Trial of One of John Wilkes Booth's Co-Conspirators [Trial]. Surratt, John H. [1844-1916], Defendant. Trial of John H. Surratt in the Criminal Court for the District of Columbia, Hon. George P. Fisher, Presiding. Washington: French & Richardson; Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1867. Two volumes. [iv], 728; [iv], iii, [i], 729-1383 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Later library cloth, red and black lettering pieces and paper shelf labels to spines, endpapers renewed. Light soiling and shelfwear, some rubbing to lettering pieces, front hinge of Volume II starting. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, library stamps and markings to preliminaries. $350. * Only edition. Surratt was one of John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirators, along with five others. This group's original plan was to kidnap Lincoln and trade him for a large number of Confederate prisoners. Surratt fled to Italy after the assassination, but he was identified in 1866 and extradited. Surratt was tried in a civilian court of the District of Columbia, instead of a military one as his mother had been. (She was convicted as a co-conspirator and was the first woman executed by the Federal government.) Surratt's attorney admitted Surratt's part in plotting to kidnap, but not murder, the president. Surratt was ultimately released after a mistrial. The government attempted to retry him, but the statute of limitations thwarted this plan. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School II:1201.
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