[ Samuel Phelps, actor-manager. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Phelps') [ to Hay], regarding arrangements for an engagement in Exeter.

Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), actor-manager at Sadler's Wells, London
Publication details: 
'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'.

[ Thomas Longdon Greenwood, lessee of Sadler's Wells Theatre? ] Manuscript of the opening of a Victorian pantomime, lacking title (featuring 'Hans' and 'Gretchen'), with note stating that it is 'in Greenwoods Hand Writing of Sadlers Wells'.

[ Thomas Longdon Greenwood (1806-1879), lessee of Sadler's Wells Theatre, London? ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but with 'Adelphi' (i.e. the Adelphi Theatre, London) written inside the front cover.

16pp. (of which 12pp. in 8vo and 4pp. in 4to). In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Neatly written out, with underlinings in red ink. Loosely inserted in the marbled wraps of an exercise book, with 'Adelphi' in pencil on the inside of the front cover. The first scene is written out complete on ten leaves from the exercise book (now loose), with the main text on ten pages, and additions on two versos. In addition to this is a grey paper bifolium, carrying over 4pp., 4to, additional matter to be inserted at the beginning of the second scene.

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