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Edwin Forrest collection

Ms. Coll. 5

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872
Edwin Forrest collection
circa 1815-1931
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 5
39 linear feet (76 boxes)
The Edwin Forrest Collection provides some documentation of the business career of Edwin Forrest (nineteenth-century American actor, noted for his Shakespearean roles), focusing in the main on the latter part of his career (the 1860s and 1870s). Though some private personal correspondence is housed in the collection, predominant is correspondence concerning various aspects of Forrest's finances; these are arranged by major investments or interests.
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Edwin Forrest collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Edwin Forrest (1806-1872) has been called the first star of the American stage. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806, Forrest made his theatrical debut in 1817 at the age of eleven, literally stepping from the schoolyard onto the candlelit stage of the Southwark Theatre to fill in at the last minute for a young actress who had taken ill. Recalling that first performance years later, Forrest wrote: "From that moment my destiny was sealed. I felt that I was to be an actor, and an actor I would be, come what may."

Edwin Forrest was the son of William Forrest, a Scottish immigrant, and Rebecca Lauman, whose parents had come to the Colonies from Germany in the middle of the eighteenth century, settling in Philadelphia. The two met, and married in 1795. William Forrest was in the business of banking, holding the position of runner, first for the United States Bank, later for the bank of Stephen Girard. In spite of much effort on his part to succeed, William Forrest never made a living at his career. With his death in 1819 he left a mountain of debts which remained until Edwin himself cleared them nearly ten years later.

Though most accounts state that William and Rebecca Forrest had seven children, six of whom lived to maturity, there is evidence that the couple actually had eight children. Accounts written in the hand of William Forrest in the family's midwifing manual refer to the birth of a male child in 1794, before William and Rebecca's marriage. This child, a son, died about one month after its birth. This would account for the discrepancy in biographies of Forrest, some indicating that it was the Forrest's first-born child who died in infancy, others stating that it was the child born in 1804, two years before Edwin Forrest. It seems that both accounts are true. Lorman, the eldest child, was born in 1796. He began as a tanner and currier, then later gave up working altogether in search of adventure on the high seas. In 1822 he sailed for South America and was never heard from again. Henrietta, next eldest, was born in 1798; William in 1800; Caroline in 1802; a boy who died at birth in 1804; Edwin in 1806; and finally Eleanora in 1808. Other than Edwin, none of the Forrest children ever married; William began a career on the stage, then gave it up to manage the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He died of a sudden illness in 1834, at the age of 34. Edwin's sisters remained at home caring for their mother and for Edwin. All three sisters and his mother preceded Edwin in death.

Edwin was a sickly child and the first ten years of his life were a fight for survival. But in this same time span Edwin became fascinated with the circus and with the muscular development the performers cultivated. He imitated their gymnastics and was soon able to climb ropes, walk on his hands, stand on his head, throw somersaults, balance, and wrestle. This attention to his body, adopted out of necessity in his youth, developed into a passion in his later years. In addition, Forrest showed an early inclination toward elocution, and his father saw fit to provide him with elocution lessons from Alexander Wilson and noted Philadelphia elocutionist Lemuel G. White. Indeed, Forrest's trademark was his powerful voice. Following Forrest's first true performance in 1820 in the part of young Norval in James Home's Douglas, one critic wrote:  "Of the part of Norval we must say that we were much surprised at the excellence of his elocution, his self-possession in speech and gesture, and a voice that, without straining was of such a volume and fine tenor as to carry every tone to the remotest corner of the theatre."

After this flattering beginning, Edwin spent two years trying in vain to become a part of the Philadelphia theater. In 1822, Joshua Collins and William Jones, proprietors of theaters in Pittsburgh, Lexington, and Cincinnati, arrived in Philadelphia to recruit a company. Edwin was given an interview and, this being successful, signed on to play "without question, whatever part he was cast in, no matter how high or how low" for eight dollars per week. With that, Edwin Forrest left his family and Philadelphia on his first theatrical mission.

This first trip was a rough one for Forrest: the transportation was difficult and the theatrical houses were unresponsive. Forrest traveled to Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville on an Ohio River flatboat. After the tour broke up early in 1823, Forrest stayed on in Cincinnati, getting a few parts in local productions and working at odd jobs. In July of that same year the Cincinnati Advertiser announced that James H. Caldwell, manager of the New Orleans Theatre, was opening the new American Theatre in New Orleans. Forrest sent a letter requesting a place in the company. He spent the summer with a theatrical troupe in Lexington and in mid-November received a favorable reply. Early in 1824 he left for New Orleans, where he opened February 4, playing Jaffier in Thomas Otway's  Venice Preserved.

