• Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's Brother, Explains Second Wife's Heritage

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    EDWIN THOMAS BOOTH (November 13, 1833 – June 7, 1893) was a 19th century American actor who toured throughout the United States and the major capitals of Europe. In 1869, he founded Booth’s Theatre in New York. Theatrical historians consider him the greatest American actor and the greatest Prince Hamlet of the 19th century.  Booth’s achievements were overshadowed by his relationship with his brother, John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

    2 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, ALS, October 13th, [18]90. “The Players” appears at the top of the letter, handwritten by Booth. It refers to The Players Clubhouse, where Booth had an apartment. His bedroom at the club has been untouched since his death.  Booth’s second marriage was to his acting partner Mary McVicker. The letter offered here is to Mr. McVicker.

    “You should have rec’d a more prompt and a better worded assurance of my cordial wishes for happiness in your coming change were I but only a tolerable letter writer but I am very remiss & ‘duller than a great thaw.’ However, the very best wishes of Yours sincerely, Edwin Booth. 

    “My second wife was a McVicker by adoption only. Her father’s name was Runyon; McVicker married her widowed mother.”

    Folds and written on blue Tiffany & Co. linen paper. Beautiful Booth signature.

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