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 News Snippets from the 1860s

Taken from the book

"The Life and Reminiscences of E.L Blanchard

*With notes from the Diary of W.M Blanchard"

compiled by Clement Scott and Cecil Howard

Published 1891

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Deaths and Obituaries from Theatrical Circles
E.T Smith
Charles Dicken's death


Monday 2nd January 1860

Find town in uproar from the landing of discharged troops, most of whom appear to be unmitigated blackguards.

16th March 1860

Going to British Museum an atom comes into my eye and causes such excruciating torture that I am barely able to make my way home again; after some hours of agony am somewhat relieved by a clever chemist (Wellspring of Chandos Street), but compelled to go to bed at 8, and there sleep and dream for fourteen hours, and the inflammation very painful, and in one instant feel how all my hopes of living might be destroyed by lack of sight.

21st March 1860

To town, and grieved to hear of the death of my old friend, Lovell Phillips on Monday.

*William Lovell Phillips died in Oakley Square, Camden Town of dropsy, aged forty-three.
He was an instrumentalist and composer. Was educated at the Royal Academy of Music; was musical conductor of the Olympic and composed the music of Gwynneth Vaughan.  He for many years directed the music of the festivals of the General Theatrical Fund.

23rd May 1860

Derby Day and Thormanby wins.

28th July 1860

To Gravesend in Mr John Clarke’s beautiful yacht, The Glimpse, with Mr Wheaton, a yacht artist; no wind, but get caught in a sharp thunderstorm; do not arrive til midnight, at which time make the Terrace pier; rather slow but hospitably entertained.

3rd August 1860

Delighted by a visit from Emma and Mrs Stanley, after their four years wandering in all parts of the world.

9th August 1860

Go to Stanleys’ to dinner: all sorts of reminiscences of travel.  Fancy Mrs Stanley with a box of Lucifer matches in jungle keeping off lions and tigers on journey from Madras to Bombay!

17th October 1860

Gravesend very gay. Queen disembarks here from her continental tour.

8th November 1860

Princess’s theatre; see Byron’s new farce of Garibaldi Excursionists; odd effect of gas going out and piece played in the dark.

*All the gas in the front of the house and the footlights went out suddenly; some water had got in the metre.  Some few of the audience left the theatre.

17th December 1860

Poor Deulin dies very suddenly.

*His real name was Isaac Dowling. He made a reputation as Harlequin at the Grecian Saloon.  He was about forty-eight years of age.  Had been at rehearsal in the afternoon and was quitting the theatre when he found he was spitting blood; and almost immediately after, in Wilson’s tavern Drury Lane, he vomited a large quantity of blood, and in a few minutes expired.  His lungs were found to be extensively diseased.


27th February 1861

Astley’s put up for auction by Batty, and bought in, no bidding being high enough.

*Astley’s (theatre) was held on lease from Mr Cobbold at a ground rent of £500 per annum, forty-four years unexpired.  The bidding rose to £15,000 but £17,000 was the asking price.

11th March 1861

To Assembly rooms, where see Le Moiski, a Polish Duke, who performs some wonderful feats in mesmerism.  Experiments most extraodinary, and I think, most convincing: the power explanatory of some miracles.

15th March 1861

The death of the Duchess of Kent this morning.

4th April 1861

Hear of poor Saker’s death, of Princess (theatre).

*He had only a few days before played the second gravedigger in Hamlet.  He died from a virulent attack of small-pox, while quite in the prime of life.  He was well known in the provinces and Dublin and was a great favourite at the Princess’s.

11th April 1861

On Grand Jury at Maidstone, Easter Sessions; find the affair very dreary, and brother Grand Jurymen very stupid.  A lovely day but stop over the indictment some seven hours.  Sleep at Bell; Landlord Epps a character.

17th April 1861

Hear of Edwin James and his fraud of some forty thousand pounds on the Earl of Yarborough and son.

22nd June 1861

To Waterloo Bridge to see the dreadful conflagration in which Braidwood was killed.

*This was the fire at the Loftus Alum works, known as the Tooley St conflagration.  The wall fell into the roadway and buried Mr Braidwood and a Mr Scott under the ruins.

The oil, tallow and tar floated on the Thames and absolutely set it on fire.  Several lives were also lost on the river.  The funeral of James Braidwood, the respected Superintendant of the London Fire Brigade, who was much lamented, was one of the most impressive scenes witnessed in London.  Nearly 2,000 people took the procession.  There were 14 mourning coaches and several private carriages.  The body was interred at Abney Park Cemetery.

