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attained by days and nights of toil. He died in Philadelphia Jan. 13, 1856.

Emily Mestayer was leading lady during the seasons of 1851–2–3. When “The Old Folks at Home” was produced, she made a hit by her singing of the song of that name.

Major Jones' Courtship was produced here during the season of 1851. This same play was presented at the Museum 537 Broadway (occupied by Mr. Barnum after the destruction of the Broadway and Ann Street establishment), under the title of "Major Jones Christmas Present." The season of 1852–3 commenced Aug. 30, with John Greenwood as assistant manager and C. W. Clarke director of amusements. The "local, moral prize drama,” entitled "The Orphan's Dream," was presented. Emily Mestayer delivered an opening address. The company was as follows: C. W. Clarke, T. Hadaway, J. Henkins, A. Andrews, Sefton Parry, Chas. Warwick, Sylvester Bleecker, Martin G. Clark, Jas. Conner, Charles Van Klecker, Livingston, Pierrepont, Wm. Marden, Whitman, Simpson, Thomason, the Misses E. Mestayer, M. Augustin, Mortimer (now Mrs. Louisa Eldridge), Granice, Gladstone, Alderman, Marshall, Morton, Goldthwaite, Colevolini, Jackson, Kate and Ellen Adair, Dodge, and La Petite Taglioni.

April 25 H. F. Daly made his first appearance in his native city, for the benefit of C. W. Clarke. He acted Master Walter in “The Hunchback."

Emily Mestayer acted Julia for the first time; Kate Horn Buckland played Helen, and T. Hadaway, Fathom.

H. J. Conway's version of “Uncle Tom's Cabin” was produced here Nov. 7, 1853, with this cast: Mr. Shelby Sylves'r Bleeker | Manning

Miss Brown Geo. Shelby (1st act) Sallie Bishop Lotty

Miss Wilson Geo. Shelby (5th act) Geo. C. Charles Haley.

Wentworth Tom Looker Mr. Charles Sambo

G. Clarke Peter. Master Smith William

· Jenkins Uncle Tom J. L. Munroe Adolph

A. Andrews Drover John F. A. Munroe Marks

Harry Cunningham Sam

Thompson Mrs. Shelby Mrs. J. L. Munroe Legree H. F. Daly Wilson

Mr. Simpson Penetrate Partysides . Thos. Hadaway Landlord

Mr. George Pompey W. Cunningham Andy

Geo. Clark Augustine St. Clair C. W. Clarke Skeggs

Mr. Henry Eliza Emily Mestayer Geo. Harris .

G. C. Howard Aunt Vermont Rowena Granice Aunt Chloe .

Mrs. Burroughs Topsy Mary Ann Charles Eva

Miss Chiarini Dinah Miss Burroughs Clara

Miss Hall Rose.

Miss Flynn The gentleman billed as “Simpson," and who played Wilson, afterwards became famous as Dan Setchell. After Howard retired from the cast, Corson W. Clarke "doubled" George Harris with



St. Clair until relieved by Milnes Levick, Dec. 6, 1853. "Katy, the Hot Corn Girl, or Life Scenes in New York," was produced at the matinee Feb. 27th, 1854, for the first time. Adjoining the Museum was the building recently occupied by the Chemical Bank. On the site of this, Barnum built a Lecture Hall.

The season of 1855-6 commenced Sept. 3rd: C. W. Clarke, Thos. A. Hadaway, Milnes Levick, James W. Lingard, Cunningham, G. Clarke, J. J. McClosky, Sylvester Bleecker, Emily Mes

Miss Jackson, Mrs. Radinski, Miss Wilson, Misses Alderman, Orient, Hardcastle, Watson, Cristine, Everett, Winter; Mesdames Lingard, R. G. France, Burroughs, Parry, Palmer, Britman, Martin, and Bruce; Messrs. Bridgeman, E. L. Taylor, Whitmore, Warner, Sternes, Harris, France, Geo. Lingard, James Conner, Knowlton, St. John, Gladstone, and Gates were of the company. The opening plays were “Quite at Home" and "The Wandering Minstrel ” for the afternoon, and “Wild Oats" for the night. Tom Taylor's “Still Waters Run Deep” had its first representation in America here Sept. ioth. This was the cast: John Mildmay, C. W. Clarke; Mrs. Mildmay, Emily Mestayer; Mrs. Sternhold, Mrs. France; Capt. Hawksley, E. F. Taylor; Potter, Bridgeman. “Too Much for Good Nature,” for the first time in America, was given the afternoon of Sept. 17th ; "Only a Ha'penny" afternoon 24th, also for the first time in America; "Mary Morton, or The Shirt Sewers ” (a prize drama) was given for the first time Oct. ith; and Mrs. Frank Drew appeared Jan. 28th, 1856, in “Satan in Paris.” “Twenty Minutes with a Tiger" was offered Feb. 18th for the first time; Mrs. Milnes Levick made her first appearance on any stage Feb. 25th in "Who Speaks First?” "Foundling of the Forest” was done March 1oth, and Thomas Hadaway and Mrs. Radinski sang duets and several comic songs. "Aladdin" was the bill March 17th, Mrs. Frank Drew being the hero; “Fashion and Famine" was played April 14th, with Cordelia Howard as Julia. The daily entrance of Mlle. Eloise and Mr. White into a den of performing lions was one of the great attractions of the season.

