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John Wilkes Booth performs at Ford's Theater for the final time...



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March 18, 1865

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1865 

* John Wilkes Booth as an actor at Ford's Theatre
* Only weeks prior to Abraham Lincoln's assassination


A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
The front page has an advertisement headed: "FORD'S NEW THEATRE" which includes: "Benefit of Mr. John McCullogh, This Saturday Evening March 18, 1865 Mr. John Wilkes Booth has kindly volunteered his valuable services..." to play the role of Pescara in the play "The Apostate".
Relating to this page 3 has an report headed: "Theatrical Matters" noting in part: "......There will be a real treat also at Ford's Mr. McCullogh has a benefit to-night when he will produce that great tragedy 'The Apostate' with J. Wilkes Booth as Pescara. Booth ranks second to any living actor with whom we are acquainted. His Romeo is without an equal, & he comes nearer to the fire & passion of his renowned father than any actor since his day..." with a bit more.
Booth appeared on the stage at Ford's Theatre for two weeks IN 1863 (Abraham Lincoln attended the November 9 performance!) and would only appear this one additional time at Ford's Theatre, that being a single performance on March 18, 1865. This was less than a month before the fateful event of April 14, 1865.
Four pages, folio size, very nice condition.

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