[ James Kenney, Irish dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Kenney') [ to John Black, editor of the 'Morning Chronicle'?], defending himself and explaining his views on theatre critics and the press, in response to an article.

James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [ John Black (1783-1855), editor of the Morning Chronicle ]
Publication details: 
21 October 1826. No place.

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive spike hole. In a close, difficult hand. The letter begins: 'It is with surprize that I observe in the regard of the Morning Chronicle on my new piece (Comedy or farce) of the Green room, that I am charged with allusions derogatory to those Gentlemen whose duty it is to report upon the state of our Theatres.

[ Charles Kenney and Charles Kean. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('<Eleyn?> Zahn') by a half-sister of Kenney, requesting a private box for her sister and herself.

Ellen Zahn [nee Holfcroft ] (b.1808), half-sister of playwright Charles Kenney [ Charles Lamb Kenney ] (1821-1881) [ Charles Kean [ Charles John Kean ] (1811-1868), actor-manager ]
Publication details: 
11 Hart Street, Bloomsbury [ London ]. No date.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with unobtrusive spike hole through both leaves. The signature is unclear, and appears to read 'Eleyn Zahn', but the only one of Charles Kenney's sisters with a name beginning in 'E' was Ellen. She asks for a private box for the following Thursday on behalf of her sister 'V. Kenney [ Virginia Kenney, born 1821]and self'. She refers to his 'long and prosperous reign', and fears that it will be 'long before we shall enjoy the gratification of seeing both you and Mrs. Kean again, as we leave for Paris in a few days'.

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