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Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: (Mrs Robarts', 17 Elder St) Edinburgh
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: 1857, Feb., 23 
Document Type: Letter (8 p.)
Content Summary: As usual he has mislaid her letter. Thanks her for her reasonable and unprejudiced view of his acting desires. Outlines the start of his theatrical career. He is acting under the name of Henry Irving and opened in Sunderland's Lyceum Theatre on 29th September 1856 and then Durham. Has engagement with Theatre Royal, Edinburgh as first walking gentleman. Miss Glyn was with them a fortnight - he thought of the days when he first heard her. Sunderland is a very large ship-building town; Edinboro' [sic] is a city of poetry. He describes the great sites in detail. His health is excellent - he walks and drinks water. She had invited him to give a reading at her Institution - he is sorry his change of life prevents it; perhaps some future day. He hears continuously from his mother and father. The devotion of parents and kindness of true friends are never known until separated. P.S. When she replies direct to : Mr H. Irving, Mrs Robart's, 17, Elder Street, Edinboro [sic] Excuse disjointed scrawl.
Published: L. Irving, p.79-80; The Times, 1 Feb., 1938.
Notes: Still signed John Brodribb. A digitised image of this letter is at http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/phl
Document Holder: HLC (Reference: Box 7, Folder 32)
Ref.No: 4977    
Author: Davis, Edward Dean >>
Address: T[heatre] R[oyal] N[ew?] C[astle?]
Recipient: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: [Edinburgh?]
Date: 1857, May, 2 
Document Type: Letter (1 p.)
Content Summary: Would Irving like to join him for his next season?
Published:
Notes: Davis was manager at Sunderland, Newcastle, etc. where Irving opened his career in September 1856 after he had been given a letter of introduction by William Hoskins. See L. Irving, p.81 where he states this offer was declined and Irving remained in Edinburgh.
Document Holder: THM (Reference: THM/37/1/3)
Ref.No: 786    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: 11, Union Place, Edinburgh
Recipient: Ford, Charles Richard >>
Address: Messrs Thacker & Co., 87 Newgate Street, London, W.C.
Date: 1858, March, 8 
Document Type: Letter (4 p.)
Content Summary: Quotes "Patience of whose soft grace". Ford must be patient or he would not have sent last interesting letter which Irving hardly deserves. Thought he was back in No. 87 gossiping with old chums after frantic mail-day. Sorry Ford has no prospects - he should look at 'The Times'. Irving once applied for Albion Insurance Office. Thinks he didn't get job because he crossed out a word. He got Jemmy to compose some letters for him. Irving's father has the letters and would give them to Ford. He is glad he was at Thacker's. Hopes to spend time with Ford a la bachelor. Ford and his mother must have been a great comfort to Irving's mother. He likes acting more and more.
Published: L. Irving, p.85.
Notes: Negative photocopy in THM/37/7/2 with envelope; typewritten transcript in THM/37/1/3. 87 Newgate Street was Thacker's Office. A note by Ford suggests he received the letter on 9th March but did not reply until 17th November.
Document Holder: HTC (Reference: Brereton Scrapbook)
Ref.No: 1500    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: [Old Broad Street?]
Recipient: Ford, Charles Richard >>
Address: Messrs Thacker & Co., 87 Newgate Street, London
Date: 1860, March, 2 
Document Type: Letter (1 p.)
Content Summary: Unexpectedly engaged to go to Dublin before joining Glover at Easter. If Ford has time to come the next evening he would like to see him and Mrs Ford. (Postscript:) He has forgotten to tell him that he leaves on Saturday morning and opens on Monday.
Published: L. Irving, p.98.
Notes: Typewritten transcript in THM/37/1/4; negative photocopy in THM/37/7/2. Edmund Glover, manager Theatre Royal, Glasgow. On same copy sheet a note from Ford in H.M. Customs to Mann, 2nd March '60. He will not ask Scott as Mann will come to Brodribb's. He will be there about 7.
Document Holder: HTC (Reference: Brereton Scrapbook)
Ref.No: 1498    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: 79 Great Brunswick Street, Dublin
Recipient: Toole, John Laurence >>
Address: -
Date: [1860], [March] Sunday
Document Type: Letter
Content Summary: Expected line before this but anything welcome in strange place. The company are good fellows. They all dined at Beggars Bank the previous Wednesday including Webb and Pullen. Toole's name is a household word. He had sought out Vincent (whom he replaced) and he seemed cordial but Irving suffered great heckling and interruptions at the theatre, eventually requiring a conciliatory speech, which was applauded. Webb never tried to stop the heckling. Has played Nicholas Nickleby, Laertes and Florizel. Vincent has tried to make a come-back and actually went in lower gallery but Webb has engaged Blake after Irving goes to Glasgow at Easter. Charles Webb opens on Thursday in 'The Courier of Lyons'. Both Webbs playing in the parts usually played by one person. Webb told Irving they had to exclude legitimate comedies etc in Dublin - the boys would not listen. Sherton was asked to dance a horn-pipe in 'The Winter's Tale'! Two splendid things said to Miss Parker as Lady Macbeth. Advised to use soap and water to wash her hands in the sleep-walking scene and on repeating 'To bed - to bed - to bed' someone from 'the Gods' shouted 'Go along, ninnie, and I'll be after yez'. Good-bye and God bless.
Published: L. Irving, p.99-101.
Notes: Typewritten transcript, corrected, with fuller note by L. Irving about the audience troubles at the Queen's Theatre, George Vincent and Henry & Charles Webb. Irving arrived in Dublin on 5th March.
Document Holder: THM (Reference: THM/37/1/4)
Ref.No: 3287    
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