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Edwin Booth to Walt Whitman, 24 August 1884

Dear Sir—

I shall go to Boston Tuesday and will endeavor to get a portrait of my father—I have none here.1

Many thanks for your kind offer of a copy of your book which I gladly accept.

Truly yours Edwin Booth.

Edwin Thomas Booth (1833–1893) was an American actor, famous for performing Shakespeare in the U.S. and Europe, the son of actor Junius Brutus Booth (1796–1852), and the brother of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth (1838–1865), also an actor. He was the owner of Booth's Theatre in New York.


  • 1. See Whitman's letter to Booth from August 21, 1884, asking for "a good characteristic portrait of your father either in citizen's costume, or, (if very good) in one of his dramatic characters." [back]
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