26th July 1861

Great excitement of the Northumberland Street tragedy of Roberts and Murray.

*Roberts was a solicitor in Northumberland St.  Major Murray occupied himself with finance.  Roberts appears to have some grievance against the Major, and fired at him in his (the lawyer’s) chambers.  Major Murray in self defence took up first the tongs and then a champagne bottle, which he broke on Robert’s head.  Roberts died from the effects and the verdict of justifiable homicide was returned.

3rd October 1861

Write obituary notice of Arthur Smith.

*Brother of Albert Smith.  Died October 1st in his thirty-seventh year.  He was business manager at the Egyptian Hall for his brother, and arranged Charles Dickens’s readings.  Was one of the committee of the Thames Fisheries Society and wrote the little brochure.  He was also almoner  of the Fielding Club, a benevolent association to assist actors in distress.

7th November 1861

Hear of Talfourd’s marriage.

*Francis Talfourd was married on 5th November , to Miss Frances Louisa  Towne.

{note - see also 11th March 1862 }

12th December 1861

To Sadlers Wells; see Mrs Conway as Ion – very good.

*Mrs Conway was the younger sister of Mrs Bowers.  Possessed an intelligent face, good figure, and a rich and melodious voice, and was devoid of the exaggeration for which American school had the rather a bad character.

14th December 1861

The whole town in excitement about Prince Albert’s illness; hear in the evening he died at eleven.  All deeply impressed with the significance of this event.

16th December 1861

Papers all in mourning – Morning Star excepted because of machine difficulties.  Telegraph admirable; 141,622 copies officially announced to have been sold this day.

23rd December 1861

Funeral of the good and deeply lamented Prince Albert.


16th January 1862

To Sadlers Wells and hear of the death of Raymond.

*Molone Raymond, or more properly, Richard Malone, was born in Dublin in 1800, and came from a very good family. Made his first appearance in Londonderry as Callooney in The Irishman in London.  Performed in Ireland for a considerable time, then came to Liverpool, where he made a hit in the character of O’Slash in The Invincibles, and from that time adopted Irish characters exclusively.  Made his first appearance at the Haymarket April 14th 1842 as Major O’Flaherty in The West Indian.  After giving entertainments for some years, in 1860, he became acting manager of Sadlers Wells, remaining there until the time of his death.

17th February 1862

Write memoir of Mrs Bradshaw (Miss M Tree), who died this day at noon.

*Maria Tree, sister to Mrs Charles Keen, began life as a vocalist, was instructed by Signor Lanza and Tom Cooke…

Was an exquisite figure, had very expressive features: made her last appearance at Covent Garden, June 16th 1825 as Mary Copp in Charles II., and Clari in the opera of that name, of which chacater she was the original.  She married Mr James Bradshaw, some years M.P for Canterbury, who died leaving her a widow with one daughter, who married Mr Langly of the 2nd Life Guards.

25th February 1862

The long looked-for case, Ledger versus Webster, this day decided before Cockburn at the Queen’s Bench; verdict for plaintiff, 1s.

This was a libel case brought by Frederick Ledger, proprietor the Era, as plaintiff, against Benjamin Webster, manager of the New Adelphi Theatre as defendant.  It had arisen out of certain strictures which the plaintiff had placed on certain systems and tricks made use of at benefits in aid of dramatic charities. [Notably the Crystal Palace Fancy Fair, which was most justifiably condemned in the Era as a disgrace to the acting profession – C.S]

11th March 1862

Deeply grieved to hear of my friend Frank Talfourd’s death, which took place on Sunday at Mentone.

*Francis Talfourd was the son of Justice Talfourd, and was in his thirty-fifth year when he expired, on March 9th; was educated at Eton and intended for the bar.  His first travestie was Alcestis, but the burlesques he wrote after this were innumerable.  He had only been married five months.  He was a most genial, warm hearted companion, of brilliant literary powers and was ready to help in any good work.

29th April 1862

Chronicle the death of The Literary Gazette, after forty-five years existence, on Saturday last.

13th May 1862

Hear with regret of Sir William Don’s death.

Died at Hobart Town, Tasmania March 19th 1862.  Was the son of Sir Alexander Don, a Scotch baronet.  Was originally in the 5th Dragoon Guards, but ran through his property and was obliged to sell his estate, ‘Newton Don’, which fetched £85,000.  Being accounted a good amateur actor, he determined to take to the stage as a profession, and so played in the North of England, and went to America in 1851 and was successful in New York and Philadephia, remaining there five years. Then came to England and played in the provinces, and eventually at the Haymarket.  Was over six feet in height and was only thirty six years of age when he died of consumption leaving a widow.