New Orleans added experience to Forrest's acting career, which was making steady progress, but it most greatly contributed to the social growth and development of the eighteen-year-old youth. Though Forrest was charmed in the drawing rooms of the New Orleans cultured, he preferred to seek companionship in the streets, gaming houses, and along the river. He cultivated friendships with an Indian Chief, Push-ma-ta-ha, and also with frontiersman James Bowie, inventor of the Bowie Knife. At the end of his first season, Forrest headed north with the troupe, battling a life-threatening case of malaria during the passage. He recovered and, at the end of the summer of 1824, played in Richmond, Norfolk, and Washington. The company returned to New Orleans in November. This season Forrest played to favorable reviews. But this time he also attempted to engage in a romance with leading lady Jane Placide. Jealousy soon caused strife, as James H. Caldwell, star and manager of the troupe, was also enamored of the lady. In the midst of quarreling and insults, Forrest quit the company and even challenged Caldwell to a duel. Caldwell, however, did not allow Forrest "the satisfaction of a gentleman."

Out on his own and nursing his wounds, Forrest cut off all ties to civilization to live with the tribe of his friend Chief Push-ma-ta-ha. After two months, Forrest returned to Philadelphia, restored and perhaps a bit wiser for all his experiences in the South.

Forrest's next pursuits led him to Albany, New York in 1825, where he played in company with the great tragedian Edmund Kean. Forrest had always idolized the older actor and modeled his own performances after Kean's. Forrest later stated that meeting Kean, performing with him, and listening to his advice were the most powerful influences in his life.

In 1826 after the Albany tour closed, Forrest returned to Philadelphia and again sought work in his native city. This time he was able to secure work in Venice Preserved at the new Chestnut Street Theatre. And this time he received the praise he had long striven to earn: glowing reviews and nine curtain calls.

On June 23, 1826, Forrest made his first appearance in New York at the Park Theatre, then the leading theater in America. He chose to open in the role of Othello, against all advice from the managers. The result was a triumph for the twenty-year-old. He was immediately engaged for the new Bowery Theatre, at a salary of $800 per year. Popular acclaim was enormous. In his second year at the Bowery, Forrest received $200 per night. His career was off like a rocket. Forrest approached the new season of 1827/8 as an established star.

A large portion of Edwin Forrest's success was founded on his perception of himself as the first truly American actor. His audiences appreciated this "rugged," New World style, which was created in part by his massive physique and great booming voice. In 1828 Forrest furthered this image and the American theater by offering prizes for American plays, thus becoming the first actor to encourage substantially American authorship. The first play to win a prize was  Metamora, a drama of Indian life by John H. Stone; it was produced at the Park Theatre in December of 1829. In the second year Robert M. Bird's tragedy  The Gladiator was awarded the prize and produced in September of 1831. Both stories were adapted to Forrest's vigorous style and both became mainstays of his repertoire. In total Forrest gave over $20,000 in prizes during the next few years. However, only two other plays from the competition succeeded with the audiences: Robert M. Bird's  The Broker of Bogota, produced in 1834, and Robert T. Conrad's  Jack Cade, produced in 1841.

At the age of twenty-eight Forrest had climbed to the top of his profession in America. He followed this with his first tour of Europe, spreading his success to that continent as well. In England, at the age of thirty, he met and married eighteen-year-old Catharine Norton Sinclair, whose father was a musician and connected with the theater in Europe. The couple sailed soon after for America. Catharine conceived shortly thereafter, but the Forrests' first child died at birth. Catharine bore children three more times during the Forrests' married life, but none of these survived beyond the first few weeks of life.

The strain of these deaths, coupled with Edwin's long absences, his dislike of his in-laws (who had moved to America), and Catharine's less-than-respectable lifestyle while Edwin was away led some ten years later to the couple's much-publicized divorce. On August 9, 1850, Catharine filed suit in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. The grounds for divorce: infidelity. Edwin Forrest quickly counter-sued. On December 16, 1851, the first act of Forrest v. Forrest was begun. The trial and subsequent appeals dragged on for years, making many headlines and much bad publicity for Forrest. Edwin Forrest lost the case, on the grounds that he was never able to prove Catharine's infidelity, while her lawyers had successfully done so in his case. Alimony was set at $3,000 per year. Forrest appealed the case in vain for over ten years. On November 30, 1864, his last appeal was denied, and the original judgment stood affirmed. Catharine still had difficulty receiving the alimony due her from Forrest, however, and this became a factor in her suit against the estate of Edwin Forrest after his death.

