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One of the best to be had on Lincoln's assassination... A Washington, D.C. newspaper...



Item # 658488

April 16, 1865

SUNDAY MORNING CHRONICLE, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1865

* Abraham Lincoln assassination (historic)
* It is BEST to have reports from the city where an event occurred.


As might be imagined newspapers from Washington reporting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are exceedingly scarce and exceedingly desirable. Although newspapers from New York & Philadelphia remain among the most sought-after because of their proximity to Washington and the stature of big city newspapers, they pale in comparison to a newspaper from the city where the assassination happened.  In our 43 years in the rare newspaper business we may have offered 3 or 4 from the nation's capital. This is one of them.
This is a Sunday issue so the reporting reads very much like a first report (for the weekly subscribers) even though the issue of the 15th has some details on the assassination.
But this issue has considerably more detail than the 15th, with first column heads including: "THE ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT" "The Terrible Details" "When, Where, And How The Deed Was Done" "Sketches Of The Scenes" "The Murderer & His Victim" "The Room in which the President Died" "His Removal to the White House" "Preparations For Interment". The 7th column of the ftpg. has; "THE NATIONAL CALAMITY" "A Wail Throughout the Land" "The Nation Horror-Stricken at the Deed" "Movements of Booth Prior to the Murder" "He Was Known As a Bitter Rebel" "and much more. Lincoln-related content takes almost the entire front page.
Page 2 has a lengthy editorial: "The National Bereavement" & "The Transcendent Crime", plus reports concerning the closing moments of the Civil War, similar to what was found on the front page of the April 15 issue.
Page 3 is mostly taken up with ads, one of which would only be found in a Washington, D.C., newspaper and is extremely powerful in its subtlety: "Ford's New Theatre - Notice. In Consequence of the Great National Calamity, This Theatre Will Be Closed Until further Notice."
A SPECIAL NOTE: not only is this newspaper printed in the city where Lincoln was assassinated, but the Chronicle Building was located on 9th St. between E and F Streets, which was in the same block as Ford's Theatre!
Complete as a 4 page issue, large folio size, never bound nor trimmed. some wear at folds with the loss of a few words, archivally mended. Some foxing at the top quadrant of the front page. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

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