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Edwin Booth to Henry C. Jarrett, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 1865

Edwin Thomas Booth, detail
Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, was performing in Boston and had the night before taken the role of a murderer in the tragedy "The Iron Box" at the Boston Theater. On the Saturday morning, the proprietor of the theater, Henry C. Jarrett, wrote to Edwin Booth and told him in kindly tones that his brother was suspected of the President Lincoln's murder and that he considered it wise to close the theater till further notice. Edwin immediately replies in this letter demonstrating poignantly the anguish he feels on "the most distressing day of my life" and his agreement with Jarrett's action. (By John Osborne)

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