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Josiah Burnham case collection

MS-1328
 Collection
Identifier: MS-1328
The collection contains material related to the criminal case against Josiah Burnham who was accused, convicted and hanged for the murders of Russell Freeman and Captain Joseph Starkweather. It consists of one letter from Nathan Smith to New Hampshire Governor John Langdon regarding postponement of Josiah Burnham's execution so that Burnham's body may be of use to Dartmouth Medical School, one account of a conversation between John Clark and Burnham while Burnham was in prison, and instructions by Judge Paine Wingate to prospective jurors for the trial against Josiah Burnham. A receipt for money received by Paine Wingate from Josiah Bartlett is also included. Of note is the fact that Daniel Webster was a junior counsel for the defense on this case and presented an argument against capital punishment.

Dates

  • 1803 - 1806

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Extent

.25 linear ft. (1 box)

Overview

Josiah Burnham (1743-1806) The collection contains material related to the criminal case against Josiah Burnham including a letter from Nathan Smith to NH Governor John Langdon regarding timing of Josiah Burnham's execution for the murders of Russell Freeman and Captain Joseph Starkweather.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Rauner Special Collections Library Repository

Contact:
6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA