1818. Death sentence - appeal for clemency
The appeal, made to the Governors and Directors of the Bank of England, is for the sentence to be commuted to transportation for life. This is one of the 3 appeals for this person found in the Leicester records office, one of them from the people on the jury. The appeals stress the otherwise goodness of Thomas. This appeal also lays the blame blame squarely with a woman by the name of Mary Baxter who it seems led him astray. The connection between Thomas Atkins and Hathern is a mystery. There is a record of a Thomas Atkins being transported the following year but he was sentenced in Surrey so may not be the same person.
Source. Leicester Records Office - file ref. DE 3526/1