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    [Surratt Trials] Two Printed Pamphlets, Argument of Hon. Edwards Pierrepont to the Jury, on the Trial of John H. Surratt for the Murder of President Lincoln (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1867), stitched, titled wraps; and New Facts About Mrs. Surratt edited by Allen Thorndike Rice. Pierrepont, a prominent New York attorney, prosecuted John H. Surratt after his capture in Europe and return to the United States, but Surratt was saved by virtue of a hung jury and was never subjected to retrial. The Mrs. Surratt title contains the first publication of letters between Joseph Holt and James Speed about the charge that Holt had withheld from President Andrew Johnson a petition signed by five of Mrs. Surratt's conspiracy trial judges, asking that her death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment. Holt hoped Speed would corroborate his version of events, but the former Attorney General declined to do so, citing the privileged nature of Cabinet discussions. Argument is missing a small piece of the front and back covers. New Facts has been taped along spine. Both are very good.

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