235. William Walker to William H. Herndon.
Lexington Mo Sept 15th 1866
The truth is I did not understand the question, You repeat in Yours of the 10th inst, I thought You asked if the hurt was Confesed, I do not think a writ of Habes-Corpus was taken out at any time — My Recollection is that after Norris was tryed & Convicted of Man slaughter Judge Harrutt hearing the testimony decided on Motion to fix Armstrong Bail at $5000,
Mr Lincoln only appeared the one time, and that on the trial, Mr. Lincoln, Closed the argument for the defence, In a Speach of bout one hour, It was a Close and Searching annilessis of the testimony for bout three fourths of the time, the Remainder was an appeal to the Jury and was the Most Eloquent & impressive I have Ever heard, the feelings of the Jury Seamed to harmonise with the Speaker, and he Conveyed to them by his Earnestness the Conviction that Armstrong was innocent, not only to the Jury but Evry one Els, — The instructions Given to the Jury for the defence, will be found in Mr Lincolns own hand writing Carefully prepaired while the prosecution Closed the argument. I believe I have answered all Your questions if not Keep on, I have but little to do & love to think about the Greatest Man that Ever lived, and to Curse in my Soule the authors of his death
Truly Yours &c
P.S. I will be in Ills in a few days —
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2645; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:354 — 55