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    John Wilkes Booth: 1864 Boston Museum Playbill for Richard III. 5.75" x 14.25" playbill for the April 25, 1864 appearance of Booth as the Duke of Gloster in "Richard III" at the Boston Museum. This was Booth's first performance of a four-week engagement at the Boston Museum, in which he would give thirty-four performances of eighteen different plays. A local newspaper reported that the actor received a rousing reception despite the fact that he was hindered by a hoarse voice. In 1863, when Booth claimed an assassin of President Lincoln would achieve immortality, he was asked why anyone would want to do such a thing. The actor responded with a passage from "Richard III": "Fame not more survives from good than evil deeds. The ambitious youth who fired the Ephesian Dome/Outlives in fame the pious fool who reared it." Booth would assassinate Lincoln less than a year later. The playbill was printed in Boston by F.A. Searle.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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