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    [Mary Surratt Trial] Five Printings Concerning the Trial and Conviction of Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the U.S. federal government. The Trial of Mrs. Surrat, by John W. Clampitt. Clampitt, along with Frederick Aiken, represented Mary Surrat at trial. Clampitt had previously known Mrs. Surrat. 8vo, only pages 223-240 are bound in this book. Fine. New Facts About Mrs. Surratt edited by Allen Thorndike Rice. 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. Fine. Argument of John A. Bingham, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1865. Bingham was a member of the prosecution. Fine. Two copies of An Argument to Establish the Illegality of Military Commissions in the United States and Especially of the One Organized for the Trial of the Parties Charged with Conspiring to Assassinate the Late President, prepared by Reverdy Johnson, presented June 19, 1865, thirty-one pages. Reverdy represented Surratt before a military tribunal. One copy is missing the back cover; the other copy has an affixed yellow paper with Johnson's signature. Very good.

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