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ical lectures; — Dr. Webster's doctor said that he paid him among others; recollect seeing $483 on his lecture room table; Dr. Webster, Friday, 23rd, after that Dr. Parkman never stopped the lectures were over, about 6 to count the money, but grabbed o'clock; saw him about ten or it up, or wrapped it up, and ran 12 feet from the carriage shed away, or went off as fast as he on the east side of the building, could; and that he told Dr. Parkand entering the shed; am not man that he must go to Camable to state whether he entered bridge and see if the mortgage the college or not.
was discharged, and everything Cross-examined. It was a cir- done up in good shape; and that cumstance to meet Dr. Webster was the last he saw of him. there that night, so remarkable Dr. John B. S. Jackson. I am that I laid it up in my recollec- one of the professors at the tion; first mentioned this to Mr. Medical College; am Professor Richardson, a member of the of Pathological Anatomy; have bar; had never seen the doctor known Mr. Littlefield seven there at so late an hour before, years; about 1 o'clock of the day after he had lectured. His usual of Dr. Webster's arrest, Mr. Lithabit was to go away, lecture tlefield came to my room; indays, immediately after he had formed me that he had already lectured.
commenced and partially dug William Calhoun. I drive a through the wall; advised him to team for Mr. Fuller, the iron go on and finish the opening founder; recollect seeing Dr. through the wall; told him that Webster the Sunday after the if he made any discovery to go disappearance. in front of the at once and inform Dr. Bigelow, college; was with Mr. Littlefield, Sr. and call at my rooms in the talking with him; Dr. Webster neighborhood and to leave his said to Mr. Littlefield, Did you name upon my slate if I was not see anything of Dr. Parkman in; enjoined strict secrecy on the latter part of last week ? him; when I came home found Yes, says Mr. Littlefield. I did. his name upon my slate. Whereabouts did you see him? George W. Trenholm. Am a About the ground where we now police officer; last November my stand, he replied. Which way beat was in the district near the was the doctor coming? Little- Medical College; Knew Mr. Litfield answered, He was coming tlefield and Professor Webster. towards the college. Where was Saw Professor Webster on Sunyou when you saw him? Mr. Lit- day afternoon, 25th; was standtlefield said, Somewhere about ing in front of the Medical Colthe front entry, or front door of lege, in North Grove street, talkthe college. He also asked, Diding with Mr. James H. Blake. Dr. vou see him enter the college? Webster came from towards the Mr. Littlefield said, No, as I front steps toward us; his first went and sat down in one of the remark was that he had read of rooms. He asked what time it Dr. Parkman's disappearance in was when he saw Dr. Parkman. the newspaper the evening beMr. Littlefield answered, It was fore; he said that he thought he about half-past one o'clock. The would come in and let his friends know that about that time he mains. We all went down to get paid him $483, and some odd them. Mr. Littlefield and I cents; that Dr. Parkman took crawled through the hole; I held
the room without counting it, passed the remains out; about and told him that he would go 11 o'clock Professor Webster and to Cambridge and discharge the his party arrived; some one mortgage; left Dr. Webster and asked for the key of the privy Mr. Blake there together. On door and Mr. Littlefield made Friday was passing by the col- answer that the doctor had the lege about 4 o'clock and met Mr. key, as he always kept it himLittlefield; he told me that he self; the doctor pointed to a had commenced digging through hook, or a nail, and said, that it the wall and of his suspicions of was up there; I think Mr. StarkDr. Webster; said that he had weather took the key down and told the officers that every place handed it to Mr. Littlefield; he in the college had been searched and I went down to the laboraexcept the doctor's private privy, tory and the key would not unand that he was now going to lock the privy door; I tried the dig through the wall, to satisfy key and told Mr. Littlefield that himself and the public; he took it was not the key; we went up me into the dissecting room en- stairs again and Mr. Littlefield try, told me that the wall had told Professor Webster that that been very hot the day before; was not the key; don't recollect so hot that he could not bear his what Professor Webster replied; hand on it; put my hand, by his the door was then broken open. direction, upon the wall, but Dr. Webster appeared