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At the present moment perhaps I ought in prudence to limit my application to these objects; but I will not disguise from you Sir that it is an object of still greater anxiety with me to be relieved from the apprehension of being detained here by the act of your Govt. and prevented from returning to that country from which I cannot be much longer absent without the utter ruin not only of my private affairs, but of establishments and concerns which I am persuaded no friend to free governt would wish to see destroyed. I flatter myself, and am rather inclined to believe, that no such measure of severity is meditated by your Governt towards the peaceful and inoffensive natives of my country, who have trusted themselves within your territory, but even if circumstances should be thought to justify the general adoption of so rigorous a policy, I conceive there are circumstances in situation which might entitle me to some exemption from their operation. Besides those which will naturally suggest themselves for what I have already stated, I may take the liberty of mentioning, that in order to obviate some very 'natural scruples of Mr. Beasley to grant me permission to embark in a cartel, I was induced to offer my services to act as a medical attendant on the American citizens for whose safe conveyance he was bound to provide. And that in consequence of that offer being accepted, I was actually entered in this capacity on the list of those recommended by him to the Transport Board for a passage in the Good Friend Cartel in which I then intended to embark, and as all that afterward passed was his giving me leave to transfer myself to the Robt. Burns, to which many of the original list had also gone over. I conceive that the same character still remained with me, and, coming in that character, I humbly apprehend that no sort of doubt can exist as to my right to leave this country by the first opportunity. I am not professionally a medical man, nor do I mean to deny that I offered to act as one merely to get over a difficulty in the way of obtaining my object, but in the course of my studies I have attended a little to medicine, and am regarded at my country residence at home as no mean practitioner. I should therefore have made myself useful I have no doubt in the capacity had it been requisite, and did prescribe on board the Robert Burns with very laudable success.
I flatter myself however that it will not be necessary to recur to those specialties to find a ground for granting me the indulgence I humbly solicit. If any more formal or official application should be necessary for this purpose, perhaps you might be condescending enough to let me know how it should be made. You will have the goodness to address your answer to the care of Charles Wilkes Esqre Cashier of the Bank of this city. I shall wait for it of course with considerable anxiety, and have the honor to be in the mean time, With Sentiments of the Utmost Respect Your very humble and obedt Sert,
F. JEFFREY. I have the honor of writing by this post also to Mr. Pinkney, to whom Lord H. was so obliging as to give me a letter. I ought to have mentioned that my brother, who has long had the honor of being a naturalised citizen of your country has accompanied me on this expedition, and wishes to be included in the permission I humbly request, to return.
TWO LETTERS OF THOMAS CAMPBELL THE POET.
Printed from the original manuscript in the Ford Collection,
New York Public Library.
MIDDLE SCOTLAND YARD JUNE 16 MY DEAR SIR:
I thank you for your prompt kindness in offering to repell this calumny, but I have just sent a note to the Times which I dare say will be inserted.
What a damn'd world we live in and how easy it is for the most innocent to be accused—not without some danger of false condemnation. But luckily the Exile of Erin a brave & excellent man as ever lived is alive still to prove that I shew'd him the lines which I wrote I may say on his circumstances which were then forlorn but which are now flourishing—the lines which I shew'd to him almost immediately on finishing them. They were printed very soon afterward in London with my name attach'd to them so that the assertion of Reynolds having sung them as his own for years before I published them must be an impossibility & a downright falsehood. I should tell you more about the Exile of Erin but he wishes to return from Altona to his native isle & it might injure him to draw any publicity on the patriotic part of his life for he was one of the best fighters in the unfortunate rising of 1798— Begging my best respects of your amiable, I remain, Dear Sir
T. CAMPBELL. [Addressed:] C. PATMORE, Esqr. 56 Frith Street, Soho.
MY DEAR SIR:
By the same post I have received your letter & Dr. Evans's. Tell my fair friend your honoured lady that I will obey her commands as if they were a queens as early as I can but I lament to say that I cannot be in town till I have finished a poem for this next No. of the Metropolitan- & the time of my being in town will depend on the time of my finishing that poem. I believe that my promise on the subject of my examination of the young ladies is for the present more honored by the breach than by the observance. Coming to town would knock up my poem & our Metropolitan working up against bad times & blackguard rivalry has need of all that can be done for it. I shall be obliged therefore to disappoint both Dr. Evans & you with regard to the examination for this quarter unless it can take
place towards the very end of this month, for before the 24th or 25 I shall not stir from St. Leonards.
