Nathaniel Newnham-Davis (1854-1917), food writer, gourmet and 'Home Front Actor' [ Douglas Sladen [ Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen ] (1856-1947), author and academic ]
On letterhead of the Officers' Mess, Alexandra Palace, N. [ London ] 27 January [ no year, but First World War ].
2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'My Dear Douglas Sladen | Fred Archer has been dead quite a time and I do not know whether Editors of Sporting Papers would consider his life a live subject.
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), distinguished Shakespearian actor [ his neice Ida Forbes-Robertson ]
Both on letterheads of Hartsbourne Manor, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. 11 May and 7 June 1916.
Both letters are in their envelopes, with stamps and postmarks, addressed by Johnston to his neice at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. ONE: 11 May 1916. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks her for her 'sweet letter' and explains that he is 'down here in bed with a cold'. He hopes for a meeting when he comes to town, congratulates 'Philip' (her brother Philippe (1898-1968), artist and illustrator) on doing well, and sends best wishes to her mother (the Polish artist Janina Flamm). TWO: 7 June 1916. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium.
Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, black-borderd, closed tear on fold, residue of glue final blank page. He has enclosed "two ladies tickets for the balcony" and advises getting there early because of the "great crowd". "All will be over by three as the Duke of Newcastle - Gladstone & others will have to attend a Council." He passes on Mrs Kean's good wishes.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, founded in London in 1875 [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
The ball to be 'held in St. Martin's Town Hall, Trafalgar Square, in aid of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, on Friday, the 1st day of February, 1895.'
2pp., small 4to. Printed in black and red ink on the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. The heading and the words 'Tickets 15s. each' at the foot of the page in gothic type, the rest in roman. The names of 23 'Patronesses' given in two columns on the first page, beginning with 'The Countess of Ancaster' and ending with 'Mrs. Alfred Scott-Gatty'. The names of 24 'Steward' in a column on the second page, beginning with 'Harold Bompas, Esq.' and ending with 'Roland Vaughan Williams, Esq.' At foot of second page: 'Tickets can be procured from the Hon. Mrs.
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), eminent Victorian actor-manager
On letterhead of 15A, Grafton Street, Bond Street, W. [ London ] 15 February [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a difficult hand. He hopes there is 'no misunderstanding about the box for tonight', which is reserved in the recipient's name at the theatre: '& you have only to ask for your box'. He ends: 'We shall meet tonight I hope after the play.'
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss from breaking of the red wax seal, part of which still adheres. Addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Hatton. | Kidwelly. | Carmarthenshire.' The letter begins: 'My dear Ann, | Never allow yourself to feel one moment's anxiety about your remittances. Rely firmly on what I have often told you, that they shall never fail you while I can by any means supply them. - Get well as fast as you can, and thank Mrs.
Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), actor-manager at Sadler's Wells, London
'T[heatre]. R[oyal]. Worthing'. No date [ 1836 ].
2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'My Dear Sir/ | I should like much to visit Exeter, but the distance is so great & travelling (with my family) so confoundedly expensive - that I had made up my mind, this summer should end my wanderings - however as Exeter is in the "land of my nativity" [he was born at Devonport] it is a strong temptation for me to winter with you'. He refers him to 'Mr Hughes' with regard to his 'capability', and states his terms 'for myself & wife who can play little chambermaids &c - and be useful on all occasions'.
'No. 89 Great Russell Street | Bloomsbury Square - London | Octr. 3d. 1816.'
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Previously folded into a plain packet, presumably to enclose a theatre ticket, and attached with a wafer. Reads: 'My dear Ann, let me know that you have received the enclosed safely, and send me word that you are well. Yours affectionately - | J: P: Kemble.'
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with stub from mount adhering at one edge. Written in high spirits, and beginning: 'My dear Sir, | Othello's occupation's done! - I would not answer your obliging letter, till I had seen my Physician, who did not return to town from his affairs in the country till yesterday.' It is 'impossible' for him to 'venture', but he asks him to accept his 'best thanks, my dear Sir, for all your kindnesses to me, - believe that I shall always rejoice in your prosperity and be most happy to contribute to it'.
Charles Kemble (1775-1854), English actor [ C. R. Smith [ Charles Roach Smith ] (1807-1890), antiquary and archaeologist; British Archaeological Association ]
Athenaeum Club [ London ]. 27 August 1847.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust spotting around date at head. He explains that it is 'under a mistake' that he has been 'proposed as an Associate of the Central Committee of the British Archaeological Association', and he declines the 'honor intended' with 'sincere thanks'.
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), playwright [ Arthur Cecil [ Arthur Cecil Blunt (1843-1896), actor-manager and playwright ]
On letterhead of 64 St John's Wood Road, NW [ London ]. 26 May 1887.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Arthur C. Blunt, Esq', with salutation to 'My dear Cecil'. With regard to 'Mr. Wigram's letter' he writes that he 'would rather not dramatize a novel, and did I feel an inclination to do so I don't think I am at all a good man for the work'. He nevertheless asks the recipient to inform Wigram that he is 'complimented by his and Lord Desart's proposal'. The postscript is mildly amusing: 'P.S. I hope I am not liable to misconstruction in enquiring after your Housemaid's Knee'.
Dame Marie Tempest [ Mary Susan Etherington ] (1864-1942), English singer and actress ('the queen of her profession')
On letterhead of 'Miss Marie Tempest'. 'Monday' [ no date ].
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner and creasing to another. Strengthened on reverse with a small piece of tape. Letterhead in red, with Tempest writing in green ink. She writes warmly: 'I've read your Play, and I think it charming up to the point of the two people who are crooks! It suffers from the same thing that our present Play suffers from. Too sudden a jump!' She invites him to go and see the play, 'and you will gather what I mean'. She ends by describing his play as 'amusing and witty'.
Garry Black, Irish actor [ Barry Duncan, theatrical bookseller; 'Jimmy Lynton' [ Charles Parsons ] (1887-1970), actor, grandfather of British Prime Minister Tony Blair ]
Four letters to Duncan from his private address, Pier Gates, Fenit, County Kerry, Eire [ Ireland ]; letter to Lynton from 'Tower Players', Currans, Farranfore, County Kerry, Eire [ Ireland ]. All from 1968.
Black's five letters total 9pp. Present in addition are two copies of Typed Letters Signed from Duncan to Black (both written in 1968 from 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton), totalling 3pp. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. In his first letter to Duncan (1 September 1968), Black explains: 'I run a small fit-up Drama Show around the villages in Ireland. There are only two fit-up shows left over here. We only run in a small way (five people), we find that is the only way we can make a living out of it. We only have a three week Rep.
Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager; his wife 'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924)
On following letterheads: four from 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ]; two from 33 Egerton Crescent, S.W. [ London ]; one from the Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross (from 1907); one from the Haymarket Theatre, London.
The eight items are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Maude's six letters (all signed 'Cyril Maude') total 8pp., and his wife's two (both signed 'Winifred Emery') total 3pp. In the typed letter the recipient is named as 'Mrs. Whitley, | 78 Alexandra Rd., | St. John's Wood, | N.W.' All eight items deal with interviews conducted by her with the couple. On 20 December Maude writes, 'as I told you I fear there will be nothing in particular for me to tell you, as it is very necessary for me to avoid telling anyone anything just yet awhile.
Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager of the London theatres the Haymarket and Playhouse
Letter on letterhead of 60 South Audley Street, W. [ London ]. 19 October [ no year ]. Funeral Service [ by Vacher & Sons, Westminster ] for 28 February 1951, at.St Margarets, Westminster.
Letter: 1p., 8vo. With mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with small pin-hole to one corner. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I suppose the finest part I ever played and one I am always hoping to play again someday [sic] was Sir Peter Teazle. Grumpy was a fine part too though. | Yours truly | Cyril Maude'. Funeral Service: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and with one vertical fold. Slug: 'Vacher - 32959'. Cover reads: 'St.
Robert Keeley (1793-1869), English actor-mananger, comedian and female impersonator
Place and date not stated.
On 3 x 11 cm. strip of paper, cut from a letter, presumably in response to a request for an autograph. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper folded twice. Reads: 'send another to me? There is plenty of time | Yours truly | R. Keeley'. In 1823 Keeley originated the role of 'Fritz' in 'Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein', a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
Frank Pettingell [ Frank Edmund George Pettingell ] (1891-1966), English film actor [ Barry Duncan, theatrical bookseller ]
Two from Highfield Lodge, Wise Lane, NW7 [ London ], and two from Broadstairs, Kent. Dated items from between 1946 and 1954.
The collection of seventeen items in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Two of the letters are signed 'Frank Pettingell', the others signed 'Frank (P.)' and 'Frank'. Two of the letters are in their original envelopes. They total 5pp., 12mo. On 22 August 1947 he writes regarding his collection of playscripts, mostly acquired from the son of the comedian Arthur Williams, and now at the Templeman Library, University of Kent: 'We are on holiday here [in Broadstairs] since "Fifty-Fifty" finished [...] When I get back next month I would like to sort the old M.S.
Frank Pettingell [ Frank Edmund George Pettingell ] (1891-1966), English film actor [ Gainsborough Productions ]
Letter on letterhead of Highfield Lodge, Wise Lane, Mill Hill, N.W.7. [ London ] 26 August 1945. Movie still: Renown Pictures Corporation Limited, Gainsborough Production [ 1937 ].
ONE: Letter. 2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. He apologises for the delay in returning 'Purple Dust', explaining that he has only recently learnt 'definitely that the film will claim me until the end of October'. He asks Capur or his secretary 'to call in any time at the Theatrical bookshop in your court - I cannot remember the name of the shop - nor its proprietor except that his first name is Barry. [ i.e.
Charles Lefeaux [ Charles Treoning Lefeaux ] (1909-1979), English actor and producer, Vice-President of the Repertory Players, London
On letterhead of 4 Turner Close, Meadway, NW1 [ London ]. 1 and 17 August 1948.
