This is a sentence in a letter to request waiving a fine. The sentence is:
I offer the following plea for a caution in this instance.
Also, it seems to me that caution is more correct than a caution. Am I right?
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To give a caution is (in Britain at least) to let someone go with a warning instead of (in this case) having to pay a fine
So a plea to give a caution is a suggestion to change the fine to a lesser punishment and the plea contains the arguments to support this change
Not to be confused with A plea for caution which is a request made in an urgent manner to make people aware of a dangerous situation