The case of U. S. Vs Egan came up as pr adjt[.] George A. Smith first made his plea. He justified Egan for what he had done said it was the duty of the nearest kin to a female who was seduced to take the life of the seducer[.] He made an able plea & was followed by the prosecuting attorney when the jury retired and was absent about 15 minutes when they returned with a virdict of not guilty as found in the Indictment whereupon the court discharged Egan.
This is like to be a precident for any one who has his wife, sister, or daughter seduced to take the law into his own hands and slay the seducer & I expect it will go still farther but of that at the time
[Diaries of Hosea Stout]