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years prior to his death, and giving James Gordon Bennett a most unmerciful horsewhipping by way of reply to certain attacks made in that paper. I claim for Thomas Hamblin that he did more for the elevation of the drama in this country than any other man of his time. In person he was tall and commanding, but so admirably proportioned as in a measure to conceal his almost towering height. Deep set eyes black as jet were surmounted by a lofty brow, crowned by clusters of curling dark hair in such rich profusion as is seldom seen, except in some of the models which have been handed down to us from remote antiquity. To see him dressed for Brutus, Coriolanus, or Virginius was a study for a painter. No man better knew than he the difficulties, trials, and struggles of his profession, and no man more sincerely sympathized with them. At his death he left eight heirs, each of whom received $10,000. His remains lie on Ocean Hill, Greenwood. Mrs. Hamblin, formerly Mrs. Mary Shaw, and whose maiden name was Eliza Mary Ann Trewar, was the mother of Alla, Constance, Edith, and Wm. Snowdon Hamblin. The latter died in London, England, and was a non-professional. William and Elizabeth were the children of Hamblin's first wife. During the seasons of 1849-50-1-2, Hamblin made little money.

. In fact I doubt if he cleared more than $100 his weekly expense account. I have before me his treasurer's book containing the receipts and expenses from March 6th, 1848, to his last season. During one of these seasons I find that his total weekly expenses, with a salary list of $666 and rent $200, reached $1500, while his receipts seldom averaged over $125 each night. There were no Saturday matinées then. For several weeks that year his loss averaged $300 a week. Some weeks with a great attraction, including holidays, he would make a little; but altogether the season was a bad one. The following season his weekly salary list was $830, while his total expenses averaged $1600. A great many nights the receipts did not reach $225. For the season of 1850 the salary list was $707, and the total expenses $1800. The receipts frequently fell to $120 nightly, and the loss some weeks was $540, $185, and $960. The profit of weeks was $798, $28.84, $100.80, $10.02, $92.95. In July, 1850, the salary list was $506. The first week, that of Sept. 2, 1850, when J. W. Wallack appeared there, a profit of $3.69 was shown; his second week a profit of $81.52, and the third week a loss of $143.59; and the fourth week showed another loss of $253. 33. John R. Scott's engagement made a profit of $238 on his first week and his second week cleared $676.21. W. R. Derr made a profit for the house of $262.62. Hamblin's week beginning March 3, 1851, cleared $11.94, the total receipts being $1482.98. He made $62.31 his second week. The salaries for the season of 1851-2 were $780.


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The “Count of Monte Cristo” made $641.43 the first week; the second week of its run there was a loss of $70.52, and the third week a loss of $126. Mr. and Mrs. Barney Williams cleared for the manager $872. 12 the week of Aug. 18, 1851. Their second week gave Hamblin $438.52; third week $182.87; and their fourth and last week $364.40.

Miss Woodward made her début Dec. 19th, as Parthenia in "Ingomar.

The Boone children, Isabella and Charlotte, opened here Jan. 2nd, 1854, in “ Julius Cæsar.” In 1859 they went to England, and reappeared in this city April, 1868. They returne to England where they married John Burr and Abraham Bishop Smith.

“Putnam" was acted here Jan. 8, 1854: W. R. Derr as Putnam, Robert Johnston as Washington, and Eddy as Oneactach; “The Shoemaker_of Toulouse" was played Feb. 19; “Uncle Tom's Cabin ” Jan. 16, 1854. The dramatization was by Henry E. Stevens. F. C. Wemyss was stage manager, and J. P. Waldron manager. Uncle Tom. T. D. Rice Geo. Harris

Robt. Johnston Van Kroat Sam Glenn Mr. Shelby .

Wm. H. Hamblin Drover John John Winans Eva

Caroline Whitlock Eliza. Mrs. Woodward | Topsy

Gertrude Dawes Cassy Mrs. Howard St. Clair .

Jas. Dunn Aunt Chloe.

Wm. Hamilton Henry Edmund Stevens died in this city Feb. 9, 1854, from injuries received while wrestling with William Hamilton at the foot of Grand street on the previous Sunday. Both of these gentlemen had been to Williamsburg, and on their return some discussion rose between them about wrestling, Stevens boasting that Hamilton could not throw him. They wrestled for some little time on the boat, and immediately after landing they renewed the sport upon the sidewalk, and Stevens, being thrown, fell in a sitting posture, with great violence struck the curbstone, and immediately fell back insensible. His neck was broken. The spinal cord being nearly severed, all the portions of the body below the neck were paralyzed. He was carried to his residence, where he remained in the full possession of his senses until he died. He made his American début at the Chatham Theatre as Judas Iscariot in "The Destruction of Jerusalem."