4th June 1862

Derby Day: Caractacus, winner

A rank outsider owned by a London publisher.  He had won at Bath a few days before.

5th July 1862

Go to Arthur Sketchley’s entertainment at the Bijou Theatre.

[Arthur Sketchley was the nom de plume of George Rose, most amusing and charming companion.  He was an Oxford man (Magdalen Hall) and was for some years, clergyman in the Church of England.  On his conversion to the Church of Rome he became private tutor to the Duke of Norfolk.  He was an able dramatist and litterateur, and is buried at St Thomas‘s Catholic Church near Fulham. – C.S]

6th November 1862

See John Duncan ship, off to Otago, with Miss Rye and female immigrants.

27th December 1862

At night to Dion Boucicault’s new Westminster Theatre: beautiful and commodious building, but the pantomime of Lord Dundreary dull and pointless.

This had hitherto been known as Astley’s, and had been thoroughly rebuilt.


2nd January 1863

Hear of the death of Mrs William Barrymore, and add another to the list of the records of lives I have known. Feel very sad.

*Known some fifty years previously as Miss Adams, one of the best of English dancers; was always an attraction at the Old Circus, now the Surrey, in the grand ballets there.  Her husband, William Barrymore, was for many years, stage manager and inventor of pantomimes at Drury Lane, at which she appeared with great success.

In 1831, she and her husband went to America, made a great reputation and settled at Boston; and when Mr Barrymore died, in 1846, his widow returned to this country, where she resided until the time of her death, having reached nearly her eightieth year.  She was a clever linguist, artist and musician.

23rd January 1863

Fire at Princess’s; poor little ballet girls burnt in pantomime.

*The girls’ names were Hunt and Smith, who died from their hurts. Robert Roxby, stage manager, was seriously injured in endevouring to put out the flames.  It was fortunate, with such a number of people on stage, that the accident did not result in more evil consequences.

5th February 1863

This day Parliament is opened with much excitement, the public looking forward to the marriage of the Prince of Wales with Princess Alexandra.

 7th March 1863

The Princess Alexandra of Denmark arrives.  See the landing from Terrace Pier, with celebrities and Prince of Wales.

9th March 1863

Daily Telegraph comes out with with supplement, which, 1d, with paper, find sells the amount of 205,884 copies! Unprecedented.  At night bonfires all over the place.

4th April 1863

Attend General Theatrical Fund Dinner: Charles Dickens in chair; about two hundred present. Goes off well.

25th May 1863

Record death of General Stonewall Jackson – a heavy Confederate loss and deeply to be regretted.

31st August 1863

To Olympic; first appearance here of Miss Lydia Foote (real name Legge), neice of Mrs Keeley.

*She had previously appeared at Sadlers Wells and the Victoria.

5th October 1863

Woken at 3am by a shock of earthquake, which was felt all through England.

31st October 1863

To Lyceum.  First night of Fechter’s second season; Bel Demonio

*Fechter had introduced fresh mechanical appliances to the stage, and some patented improvements, and generally bettered the arrangements behind the footlights.

25th November 1863

Hear of the death of Robson, ‘the old playgoer’.

*He obtained this sobriquet from having written an interesting book called “The Old Playgoer” in which he stood up for the Kemble school of acting.  He was originally a schoolmaster, and wrote several educational works, and also contributed to periodical literature.  His good companion was Mr Caulfield, the author of “Wonderful and Eccentric Characters”.


8th January 1864

The Princess of Wales has a son at 9pm.

26th January 1864

During a walk to Gad’s Hill meet Charles Dickens on my way, pedestrianizing like myself and mutual recognicians.

17th September 1864

Heavy thunderstorms.

1st October 1864

Terrific explosion of the poder mills near Belvidere at 7am, startling London and the country for miles around.

*These were the Messrs Hall’s powder mills at Low-wood and those of Messrs Daye, Barker and Co;  104,000 lbs. of powder exploded; the river embankment was blown up and fatigue parties of soldiers were employed to construct a fresh one.  Panes of glass were broken in Erith and Gravesend, and not one was left in Woolwich.  The shock was felt all over London, and the report heard as far off as Aylesbury.  Two barges were blown to pieces, several houses destroyed and some lives lost while numerous people were injured.  The loss to the mills alone was £200,000.


