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    Frederick Stone, Lawyer for Dr. Samuel Mudd and David Herold at the Assassination Conspiracy Trial, Autograph Letter Signed ("F Stone") while a Congressman from Maryland. Stone was a conspiracy suspect in his own right. Three pages, 7.75" x 10.5", the first page on 41st Congress letterhead illustrated with a cut of the capitol, Washington, D.C., 15 February 1870, to "My dear Jennie", his wife. A pleasant, chatty family letter. He mentions getting his first letter written by "dear little Jin", which he has put "away carefully", and notes it has been "raining hard & a most gloomy day & I never felt more the want of a home than I have today." He discusses expectations for adjournment, his mother's illness, asks John "to take special care of my lambs", promises Harris "a bundle of cigars if he will hurry up my posts & rails", and regarding an invitation to a ball from Col. (John W.) Forney says it "looks so strange to see ladies in ball dresses that the few I do know I can't recognize. . . . I really think (& this is my judgment & not exclusively my love) that with your nail off you could 'hoe your own row' with any I have yet seen." Stone, a barrister and judge from a very prominent family (descended from Declaration signer Thomas Stone) was almost surely a member of the "Confederate grapevine" in Maryland. After Dr. Samuel Mudd was dead, Stone claimed that the doctor had, in fact, known John Wilkes Booth well and probably belonged to his abduction plot. This startling revelation was colored by another one, following Stone's own death, which indicated that he had been involved in Booth's abduction plot himself, at least to the extent of securing John H. Surratt a loan to buy a boat needed for the kidnapping, and paying it off when Surratt necessarily fled after the assassination. Seen in this light, Stone's participation in Mudd's defense may readily be seen as an attempt to monitor what the doctor might reveal. Folds; fine.

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