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A deadly letter bomb sent to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field at the Capitol is defused safely

Stephen Johnson Field, detail
01/13/1866
Widely reported in the press was an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen J. Field through the delivery of a letter bomb to his offices in the Capitol. Field, a veteran of the rough and dangerous politics of California, suspected the San Francisco postmark and on closer examination a sophisticated explosive device was discovered.  The note inside mentioned the Puebla Case which Field had decided.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Late Attempt to Assassinate Judge Field," New York Times, January 21, 1866, p. 1.

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