David Herold - Pharmacist Assistant

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Roger Norton:
Laurie, here is some testimony from John Surratt's trial:


William S. Thompson, sworn and examined:
By Mr. Pierrepont:

Q. What is your occupation?

A. Druggist, corner of Fifteenth street and New York Avenue.

Q, How long has your store been there?

A. Since 1859.

Q. Was Herold there as a clerk for you? I mean Herold who was tried as
one of the conspirators?

A. He was.

Q. Will you tell the jury from what date to what date he was your clerk?

A. I cannot tell whether it was in 1862 or 1863. He came with me about
the 1st of March, and was discharged about the 4th of July following. I do not
remember which year.

Q. Have you any means of knowing?

A. I could ascertain by reference to my book.

Q. Will you examine and give the dates subsequently?

A. I will do so.

Q. Do you know his handwriting?

A. I am tolerably familiar with his handwriting.

Q. Will you state whether President Lincoln during the time he was there,
or before or after, obtained his medicines of you?

A. He was in the habit of getting his medicines there, and I suppose he must
have got some during the time Herold was there.


William S. Thompson recalled and examined.

By Mr. Pierrepont:

Q. Can you give us the date at which Herold was a clerk in your store?

A. From the 1st of March, 1863, until the 4th day of July following.

Q. State whether Mr. Lincoln obtained his medicines there during that time.

A. Yes, sir; he did.

Q. Do you know whether Herold put up any for him?

A. I have examined my books and blotter, to ascertain, as nearly as possible,

whether Herold mixed any medicines for him during that time. I find only

1 article charged by Herold.

Q. Then you have no other means of knowing.

Mr. Bradley said he could not see the relevancy of this testimony

Pierrepont said he would endeavor to make it relevant.

A. I have no other means of knowing.

Cross-examined by Mr. Bradley:

Q. Does it follow because the charge was in Herold's handwriting, that he
mixed the medicine up?

A. Not necessarily; no, sir.

Q. What is the date at which the medicine was put up?
A. June 22, 1863 a small vial of castor-oil.

Q. What other clerks had you in the store at that time?
A. I had two others Clinton M. Sears and Charles McGlue.


Additionally, in his statement aboard the Montauk, Herold told Bingham he had lived the past year with a druggist named T.S. Ward.

Gene C:
Thanks everyone, you answered my questions.
Roger, that's an interesting picture of Crook, I hadn't seen that one before.  Are there any photo's of him around the time when he served as Lincoln's guard?
He was a fairly young man then, if I remember correctly.

Roger Norton:
Quote from: Gene C on April 08, 2012, 06:16:50 PM

Roger, that's an interesting picture of Crook, I hadn't seen that one before.  Are there any photo's of him around the time when he served as Lincoln's guard?
He was a fairly young man then, if I remember correctly.

You are correct, Gene. He was in his mid-20's at the time of the assassination. I checked my files and found these photos that had been sent to me in the past, but none are of Crook c.1865. I also checked his book...Through Five Administrations...and I don't see any photos of him there.  I have a reprint of his book, not an original.

Gene C:
Crook seems like an interesting person.  How was his book ?  I've seen it on Amazon and am tempted to purchase it.  Did he focus mainly on his later years or his time with President Lincoln?  Is it a book you would recommend?

Roger Norton:
The book has 280 pages and 79 of these deal with his time at the Lincoln White House. Those are the only pages that I have read. They are of interest in that Crook gives his observations of the Lincoln family, but he had a special interest in Tad. He relates some Tad-related stories such as:

In some areas, Tad was very advanced.  One day two White House workers were about to take up the carpet in the state dining room; the long table in the middle confused the men, and they couldn't figure out the best way to do the job.  Tad appeared, surveyed the situation, and set about "bossing" the job.  Using Tad's specific instructions the job got done in a much better "engineered" manner than the two workers could have figured out on their own.  So while Tad may not have been good when it came to reading and writing, his "spatial" abilities seem to be beyond that of an average adult.

Crook also made some assassination-related observations. He writes:

"It was the custom for the guard who accompanied the President to the theatre to remain in the little passageway outside the box - that passageway through which Booth entered. Mr. Buckingham, who was the doorkeeper at Ford's Theatre, remembers that a chair was placed there for the guard on the evening of the 14th. Whether Parker occupied it at all I do not know. Mr. Buckingham is of the impression that he did. If he did, he left it almost immediately; for he confessed to me the next day that he went to a seat at the front of the first gallery, so that he could see the play. The door of the President's box was shut; probably Mr. Lincoln never knew that the guard had left his post."


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