The promise of a “suitable reward” for “useful information” when made by a wealthy government could not fail to procure whatever information such a government might happen to desire.
's principal statement is, that he was present at a meeting in Montreal
about the middle of February last (1865), when a proposition to kill President Lincoln
was discussed, and a letter from Jefferson Davis
of the Confederate States
, was read, approbating whatever might be done.
's statement, before the Military Commission, was that the rebels at Montreal
only wrote to Mr. Davis
in February to get his approbation of the assassination project, and waited until April, when they got such a reply as Merritt
said they had in February.
says this letter from Mr. Davis
was read to the meeting by Mr. George N. Saunders
, and he fixed the time about the middle of February.
He says that after this reading of the letter it was handed to the members of the meeting and read by them, one after another; that the members present were Captain Scott
, Colonel Steele
and George Young.
At the time of this pretended meeting Captain Scott
, Colonel Steele
and Mr. Young
were at Windsor
, opposite Detroit
, nearly 600 miles from Montreal
, and were not absent from Windsor
at any time during the month of February.
As to Scott
, see affidavit of P. S. Worthington
, Barrister at Windsor
, and of Dr. C. B. Gilbert
As to Young, the affidavit of Wm. Chapman
, book-keeper of Hiron's Hotel; and as to Colonel Steele
, affidavits of Mrs. Annie M. Palmer
, G. McMicken
, Magistrate; S. S. McDonnell
, and of Judge Leggete
, of the county court, and others.
And what is still more remarkable in his stupid, preposterous perjury, Merritt was not himself in Montreal during the month of February
, but as sworn by William Bell
, coronor of Waterloo county, Canada
, William Jackson
, Thomas Scott
, and Thomas M. Cook
, residents of the village of Ayr
, in said county, Merritt
was never absent from the village during February.
is more than 500 miles distant from Montreal
says he had a conversation with Mr. Clement C. Clay
in the city of Toronto
in February, 1865, in which the assassination was spoken of, as well as the letter of Mr. Davis
approving it, and that Mr. Clay
said he thought the “end would justify the means.”
The Judge Advocate
, in order that there should be no possible mistake as to identity, asks him this question:
The Clay of whom you have spoken is Clement C. Clay, of Alabama,