13th January 1865

Destruction by fire of Theatre Royal, Edinburgh.

*This was built on the site of the Adelphi Theatre, which was also burned down, May 1853, and was situated at the head of Leith Walk.  Several lives were lost.

30th January 1865

Hear Surrey Theatre is being burned down and rush back to chambers for dates of history etc.

*The fire occurred at twenty minutes to twelve on the night of Monday.  By twelve o’clock the theatre and its contents were nearly burned out, so rapid was the spread of the conflagration.  The ballet girls, children, and those employed on the stage, could only escape in the light costumes in which they had been appearing, there not being time to even procure a cloak, and had to turn out in the snow.

Messers Shepherd and Anderson were the lessees; they suffered to the extent of some £10,000.  Numerous benefits were given in aid of the sufferers.  The proprietors of The Daily Telegraph gave £50, and opened a list. William Batty, £20; George Vining, £10.10s and a subscription list was opened at The Era office.  Much more loss of life would have occurred but for the coolness and presence of mind of Rowella the clown, Evans the pantaloon, Vivian the sprite and Green the stage-manager.

31st January 1865

My opinion is, the Surrey, with no loss of life, is not a thing to be deplored.

1st February 1865

Go and look at the ruins of the poor old Surrey; meet Chaplins and Vokes, who appear quite distracted.

15th February 1865

Cardinal Wiseman dies this day.

22nd March 1865

The Daily Telegraph this day published extra half sheet, the largest size it has yet attained.

25th March 1865

Destruction of Surrey Theatre at Sheffield.

26th April 1865

Startled by American mail bringing intelligence of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by Junious W Booth; the actor, can think of nothing else.

31st May 1865

Derby Day: off to course per South Western Railway. Gladiateur, the French horse winning, amid great excitement; the road very crowded returning.

10th August 1865

The Prince and Princess of Wales depart in Osborne Royal Yacht for Germany. I go in boat on river with “Gentleman Joe Martin”, the pilot.

28th October 1865

St James Hall to see French giant, Anak the Anakim.

*This was a Frenchman named Jean Joseph Brice, who was born on January 26th 1840.  Was 8 ft high, weighed 30 stone, 54 inches around chest, 25 inches across shoulders.  He appeared as a Brobdingnagian, supposed to have been overcome by some Lilliputians.


19th January 1866

All day writing with a sad heart the memoir of poor G.V Brooke, drowned in the London steamer, on 11th instant.

*Gustavus Vaughan Brooke was born on April 25th 1819 at Hardwick Place in Dublin.

…….After considerable work in the provinces he appeared as Othello at the Olympic theatre January 2nd 1848 and was at once acknowledged as one of the greatest tragedians of the age……

G.V Brooke was tall, dignified and graceful; his features eminently expressive and on stage his walk and presence were majestic.  As a tragic artist he stood at one time in the highest rank.  His style was perfectly natural, from no school but from the hand of nature.  He possessed a voice of great power which he used effectively.  He was almost absurdly generous.

The unfortunate steamer London, had left Plymouth on January 6th and had been battling fearful weather until the 11th, when she went down with two hundred and twenty souls.  Only sixteen of the crew and three passengers survived.  Gustavus V Brooke set an example of courage and fortitude to all on board – working at the pumps; and appears to have accepted his coming doom with resignation.  The last words he was known to have uttered were, “If you succeed in saving yourselves, give my farewell to the people at Melbourne.”

21st January 1866

Meet Kingston and Avonia Jones (widow of poor G.V Brooke), and with her fruitlessly go in search of E.Gardener, that she might hear poor Brooke’s last words.

24th March 1866

A fire at the Daily Telegraph office; suspicion of incendiarism.

9th April 1866

First night at Surrey of Theodora: Avonia Jones (Mrs G.V Brooke) was Theodora; no great success. As I sit in the stalls, a thumping bundle of bread and cheese plumps down from the gallery nearly on my head – a narrow escape.

16th May 1866

Derby Day, and Lord Lyon, the favourite, come in the winner; go down by South Western Railways; weather cloudy but fine; spend on the course four dreary wretched hours, all alone; then meet Mr Lawson and the Phillipses (sons of Lord Mayor), and kindly provided with a sitting room and refreshments.

22nd October 1866

Standard Theatre burnt down yesterday morning.

