June 10, 1865 - Testimony of Charles H. Stonestreet.
REV. CHARLES H. STONESTREET, a witness recalled for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd.
By MR. EWING:
Q. Were you connected with Frederick College in 1850?
A. I was president of the college in that year.
Q. Where is Frederick College?
A. In Frederick City, Md.
Q. Was the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, a pupil at that college?
A. He was. I have recently seen the book kept by myself, and his name is entered there.
Q. Was he a pupil at the college during the fall and winter of 1850-51?
A. I cannot speak of 1851, because I myself left the college, and was transferred to Georgetown College in 1851; but I am under the impression that he was there when I left: I am not certain of the fact, however.
Q. What time in 1851 did you leave?
A. Perhaps at the close of 1850: I think it was in December, 1850, that I left.
Q. He was there when you left?
A. I am under the impression that he was; but I do not feel perfectly certain of it.
Q. Do you have at Frederick College any fall or winter vacation?
A. We had one principal vacation: the others were only for a few days. There was one only one principal vacation, which commenced in July, and continued during August.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. You had other short vacations that were for but a few days, you say?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. You had vacations during the holidays, in the fall, I suppose?
A. No holidays in the fall.
Q. You did, nevertheless, have recesses about the time of Christmas?
A. A few days only.
By MR. EWING:
Q. Did those pupils who lived at a distance of a hundred miles or so go home during those short vacations you speak of?
A. They did not.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. There was nothing to restrain them, was there? They could have gone if they wished to go?
A. There was the authority of the president. They could not go.
Q. Do you pretend to say that Dr. Mudd was there in December, 1850?
A. I cannot say certainly. I do not remember.
Q. If he was, do you pretend to say that he did not go away during the temporary vacation?
A. It was the rule not to go.
Q. That is not the point. Do you know the fact that he was there during the vacation?
A. I do not know the fact.
Q. Nor the fact that that he was there at all during December?
A. There is nothing to impress it on my mind.