May 29, 1865 - Testimony of Dr. Joseph H. Blanford about Dr. Samuel Mudd
DR. J. H. BLANFORD, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. Where do you live?
A. In Prince George’s County, Md., about twelve miles from this city.
Q. State whether or not, during the past spring, you accompanied Dr. Mudd up towards Washington.
A. I did.
Q. State when it was, and what was done.
A. I accompanied him on the 11th of April last to Giesboro’ to attend a Government sale of horses there.
Q. Who, if anybody, was in company with him besides yourself?
A. His brother, Henry L. Mudd, Jr. We three were in company, no others. We were at the sale some time before the hour. I remained there with him till after twelve o’clock, examining horses. The horses were of very inferior quality. He made no purchases during my stay there. About half-past twelve, having business in Washington, I left him, making an engagement with him to meet him—the time appointed was three o’clock—at Mr. Martin’s, near the bridge. I came to Washington, transacted my business there, and got back to Mr. Martin’s, I think, about half-past two, as near as I can recollect, and found Dr. Mudd there waiting for me. I remained there probably fifteen minutes: we then rode together down towards home: when we got to the road turning to my house, I went home, and he continued his journey.
Q. When you started for Washington, you left him at Giesboro’?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Was his brother there then?
A. His brother was with him then.
Q. Was his brother with him when you returned?
A. He was.
Q. State where this Martin’s is.
A. It is on the corner, right in the forks of the road, not more than fifty or a hundred yards from the bridge. One road turns to the right, leading to Giesboro’, and the other is the stage-road, leading down through the counties. Mr. Martin’s house is just in the forks of these roads.
Q. That is on the other side of the Eastern Branch?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. How far is Martin’s from Washington, say from the National Hotel?
A. I suppose it is a mile and a half, or, probably, two miles from the National Hotel.
Q. Do you know whether he made any purchases of horses at all on that visit?
A. He did not.
Q. Have you any knowledge of Dr. Mudd offering to sell his farm?
A. I have no knowledge of any direct offer he made of his farm for sale.
Q. Have you knowledge of his expressed purpose in that respect?
A. He spoke, in general terms, of being dissatisfied with the place, and that he would like to sell, and that, if he had an advantageous offer, he would sell.
Q. When did you hear him speak of that?
A. I have heard him speak of that for several years back.
Q. What place was he referring to?
A. The place on which he lives. I say “several years:” I suppose I have heard him speak, during the last eighteen months, several times on that subject.
Q. How long did you stay at Giesboro’ together?
A. We got there, I think, between eight and nine o’clock in the morning; and I remained there until after twelve.
Q. Was Dr. Mudd with you all the time?
A. He was.