On March 17 "The Stranger" was played, with Mrs. T. S. Hamblin (Mrs. Shaw) as Mrs. Haller, Miss C. Hiffert as Annette, Edward Eddy, the Stranger, and Robert Johnston as Baron Steinfort. “ Pizarro was also played, with John R. Scott as Rolla, Mrs. Howard, Elvira, R. Johnston, Alonzo; 18th, “Jane Shore" and “ Jack Sheppard ” were given : Mrs. Hamblin as Alicia; Mrs. Yeomans (now Mrs. C. J. Edmunds) as Jack Sheppard; 20, “Evadne,'

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The Rough Diamond," and "The Husband's Secret," Scott as Ludovico, Eddy as Colonna and John Winans in the last two mentioned plays; 21, “Romeo and Juliet,” Mrs. Hamblin as Juliet, Eddy as Romeo. 22nd, benefit of Mrs. Hamblin, when she appeared as Bianca in “Fazio" and Pauline in “The Lady of Lyons;”_23, “The Hunchback" and "Putnam,” were seen, W. R. Derr as Putnam; 24, “Love's Sacrifice;" 25, “Douglas; ".27, “King Henry VII.;

28, “Love;" 29, “The Gamester," with the farce, “My Sister Kate," James Dunn as Charles Unet; 31, Mrs. Hamblin as Hamlet, R. Johnston the Ghost; April 1, " Brutus;" 3rd, "Little Katy, the Hot Corn Girl” was produced with the following cast: Solon Stone Katy

A. Walters Rev. Mr. Pease Ed. Lamb Wild Maggie

Fanny Herring Jim Regan :

R. Johnston Athalia Lovetree Miss A. Gray Tom Tupman John Winans Madaline

Gertrude Dawes Walter Morgan Jas. Dunn Mrs. Regan.

Mrs. Broadly Mr. Morgan Wm. Hamblin | Eliza Morgan

Miss Clifford


It was during this season that “Toodles was produced with the following cast: Charles Fenton Mr. Stone Ist Farmer

Mr. Rodgers Farmer Acorn . S. Glenn 2d Farmer

Mr. Armand George Acorn R. Johnston 3d Farmer

Mr. Reed Mr. Timothy Toodles Chas. Burke | Landlord

Mr. Callahan Lawyer Glib. Edward Lamb Mary Acorn

Fanny Herring Farmer Fenton

Mr. Byrne Mrs. Tabitha Toodles . Mrs. Yeomans

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During the season Fanny Herring played Mose in “ A Glance at New York. The cast included Edward Lamb as George Parsells, Bellamy as Major Gates, Post as Sykesy, Mrs. Place as Lize, and Miss Melville as Jenny Bryant. Fanny Herring also appeared in the drama as Lize at the National Theatre two years later — 1857. "Herne the Hunter" was produced in Jan., 1856. Rachel Denvil was the Queen Catherine, and E. Lamb enacted Shoreditch. The play was withdrawn June 30 of the same year. March 6, 1856, the theatre was closed by an injunction, and remained dark until April 7, when Mr. Waldron resumed the management, which he continued until the middle of June. I first saw Fanny Herring as Jack Sheppard, and when I last spoke to her, she told me she had played the part three thousand times. She was the only woman who seemed to me to look and act a boy on the stage.

On April 10, 1854, “Pizarro ” was given, with Mrs. H. L. Clark as Elvira, Eddy as Rolla; II, "Othello," "La Tour de Nesle;" 13, for the benefit of Edward Eddy, “Belphegor,” “The Ragpicker of Paris,” and “The Irish Lion," with Eddy as Belphegor, Jean, and Tim Moore. April 14, “Rob Roy" and "Katy, the Hot Corn Girl;” 15, “Richard III.,” Eddy as Duke of Gloster, Mrs. H. L.

Clark as Queen Elizabeth; 17, “The Jealous Wife;" 20, “Werner;
21, benefit of Mrs. Yeomans, when “The Corsican Brothers”
was acted; 28, Robert Johnston appeared as Proteus in “The Two
Gentlemen of Verona," Eddy as Valentine, and Mrs. H. L. Clark,
Julia, for the benefit of Mr. Johnston; 29, “The Horse Thief"
was given, Fanny Herring acting Margaret Catchpole; Mrs.
Broadly, Dame Catchpole; John Winans, Gooseberry Pip.
May 8 “Uncle Tom's Cabin was revived, with James Lingard
as Uncle Tom and Mrs. G. C. Howard as Topsy; "The Lady of
the Lake" and "To Parents and Guardians " were played in con-
nection with "Uncle Tom;" 9, “Uncle Tom,” “The Corsican
Brothers,” and the farce “Taken In and Done For were seen;
May 15 “Salvator Rosa, Poet, Painter, and Musician” was pre-
sented, with E. Eddy in the title rôle; 29, “Fazio,” with Ellen
Gray as Bianca; and May 31 Eddy, for a benefit, acted in “The
Bellringer of Boston.” June 5 "Faustus” was given, with this