I am writing some lines for your periodical on a subject that is very difficult, for when I sit down to it my heart beats overmuch and I have been ill indeed fevered sleepless & unable to take food since the last agitating news from Poland. But I have not lost hope & shall persevere in at least giving vent to my indignant feelings at the passiveness of the whole world that by sufferance shares in the crime of Polish massacres.
Be assured that I will as soon as possible fulfill my promise to take a real & active interest in Mrs. Pickersgill's system of education & with my best respects to her believe me
My dear Sir
T. CAMPBELL St. LEONARDS JUNE 10, 1831.
P. S.-I enclose you a note which I had from Mrs. Shelley—will you have the goodness to consult with Mr. Cochrane about it & give Mrs. S. an answer
Pray attend very particularly to the letter for Mrs. White—it contains money
(Addressed:] J. PICKERSGILL, Esq.
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.
The collection of prompt books here listed came to the Library by bequest from George Becks, who died in St. Louis on 17 May, 1904, and in his will desired his executors to present to the Tilden Library “my prompt books, the traditions of the stage and the labour of my life.”
Mr. Becks was born in Manchester, England, in 1834, and at the age of twenty.one came to this country, at the solicitation of Henry J. Wallack, to join the Boston National Theatre stock company, making his first appearance on the stage in September, 1856. From Boston he came to Niblo's Garden in New York, and later played with Laura Keene, Mrs. John Wood, John Owen at the Varieties Theatre in New Orleans, and, during the civil war, in support of Edwin Forrest. For some time he played in support of Jean Davenport Lander, and later with Maggie Mitchell's company in Fanchon the Cricket. In the early seventies he retired from the stage to enter commercial life in New York city. In 1890 Mr. T. Henry French induced him to return to the theatre to originate the role of Mr. Horton in Dr. Bill. He played that part when the play opened at the Garden Theatre in October, 1890, and when, a week later, Jerome K. Jerome's Sunset was put on as a curtain-raiser, he originated in that play the rôle of Mr. Rivers. During the later years of his career he travelled widely and appeared in almost every Eng. lish-speaking country. He accompanied Nance O'Neill on her tour of Australia, the Orient, Africa, and Great Britain and with her returned to America in 1903. At the time of his death he was a member of Kate Claxton's company, playing the Comte de Liniers in The Two Orphans. As a student of Shakespeare be accomplished much in the way of annotation; for many years he was engaged in preparing an acting edition of the plays, but had not finished this task when he died. By reason of his learning he was held in high esteem among Shakespearean scholars and he enjoyed the friendship of many men of letters. He was a life-long friend of Jean Davenport Lander, who bequeathed to him her dramatic library and collection of playbills and pictures. (Condensed from the notice in the New York Dramatic Mirror of 28 May, 1904.)
Nearly all the Becks prompt books are bound, interleaved with writing paper, and bear his signature, as well as, in many cases, the names of earlier owners.
The arrangement in this list is alphabetical by titles, followed by an index of authors, editors, adapters, etc. The arrangement in the public index (card) catalogue in the reading room is an alphabetical grouping by authors under the heading “prompt books."
The Acharnians of Aristophanes, performed Adrienne Lecouvreur: a play in five acts, by undergraduates of the University of Pennsyl written by MM. Scribe and Legouvé; adapted by vania in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. H. Herman... London: S. French (18—). May 14th and 15th, 1886. [Philadelphia: Univ. 12°. of Penn., 1886.] 7 p.1.,(1), 136 p. sq. 8°.
