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    Samuel Bland Arnold Unsigned Autograph Manuscript, comprising a portion of his autobiographical "Defence and Prison Experiences of a Lincoln Conspirator". One page, 8" x 4.5", n.p., n.d. Bookdealer Charles F. Heartman, who had acquired Arnold's manuscript account of his relationship with John Wilkes Booth, gave it its first full book publication in 1943. The present portion of that manuscript comprises the final paragraph of the chapter "The Trial and Its Object" in the Heartman edition, appearing on page 18 of that work. Arnold states that he will offer "some of the details of my trial, giving my personal views in regard thereto at the time and from subsequent knowledge. . . . I do not give them as facts, but claim they are as much facts as that which was produced upon my trial. . . . [T]he evidence adduced was but a mass of perjury. . . . I have suffered for years, to which no further suffering can be added now, and the time will yet come, tho' late, that my name will be cleared from the foul accusation heaped upon me through the machinations of officials of the United States Government." A bit of fraying at upper left margin and a couple of small marginal nicks just touch two words; slightly discolored, else very good. Together with a bust photo of the white-bearded Arnold, autographed on the lower margin of the mount "Yrs truly / Saml B. Arnold / Age - 70 years & 6 months / March 14th 1905". His writing just barely touches the blindstamp of the photographer, J. Orville Johnson of Washington, D.C.

    Provenance
    : Charles Hamilton Galleries, New York, sale 22 March 1966, lot 102.


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    November, 2008
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