From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/10/1864
The Case of Forde. – The petition which has been circulated and numerously signed in this city asking of Governor Smith the pardon of Robert S. Forde, recently convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary for the murder of Robert E Dixon, has been presented and strongly urged upon the favorable consideration of the Governor by some of Forde’s friends; but he has refused to have anything to do with the matter till it has been taken to the Court of Appeals. Since its presentation the counsel for the condemned man has made a motion before the Supreme Court for a new trial, but that body refused to accede to the motion. A writ of error was awarded, however, which is to be argued upon its merits on the 1st of April, after which the decision of the Court of Appeals will be given whether a new trial will be granted.