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#638 - Laura Keene

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Description                           Estimate: $400+          

Stage actress and manager (1826–1873) whose company was playing Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on the night of Lincoln’s assassination. After he was shot, she entered his box and tried to comfort him, cradling his head in her lap. ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, October 21, 1862. Letter concerning a dispute, apparently concerning young actresses. In part: "Your letter by Mr. Spencer has just been handed me, the contents surprised me greatly. If anyone has suffered loss it is myself. In answer to his, Mr. Terry's, letter I made a proposition so really akin to his own that I do not see how a father with common sense could so blind himself to his children's interests…I was left at the commencement of my season without a line as to my proposition…Had not a young novice suddenly sprung into notice I might have been in a terrible fix. I was very angry about the affair and am still annoyed, for In think you will do me the justice to own that in all business matters I have been most particular and I have a right to expect it from others. My plain speaking with regards to the business I should assign the young ladies, may have given offense. Still no sensible manager would find themselves to give a line to folks they had not seen." In very good to fine condition, with light toning, and old mounting traces along the edges of the last page. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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