12-23-1902: Samuel Arnold's Reply to Letter from Thomas Ewing III.
Source: Library of Congress, Thomas Ewing Papers.
Samuel Arnold responds here to a letter he received from Thomas Ewing III, the son of General Thomas Ewing, Jr., who had been the lead defense attorney for Dr. Mudd during the 1865 Lincoln assassination trial. Arnold mistakenly addresses him here as Jr. instead of III. Ewing had apparently written to Arnold with questions after seeing articles by Arnold in the Baltimore American newspaper earlier that month.
Friendship P. Office
A. Arundel Co., Md.
Dec. 23rd 1902
Mr. Thomas Ewing, Jr.
Yours of the 20th at hand. I shall without any hesitation answer any question you may propound of which I have any knowledge. I heard my father, now dead 16 years, state that a Mr. Browning of Washington, who I believe was a law partner of your father, went to see President Johnson on my behalf, also that the Rev. Dr. Slicer, a prominent minister of Baltimore who knew me and my family, used his influence to that end, and that over a thousand of the best citizens of Baltimore signed a petition for my pardon, also the Governor of the State, the State Legislature, the City Council, and judges of our courts. As to the irons, I am unable to state but as you say, there is no doubt but what your father was instrumental in having them removed during court sessions. The leg irons were, however, never taken off either by day or night, and the hood always replaced as soon as removed from court. My father on speaking of Mr. Browning, no doubt intended for your father jointly. Therefore to you, the son of the father, I return my heartfelt thanks for his noble part done in my behalf. His name shall live in my memory as my truest, best, and noblest friend and benefactor. Spangler was pardoned at the same time as myself, returning to Baltimore on the Steamship Cuba, with my father and myself. He worked at his trade (carpenter) for some years in Baltimore and finally went to live with Dr. Mudd, on his farm in Charles Co., Md., at which place he died, some few years ago. The one who died at the Fort was Michael O'Laughlen - died during the Yellow Fever Epidemic.
Sam. B. Arnold