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suspicion of him; and that we came out with his overalls on, were obliged to come and look covered with mortar and dirt; into his apartments among the had been informed a few minrest. The doctor said we could utes before of his having borlook 'round if we wished to. We rowed a bar and tools to dig walked through the lecture room through a wall, and was deterinto the back room, and Mr. mined to find out what he was Clapp started to go into the about; was not at the jail when back private room. Professor Professor Webster was brought Webster told him that he kept in from Cambridge, but went his valuable and dangerous ar- down there about ten, in comticles there, and Mr. Clapp pany with S. D. Parker, Dr. just put his head in the door Martin Gay, and others; Dr. and said he shouldn't go in Webster was in the lower lockthere to get blown up; then up, lying on the bed with his went down into the lower lab- face downwards; he said he was oratory; went up to the furnace not able to get up; he was in a there (the same in which the state of great agitation and prosbones were afterwards found); tration; thought he would not saw the bright light of a fire, live. They carried him up stairs and the ashes underneath all and he asked for water; held swept up; Professor Webster the tumbler to him; he bit at it, was talking with Mr. Clapp at struck his face against it, and this time, at the bench by the spilt the water all over him; window; saw a tea chest there thought he would fall out of the with tan in it, and minerals on chair. He wanted word sent to top. Clapp inquired, what door his family, also to Mr. W. H. is that? Littlefield said it was Prescott, and Mr. Franklin Dexthe doctor's private privy and ter. Mr. Parker said there was that he had the key; noticed the another family that had been in stairs into the laboratory were great distress for a week; that, wet, as if water had been spilled; perhaps he could explain cerwe made no more search, be- tain things at the Medical Colcause we had no suspicion of lege, which would relieve that anybody in the college; they family; that we were going rather laughed at me, for my there, and he could accompany suspicion in regard to the col- us if he saw fit. He said he had lege. Rewards were offered. One nothing to explain and would for $3,000, on Monday, or Tues- go with us. The officers helped day, and one for $1,000, on him into the coach. The party Wednesday. The handbills were in the coach with Dr. Webster posted very extensively through went down to the Medical Colthe city and the neighboring lege. Two of the officers accomtowns. About four o'clock panied him, holding him up, one Friday, called at Mr. Little- on each side. Inquiry was made field's apartments with Officer for the key. Professor Webster Starkweather, and inquired of said that Mr. Clapp had taken Mr. Littlefield's wife; in conse- it from him with other keys. quence of what she said, I went The door was forced. The key to the front door and rang the for the privy door down stairs door bell, and Mr. Littlefield was asked for, The professor
said that it hung up on a nail fully, that Dr. Wyman might exat the end of the shelf. A key amine whether they had blood was found but it did not fit; upon them; they were wrapped Dr. Webster said that someone, up in paper, and Mr. Butman then, had taken it away. We took charge of them. A large went down stairs into the lab- knife, with a silver sheath or oratory, and the privy door un- handle was also found Sunday der the stairs was broken open. afternoon, when I was present;
We went from the laboratory was also there when a saw was out to the trap door. Some of found, with something on the the party went down and handed handle looking like prints of up parts of a human body-a blood. pelvis, the right thigh and right Was present when the limbs leg; I think it was the right were put together by Dr. Lewis thigh and right leg. They were on Monday morning. Appearplaced where Professor Webster ance of the body was that of Dr. could see them, upon a board; Parkman. He was tall, and did not hear him make any re- very slim; about five feet ten mark about them. He appeared and a half inches high; straight, excited, and had to be supported. and small over the hips; was Dr. Webster was then taken back light complexioned; his hair, to the carriage and the jail. sandy; his under jaw was prom
