it would not be surprising if they should continue through life.

Now, sir, if you can by your influence procure through the Legislature of Michigan a remuneration for these injuries inflicted by one of her convicts on one of her citizens, while engaged in the service of the State, you will, in our opinion, advance the cause of justice and humanity.


Late Prison Physician.


I have been connected with the Michigan State Prison for the last two years, and can certify that the foregoing statement is correct, as I have seen him (Mr. Elliott) almost every day since he was hurt, and have frequently been called to see him professionally.


I most cheerfully add to the above that I have known Mr. Elliott for fourteen years, and though I am unable to speak directly with regard to the injury he received, still the consequences above referred to are quite manifest to any one who has known him heretofore. I am satisfied that he is mentally impaired for life.

Prison Physician.

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