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John Wilkes Booth appears at Ford's Theater...



Item # 588317

November 4, 1863

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 1863  A terrific issue with one than one ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C. Page 2 has an innocuous letter signed in type by the President: A. Lincoln, headed: "The Reply of President Lincoln to Governor Bradford" concerning a voting issue. Included also is the letter of Gov. Bradford to Lincoln.
But of interest to the collector is the column immediately along side the Lincoln letter contains a somewhat lengthy article titled: "The Robbers at Ford's Theatre To-Night". The writer reports much about this production of "The Robbers" at "...Ford's new theater this evening..." and further on is found: "...the hero of the piece has had many efficient representatives, and enjoys now in the person of the distinguished son of Junius Brutus Booth--John Wilkes--probably as good an interpreter of its many intricate & difficult portions as could be desired. In fact so popular has young Booth become as Charles de. Moor that he has made the play a part of his repertroire...Yet Mr. Booth has so far gained the unqualified approval of every critical audience which has witnessed his effort...It should be borne in mind that this is the only evening of its production...Mr. Booth, will, as a matter of course, appear as Claude Melnotte, a character which he is admirably suited to sustain...There will be no repetition of pieces during this engagement (so Mr. Food informs us,) and, as thee stay of young Booth is positively limited to but twelve nights, those desirous of witnessing the honest & sincere efforts of a n aspiring young actor in all of the best acting  tragedies should make their arrangements accordingly." (see)
Of added interest is the advertisement which appears at the top of page 3, headed: "Ford's New Theatre!" which includes within the text: "Wednesday evening November 4, 1863, First and only time of the distinguished Tragedian, MR. J. WILKES BOOTH in Schiller's great master piece, The Robbers..." and further on is mentioned: "...To-Morrow (Thursday) Evening, Nov. 5, Mr. Booth And our First class Combination appear in ...The Lady of Lyons..." with more (see).
Of significance is that Booth appeared in "The Robbers" for just this one performance, and it would be easy to assume that an editorial report on the performance would only be found in a Washington, D.C. newspaper.
Four pages, folio size, a few minor tears at the spine margin, generally in very nice condition.

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