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Letter of appeal

P&EE 1989 6-2 73

Letter of appeal

From: Vindolanda Roman fort, Northumberland
Date: late 1st or early 2nd century BC

The governor of the province of Britain ruled the country for the Emperor, who was based in Rome. This is a letter written by a merchant to the British governor. He says he wrongly received a nasty beating from some Roman soldiers, and asks for help in bringing them to justice.

He writes 'I implore your majesty not to allow me, an innocent man...to have been bloodied by rods as if I had committed some crime'.

Let's hope that the governor could help him out.