June 9, 1865 - Testimony of Miss Mary Mudd about Dr. Samuel Mudd
MARY MUDD, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. Will you state whether you are a sister of the prisoner Samuel Mudd?
A. I am.
Q. Will you state what you know as to his whereabouts during the month of March last?
A. I saw him on the 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. I remember it, because on the 1st, Ash Wednesday, I was making preparations to go to church, and I was taken very sick. It soon passed off, and I grew better. We did not send for my brother until the 2d, Thursday. My father went for him very early in the morning. He found him in bed. He brought him over, and he remained with us until about seven o’clock. He then returned to his own house. On Friday morning, the 3d of March, there was an eruption on my face. My mother grew very much frightened. She sent a small colored boy over for my brother, and he sent word back that he would be there to dinner. He came between eleven and twelve o’clock to see me, and he dined with us. Having come from his barn, where he was stripping all day, he brought no medicine. He left at two o’clock, and returned again at four o’clock in the evening, and brought me medicine. On the same evening, my brother Henry, late in the evening, went over, and returned with more medicine, which was to be taken the next morning. On the 4th, Saturday, my brother dined with us. He came to see me that day. On the 5th, Sunday, he was at our house in the evening. On Monday, he came to see me again. On Tuesday, he came to see me again; and, on Wednesday, I was able to leave my room, and did not need his attention any more. During the time, on one of the days, I do not remember which, a negro woman upon the place was taken very sick: she was ill with typhoid pneumonia, and he saw her every day until the 23d of March. That day I remember well, because we had a tornado, and his barn was blown down. After that, I saw him every two or three days, or heard from him during the whole of the month. I have been in the habit of seeing my brother every day or so, because my mother’s health is delicate, and he comes in frequently to see her.
Q. And he visited a negro woman, you say, every day from what day in March until the 23d?
A. She was taken sick one day whilst I was sick. I do not remember the precise date; but it was during the time whilst I was sick.
Q. Did you also attend her, after you got well, as nurse?
A. I did. I carried her medicine, and I saw her nearly every day during this time.
Q. Will you state whether your father is in a condition of health to be able to be in attendance upon the Court?
A. No, sir. He got up yesterday morning, and attempted to come; but he was so feeble that he could not ride; and we did not think it was prudent for him to ride ten miles, much less thirty-two.
Q. Will you state what circumstances, if any, make you certain that he came to your house twice on the 3d of March?
A. Because he was stripping at the barn, and he came from the barn without any medicine. He came over between eleven and twelve o’clock, and dined with us at twelve. He left about two, and returned again with medicine about four o’clock in the evening. It was upon that day that the eruption made its appearance upon my face, and frightened the family.
Q. That was the third day after Ash Wednesday?
A. It was the 3d of March, Friday.
Q. The third day after you were taken ill?
A Yes, sir.
Q. How do you know he had been stripping tobacco that day?
A. He said so.
Q. Did you see any appearance of it?
A. Yes, sir: he washed his hands in my room. He came directly into my room, and washed the tobacco-gum from his hands in my room.
Q. Do you know where he went on the 23d of March?
A. On the 23d of March, he came to Washington in company with Llewellyn Gardiner.
Q. Do you know of any absences of his from home between the 23d of December and the 23d of March?
A. He was at a party of George Henry Gardiner’s in January: I do not remember the date; but I was there with him, and saw him there.
Q. Were any members of his family with him?
A. His wife was there.
Q. How long did they remain?
A. Mrs. Simms, who boards in the family, was also there at the party. They remained until daybreak.
Q. Do you know of his having been absent from home any other night between the 23d of December and the 23d of March, except this one absence, at George Henry Gardiner’s, at a party?
A. No, sir; I do not. I never heard of his being absent any more.
Q. Do you know when he was again absent from home after the 23d of March?
A. A short time after that, he came with my brother Henry to Giesboro’ to buy some horses; and my brother told me that they remained all night at my sister’s, at Dr. Blanford’s.
Q. Do you know of any other absences of his, between the 23d of December and the day of the assassination of the President, except those three that you have spoken of?
A. I do not.
Q. And you say you were in the habit of seeing him almost every day?
A. Yes, sir; seeing or hearing from nearly every day.
Q. Do you know whether your brother owns a buggy or carriage?
A. He never had one.
Q. Do you know of your brother ever having worn, within the past year, a black hat of any description?
A. I have not seen him with a black hat for a year.
Q. Do you know what kind of a hat he has worn for a year past?
A. A drab slouched hat, I think the gentlemen call it.
Q. Do you know Andrew Gwynne?
A. I do.
Q. Do you know of his having been at or about your brother’s house at any time since 1861?
A. No, sir; I do not.
Q. Where has Andrew Gwynne been since 1861?
A. I have heard that he was in the Confederate service.
Q. Did you ever know of any party of Confederate officers or soldiers, or individual Confederates, stopping at your brother’s house?
A. I never did.
Q. Did you see Booth in that country last fall or winter?
A. Yes, sir: I saw him at church once.
Q. Do you know whom he came to church with?
A. He was in Dr. Queen’s pew; I saw him there.
Q. About what time was that?
A. It was in November: I do not remember the date.
Q. Do you know whether it was on the same visit when he purchased of Mr. Gardiner?
A. It was the same visit. I never heard of a second one until after this trial commenced.
Q. Do you know where Mr. Gardiner, of whom Booth purchased the horse, lives?
A. He lives very near my brother’s.
Q. How far from it.
A. I do not think it is a half a mile.
Q. Is Bryantown on the road between Dr. Queen’s house and Mr. Gardiner’s house?
A. It is.
Q. Is your brother’s house also on the road?
A. It is.
Q. Do you know where you brother was in December, and in the fall and winter of 1850 and 1851?
A. In 1850, he was in St. John’s College, Frederick; in 1851, he went to Georgetown College. He went first in 1849 to St. John’s College. He was there in 1849 and 1850.
He then went to Georgetown College in 1851.
Q. Was he at home, or at Bryantown, in the months of October, November, or December, 1850, or January or February, 1851?
A. No, sir: he never spent any holiday at home except the summer vacations.
Q. Was he at home during these months at all?
A. No, sir.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. With whom did Booth lodge every night in November when was down in your neighborhood?
A. I do not know.
By MR. EWING:
Q. Do you know of his having been at your brother’s house during that visit?
A. I do not know of it: I only heard it.
Q. But you did not hear whether he lodged there over night or not?
A. I did not.
Q. That was the visit when the horse was purchased?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And when you saw him in Dr. Queen’s pew in church?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. How long was it between the time you saw him at Dr. Queen’s pew in church, and the time of his purchase of the horse?
A. It was the same visit.
Q. Were these occurrences within a short time of each other?
A. A day or so, I suppose. I saw him on Sunday. I do not know what day he purchased the horse; but I do not suppose it was done on Sunday. It must have been on Monday or Tuesday. I do not know the time.