“Uncle Tom's Cabin was repeated April 21st, with Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Howard and Cordelia Howard in the cast; C. W. Clarke took a benefit May 12th. Kate Saxon made her bow 19th in "A Morning Call" and "Good for Nothing;” “The Lamplighter " was presented May 26th for the first time; and the military drama “New York Patriots, or the Battle of Saratoga,” with Continental uniforms and a considerable outlay for scenery, was produced on June 2nd. The Season 1856–7 opened Sept. ist. Lionel Gold schmid appeared at the matinees in his entertainment “At Home and Abroad;" "Money" was acted in the evening with C. W. Clarke as Evelyn; Emily Mestayer, Clara; Thos. Hadaway, Graves;

Bridgeman, Sir John Vesey; Milnes Levick, Sir Frederick Blount; and Mrs. France as Lady Franklin; “Jessie Vere, or the Return of the Wanderer" was produced Sept. 29th for the first time here; General Tom Thumb reappeared Oct. 6th; “Dred, or The Dismal Swamp," dramatized from Mrs. Stowe's novel, was presented on Oct. 20th; “Camille" Nov. 24th; "Retribution " Dec. 15th; “Cinderella" 22nd, with C. W. Clarke as the Prince; Thos. Hadaway, Pedro; Milnes Levick, Dandini; Emily Mestayer, Cinderella; and Mrs. Radinski as Thisbe.

A new season opened Jan. 12, 1857, with C. W. Clarke, T. Hadaway, Bridgman, Levick, Geo. and James W. Lingard, W. J. Herbert, E. F. Taylor, Mesdames Palmer, Lingard, Radinski, France, and Louisa Eldridge, Misses Burroughs, Mawl, Wilson, Pelham, Orton, and Emily Mestayer. Sylvester Bleecker was prompter; C. W. Clarke director of amusements. “The Bear Hunters was given for the first time 19th; "Gotham, or Daylight and Gaslight,” also a new play, was acted Feb. 2nd; “Ruth Oakley” had its first hearing in America March 2nd; and “Double Faced People,” also for the first time in this country, March 23rd. Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Davenport appeared as Master Walter and Julia in The Hunchback" April 6th; "The Wicked Wife," another new play, was given for the first time April 13; “Neighbor Jackwood,' May 13, was presented for the first time; “Fraud and its Victims was seen June 8th; “Sybil's Cave” was played for the first time in America June 22nd, and White's “Serenaders" came July 13th. Miss Williams, styling herself the “ Welsh Nightingale,” first appeared in America Sept. 14th in a monologue entertainment, in which she acted twelve different characters and sang seventeen songs. The Carri Family of gymnasts were seen here Oct. 12th.

The regular season opened Nov. 2nd with Mesdames Charles Howard (afterwards Mrs. Harry Watkins), H. Grattan, H. Ryner, and Fitzgerald, Misses Melissa, Sallie Partington, Kate Conner, E. Robinson, Milly Sackett, Messrs. Harry Watkins, Frank Hardenbergh, Harry Ryner. E. T. Taylor, James Conner, Bridgman, J. R. Spackman. Harry Watkins was director of amusements. “A Mother's Prayer" was acted on the opening night; “The Rich of New York” was given for the first time Dec. 14th; “Valentine and Orson, or The Wild Man of the Woods,” the 28th, and ran for two weeks; "The Pioneer Patriot," a border drama by Harry Watkins, was given Jan. 18th, 1858, for the first time on any stage. This drama was a prodigious success, and was the first ever acted twice daily Harry Watkins played Godfrey each evening and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. The other afternoons Frank Aiken made his first appearance in this city and played the part. The piece ran for six weeks.

"The Broken Sword” was played at the matinees week of 18th, except Wednesday and Saturday; “The Death of Eva,” a condensation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," was seen at the matinee 23rd, and "The Page of History” the afternoon of March 3rd. Charles Carroll first acted in this city March 8th, appearing as Sir Thomas Clifford in "The Hunchback." "Joan of Arc" was given at the matinee April 5th, with Mrs. Chas. Howard as Joan; "The Heart of the World,” by Harry Watkins, saw the light April 12th; “The Bride of an Evening was played April 26th, with Sallie St. Clair as Honora, and "Her Faith, Hope, and Trials” was played in the afternoon. "Clari, or the Maid of Milan," was given 17th; "The Battle of Buena Vista" for the afternoons; "Rosalina Hubert, or the Hillside Tragedy," by John F. Poole, was seen 24th with Susan Denin in the leading rôle.

