This is just so odd that it merits our attention, something I found a while ago researching about presidents and umbrellas.
On November 17, 1864, John Wilkes Booth wrote to President Abraham Lincoln asking for money to purchase an umbrella.
Yes, Booth, the man who would eventually assassinate that same Abraham Lincoln.
The letter is in the collection of Lincoln papers at the Library of Congress, described as “John Wilkes to Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, November 17, 1864 (Congratulations; request that Lincoln send him money to buy an umbrella).”
I have found no official transcript of the letter.
Of all the richochets of umbrellas in the history of the American presidency, this must be the strangest.
Tinfoil hatters, conspiracy nuts, historical psychanalyzers, and the rest of us, might wonder if this played any role in the sad crossing of these two people almost exactly six months later, in Ford’s Theatre.
- Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated 148 Years Ago Today (huffingtonpost.com)
- April 26, 1865: Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies (thefreakaccountant.wordpress.com)