Josiah Burnham case collection, 1803 - 1806Manuscript MS-1328

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Title:

Josiah Burnham case collection, 1803 - 1806

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1328

Collection Dates:

1803 - 1806

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Josiah Burnham (1743-1806) The collection contains 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.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

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.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Court Case, 1805-1806

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1805-1806

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Receipt for Josiah Bartlett's interest paid on his brothers note to Paine Wingate, 1805
  • Folder: 2, Letter from Nathan Smith to Governor John Langdon regarding postponement of Josiah Burnham's execution , 1806
  • Folder: 3, Account of conversation between John Clask and Josiah Burnham while Burnham is imprisoned, 1806
  • Folder: 4, Instructions by Judge Paine Wingate to the prospective jurors on the Burnham case, 1806

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