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Mrs. Aldrich refers to Launt Thompson as "Mr. Aldrich's chum" (22). She also mentions that Thompson gave a plaster medallion of Aldrich to him as a wedding gift (58).
A collected edition of Aldrich's poetry to be published by Ticknor & Fields was "embellished with an exquisite steel engraving of the poet after the medallion by his friend Launt Thompson" (63).
Thompson often sat in Booth's box at the theater with Aldrich (25).
As a close friend of Edwin Booth, Thompson accompanied Mrs. Booth on a trip to New York to visit her sick daughter, following the assassination of Lincoln (75-6).
Thompson came to Booth's aid after his brother John Wilkes assasinated President Lincoln: "the only cloud came through his love and friendship for Edwin Booth, who, after the assassination of Lincoln by his brother John, feeling that the name Booth must be forever the synonym of infamy, shut himself moodily within his house. There for weeks and months he lived, the melancholy target for all the cruel notes and letters that came daily to his door. The only mitigations of his mood came through the friendly ministrations of Launt Thompson and Aldrich, who shared his solitude both day and night" (72-3).
Launt served as an usher at Shattuck's wedding (1).
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