June 6 - Testimony of Henry A. Clark about Dr. Samuel Mudd
HENRY A. CLARK, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. State whether you are acquainted with the prisoner Samuel A. Mudd.
A. Yes, sir: I am acquainted with him.
Q. State whether you saw him at any time within the past year in the city of Washington; and, if so, where.
A. I saw him last March.
Q. What time in March?
A. He and Mr. Gardiner spent an evening in my house in March,—the latter part of March.
Q. What is Mr. Gardiner’s first name?
A. I cannot remember exactly.
Q. Where does Mr. Gardiner live?
A. He is a neighbor of Dr. Mudd’s.
Q. When did they come to your house?
A. They came to my store in the afternoon, between six and seven o’clock. They then went home with me to my house, and took tea with me; and, after tea, we went round to Dr. Allen’s office, and spent the evening there.
Q. In company with whom?
A. With a number of gentlemen.
Q. Name them.
A. There were ten or a dozen, likely. Amongst the number was Dr. Morgan: he was there for a few minutes only. Mr. Veighmyer was there; Mr. Emerson was there; Mr. Gardiner was there; and, I think, Mr. Ethan Allen was there: but I will not be positive about Ethan; I think he was there. Several other gentlemen were there: I cannot positively recall their names.
Q. Was Mr. Bowman, of the Bank of Washington, one of the party?
A. He might have been. I think he was.
Q. How long did you remain at Dr. Allen’s?
A. We remained there until between twelve and one o’clock.
Q. What did you then do?
A. We went home.
Q. Did Dr. Mudd go with you?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And Mr. Gardiner?
A. Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Veighmyer.
Q. Did they stay at your house that night?
A. Mr. Veighmyer lived on the same square with me, and went as far as his own house with us.
Q. Did Dr. Mudd stay at your house that night?
A. He went into the house with me, and I gave him a bed-room; and the next morning he was in my house. I took it for granted he was there all night.
Q. At what time did he leave your house the next morning?
A. After breakfast.
Q. Did he and Mr. Gardiner go off together?
A. He and Mr. Gardiner went off together.
Q. Did Dr. Mudd and Mr. Gardiner room together that night?
A. I judged they did: I put them in the same room.
Q. State whether you saw Dr. Mudd upon any other occasion this year.
A. I have not seen him on any other occasion that I know of, until yesterday.
Q. Did you know J. Wilkes Booth?
A. No, sir.
Q. Or John H. Surratt?
A. No, sir.
Q. Or Mr. Weichmann?
A. No, sir: I do not know any of those three names.
Q. Was any man of the name of either of those three persons in company with you and Dr. Mudd while you were together that night, either at Dr. Allen’s or at your house?
A. No, sir: they never were in my company there or anywhere else; not even in a theatre with Booth.
Q. Were you with Dr. Mudd constantly through the evening, from the time you took tea and went up to Dr. Allen’s?
A. We were not out of one another’s sight that night from the time he came to the store until he went to bed that night,—until he went into his room.
Q. Did you see either of the parties I have named in company with him next morning before he left your house?
A. I do not know the parties that you have reference to: I do not know them at all.
Q. Did you see any strange persons in company with him next morning?
A. There were no strange gentlemen at my house, or about my house; or they were not there when he left there. They went off together, and no one in company with them.
Q. Are you enabled to fix the day in March that was?
A. The only way in which I can fix the day positive is this: We were all at Dr. Allen’s, and we were talking about the accident that occurred on that occasion,—of a storm, and some negro boy being killed.
Q. Was the storm on that day?. I believe it was, to the best of my knowledge.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. You say that there were ten or twelve persons at Dr. Allen’s along with yourself and Dr. Mudd that night?
A. I suppose in that neighborhood, about that number.
Q. Did they remain until between twelve and one o’clock?
A. Oh, no sir!
Q. You have only named four or five of them: do you remember the names of the others?
A. I would not speak positively about the names of the others. I could not say.
Q. You do not know what their names were?
A. Yes, I do: if I could remember positively, I could give the names, because I was acquainted with every gentleman who visited there, pretty much. We go there to spend the evening often.
Q. If you do not remember the names, how do you know you are acquainted with every man there?
A. Very well.
Q. If you do not remember their names?
A. Very well; from the fact that I am acquainted pretty much with every gentleman who came into the room.
Q. I am asking you how do you know that you are personally acquainted with all the gentlemen there that night, if you cannot remember who they were?
A. The fact is this: I cannot tell you precisely who were there; but I can say the number was about ten or a dozen, likely. It might have been a dozen or ten or eight; but my impression is in the neighborhood of ten or a dozen. Now, you ask me to name the ten or a dozen. I cannot name them.
Q. You cannot mind who they were?
A. No, sir.
Q. And you do not know now who they were?
A. I would not swear positively to the names of the ten or dozen who were there.
By MR. EWING:
Q. What were you engaged at that evening at Dr. Allen’s?
A. We were playing cards.