4 Pages, 13.25 x 8.25 inches, Georgia, January 23, 1816. This exceptional-content letter is a petition for clemency sent to the Governor of Georgia on behalf of a soldier who had been sentenced to death for murdering his senior office. In part: "the deceased and the petitioner were comrades in the army, and both got drunk...He is a boy just verging to manhood...who has given five years service in the honorable cause of defending our country. The deeds of this patriot could atone for the errors of youth. The sentence of...death for murder affords ample room for Executive interference...both were drunk in the morning and were strolling without the garrison - without a solitary witness to attest his innocence. He has a record of good conduct." The petitioner, James Nixon, was illiterate and signed his signature with an "X" after his name. This petition also contains the signatures of thirteen soldiers and officers of the U.S. Artillery as well as the Officers of the Court. Repairs at folds and uniformly toned; otherwise very good condition.