One of my last acts of late-afternoon leisure was to look through the papers related to Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial. I didn’t actually photograph Rep. John Covode’s impeachment resolution—it’s kept in the Legislative Treasures Vault, and there was never a convenient moment to take the picture. But I’ll eventually share lots of other interesting documents found in the files.
As an appetizer, here’s the stock subpoena form used to summon witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial:
“You and each of you are hereby commanded to appear before the Senate of the United States, on the ________ day of ________, 1868, at ____ o’clock, at the Senate Chamber, in the City of Washington, then and there to testify your knowledge in the cause which is before the Senate, in which the House of Representatives have impeached Andrew Johnson, President of the United States. Fail Not.
“Witness, Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States and President of said Senate sitting on the Trial of the said Impeachment, at the City of Washington, this ________ day of ________, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States the ninety-second.”
George T. Brown, Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. Senate, was to serve the subpoenas. He received these instructions along with every subpoena form: