June 8, 1865 - Testimony of Eli J. Watson about Dr. Samuel Mudd
ELI J. WATSON, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. State where you reside.
A. In the Eighth Election District, Prince George’s County, near Horse Head.
Q. Are you acquainted with Daniel J. Thomas, who has been a witness for the prosecution in this case?
A. Yes, sir; I am.
Q. How long have you known him?
A. I have known him for some time.
Q. About how long?
A. I have known him ever since he was a boy; at least, he was a boy about the same time I was.
Q. Do you know his reputation, in the neighborhood in which he lives, for veracity?
A. I do.
Q. What is his reputation?
A. It is bad.
Q. From your knowledge of his reputation, in the neighborhood in which he lives, for veracity, would you believe him under oath?
A. From his general reputation, and my own knowledge, I would not.
Q. Will you state whether you saw Mr. Thomas in the field, on your farm, on the first day of June last,—the last day?
A. It was last Thursday that I saw him on my farm.
Q. Will you state what he said to you then as to his having testified here in this case, and as to his expecting a reward?
A. He said he was a witness against Dr. Mudd, and Mr. Joshua S. Naylor had sworn to put down his oath; and he said, if his oath was sustained, he expected a portion of the reward that the Government was to give for Booth.
Q. Did he say what portion?
A. No, sir; he did not.
Q. Did he say what would be the result in Dr. Mudd’s case if his oath was sustained?
A. No, sir; he did not.
Q. “And Joshua S. Naylor had sworn to put down his oath.” What did you understand by that?
ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM objected to the question, and it was waived.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. Who introduced that talk in the field?
A. Mr. Thomas did.
Q. How did he begin?
A. I was in the field, and he said he was going around to notify some persons in the neighborhood that he expected would be summoned, and he expected to have them summoned to prove his character; and he went on to state—
Q. What did he go on to state?
A. He said that he was going to have me, for one, summoned to sustain his character.
Q. What else did he say?
A. I do not remember all he did say.
Q. That is about all you do remember?
A. Yes, sir.