While researching in the Harland D. Sanders Memorial Archive and Veterinary Crematory Ovens, Justice Minotaur came across an original 19th-century document that he has asked Mr. Cornwall to transcribe here. The document is a clipping from an unknown newspaper, with the clipping done with scissors with a serrated blade. The transcript follows:
April 16, 1865
Dear Patrons and Guests of Ford’s Theatre,
We extend our sincere regrets regarding the incident that occurred in our theatre Friday evening (though we admit no culpability therein). We know that up until a quarter past ten you were enjoying a delightful evening at Our American Cousin, the fresh Tom Taylor farce that has taken the country by storm and that critics have hailed as “peerless” and “capital!”
On Tuesday, April 18, at seven o’clock p.m., the cast will complete the play from the point at which it was stopped Friday night. We shall be pleased to offer free admission to the theatre that evening for all those who can present ticket stubs from the aborted performance of the 14th. Please know that the gore in the presidential box has already been scrubbed clean.
We trust that our union will remain strong–that union of feeling always shared by the owner of a theater with its guests and patrons. To that end I remain,
John T. Ford
p.s. It is not too late to subscribe to our summer season! And be sure to take advantage of our latest promotion: buy three summer season seats in the premium orchestra and receive a fourth for the price of a seat in the rear orchestra.