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    John T. Ford (Owner and Manager of Ford's Theatre; occasionally acted as booking agent for John Wilkes Booth) Autograph Letter Signed, one-half page, 8" x 10.5", Baltimore [Md.], 29 Aug. [1888] to McVicker, offering the services of [John Sleeper]Clarke, who he thinks "can be made in standard comedy one of the most profitable attractions of the period. . . . His company is absolutely first class." Clarke, an early friend of John Wilkes Booth, had married his sister Asia. Booth's first professional stage appearance was made in a benefit performance for Clarke in Baltimore in 1855.

    Together with Henry Clay Ford (Treasurer of Ford's Theatre and Brother of John T. Ford) Autograph Letter Signed, 5.5" x 9", Washington, D.C., 19 September 1893, promising a photo of himself for E. Rosenburger (A. E. Fostell) if he can find one, "all of my household goods are in storage at present."

    Together with James R. Ford (Business Manager of Ford's Theatre and Brother of John T. Ford) Autograph Letter Signed, 5" x 8", Baltimore [Md.], 1894, to E. Rosenburger (A. E. Fostell), sending (no longer present) the only photo he had taken during his 25 years of "theatrical experience", and pointing out that his name does, in fact, appear on the 14 April 1865 theatre playbills. Three fine items.

    Provenance
    : Fostell; Charles Hamilton Galleries, New York, 31 July 1969.


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