*It was situated in High St Shoreditch and built some years previously by Mr Douglas.  On the same ground had been a theatre originally built by Mr Gibson. This building was erected on the site of the little Curtain Theatre, in which Grimaldi once performed.  The theatre now burnt down, was calculated to hold some four thousand people.  The place was entirely gutted and not a shred of scenery, dresses or anything else was recovered, except a carroty wig belonging to Brittain Wright, the comedian.  The fire began at 6am on Sunday morning.

19th November 1866

To Her Majesty’s:  Oonagh, a long-winded five-act drama by Falconer.

*Oonagh was played by Miss Fanny Addison.  The play dragged its weary length along til past two in the morning, when the carpenters took the law into their own hands, pulled the carpet from under the actors’ feet and lowered the curtain.  The play was never finished for it was never seen again.

 26th December 1866

To Haymarket: see clever troupe of performing children.

They were called “The Living Miniatures”, were trained by Mr Coe of the Haymarket Theatre and appeared in a sketch called Littletop’s Christmas Party, and in a burlesque written by Reginald Moore, entitled Sylvius; or The Peril!  the Pelf! and the Pearl!!!
The names of these children appear to have been mostly noms de guerre.

31st December 1866

See at Drury morning performance. Duke of York’s boys in attendance.


1st January 1867

Fine frosty day.

15th January 1867

Sad accident on the ice at Regent’s Park; hear of thirty lives lost.

*Some fifteen hundred people were on the ice formed on the ornamental water opposite Sussex Terrace, when it suddenly gave way, and all the people were precipitated in the water.  It happened about 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  Nearly fifty lives were lost.

2nd April 1867

Alfred Mellon buried this day at Brompton Cemetery; nearly a thousand people attend.

Was born at Birmingham in 1822, the youngest of fifteen children and was the only one who showed any inclination for music….married Miss Woolgar.  Died 24th March 1867.

13th April 1867

See the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.  Oxford again the winner – seventh time in succession.

6th May 1867

The Day newspaper died, after short seven weeks’ struggle.

7th May 1867

Forage for memoir of my old friend John Povey who died last Thursday age sixty-nine; and Madame Persiani, whose death is recorded.

*John Povey was born at Birmingham in 1799; was the son of James Povey, known as the “Warwickshire Incledon”.  Went with his sister, the well-known ballad singer to America where he remained for twenty years.  From his straightforward conduct was known as Honest John Povey.  Was buried beside his sister who died in 1861.

Fanny Persiani was the daughter of distinguished tenor Tacchinardi, and was born at Rome October 4th 1818. Married the composer Persiani. Came to London 1837, was an operatic star here for ten years. Retired from professional life in 1849.

22nd July 1867

To Spectroscope at St James’s Hall.

*This was an invention by M. Gompertz, and by it’s means extraordinary optical illusions were produced, such as the sudden appearance of ghosts etc.

10th Aug 1867

Death of Ira Aldridge this day recorded.

*He died on August 7th, at Lodz in Poland; having been born in 1804.  Was the son of a chief in Senegal, and was intended for the pulpit.  Was not allowed to appear in New York for long on account of his colour, as his appearance produced disapprobation; but in 1833 he made his debut in London under the name of Keene, at the Victoria Theatre.

He made a splendid continental reputation and was well liked in the provinces. Was decorated by the Emperor of Russia. His last appearance in London was in August 1865 at the Haymarket.

6th December 1867

Hear of Her Majesty’s Theatre being burned down. Write history for Daily Telegraph.

*The fire was discovered at five minutes to eleven; by one o’clock the theatre was gutted and the whole of the Arcade at the back was destroyed, nothing was saved.  Mr Mapleson who had the theatre, was not insured for a single farthing.
E.T Smith held the lease for five years from 1861 when it came into Mapleton’s hands.  La Scala excepted, it was the largest theatre in Europe.  It changed its name from the King’s to Her Majesty’s in 1837.

13th December 1867

Terrible account of Fenian explosion at House of Correction in evening paper.

*Deaths and injuries to fifty-seven people occurred through this wanton act, which it was imagined was perpetrated with a view to freeing Colonel Burke and Casey, members of the brotherhood, who were detained there.  Timothy Desmond, Jeremiah Allen, and Ann Justice were first charged with being concerned.  Dr Kenealy defended.

27th December 1867

Hear of Lyceum Pantomime being all in a state of confusion with alarm of fire. 


