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I took my time machine back to Ford’s Theater the evening of April 16th, 1865. I bought a ticket and went in.

I found John Wilkes Booth as he was moving stealthily down the hall towards the box seats where President Lincoln and his wife were sitting.

I stopped Booth and asked him if he could help me find my seat. Booth was distracted but took a look at my ticket and said my seat was down on the main floor. I said that couldn’t be right, I paid for a box seat. Booth was adamant that my ticket was for a floor seat. I asked if he was inferring that I was a liar. Booth said that he was most certainly not but that I was greatly mistaken.

I apologized for losing my temper. I said that I’d been under a lot of pressure lately. A lot of things had been turning out in a way I wish they hadn’t. I had no right to take it out on someone else.

Booth said there was no need to apologize. He said, “The world has a way of making us weary and silencing our better angels.”

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