AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED, 7 MAY 1815, AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS,

[3]pp, docketed on page [4]: "Petition of Lawson Clark of Montgomery County. Presented by Archibald Van Horn. Recorded 5 June 1815." Very Good.

Jeremiah Chase was a prominent Maryland jurist, though not as famous [or notorious] as his cousin, Samuel Chase of the U.S. Supreme Court. He responds to the petition of Lawson Clark, the surety on William Ward's bond. That petition occupies the first two pages plus two lines on page 3: "A presentment was found against William Ward for setting up & playing at a table called a Faro Table... [P]rocess was issued and continued against said Ward until March Term of said court in the year 1814 when the said William Ward was arrested and no witnesses appearing against him he could not then have his trial."
Because Ward was incarcerated after his arrest, Lawson Clark "was prevailed upon" to post Ward's $200 bond guaranteeing his appearance at trial; but when the case next appeared on the docket, neither Ward nor any witnesses against him appeared. The court forfeited the bond; Lawson thus lost his money. Clark's Petition argues that "Ward could not have been convicted as no witness appeared against him." Having a "wife and six small children with but an inconsiderable estate," Clark pleads for a return of his $200.
Justice Chase, doing the right thing, advises the Governor, to whom the bond had evidently been forfeited, that "the Facts stated in this petition appear to be supported" by the evidence... I recommend a Remission of the Forfeiture, of the Recognizance of Lawson Clark as no witnesses appeared on the part of the State." Item #33019

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