[Sarah Macready, actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready and stepmother of William Charles Macready.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah M'Cready', asking to be sent a playscript for performance at a benefit at the Theatre Royal, Bristol.

Author: 
Sarah Macready or M'Cready [née Kathleen Desmond] (c.1789-1853), actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready or M'cready (1755-1829), and stepmother of William Charles Macready (1793-1873)
Publication details: 
Bristol, 22 April 1831.
£90.00
SKU: 21265

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, in worn windowpane mount removed from album, with several folds. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Sir/ | I received yours of the 19th and should have answered it by return but I having also written on that day was the answer to it – I now ask can you send it down by the Mail either on the Saturday or Sunday the 23 or 24 if not all the play the 2 first Acts. I wish to have the parts written out quick as possible or I shall not be able to get it played on the Monday the 2nd of May'. She asks for an answer by return of post if he is 'not able to get it for me', 'the Benefit must take place on that day'. She asks that he also 'send a Book of “High Ways and by Ways”, and ends: 'can you give me any Description of Miss Phillip's Dress in the play or any thing respecting the Business in it'. Sarah Macready was her husband's second wife. His entry in the Oxford DNB states: 'On 26 November 1821, at Whitehaven, he married Kathleen (known as Sarah) Desmond (1789/90–1853), who was certainly his professional partner of several years' standing and, assuming, as most did, that George Macready (b. 8 July 1814) was not the nephew he was claimed to be but the couple's son, already his wife in all but name. A handsome woman, with a commanding stage presence, Sarah Macready was an attraction in her own right, in particular as Meg Merrilies, Lady Macbeth, and Hermione. […] In his will he left all his property and rights in his theatres to his widow, Sarah, their daughter, Mazarina Emily (1824/5–1878), and 'the boy known by the name of George William Macready'.' The younger Macready's entry in the same work states that following his father's death, 'for two years Macready, with Richard Brunton, held the lease of the Theatre Royal, Bristol, until his stepmother, Sarah Macready, took it over in her own right in 1833'.