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Victoria, Queen Remission of death sentence with conditional pardon of Joseph Bevis, convicted of "an Unnatural Crime".

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01841 Author/Creator: Victoria, Queen Place Written: London, England. Type: Document signed Date: 15 May 1847 Pagination: 2 p. 32 x 21 cm

Bevis was convicted of "an Unnatural Crime" and sentenced to death. Pardoned conditionally "...in consideration of some circumstances..."--death sentence remitted in favor of 3 years hard labor.

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