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

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November 10, 1863

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 1863  A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
Near the top of the front page is a great article headed: "Ford's New Theatre" which includes in part: "This evening the distinguished young actor, Mr. J. Wilkes Booth, appears at teh above-named fashionable resort as Hamlet...together wtih the large & efficient dramatic company now engaged by Mr. Ford...Mr. Booth's engagement expires with the present week...And Friday next is announced as the day on which Mr. Booth's final benefit will occur."
As if this was not sufficient, at the top of page 3, is an advertisement headed: "FORD'S NEW THEATRE" which has two mentions of the name J. Wilkes Booth.
Additionally, page 3 has: "The Original Emancipation Proclamation" noting it being on display, accompanied by a letter to the Northwestern Fair, signed in type: A. Lincoln.
Booth appeared on the stage at Ford's Theatre for two weeks from Nov. 2-15, 1863 (Abraham Lincoln attended the November 9 performance!) and would only appear one more time at Ford's Theatre, that being a single performance on March 18, 1865, less than a month before the fateful event of April 14, 1865.
Four pages, folio size, very nice condition.

Category: Yankee

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