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    [Lincoln's Assassination] Ezra W. Abbott, M.D., Autograph Manuscript Signed (in title), three and one-quarter pages, large 6.5" x 7.5", on two leaves of lined paper, no place or date. Headed "Reminiscences of the assassination of President Lincoln, by Dr. E.W. Abott", the manuscript largely presents a routine history of that event, obviously influenced by reading and after-knowledge, with a few personal flashes. Abbott reveals that he was in the Ford's Theatre audience, noting that he "saw the gleam of the knife as [Booth] struck Major Rathbone", and he describes how Booth placed his hand on the rail of the president's box, then "stepped over and resting his heel on the ledge brought his other foot over and jumped to the stage. . . The spur on the heel of Booth's boot pierced the flag and was dragged along. Booth making frantic efforts to kick it off struck the stage on one foot instead of both." Abbott claims that Booth melodramatically faced the audience and "with bloody hand above his head . . . waved a gory, glistening blade and shouted 'Sic simper tyrannis! Now the south are avenged'" then limped away. Once the crowd realized what had happened "the writer, recovering himself, ran down a flight of stairs round to the President's box. There upon the floor, his head tenderly supported in the lap of . . . Laura Keene . . . lay the prostrate, unconscious form of President Lincoln. Efforts were made to remove his coat, searching for wounds, and in so doing the coat was cut about the arms and breast. Tenderly raising his inanimate form, the writer and five others carried him . . . to a house across the street." The manuscript then closes with an encomium. Abbott is said to have been given the task of keeping the chart which recorded Lincoln's condition as the night progressed. At some point, the manuscript was removed from a notebook, leaving a somewhat rough left edge. Fine.

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