William Seward Telegram Signed while secretary of state, one page, 7.75" x 7.5", no place, May 18 [1867], to John A. Andrew, Boston, Mass. "You are desired to be counsel for United States against John H. Surratt. Trial at Washington May 27th. Counsel terms satisfactory. Do you accept. Answer without delay." The transmission copy, with various ink and pencil sending notes. Andrew, Civil War governor of Massachusetts and a tireless advocate for abolition and black rights (he was the first to raise black troops following the Emancipation Proclamation), had retired from the public spotlight by this time and did not accept Seward's offer. The trial in fact began on 10 June and lasted for two months in the summer heat, with the prosecution being handled by a team of whom New York lawyer and jurist Edwards Pierrepont was the foremost member. Later penciled writing in top and bottom left corners. Mounting remnants and taped repairs on verso. Folds; fine.

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