June 8, 1865 - Testimony of John H. Baden about Dr. Samuel Mudd
JOHN H. BADEN, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. State where you live.
A. I live in Anacostia District, Prince George’s County, Md.
Q. Are you acquainted with Daniel J. Thomas, who has been a witness on the stand here?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know what his general reputation is, in the community in which he lives, for veracity?
A. I have heard very few persons speak high of it.
Q. Do you know what his general reputation is?
A. It is rather bad. He is counted a very untruthful man. I do not believe but a very few place any confidence in him and what he says.
Q. From your knowledge of his reputation for veracity, would you believe him under oath?
A. I do not think I could if any thing was at stake.
Cross-examined by the JUDGE ADVOCATE:
Q. Have you ever heard him charged with swearing falsely?
A. No, sir: I never have.
Q. Has he any reputation to that effect, that he would swear falsely?
A. I do not know: I never heard of the man swearing falsely. I have known him to tell a great deal that was not so; but I never heard him swear to it.
Q. From your knowledge of human character, do you not think there are many men who talk idly and extravagantly, and sometimes untruthfully, who would nevertheless, when under the obligations of an oath, speak the truth?
A. I do not know, sir. I do not place any confidence myself in what I hear him say. I have nothing against Mr. Thomas. I have known him a good while; but I do not put any confidence in what I hear him say.
Q. That is not an answer to my question. Could you not give me answer to that?
What was that?
Q. Do I understand you to hold that a man who will sometimes speak untruthfully will necessarily swear to an untruth in a court of justice? Is that your judgment of human character and conduct?
A. Not at all.
Q. That is what I wish to ascertain.
A. Not all.