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Call Number/Catalog Number MS 0169
Title District of Columbia Jail register
Additional identifier 9579
Collection District of Columbia Jail register
Object Name Manuscripts
Creator District of Columbia. Jail.
Description Contains information on about 1750 prisoners admitted to the "common prison of Washington County" from February 1858 to May 1861. Information provided in the ledger includes date committed, prisoner's name, by whom committed, offense, date discharged, by whom discharged, witnesses, days in jail, and jail fees. Crimes include malicious mischief, assault and battery, larceny, highway robbery, false pretenses, arson, fraud, kidnapping, keeping a bawdy house, harboring a slave, bestiality, false swearing, stabbing with a bayonet, voting illegally, selling lottery tickets, selling obscene books, passing counterfeit money, poisoning, illegitimacy, and "uttering treasonable sentiments." Includes a reference to a John Booth, who was released from the jail on March 21 [1861] by presidential pardon.

Each entry is numbered but a new number series starts every July and January. The listings are for the most part chronological, but the dating is not always strictly maintained, especially in the 1860 entries. Some renumbering and double numbering also occurs in the 1860s.


Subjects Crime -- Washington (D.C.)
Jails -- Washington (D.C.)
Prisoners -- Washington (D.C.)
Date 1858-1861
Archival History Gift of Mrs. Robert E. Latham, Jr., 1988.077
People Booth, John
Dates of Creation 1858-1861
Early date 1858
Late date 1861
Extent .25 cubic ft.
Level of description Fonds
Finding Aids Finding aid available in repository.
Finding Aid ms0169.pdf