220. William Walker to William H. Herndon.
Lexington Mo Aug 27th 1866
In regard to the tryal of Armstrong in Beardstown, It was testifyed by the witness that the deed was done bout Eleven at night, and that thare was a bright Moon, and I think an Almonic was brought in at My request for the Year propper, from Some one of the Clerk's offices below, The witness Said he was Some 30 Yds
326distant and that he Seen the blow Struck with a Slung-Shot We Showed by the Almonic that at the hour of 11 — at night no Moon was visable And by other witnesses that at the time of the troubble it was quite dark, Mr L — in his Speach may have alluded to the absence of a Moon to Show that in as Much as the witness was Mistaken in regard to one thing, the Jury Should receive all his testimony with Caution, Mr Lincolns argument was that no Jury ought Ever to convict, upon Such testimony
The Jury acquitted, — Mr L Speach was in Evry Sence honorable, high-toned & professional I think Judge Dummer was presant during the tryal and perhaps remembers the particulars of the tryal as fully as I do I Se from a memorandum book brought with Me, that a Note to You Signed by Dan Roberts was paid to me Just before I left, $50.00 Just the principle — I do not recollect wither I Sent it or Not, If I did not You Must induldge Me Some til I Can Make Some Money here among the Rebels, Please write to me & let me Know how it Stands.
Are You Safe in Ills. on the questions of the day
Truly yours &c
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2624; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:332 — 33