Over this weekend I read Dark Union: The Secret Web of Profiteers, Politicians, and Booth Conspirators That Led to Lincoln's Death. I cannot remember when a book has depressed me more. Still trying to shake the gloom. A tip of the hat to its authors.

There's a nice bit of historiography at HNN. The will of John Wilkes (of India) leaving his posessions to the mistresses and bastards of John Wilkes Booth in the USA, appears here.