[Abraham Lincoln's Assassination] Joseph Hazleton Typed Letter Signed on Windsor Hospital letterhead, one page, 6" x 9.5", Glendale, Cal., February 15, 1927. Addressed to H.S.J. Sickel of Philadelphia, Pa. likely responding to an autograph request. Hazleton writes: "...I was Programe boy at Ford's Theatre...and was an eye witness to the assassination of our most beloved President. I saw Wilkes Booth jump from the box and make his escape. I saw the wounded President taken from the theatre and carried over to the house of Mr. Peterson, where Mr. Lincoln died the next morning... It was then that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton made his famous remark, 'Now he belongs to the ages'..." Hazleton was one of the last survivors of those who had worked at Ford's Theatre and seen the assassination. He was not infrequently interviewed in his later years and always recalled Booth kindly; especially one incident when the actor bought him a new cap, explaining to the shopkeeper "One who makes known the players of great parts should be surmounted with a proper crown." Usual mailfolds, with collector's sticker adhered to verso; otherwise very good to near fine.

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