differently could not then feel any heat; in the two rooms; more agitated we went round to the front of in the laboratory; he snapped the building, and while we stood at the water given to him. talking, Dr. Webster came up Cross-eramined. Had not and said to me, What about that heard anything about the twenty twenty dollar bill? told him dollar bill till Dr. Webster spoke that I had not heard anything of it; was slightly acquainted about it; he said that an Irish- with Dr. Webster, he having emman came to the Cambridge ploved me on some police erbridge and offered a twenty dol- rands. Mr. Littlefield told me of lar bill to pay one cent toll; the his suspicions of Dr. Webster on toll man thought that it was Friday; told me that he wished strange that an Irishman should me not to say anything about his have a twenty dollar bill, and he digging through the wall. asked him where he got it and Nathaniel D. Swain. Run the he said, From Dr. Webster. Dr. Cambridge and Boston express; Webster said that the marshal know Professor Webster; have had the bill and had sent for him been in the habit of bringing in to identify it, but, said he, I told and carrying out articles for him that I could not swear to it. him; was there Monday, NovemThe doctor then went off, bidding ber 26th, and brought in two me good night.
bundles of fagots, or cuttings of Assisted in taking out the re- grape vines; took them to Pro
fessor Webster's house; brought things there,—the grape vines in also an empty box and a bag and the box,—though not the of tan; the box was about a foot bag of tan; went to the college and a half square, like a soap after the arrest of Professor box; took the bag and box from
Webster; I could not find but Dr. Webster's house in Cam
one box which I could identify, bridge and left them in Mr. Lit
and that was the small one which tlefield's cellar; I received direc
I took in on Wednesday; the tions from Dr. Webster to leave
box which had the check handthem there, and he said, I will take them
kerchief; it was marked with red into my laboratory chalk. j. W. Webster. Cammyself; had never received any
bridge. I saw the grape vines, similar instructions before; have
but not the other things; the been in the business three years
other boxes were made of next August, and suppose that I have been to the college for him
Cross-examined. during that time, two hundred
this clasp knife, or jack knife, times, at least; had always been
before [that found in the tea accustomed to leave articles in the lower laboratory, or else in
chest]; saw it on 17th Novem
ber, last, in Dr. Webster's hands, the upper; if I found the doors locked would take the keys in
in his garden at Cambridge; he Mr. Littlefield's kitchen and open
was trimming his grape vines, them myself. Monday when I
and was standing on some left the articles, looked for the
steps. keys and tried to open the door;
Derastus Clapp. Have been a took hold of the laboratory stairs
police officer since 1828. On 5th door to set the articles in, but
December was directed by the found it fast; I then sat them
City Marshal to search the house down by that door, in Mr. Lit
of Dr. Webster; took Officers tlefield's cellar and went through
Hopkins and Sanderson; the the entry to the store room
others went up stairs while I redoor and found that fast, like
mained down; went to search for the other one; then looked for a particular parcel of papers in the keys and could not find them; Dr. Webster's house, in consewent again to the Medical Col- quence of directions which were lege for Dr. Webster on 28th given me; asked Mrs. Webster November, Wednesday, and car- if she had in her possession any ried two boxes; the largest was particular parcel or package about two and a half feet long. given her by the defendant; she one foot deep, and ten inches left the room and presently rewide; the other was about one turned, bringing a bundle of paand a half feet square; the pers; the papers not being arsmall box was full and the other ticles named in the search warempty; left them in Littlefield's rant, requested Mr. Sanderson to cellar, where I left those on replace in the trunk up stairs Monday; a piece of the cover of where he had found them and to the small box was broken off, one bring the trunk down, which end, and I observed a piece of a was done; recognized the handsmall check handkerchief; did not writing of Dr. Parkman on two try the door; I saw the other of the papers, and put my ini
tials on all of them, for the pur- put into the case; the defendpose of identification.
ant's handwriting being admit[The notes bearing the wit- ted by his counsel. The followness's initials were produced and ing are copies of the notes:] $400.
