Noah Claypole: receiving a free pardon
from the Crown in consequence of being admitted approver against Fagin: and considering his profession not altogether as safe a one as he could wish: was, for some little time, at a loss for the means of a livelihood, not burdened with too much work.
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon
, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
But I will only match them with thy archers providing that thou wilt grant a free pardon to all that may come in my behalf."
If thou wilt bring those three fellows that thou speakest of, I will promise faithfully to give them free pardon for forty days, to come or to go wheresoever they please, nor will I harm a hair of their heads in all that time.
The result of a searching inquiry (in which they, who had known the poor fellow from his childhood, did other good service, besides bringing it about) was, that between eleven and twelve o'clock, a free pardon
to Barnaby Rudge was made out and signed, and entrusted to a horse-soldier for instant conveyance to the place of execution.
It was not finished until evening; but, being done at last, that worthy person and the three friends adjourned in a hackney-coach to the private office of a justice, who, giving Mr Brass a warm reception and detaining him in a secure place that he might insure to himself the pleasure of seeing him on the morrow, dismissed the others with the cheering assurance that a warrant could not fail to be granted next day for the apprehension of Mr Quilp, and that a proper application and statement of all the circumstances to the secretary of state (who was fortunately in town), would no doubt procure Kit's free pardon
and liberation without delay.
Within eight-and-forty hours, a reward of One Hundred Pounds was proclaimed, together with a free pardon
to any person or persons not the actual perpetrator or perpetrators, and so forth in due form.
The enormous bribe which Government possesses in offering free pardons
, together with the deep horror of the secluded penal settlements, destroys confidence between the convicts, and so prevents crime.
Elsewhere, Huyton mum Flora Wooding won a free pardon
for her 18-year-old son William, who had been fined PS10 for driving his friend's motor scooter without insurance - even though he was fully insured at the time.
Tony Blair gave every IRA member in prison and the ones on the run a free pardon
He said this in response to a statement by PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan who questioned Anwar's eligibility to contest the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election as the PKR president was not given a free pardon
by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.