25 October 1889
Numerously Signed Petitions for the Release of Mrs. Maybrick.
New York, October 24.
Interest in the celebrated Maybrick poisoning case has been revived through a legal document which reached New York on the arrival of the mail form England yesterday. It was a mortgage on the premises at No 27 East Fouteeneth street, and bore the signature in a firm, bold hand of Mrs. Florence Maybrick. The mortgagee is Richard Stewart Cleaver, of Liverpool, who is described in the document as a "gentleman." Mr. Cleaver was Mrs. Maybricks's English counselor, and the mortgage was made to secure his fee. It bears a date three days after the trial began, and was placed on file in the county register's office in this city this morning. At the office of Roe & Macklin, Mrs. Maybrick's American attorneys, it was learned that strenuous efforts are being made by several prominent members of the English bar to secure a pardon for the convicted woman, among them being Sir Charles Russell, Sir Henry James, and the recorder of Liverpool. A petition asking her majesty's intervention in the case has, it is said, has been signed by two thirds of the barristers in England, and members of parliament and leading men throughout the kingdom are interested in securing Mrs. Maybrick's release in view of the insufficiency of the evidence, as the believe, which convicted her.