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



Item # 690433

November 10, 1863

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 1863 

* Actor John Wilkes Booth
* Ford's Theatre performance
* Rare appearance w/ advertisement
* President Abraham Lincoln assassin


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 the above-named fashionable resort as Hamlet...together with 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, the day prior to the date of this issue. Appreciate the historical irony: Lincoln, along with others in the audience, almost assuredly applauded the performance of the man who would assassinate him 17 months later.
John Wilkes Booth would only appear one more time at Ford's Theatre, 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.

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