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June 19“The Naiad Queen” was given, and thus cast:
Sir Rupert
Robt. Johnston Lady Una

Fanny Herring
John Winans Mrs. Bridget

Mrs. Broadley

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June 21 the old prices were resumed, viz. : boxes, 25 cents; pit and gallery, 1272 cents. June 26, Mrs. Macready, who, by the way, was no relation to the English tragedian, opened in “Love,” followed 27 with “The Lady of Lyons,” Wm. R. Goodall being the Claude Melnotte, Mrs. Macready as Pauline; 28, “The Hunchback.” “The Wandering Minstrel,” and the third act of “Jack Sheppard ” were given for John Winans' benefit 29; July 1, "Guy Mannering,” Mrs. Macready as Meg Merrilies, Winans as Dominie Sampson; “Venice Preserved ” and “The Honeymoon ” July 3, for the benefit of Mrs. Macready; July 10, “Richard III.," J. B. Strong as Richard, Mrs. Bellamy as Queen Elizabeth; 15, White Horse of the Peppers,” Collins as Gerald Pepper, Mrs. Place as Agatha. On July 19, for the benefit of Mr. Byrne, Harry Watkins played Edward Middleton in "The Drunkard ; 24 Edward Eddy acted Damon to Miss Woodward's Calanthe; Aug 5 Marie Duret acted Jack Sheppard; 6 Marie Duret played Miami in “Green Bushes;" Aug. 21 “Love's Sacrifice” was the bill, with Susan Denin as Margaret Elmore, Robert Johnston, Mathew Elmore, James Dunn, St. Lo, and Edward Lamb in the cast. On 22 Susan Denin was Romeo, to Miss Woodward's Juliet; 26, “Fazio," with Susan

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Denin as Bianca. Sept. 4, “Sardanapalus” was produced in grand style, with Mrs. T. S. Hamblin in the title rôle; Charles Pope acted Salaenes; Ellen Gray, Myrrha; Sept. 14, Susan Denin acted Romeo; 18, W. R. Derras Mazeppa; 21, “Othello,” Charles Boniface as Iago, G. J. Arnold as Othello.

Louisa Reeder opened Oct. 2, as Bianca in “Fazio; " G. J. Arnold was the Fazio. “Rookwood” was acted 16, with William R. Derr as Dick Turpin and Ellen Gray as Sybil. John R. Scott had a benefit here Nov. 2, when “Othello,” “The Soldier's Daughter,” and “The Review” were done. Nov. 4 Mr. Scott commenced an engagement, opening as Damon. On 27 “The Cataract of the Ganges” was revived. Jan. 29, 1855, Geo. and Miss Charles commenced an engagement, and during the week appeared in “Ireland and America,” “The Irish Know Nothing,' “Our Gal,” and “Paddy Miles' Boy." George Lea, a well-known manager, but not connected with this house, took a benefit Feb. 16, 1855. Admission was 25 and 12%2 cents.

The crowd was so great that the cars on the Bowery stopped running for a long time, and all the other theatres down to the Chatham were crowded to overflowing. So fierce was the crush that the audience invaded the stage, and were let out after the performance by the stage door. Rachel Denvil (whose right name was Rachel Finney) made her first professional appearance (having previously been a successful amateur) at this theatre March 1, 1855, as Julia in “The Hunchback.” One year afterwards she was playing a star engagement here.

She was a lady of large and commanding appearance, with a deep and impressive voice. In 1858 she became attached to Purdy's National Theatre, where she was the leading heavy actress. She died of cancer of the stomach in Brooklyn, N. Y., July 17, 1885. Her last appearance on the stage was during the season of 1883–4, at the Academy of Music, Brooklyn, N. Y., for the Jerome Society benefit. She was a sister-in-law of ex-Judge Troy of Brooklyn.

The house reopened Aug. 7th, 1856, with G. H. Griffiths as business manager, “All that 'Glitters is Not Gold," "Bamboozling," and "Brian Boroihme" being the bill, with Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Prior in the first play. Sam Glenn began an engagement 14th in "The Dutch Actor." Louisa Wells took a benefit 18th, when “Rookwood” was acted, with Rachel Denvil as Dick Turpin. “Dark Days of the Revolution" came 21st, also M. V. Lingham, as D'Artagnan in “The Three Guardsmen." E. Eddy appeared 26th in “Richard III.," with Rachel Denvil as the Queen; Eddy played Hamlet 30th. May 5 "The Last Days of Pompeii " was done, J. J. Prior being Arbaces. Fletcher appeared as Othello 6th. Mrs. T. S. Hamblin was seen gth as Hamlet; Kate Saxon 12th as Celeste in “ Love and Mystery;" also Malone Raymond in “The

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