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Scope and Content This collection contains a playscript of an unpublished play titled "The Great Conspiracy" prepared by William Bailey Williford. The play describes the political tensions that led to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The script's main characters are Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, John Wilkes Booth, David Herold, and various local citizens, servants, soldiers, and spies. The climax takes place when Booth shoots Lincoln inside Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.