Was at the Medical College, inent. Should not like to say the next afternoon (Saturday) positively that the parts of the when other parts of the body body which I saw were Dr. Parkwere found; was in the upper man's. laboratory, when I was called Cross-examined. The morning by someone saying that they after the arrest, searched Prohad made further discoveries; fessor Webster's house at Camwent down and Officer Fuller bridge; made a second search and others were then drawing a there about 12th December. We tea chest out into the floor; the had a search warrant on the thorax and thigh came out im- first occasion, but not on the secbedded in tan. The thigh was ond. inside of the ribs, put in so Dr. Parkman would use plain that the ends of the ribs had left language in talking with people marks upon it; a large knife fell who he thought had dealt disout of the tan; I should call it honestly with him; wouldn't hesa jack-knife. A string went itate to tell him so; but never round the body and leg. Those heard him use a profane word limbs were taken out and washed or use harsh language in asking and put with the others and giv- for payment of money, when en into the charge of the officers. treated with civility. Was at the Medical College Sun- Patrick McGowan, Was house day afternoon when a pair of servant of Dr. George Parkman slippers and pantaloons, with and now live with Mrs. Parkspots of blood on them, were man; the day of his disappearfound in a clothes press at the ance somebody called at the head of the stairs leading to the house and inquired for the laboratory. Dr. Jackson di- doctor, about 8 or 9 a. m.; didn't rected they should be kept care- know the person, and he didn't give me his address; should not Parkman sent for me; I found know the person if I saw him; her in great distress from the abcan't say that it was the pris- sence of her husband, who had oner. The doctor was crossing not been home that night; the entry from the breakfast went directly to his brothroom at the time of the person's er's, the Rev. Dr. Francalling, and stepped to the door; cis Parkman (also my brotherheard something said about the in-law), and informed him of the doctor's meeting the person, or doctor's absence; then to Mr. answering the question, if he Edward Blake's office in Court would meet him at some place, street, my nephew, to concert at half-past 1 o'clock; under- means for making inquiries for stood the doctor to answer, yes, him. There was suspicion of a that he would meet him there; man who had been punished for last saw the doctor about 11
stealing from the doctor's house; o'clock that day; have never we sent to the attorney who had seen him since; he was very defended him, and found that punctual at meals; never knew that man was away from the him absent from dinner at the city, and had not been in it reregular hour but once, and then cently; then went to the city he came in before the family marshal's and engaged him to had finished.
have inquiries made through the Cross-examined. The doctor police. That evening an adverkept no other man servant; tisement was inserted in the other persons called that morn- newspapers, giving notice of the ing; not many; did not tell any doctor's disappearance. I ofof them that the doctor had fered a reward subsequently, of gone out of town for the day. $3,000, for information in re
30 Robert G. Shaw. Am broth- gard to him, and one of $1,000 er-in-law of the late Dr. George for the discovery of his body. Parkman. He would have been During the whole week succeedsixty years old in February fol- ing, I was consulted and took an lowing his decease. Am well active interest in the investigaacquainted with prisoner. The tions. Have seen the remains first I knew of his lending Dr. since they were arranged and put Webster money, was when I told together; saw appearances which him of his having sold me his induced me to believe them to minerals. The last time I saw belong to the body of Dr. George Dr. Parkman was on the day of Parkman; the color and kind of his disappearance. He called at bair on his breast and leg. He my house between 9 and 10 a. m. came to my house early one and we walked down to State morning — a cold morning street together. He was in very without any surtout; and to my good health and good spirits. remark that he wasn't dressed We parted about 10, at the Mer warm enough he replied that he chant's Bank. The next day Mrs. had not on even drawers, and
30 SHAW, ROBERT Gould. (1773-1853.) Me. Merchant and Philanthropist.
Born Gouldsborough, pulled up his pantaloons to again, on 3rd August, one for show it; have seen him open his $400; for which also I have his breast in such a way as to show receipts. He then said there was how much it was covered with some of the minerals included in hair. The form, size and height the catalogue which he should of the parts corresponded to Dr. like to keep, if I had no objecParkman. Saw the teeth which tion; told him that if he would were found; know of his wear- pay the interest as it fell due ing false teeth. I finally took he could do so. He did not, charge of the remains to have however, pay it, and I have never them entombed as those of Dr. called upon him for it. Parkman, and they were so Subsequently I was walking buried.
