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Houdini Expresses Interest in Seeing a Collection Related to the Lincoln Assassination
Anton Heitmuller, a Washington businessman over the course of half a century & (from 1890-1940), billed himself as "Specializing in Selling Collections of Auto- & graphs,/Manuscripts, Historical Broadsides and/Curios". He had a knack for & self-promotion, a knack done him one better by Harry Houdini. Both Heitmuller & and Houdini had an interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln assassination, & and Heitmuller had artifacts related to John Wilkes Booth and a collection of & items of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was implicated in the assassination for treating & Booth for his broken leg assassination night. Heitmuller saw a promotional op- & portunity for both he and Houdini in showing these materials; Houdini showed & some interest but being at the height of his career, found it hard to find time to & get to Washington to see the artifacts. & Typed Letter Signed beneath a printed message, on his pictorial Lettergram & notepaper, Milwaukee, circa September 30 (1923), to Heitmuller. The printed & message stated, "Please pardon any incivility in this letter. It has been rushed to you & under stress of business and written in the dressing room. Therefore all formalities like & Dear Sir, Dear Madame. etc. have been omitted, not to be curt or brusque; but that it is & deemed better to let you hear from me in a lettergram of a few words than not at all." & The typed letter reads, "I am on the road for the next four months, and there is a pos- & sibility of my reaching Washington about March or April. It all depends upon booking & possibilities. Just rushing this to you to give you an outline of my route."
      [Bookseller: The Raab Collection]
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