The Æthiop; or, The child of the desert: a roAdelaide: a tragedy. .. By Richard Sheil. mantic play... By William Dimond, New York: London : H. Coburn, 1816. 4 p.1., 72 p.
D. Long worth, 1813. 76 p. 24° bd. as 12°. 8o.
Signature of W. Naylor. Signature of Wm. B. Wood.
The Æthiop; or, The child of the desert: Adelgitha; or, The fruits of a single error: a
a romantic tragedy, in three acts. By William Ditragedy, in five acts. By M. G. Lewis. New York:
mond. n. P. (1812] I p.1., 5–74 p. nar. 16°, bd. Longworths, 1812. 80 p.
as nar. 12°. Signature of James Stark.
Signature of J. B. Wright.
Signature of J. Sefton.
After dark. A tale of London Life. Drama in
three acts by Dion Boucicault. London, 1868. 3 Signature of James I. Prior, 1847.
pm. 8°. Characters' parts. 8 pm. 12° Musical The adopted child: a musical drama in two
score. Manuscript. acts... By Samuel Birch. London: J. Cumberland
First performed in London at the Royal Princess' Theatre,
Aug. 12, 1868. (18—]. 34 p. 24°. (Cumberland's British theatre.)
Another copy, made in America. 3 [Adrian and Orrila; or, A mother's vengeanco: li pm. 4o. Manuscript. a play in five acts. By William Dimond, London :
Agnes De Vere; or, The wife's revenge. A Thespian Press, 18—.] 3–76 p., il. 24°.
drama... By John Baldwin Buckstone. London: Adrienne, the actress; or, The reigning favor W. Strange, 1836. 32 p. 8°. ite. A drama, in three acts. By John Oxenford. New Signature of D. W. Waller and Emma Waller. York: S. French, 18 30 p. nar. 12° bd, as
Boston: W. V. Spencer, 1855. 44 p. 12'. nar. 8°. (French's standard drama, no. 201.) (Spencer's Boston Theatre, no. 23.)
Aladdin; or, The wonderful lamp. A grand romantic spectacle. .. With a fine engraving... London: J. Cumberland (18—]. 2 p.l., 9-36 p. nar. 16o. Signature of E. H. Taylor.
(Alexander the Great; or, The rival queens: a tragedy in five acts. By Nathaniel Lee. London? 18–.] 245–260 p. 8o.
1.-P. W. 3-58 p. 16o. Signature of James Stark.
Among the breakers; a drama in two acts, by the author of “Sylvia's soldier" [&c., i. e., G. M. Baker). Boston: G. M. Baker & Co. (18—.] I p.l., 107–170 p.
12°. [The anatomist; or, The sham doctor: a comedy. By Edward Ravenscroft.] [London ? 18–.] 61-86 p. 16o. Warren and Wood's prompt book.
The angel of midnight. A legend of terror, in three acts. From the French of T. Barrière and E. Plouvier, adapted by W. E. Suter and T. H. Lacy. London : T. H. Lacy (18—). 56 p.
Angelo; a tragedy... [By Victor Marie Hugo.]
Angelo, Tyrant of Padua. A drama in three acts. From the French of Victor Hugo. 18— ? 4 pm. fo. Manuscript.
The name Jas. F. Anderson appears on the cover, and that of W. Pelby on the inside.
Anne Blake. A play in five acts. By Westland Marston. Boston: W. V. Spencer (18—-).
12°. (Spencer's Boston theatre, no. 57.)
New York: S. French (184). 36 p. 12°. Antony and Cleopatra. Shakspeare's tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. Arranged and adapted for representation by Andrew Halliday. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1873. vii, 9-64 p. 12° bd. as nar. 8°.
Shakspeare's tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, arranged for representation in four acts, by C. Calvert. . . Edinburgh: Schenck & M'Farlane [18–). 64 p. 12°.
