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    John Wilkes Booth Envelope, Boldly Addressed in Booth's hand to "J.H. Simonds, Esq / Mechanics Bank / Boston, / Mass.", 5.75" x 3", bearing a three-cent stamp tied by a grid cancel and a good Philadelphia, Pa. February 28, 1863 circle town mark. Receipt and answering docket by Simonds at lower left. Roughly opened, torn along top, with a tear through the "d" in "Simonds". Booth has fitted the stamp as close as he could into the upper right hand corner (ironically, a habit Lincoln also seems to have had), resulting in some wear to its top and right-hand perforations. The addressee, Joseph Simonds, was a good friend and correspondent of Booth, trusted to invest some of his considerable acting income, and together they speculated in oil lands during the feverish Pennsylvania oil boom of the mid-1860's. A rare opportunity to acquire a Booth holograph other than a costly signature or handwritten letter.

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