22nd January 1868

Charles Kean died 8.30pm

*Charles John Kean was born January 18th 1811 at Waterford in Ireland and was the son of the celebrated Edmund Kean.  The only time he acted in London with his father was on 25th March 1833 at Covent Garden, when he played Iago to his father’s Othello and to the Desdemona of Ellen Tree.  Edmund Kean was so ill that he had to be led off the stage by his son in the third act and never appeared again. He died May 15th 1833.

Charles Kean married Ellen Tree, January 29th 1842 in Dublin and on the day of their wedding they appeared together in The Honeymoon.

His mother died March 30th 1849 at Horndean in Hampshire, where her son had established her in comfort for some years.

In July 1863, the Keans sailed for Australia.  They took leave of the Melbourne stage April 20th 1864 then visited California, the United States and Canada and reappeared at the Princess’s theatre May 1866.

On 29th May 1866 a medical certificate was issued stating that he relinquish his profession for some considerable time.  It was heart disease from which he was suffering, and he never completely rallied.  He was a good son, a good husband and a good father.  His acts of charity were numerous, but unostentatious; he raised the character of the stage, and did much for the welfare of those who at various times were members of his company, and was, in the best acceptation of the term, a gentleman.

He was buried at Catherington, near Rowland’s Castle Station in Hampshire, in the same grave where reposed the remains of his mother.  The esteem in which he and Mrs Kean were held by Her Majesty was proved by the Queen writing to the widow, a long letter of nearly five hundred words in her own hand, commencing, “My dear Mrs Kean”.

10th February 1868

Murray tells me the Oxford theatre was burned down today.

*The fire really occurred at an early hour on Tuesday morning and by it the hall was almost entirely destroyed.  It was the property of Mr Charles Moreton and cost £23,000 in building and decoration.  Would seat about 1,800 people; was insured for £16,000

16th April 1868

Sorry to hear of Mrs Almond’s (Emma Romer) death last Tuesday aged fifty-four.

*Born in 1814.  Made her first appearance on any stage as Donna Clara in The Duenna, Covent Garden October 16th 1830.  Married Mr George Almond in 1836.  Retired from the stage at the end of 1852.  One sister married Mr Mark Lemon; another, Robert Brough, and a cousin of hers, William Brough.

25th April 1868

At Arundel to sup, and meet Algernon Swinburne, the poet – short, nervous little fellow, with bright fun.

27th May 1868

Derby Day: Bluegown winner – an event which brings no profit to me as usual.

12th June 1886

Rig up telescope and get a very fine view of Saturn’s ring.

18th July 1886

Start at 11 from North Woolwich, in a barge kindly lent by Worth (of firm Worth and Dowson), with Wicks (of the Times), Stone, Braham, the Deanes, Courtney, Captain Stuart, Green, Rose, etc to Southend.  Very hot day, but a success.  Five of us stop at Terrace Hotel, Gravesend, see a great fire in West St and no sleep til after 2am.

December 17th 1868

Frederick Ledger tells me this day (Thursday) he has bought for £4,000 an estate at Balham: then the Era does pay, after all!!!


4th February 1869

Detained in town to write memoir of Robert Keeley for Era and Daily Telegraph.

*Born in 1793 at 3, Grange Court, Carey St, Lincoln’s Inn Fields.  He was one of a family of 16.  Began life as a compositor in Hansard’s office.  In 1813 he joined the Richmond Theatre company.

Married Miss Goward in 1822, she having made her first appearance as Rosina at the Lyceum Theatre, July 2nd 1825.  He left two daughters – Mary, married to Albert Smith and  Louise to Montague Williams.

21st May 1869

 Dramatic Authors’ Society meeting: terrible discoveries about the clerk, Horne; found to have disappeared and defalcation serious.

5th June 1869

Arthur Sketchley and Clement Scott drop in unexpectedly;  I take them through Rosherville Gardens, and to tea at the Leather Bottle.  Beautiful June weather, and I think a success.

9th June 1869

Go with Stone, Deane, and Foster through Old London, back slums, back lanes, Cloth Fair, Charter House, which we go all over; seeing Thackeray’s bed on which he died, bequeathed to the head monitor.

19th June 1869
Opening of Charing Cross Theatre.  The act-drop, representing the Mall in St James's Park in Charles II's time was painted by J.E Meadows.

17th August 1869

Great discussion at this time respecting the moral tendencies of Boucicault’s drama of Formosa.

11th September 1869

Prince of Wales opening season, the theatre brilliantly embellished.

*It was at this date that the theatre was known as The Prince of Wales’s, and for the first time, the orchestra played from beneath the stage.

29th November 1869

Pouring rain.

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