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Description(Abraham Lincoln): John Surratt Conspiracy Case Document Archive Kept By Prosecutor Edwards Pierrepont. Extraordinary archive of folio size documents retained by Edwards Pierrepont. The documents, nineteen in all, are the prosecutors opinion on the Surratt case, and his complicity in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The documents are all in a secretaries hand, although there are a few notes in Pierrepont's hand. These documents were
likely accomplished during the trial, and are retained copies. Along with the trial documents is a letter to Pierrepont from Secretary of State William Seward dated December 25, 1867 reading in part, "I have referred your suggestions to the case of Surratt to the Attorney General", and is signed by Seward. The trial ended in a hung jury in August, but seems that Pierrepont wanted the Attorney General to have a copy of his notes in case there was an opportunity for a retrial. The documents contain amazing content, in part "The accused, John H. Surratt is charged with the Murder of Abraham Lincoln...."...."If John Wilkes Booth by pistol shot and killed Abraham Lincoln on or about the 14th of April, 1865, in the city & county of Washington and nothing be shown to excuse of justify that act, it was murder was charged in the Indictment, not only in Booth, but in all who aided and abetted the act. If the accused, John H. Surratt, was in fact in the city of Washington aiding, abetting or assenting to the act of Booth (although not an eye or ear witness to the fact of the shooting) he also is guilty of the murder, as guilty as Booth, and the verdict should be guilty in manner and form as he stands indicted...."...."If the accused John H. Surratt, at the time of the shooting of Abraham Lincoln called the time, or in any way countenanced or encouraged Booth to make an unlawful assault on Abraham Lincoln, not matter whether to kill, or do any other violent injury to the person of Abraham Lincoln, and death ensued by such assault of Booth, it is murder alike in Surratt & Booth, as charged in the Indictment....". An amazing archive from one of our countries darkest time.
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