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    Lincoln Assassination: Osborn Oldroyd Book with Tipped-in Eyewitness Letter. M-1356 "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Flight, Pursuit, Capture, and Punishment of the Conspirators" by Osborn Oldroyd. Limited edition numbered 224 out of 250. Hardbound in blue and cream cloth with gold-stamped title. The front of the book has three tipped-in letters. The first is written on three sides of two sheets of paper, dated February 12, 1912 (Lincoln's birthday), signed by Daniel D. Beekman, an eyewitness to the assassination, transcribed by Beekman's daughter, Millie B. Tallman. In part: "I was sitting in my seat no. 269-2 in Section B... with my friend... Mrs. Brunswick, when Pres. Lincoln walked in the box with his wife... The Pres. seated himself in the corner of the box dropping his head in his hands after acknowledging the applause of the audience with his beautiful smile, lighting up otherwise a very homely countenance. The only change of attitude was a slight dropping of his head after he was shot, the people not realizing the Pres. was shot until Mrs. Lincoln screamed, Booth having just passed behind the scene at this outcry. There a great confusion prevailed & I jumped on the stage after the man in front of me, being the second man there, saw a surgeon of the army looking up in the Pres. Box... & asked him if he wished to get in the Pres. Box. He replied that he did. Then told him to step on the palm of my hand & on to my shoulder & in that way hoisted him into the box. Most of the people left the theatre immediately, but I remained with my friend & felt the Pres. pulse as they carried him out past me, knowing by its faint irregular beating he was mortally wounded. As I passed out of the theatre... the Invalid Corps stopped us & said after scrutinizing us closely 'These are no conspirators, right about face' & went back to the theatre... Booth shot him behind the ear, entering the Pres. Box from the back, barricading the door of the box by putting a piece of joist against it, then jumped down from the box on the stage catching the spur of his boot on the festooning of the flag decorating the Pres. Box, causing him to limp as he quickly walked across the stage brandishing his dagger." There is a letter signed Millie B. Tallman, restating the Beekman story, as told to her by her father on April 26, 1907, attested to by her father and signed by him on the same page. There is also a 1907 Osborn Oldroyd ALS to Mrs. Tallman discussing their visit, asking if her father might sell his Ford's Theatre ticket from that night and mentioning a so-called eyewitness who spoke at an April 14th commemoration and uttered thirteen inaccuracies. According to Oldroyd, the surgeon that was hoisted to the Presidential Box by Beekman was Dr. Taft. Oldroyd (1842-1930) had a distinguished service record in the Civil War. He is considered the first true "great" Lincoln collector, carefully piecing together a tremendous holding. He lived in Lincoln's Springfield home in the mid-1880's until Robert Todd Lincoln donated the site to the State of Illinois. Oldroyd then moved his collection to Washington, D.C. and placed it on exhibit at the Peterson House. In 1926, he sold his entire collection to the Federal government for $50,000, much of which is displayed at the Ford's Theatre Museum.

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