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Autograph letter signed by Washington D.C. Police Superintendent Almarin C. Richards, Detective on Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Richards writes to Louis Weichmann, who served as the prosecution's key witness at the conspirators' trial. Weichmann had been a boarder at Mary Surratt's home when it served as headquarters for John Wilkes Booth and John Surratt, and it was his testimony that led to the conviction and ultimate execution of Mary Surratt. Many years after the tragedy, Weichmann wrote a book to clear his name from suspicions that abounded following his testimony against his housemates. Thus began his correspondence with Richards. Dated 1 July 1900, letter references a ''Saturday Evening Post'' article on the assassination, perhaps one of countless alternative theories that cropped up after Lincoln's death. Letter reads in full, ''My dear Sir: A few days since I received four numbers of the Saturday Evening Post of Phila Pa. which you kindly sent me containing a serial story of an imaginary attempt to kidnap President Lincoln. I read the story with considerable interest. It was suggested, no doubt, by Booth's attempt at abduction. I thank you for sending me the papers. What progress are you making with your proposed book giving an account of the Assassination of Lincoln? I trust that you are well and are doing well. My health is good. For a few days we have had very warm weather. It is too hot to write much today. The rainy season is at hand with more or less rain almost daily. Very Truly Yours, A.C. Richards''. Single page letter measures 7.75'' x 9.75''. Toning and separation to folds, else near fine.
Abraham Lincoln Assassination Letter to Boarder at the Surratt House -- ''...an imaginary attempt to kidnap President Lincoln...was suggested, no doubt, by Booth's attempt at abduction...''
Abraham Lincoln Assassination Letter to Boarder at the Surratt House -- ''...an imaginary attempt to kidnap President Lincoln...was suggested, no doubt, by Booth's attempt at abduction...''
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