Shakespeare's tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. Arranged and adapted for representation by Margaret Jean Davenport Lander. (18—.] 2, 54, 6 f. 8o. Text cut and arranged.
The apostate: a tragedy in five acts. By Richard Sheil. London : J. Murray, 1818. x, 83 p., il. 5. ed. 12o.
New York: J. Douglas, 1848. iv, i l., 7-58 p.
12°. (Modern standard drama. no. 57.) Signature of James Stark.
New York: S. French (18–). iv, 7-59 p. 12°. (French's standard drama. no. 57.)
Around the world in eighty days. A dramati. zation of Jules Verne's story in twelve tableaux. 18—? 2 p.l., 148 1. fo. Paper. Manuscript.
Arrah-na-Pogue; or, The Wicklow wedding. A drama in three acts. By Dion Bourci. cault. 18—? 3 pm. 1°. With the musical score for several instruments and the parts of some of the characters. Manuscript.
On the title-page is written, “ Property of Frank Lawlor." One of the parts has the signature Cha Wheatleigh, 1878."
As you like it. A comedy. By Shakespeare. London: J. Rivington, 1775. 72 p.
illus. 16°. London: J. Cumberland (18--]. 67p. 24°. Sheffield and Doncaster's prompt book, 1834.
London: T. H. Lacy (18—]. vi, 64 p., I pl. 12o.
Signature of J. Burroughs Wright, 1838.
Alfred the Great; or, The enchanted standard. A musical drama... By Isaac Pocock. London: J. Miller, 1827. 2 p.l., 46 p. 8o. Signature of Wm. B. Wood.
Ali Pacha: or, The signet-ring. A melo-drama, in two acts... By John Howard Payne. New York: E. M. Murden, 1823. 36 p. nar. 16°. Signature of W. Naylor.
Alice May; or, The last appeal: a romantic drama in two acts, by E. Fitzball... London: J. Duncombe (18–). 32 p., I pl. 24°. (Duncombe's edition.) Signature of G, H. Wyatt. Aline, the rose of Killarney!' A drama in three
By Edward Stirling. London: T. H. Lacy (18—). 42 p. illus.
nar. 12°. Signature of Clara Stephenson,
New York: S. French (18—]. 35 p. 12°. (French's American drama. Acting edition. 134.) All in the wrong.
A comedy in five acts. Ву Mr. (Arthur) Murphy. London: P. Vaillant, 1775. 2 p.l., 106 p.
Signature of Wm. B. Wood.
London : W. Simpkin, & R. Marshall, 1824. vii, 2 l., 77,(1) p., 1 l. 12°. (Oxberry's edition.)
London : Longman (18—). 97 p., I pl. 16o.
All serene above and below. An extravaganza abounding in debt, difficulty and danger. One act. 18–? 15 1. 8o. Paper. Manuscript.
All that glitters is not gold. A comic drama... By Thomas and J. M. Morton. London: T. H. Lacy (18—). 39 p. 8°. Inscription J. B. Wright from Julia Bennett. Marked by George W. Lewis, prompter.
New York: W. Taylor & Co. [185-] 52 p. 12°
(Minor drama. no. 40.) Signature of G. W. Lewis, prompter, 1851.
All's well that ends well. A comedy... By William Shakespeare. London: S. French (18—). i p.1., 5-62 p. nar. 12°.
Shakspeare's All's well that ends well; with alterations by J. P. Kemble. London: J. Debrett, 1793. i pol., 61 p. 12°. Signature of Wm. B. Wood.
Alonzo the brave; or, Faust and the fair Imo. gene: a tragical, comical, demoniacal, and whateveryou-like-to-call-it-burlesque. By F. C. Burnand. London: S. French (18—). 34 p. 12o. (French's acting edition.)
An American wife. A comedy in four acts. 18–? 4 pm. 4o. Manuscript.