2022-01 Raynors HCA Auction
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CDV of James Hackett, an American actor of some international note, Hackett's performance of Shakespeare drew a letter from a fan, President Lincoln. Image is backmarked C.D. Fredericks. NYC. "Of all the clamorous horde, none dismayed Lincoln more than the eminent Shakespearean actor, James H. Hackett. After seeing Hackett play Falstaff, the president wrote him a fan letter. The indiscreet actor allowed it to get into the hands of newspapers, including the New York Herald, which ridiculed Lincoln's taste in soliloquies. Abashed, Hackett apologized to Lincoln, who replied: 'Give yourself no uneasiness on the subject. . . . My note to you I certainly did not expect to see in print; yet I have not been much shocked by the newspaper comments upon it. Those comments constitute a fair specimen of what has occurred to me through life. I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.' The friendly correspondence between them ended when Hackett asked for a diplomatic post that could not be given. John Hay recalled that a 'hundred times this experience was repeated: a man would be introduced to the President whose disposition and talk were agreeable; he took pleasure in his conversation for two or three interviews, and then this congenial person would ask some favor impossible to grant, and go away in bitterness of spirit.'"
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President Lincoln Was Betrayed By This Actor

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Minimum Bid: $80.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $112.50
Estimate: $100 - $200
Auction closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
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