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    John Wilkes Booth Autograph Signature and place of residence ("J Wilkes Booth Baltimore") neatly penned on a piece of paper clipped from a hotel register. Pasted to an old framer's board above three other clipped entries from the same register, in clerical hands, for Col. Nelson A. Miles, Gen. Joseph Hooker, and "Abraham Lincoln", the latter followed by a clerical date notation "Wednesday 20th May 1863". Matted, with a small photo of the notorious actor. Booth performed in Washington, D.C. in mid-April and again in late April and early May 1863, consistent with the date on the Lincoln portion. It has been suggested that these clips came from a register maintained at the National Hotel, which was located on Pennsylvania Avenue several blocks from the White House. Lincoln is known to have visited the hostelry at least once, to greet some Indiana troops; he likely visited it on occasion to confer simultaneously with military guests, for whom it was a popular stopping point. Booth also stayed here, most infamously during the days leading up to the assassination. Light aging, mounting traces, but very good.

    Provenance
    : collection of Dr. Charles Wesley Olsen, sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 6 February 1962, lot 38.


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    November, 2008
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