Boston, June 220, 1842. For value received, I promise to pay George Parkman, or order, the sum of four hundred dollars in fifteen months from this date, with interest, to be paid at the rate of six per centum per annum.
J. W. Webster.
[On the bottom of the note, in pencil marks, admitted to be the handwriting of Dr. Parkman, was the memorandum:]
This is to be given up, on pay't of W.'s note, of Jan’y 22d, '47.
[And on the back of the note were two indorsements, in ink, also admitted to be by Dr. Parkman, of-]
1845, July 10th. In’t is act'd to date, by rec't, and seven dolls. of principal, leaving due $393.
Oct. 10. Seventy-five dolls.
[In another place, on the back of the same note, was an indorsement in pencil, which, Mr. Bemis stated, would be shown to be in the defendant's handwriting, as follows:)
$183.64, bal. p'd. Nov. 22, '49.
[Across the face of the note were two heavy transverse dashes, each about two inches and a half long, and from an eighth, to a quarter of an inch in breadth. One of these terminated in a collection of hair, or fibrous marks, as if made by an instrument capable of making a number of such marks simultaneously. There was also a single heavy transverse dash across the signature, “J. W. Webster.” It was stated that it would be hereafter proved that these dashes, and similar ones on the other note, were not made by a pen, as had been represented by the prisoner.]
[The second note was as follows:]
Boston, Jan’y 220, 1847. Value recid, I promise to pay to Geo. Parkman, or order, twenty-four hundred and thirty-two dollars, within four years from date, with interest yearly: a quarter of said capital sum being to be paid yearly.
J. W. Webster. $2432. Witness, Chas. Cunningham.
[Underneath the body of the note (and on its face) were two memoranda, both admitted to be in Dr. Parkman's handwriting. The first, in pencil, as follows:]
500 of the above is G. P.'s. +332=832. Bal. due Mr. Chas. C.
[The second memorandum (in ink), with the exception of the words and figures after "cancelled," was as follows:]
On pay't to G. Parkman, of eight hundred and thirty-two dollars of this note, and in't, Dr. W.'s other mortgage & note to G. P., of June 220, 1842, is to be cancelled. (Copy W. has, 831 8312, corrected.)
[Across the face of this note were two heavy dashes, similar to those upon the face of the other note, though still wider. The signature was also dashed out, with a similar heavy dash. The word “paid” was also written twice, transversely, across the face of the note, in ink. The counsel for the defense declining to admit that these latter words were in the prisoner's handwriting, it was stated that they would be shown to be so, hereafter, by the Government's proof. On the back of the note, indorsed in pencil (in what was admitted to be Dr. Parkman's handwriting), was the memorandum)
7, Nov. 30, $17.56, as by rec't.
[Also in ink, and in Dr. Parkman's handwriting, the further memoranda :]
1848, Apl. 18th. Rec'd a hundred and eighty-seven dollars 50-100, by Chas. Cunningham, and gave rec't.
G. P. Nov. 11th. A hundred and eighty-seven dolls. 50-100, by C. C., and gave rect.
Mr. Clapp. The memoranda him at the Leverett street jail the shown to me came from the pris- night of his arrest, November oner's wallet, when I searched 30th.
The first read as follows: Nov. 9, Friday, rec'd $310.00
234.10, out Dr. Big.
Petee Cash ........$275.90
Dr. P. came to lecture room, front left hand seat,-students stopped-he waited till gone, and came to me and asked for money -Desired him to wait till Friday 23d, as all the tickets were not paid for, but no doubt wd be then-he, good deal excited—went away-and I owed him $183.64.
Friday 23d, called at his house about 9 a. m.; told him I had the money, and if he wd call soon after one, wd pay him-He called at 12 past, and I paid him, $483.64 cts.
9th Due Dr. P., who called at lecture, $483.64, by his act. Desired him to wait until Friday 23d-Angry.
Friday, 1/2 1, pd. him; he to clear mortgage.