Susan Denin appeared May 3, as Young Norval in “Douglas," and, for the first time, in “Too Late for the Train.” Kate Denin first acted here June 7 in “Two Loves and a Life.” In the afternoons James Conner was seen as Jemmy Twitcher in “The Golden Farmer;" Jessie Wharton, the Traitor's Daughter, or The Boy Martyrs of 1814," was given on June 14; Edwin Blanchard and his dogs commenced 14 for the afternoons; "Nick of the Woods” was acted July 6, with Harry Watkins as Roaring Ralph, and Kate Denin as Tillie Doe. The season closed July 10.

During this season Louisa Eldridge appeared, acting Nancy Strap in “The Pleasant Neighbor." She was here three seasons. She then went to Cincinnati, and for the season of 1866 was in Memphis; reappeared in this

city in February, 1867, at the Olympic (Laura Keene's), as Mrs. Fairweather in "The Streets of New York," and remained there up to the termination of Leonard Grover's lease. Mrs. Eldridge was born in Philadelphia; her maiden name being Harwood. Her first appearance on the stage was at the Old Chestnut Street Theatre (Sixth and Chestnut Streets), Philadelphia, as Clementine in “Robert Macaire.” The season of 1848-9 she was engaged at Peale's Museum, Philadelphia, after which she came to Barnum's Museum. She was cast for the character of Crazy Agnes in “The Drunkard.” In consequence of the opposition of her father to using the family name,

Aunt Louisa" took that of Mortimer, although she had previously been known as Miss Jefferson. After a connection with the Philadelphia theatres of three seasons, she married D. W. Eldridge, a shipping merchant, and lived in retirement for five years. She returned to the stage and played at the New Bowery Theatre the season of 1859. Since that time she has been identified with the principal theatres of this city, including the Union Square, Madison Square, and Wallack's. In eccentric old women and character business, Mrs. Eldridge is “at home.” Those who, like me, have had the pleasure of being on terms of intimacy with “Aunt Louisa" - as her friends call her — will corroborate my testimony in asserting that, in addition to her many other good qualities, she possesses a heart susceptible of the most tender and humane emotions, called into instant action by the least appearance of misery or distress.

The opening of the season was not very auspicious, for the great financial panic of 1857 was then at its height. Barnum despaired. He was then in the midst of his clock and bank troubles, and could take no open part in business matters. John Greenwood, Jr., and H. D. Butler were announced as proprietors of the Museum, while Mr. Barnum was compelled to be in daily attendance at the courts. Indeed, his appearance at these places occupied so much of his time that, in answer to the judges' question as to what business he was then engaged in, he replied: "I am 'tending bar."

The Wren Juvenile Comedians appeared here in December, and the Holman Family on Jan. 24th, 1859, in an instrumental and vocal concert. The next dramatic season opened Feb. 28th, with E. F. Taylor, Chas. Hale, John Bridgman, J. W. Jamieson, J. M. Craig, Wm. O'Neill, Shirley France, L. Stevens, R. S. Meldrum, J. S. Thompson, J. C. De Forrest, Henry Stapleton, Percy Skerrett, Baker Crone, Banks Garrett, Miss C. Alford, Mesdames R. G. France, Harry Ryner, Sallie Partington, and the Misses Coburn, L. Stevens, Hattie Arnold, Julia Walby, Mary Eillert, Sarah Weinlich, Letitia George, Lydia Knight, Josephine Clarke, and Irene Acton. Billy O'Neill appeared the first week at the matinees. "Gwynette Vaughan" was done March 21st; “Our Irish Cousin ” 28th; "Fashion and Famine” April 21st; and "Little

le Katy the Hot Corn Girl” 23rd. J. L. Wallis first acted here June 13th in “Barney the Baron." The regular season closed July 5th and a summer season began Aug. 8th, with Mesdames J. J. Prior and R. G. France, the Misses A. Hampton, H. Walby, Sallie Partington, Hannah and Adeona Gale, E. F. Taylor, Tom Hampton, Shirley France, John Bridgman, Harry Cunningham, and Geo. A. Beane in the farces.

Anna E. Dillingham's début was made on the opening night as Therese in “The Maid of Croissy.” George F. MacDonald first appeared here Sept. 5th as Harry Mendon in “Rosina Meadows." “Out of the Depths " was given for the first time Oct. 3rd; "Wills and Ways, or to Make and Break" was given 24th, for the first time. Thomas H. Hadaway, who had been living in retirement for some time on his farm at Long Island, reappeared Oct. 31st (afternoon) as Paul Pry, and in the evening as Marmaduke Magog in “The Wreck Ashore.” Delmon Grace began an engagement Nov. 14th as Claude Melnotte to Mrs. J. J. Prior's Pauline. “The Doom of Deville, or. The Maiden's Vow," a dramatization by Geo. L. Aiken, was done for the first time, Nov. 28th. Mr.

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