Papers related to the trial of John White Webster, 1814-1937.


Clifford, John H. (John Henry), 1809-1876. Papers related to the trial of John White Webster, 1814-1937.

Papers related to the trial of John White Webster, 1814-1937.

A small collection of papers related to the Mar. 1850 trial of Harvard professor John White Webster for the murder of George Parkman. The collection contains correspondence by individuals involved in the trial (though the letters are unrelated to the case), including Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw; associate justices Samuel S. Wilde, Theron Metcalf, and Charles A. Dewey; and attorneys John H. Clifford and Pliney Merrick, 1814-1870. Also included are manuscript notes in an unknown hand about Webster's defense; two legal documents signed by George Parkman, 1839-1845; and pamphlets, clippings from Boston newspapers, and other printed matter about the trial, its legacy, and the individuals involved, 1849-1937.

1 narrow box.

Related Entities

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Dewey, Charles Augustus, 1793-1866 (person)

Webster, John White, 1793-1850 (person)

Harvard professor; murderer of Dr. Parkman. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to the Rev. John Pierpont, 1824 May 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586850 Murderer of Dr. George Parkman. From the description of Letter : to William Hickling Prescott, 1850 Aug. 29. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 41415981 Professor of chemistry at Harvard University. From the description of Letter, 1845, Sept. 24 : Cambridg...

Clifford, John H. (John Henry), 1809-1876 (person)

Wilde, Samuel S. (Samuel Sumner), 1771-1855 (person)

Parkman, George, 1790-1849 (person)

Boston physician and murder victim. From the description of Letters received, ca. 1826-1847. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 14445201 ...

Metcalf, Theron, 1784-1875 (person)

Shaw, Lemuel, 1781-1861 (person)

Chief justice of Massachusetts, 1830-1860. His daughter Elizabeth married the author Herman Melville. From the description of ALS : Boston, to Joseph B. Felt, 1834 Oct. 14. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122475395 Shaw was chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1830-1860). Webster and Parkman were on the faculty of Harvard Medical School at the time of Parkman's murder. From the description of Sentence of John W. Webster...

Merrick, Pliny, 1794-1867 (person)

Pliny Merrick (1794-1867) was a lawyer, Massachusetts jurist and legislator. From the description of Correspondence, 1818-1867. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259535 ...