with Dr. Parkman one day As to my financial relations when we met Dr. Webster; asked with Dr. Webster, received a Dr. Parkman, after we passed, note from him about 19th April, what salary Dr. Webster was 1848, asking for an interview receiving at Cambridge. He renext morning; he informed me plied, $1,200. I said, that is not of his embarrassments, and that half enough to support his famhe expected the sheriff would ily, and told him of his applicaseize his furniture if he couldn't tion to me for money and of raise a certain sum to pay off a his sale to me of his minerals. pressing demand which had been Dr. Parkman said, they are not long standing; he proposed to his to sell; I have a mortgage on sell me a cabinet of minerals; them, and if you will come to told him that I did not want my house I will show it to you. .them. He said I might like to He took me to his house and on make a donation of them to some comparing his mortgage with my institution; that he would sell bill of sale, they corresponded them to me for $1,200. I re- throughout. He then said he fused; but he pressed me so hard would see Dr. Webster and give and worked upon my feelings so him a piece of his mind; that it much that I concluded to aid was downright fraud, and he him; asked him how much he ought to be punished. (The needed, and he said that $600 mortgage was here produced by would relieve him for the pres- the witness and read to the ent; told him that if he could get Court and jury. Its condition my note discounted for that was for the payment of $2,432 amount, at some bank which he in four years from date.) named, I would buy his minerals. Dr. Webster wrote me a long Later he called and said that he letter of explanation (as I supcould get it discounted at the pose), which I never read, my Charles River Bank; let him eyes being poor, but I laid it have my note, for which I took away after opening it, and no a receipt, dated April 20th. He one else saw it; subsequently I shortly after brought me a cat was told that Dr. Webster was alogue, and bill of sale of the proposing to give his minerals minerals, which I put on file, to Harvard College, on a certain without examining. On 6th June sum being made up by subhe called on me again, and I scription to enable him to do so. gave him a check for $200; and I put my name down for $500, SPECIAL NOTICE. GEORGE PARKMAN, M. D., a well known and highly respectable citizen of Boston, left his house in Walnut street, to meet an engagement of business, on Friday last, November 23rd, between 12 and 1 o'clock p. m., and was seen in the southerly part of the city, in and near Washington street, in conversation with some persons, at about five o'clock of the afternoon of the same day.
on the understanding that so much of my debt should be reckoned as a subscription. The amount was raised and soon after a Mr. Smith called on me from Dr. Webster, and paid me the balance of my debt. I told him to take back the letter and bill of sale, etc., to Dr. Webster, and to tell him that I was perfectly satisfied; know that Dr. Parkman was not paid off by this arrangement.
Dr. Parkman left a wife, a son, and daughter. The daughter has been an invalid for several years; he was always anxious to procure delicacies for her, suitable to her state of health. He was the most punctual man I ever knew; over-punctual. Was also a very domestic man. Nothing would induce him to stay away from home twenty-four hours, if he could avoid it.
Cross-examined. The doctor's punctuality extended to everything; business appointments, as well as others. Had I not known of Dr. Parkman's being missed, should not have supposed that the parts of the body found were his. The fact of his disappearance had as much to do with my opinion as the color of his hair.
March 20. Francis Tukey. Am city marshal. Saturday, 24th November, at 10 a. m., Mr. E. Blake requested me to have inquiries instituted for him. I sent for police officers and directed them to make inquiry in a private way for Dr. Parkman and to institute such search as they could in his unoccupied houses by pretending an errand about drains. nuisances and the like. At 2 o'clock I had no further information than that he was last seen Friday, in the neighborhood of the Medical College, and the whole police were notified of his absence; advertisements of the disappearance were also given to the newspapers. Could not make a more extensive and particular search than was made for Dr. Parkman both in and out of the city. Messengers were sent in all directions to the towns in the country, and to towns all up and down the sea coast. The river and harbor were dragged; every report that we could hear of him, far or near, we sent and had investigated. We circulated 28,000 hand bills of four different notices, of which the following are copies. (Produced and read to the jury.)
Any person who can give information relative to him, that may lead to his discovery, is earnestly requested to communicate the same, immediately, to the city marshal, for which he shall be liberally rewarded.
Boston, November 25th, 1849.