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Correspondence: Charles Guiteau to Thomas Darlington
Letter date: March 13, 1876
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DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 sheet, 1 page, w/ cancelled envelope, on stationery letterhead for Charles J. Guiteau, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Chicago.

@ "Dear Sir: It is uncertain when I shall be in New York. If you have any suggestions touching a settlement of that English case please notify me by return mail. It was a most unjustifiable arrest, and Mr. English ought to be severely punished for making that fake affidavit. My circumstances are rapidly improving here and I shall follow him to the bitter end if it is not settled. I understand through the treachery of my former attorney the case stands on a default (not a judgement). This can easily be set aside. What will Mr. English give to settle it without further litigation? I have already spent $150- in bail, sheriff's fees, costs, etc. besides my own work on the case. If it is not settled I shall have one of the best lawyers in N.Y take charge of it without delay. Yours truly, Charles Guiteau."

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Correspondence: Charles Guiteau to Richard Merrick
Letter date: January 28, 1882
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DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Guiteau to Judge Merrick, on 1 sheet/1 page, from the family scrapbook of Mary Merrick. Addressed from the "U.S. Jail, Washington, D.C." Written to the Honorable Richard Merrick, requesting that he represent Guiteau in his case: "...I will give you a reasonable retainer and an ample fee if you get me off..." Dated January 28, 1882.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Correspondence: Charles Guiteau to William T. Sherman
July 1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Guiteau to General Sherman, folio, 1 page w/ envelope:

@ "To General Sherman: I have just shot the President. I shot him several times as I wished him to go as easily as possible. His death was a political necessity. I am a lawyer, theologian, and politician. I am a stalwart of the Stalwarts. I was with Gen. Grant, and the rest of our men in New York during the canvass. I am going to the Jail. Please order out your troops and take possession of the Jail at once. Very respectfully, Charles Guiteau."

@ On same folio, ANS note by Sherman addressed from "Headquarters of the Army, Washington, DC. July 2, 1881," in which he states that "I don't know the writer. Never heard of or saw him to my knowledge..."

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Charles Guiteau Law suits (Misc.)
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DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph note fragments as follows:

@ 1. "Private - Able lawyers say your complaint is very weak and it can be dismissed on technical grounds, then, English will blame you. If you are satisfied from all my papers filed, English has no case, you can save your professional reputation by advising him to settle on that ground."

@ 2. ANS by Guiteau written on the reverse of his own printed business card, demanding the transfer of all papers pertinent to the case of English versus Guiteau to his new office.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Affidavit/Memorandum by Edmond Bailey
Dated December 7, 1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains 10 sheets of 10 autograph pages written and signed by Edmond Bailey, a legal colleague of George Corkhill, district attorney for the case. Corkhill introduced Guiteau to Bailey, who then proceeded to hold lengthy conversations with Guiteau, and supposedly made copious notes on his life, ideas and motivations. Bailey claimed later to have destroyed the notes. The affidavit concludes -

@ "In my conversations with him I did not understand that he claimed to have acted on "inspiration," but that he reasoned out the idea and then became convinced that it was in accordance with God's will and in that manner it was the "act of God."

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Affidavit/"Personal Mention" by Charles Guiteau
1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 sheets/3 pages of autograph notes written by Guiteau about himself, used as a courtroom exhibit by Edmond Bailey.

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Affidavit/Address by Guiteau: "To the American People..."
Dated June 16, 1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 sheets/3 page autograph manuscript signed by Guiteau, used as a courtroom exhibit by Edmond Bailey -

@ "Washington June 16, 1881. To the American People: I conceived the idea of removing the President four weeks ago. Not a soul knew of my purpose. I conceived the idea myself and kept it to myself. I read the newspapers carefully for and against the Administration, and gradually the conviction settled on me that the President's removal was a political necessity, because he proved a traitor to the men that made him, and thereby imperilled the life of the Republic...This is not murder. It is a political necessity..."

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Correspondence: H.B. Amerling to George W. Ogler
Letter date: October 31, 1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, folio w/ cancelled envelope from H.B. Amerling, attorney and counselor at law, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, to colleague George W. Ogler:

@ "Friend Ogler: I have been subpoenaed in the Guiteau case on the part of the defense. I remember of hearing you tell of the funny and strange actions of the Guiteaus. I shall leave for Washington next week. i think you would be a good witness. I believe that both Charles Guiteau and his father were crasey on religion. I wished you would write to me stating the peculiar transactions of both old man Guiteau and Abraham his brother. I will then mention the facts to (George) Scoville the attorney and if he thinks it necessary he will subpoena you..." Scoville was both Guiteau's brother-in-law and counsel for the case.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Eye-witness account by Nicholas Jackson
Dated: July 10, 1881
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DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS written by Nicholas Jackson, giving an eye-witness account of the shooting of President Garfield by Guiteau. Submitted to the editor of the "Evening Star." Addressed from Annapolis, Md., 2 sheets + folio/7 autograph pages -

@ "Sir: As I was an eye witness of the shooting of President Garfield and being able to explain which shot entered the chief magistrate's body first and the course and present whereabouts of the ball that missed him I deemed it proper to impart to you the information I possess of the tragedy as it will clear away the mystery (of the lost bullet) which the newspaper men are trying to solve..."

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Frederick Snyder - A political protest
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DESCRIPTION: Contains AMsS by Frederick Snyder, protesting the conduct of a political rival. 5 sheets/5 pages w/ envelope.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Speech by Charles Guiteau
August 6, 1880
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DESCRIPTION: Contains printed speech by Guiteau delivered August 6, 1880, on the subject of the electoral race between James Abram Garfield and General Winfield Scott Hancock in 1880. Entitled, "The Past Reviewed."

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Newspaper clipping about Charles J. Guiteau
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DESCRIPTION: Contains newspaper clipping entitled, "Guiteau Hated Catholics." Concerns Guiteau's hatred of Catholicism.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 "The Death of James A. Garfield" Poem by James Slattery
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DESCRIPTION: Contains printed poem on the death of James A. Garfield by James Slattery.

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