ONE: Note. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. In envelope addressed to Duncan at 11 St Martin's Court, London. Reads simply: 'Please let me have your catalogue when its ready | C L'. Lefeaux's name in capitals at head. TWO: Letter. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks him to 'put the enclosed leaflet about the Repertory Players' in his window as agreed, offering two tickets as a mark of the commitee's gratitude.
Edward Loomis Davenport (1816-1877), American actor [ Thomas Francis Dillon Croker (1831-1912), son of Irish antiquary Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854) ]
'T[heatre] R[oyal]. D[rury] Lane | Mar 19 [ 1853 ]'.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper. In envelope with Penny Red stamp and postmarks (including one dated 21 March 1853), addressed by Davenport to 'J F. D. Croker Esq | 3 Gloucester Road | Old Brompton'. He thanks him for sending 'his Dramatic Register of 52 (& one also 51 while in Scotland)', and congratulates 'Mr C upon the very excellent style in which he has put the facts together'. Also present are a cutting relating to Davenport, from the New York Albion, 24 February 1855, and a small engraved portrait of 'MR.
Dorothy Tutin (1930-2001), English film and theatre actress
Letter from the New Theatre [ London ], 8 January [ 1955 ]. Card, on letterhead of 'Miss Dorothy Tutin', 30 November [ 1970 ].
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: ALS. 1p., 4to. In stamped envelope addressed to Ducan in St Martin's Court, London. Begins: 'O, thank you for the beautiful print. I think it's really lovely - couldn't be more delighted.' She thanks him for 'the charming note', adding: 'If I'd known it helped I'd have smiled more often!' TWO: ACS. In red ink. Begins: 'How lovely - the programme. So pleased to have it'. She ends: 'Hope we manage as well as they did!'
Bernard Miles [ Bernard James, Baron Miles ] (1907-1981), English actor, writer and director
One typed note (28 September 1948) on letterhead of Duff House, Acacia Road, London, NW8, the other on letterhead of the Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, 16 November 1964. The autograph note without place or date.
The two typed notes in good condition, lightly aged; the autograph note in fair condition, on aged paper. Two items signed 'Bernard Miles' and one 'B. M.' The first typed note suggests an exchange of material, with the autograph postscript 'One or two of the appeals for charity are endorsed by H. I. [ Henry Irving? ] himself.' The second typed note declines a collection: 'I managed to pick up an almost complete set in Leeds soon after we talked - nearly 200'. The autograph note simply acknowledges the sending of a cheque for a 'little lot of photographs I took away'.
William Charles Macready (1793-1873), English actor, manager of Covent Garden Theatre, London [ John W. Anson (1817-1881), Scottish actor ]
5 Clarence Terrace, Regent's Park, London. 13 October 1849.
1p., 16mo. Mourning border. In fair condition, on aged paper, with minor traces of mount adhering to corners on reverse. 'Whether I may be able to visit Dundee or no, I cannot at present say; but with every wish to make my arrangements, if possible, serviceable to you, I have made a memorandum in case I should have any nghts, that I can perform there - and if I should be able, I will duly apprize you.' He ends by sending his regards to Mrs Anson.
Moira Lister [ Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez ] (1923-2007), South African film and theatre actress
Two of Lister's letters her 'Moira Lister' letteread and one on 'Vicomtesse d'Orthez' letterhead. Most from 31 Cadogan Square, London. Between 1955 and 1961. Cuttings from between 1947 and 1971.
The thirty-six items in the folder are in good condition, with light signs of age. ONE: Six Autograph Letters Signed, one Typed Letter Signed, and one Autograph Card Signed. All signed 'Moira Lister' except the last communication, the card, which is signed 'Moira d'Orthez'. With four stamped envelopes, addressed to Duncan at his bookshop in St Martin's Court. A courteous and businesslike correspondence, firmly parrying Duncan's efforts at greater familiarity. The first letter, typed, is dated 8 March 1955, and relates to the sale of books.
'James Winston' [ also 'James Neville', stage names of James Bown ] (1774-1843), English actor, singer and theatre manager [ Theatre Royal, Drury Lane ]
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane [ London ]. 15 January 1825.
On 3.5 x 17cm. piece of paper, cut from document. In good condition, lightly-aged, laid down on leaf removed from album. Cut from document. In a bold hand, reads 'Jas Winston | Theatre Royal Drury Lane | Jany 15 1825'. Winston is given a long entry in the 'Biographical Dictionary of Actors', Highfill et al.
Maxine Elliott (1868-1940), American actress and businesswoman, wife of comedian Nathaniel Carl Goodwin (1857-1919) [ Jackwood House, Shooters Hill, Kent ] (see Wikipedia)
On letterhead of the Stenton, Philadelphia. 26 April 1898.
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper. She begins by thanking him for his 'altogether charming letter', before explaining that she and her husband 'expect to be in England about the middle of June if we escape capture by the Spaniards in [ Spanish-American War being waged ] and shall hope for the pleasure of welcoming you to "Jackwood" often'. She ends by sending her regards, along with those of 'Nat and the small sister'. The 'small sister' was Gertrude, and Jackwood was the Goodwins' mansion in Kent.?>