The divorce was just one of many difficulties endured by Forrest during his career. He was blamed by many for the Astor Place riot of May 10, 1849, in which several theater-goers were killed. The riot was a culmination of a long rivalry between Forrest and British actor William C. Macready. The two men had two completely different styles and approaches to the same roles, and each was vocally critical of the other. In 1849 Macready's American tour was particularly marked by squabbles with critics, audiences, and Forrest himself over the theatrical talents of both. The affair turned into an issue of nationalism that culminated in a New York theater packed on the night of May 10, 1849, with a mob of 1,800 theater-goers and 125 police officers, with two hundred members of the Seventh Regiment, two "troops of horse," plus a unit of hussars on standby. A scene ensued after police arrested three rowdies who were harassing Macready during his performance. Violence escalated on both sides, as the mob rushed out into the streets and gained numbers. Finally the military was given the order to fire upon the crowd, which was refusing to back down under mere threats. Thirty-one rioters were killed, forty-eight others sustained severe injuries. Macready slipped out quietly and returned to England. The Astor Place Opera House was a shambles and eventually closed down, unable to survive the reputation of  "Massacre Place."

While his success was always phenomenal, lawsuits and ill-health plagued Forrest through a good portion of his career. Early on he suffered from chest pains, headaches, and attacks of fainting, associated with the stressful pace of his life. Later gout and rheumatism set in. In 1865, while playing an engagement in Washington (on the night, in fact, which had originally been chosen by John Wilkes Booth as his target-night for the assassination of President Lincoln—the President did not show up for Forrest's performance that evening, and Booth had to postpone his plans) Forrest was ravaged by an attack of sciatica. He spent his days in bed and his nights at the theater for the remainder of the engagement. Cold theaters added to his difficulty and a second attack on his sciatic nerve left him with a permanent drag in his right leg.

At the end of this run, Forrest returned to Philadelphia to recover from his illnesses. He predicted he would be well in a week; he spent that entire summer, however, in bed.

When the summer was over, rested and rejuvenated by his new-found cure, the "electrified bath," Forrest was ready to embark on what turned out to be his final major trip, a barnstorming tour that took him from the midwest to California. Instead of entrusting his supporting roles to the local talent found along the way, Forrest took his own entourage with him. Among this group was James McArdle, a failed actor who was looking for a second chance to make it in the profession. Forrest hired him to act as manager for his troupe. In addition, a nineteen-year-old newcomer, Elizabeth Swindlehurst, known by the stage name  "Miss Lillie," was hired to play several leading roles. She became Forrest's protege and traveling companion for the trip.

The California trip was a financial success, though the critics were not always as kind to Forrest as the audiences were. They complained that Forrest's performances were filled with "moaning and whining." Forrest felt, however, that his time in western climates had rejuvenated both mind and limb. He returned to Philadelphia, however, to find that his body was not up to the cold eastern winter. After another confinement he took up the tour again. This became a pattern for Forrest until his death. Everywhere he went he sought new medical information, help for his aging body which, at the age of 60, had simply begun to fail him. To add to his struggle, Forrest was forced to contend against younger actors and younger tastes. The tastes of the audiences of the late 1860s had turned toward melodrama and the melodramatic thriller, plays like Augustin Daly's  Under the Gaslight (1867), which included a heroine thrown into a river and a hero tied to a railroad track.

During the 1867/8 season Forrest sued the Philadelphia Dispatch for publishing a series of articles which were reported to be interviews with Forrest but, in truth, had been fictionalized and poked fun at the aging actor. This probably would not have bothered Forrest had the articles not suggested that he depended on drink to get him through his performances. The  Dispatch settled out of court for and undisclosed amount and published an apology.

All was not distress for Forrest in these final years, however. It was during this time that he drew up plans in his will for a legacy that would benefit actors and actresses in the years to come: the Edwin Forrest Home, a place of retirement for stage performers. Perhaps his own ill health had shown him the need for those of his profession to be provided for after they could no longer support themselves on the stage.

Finally Forrest's legs failed him. In October of 1872, just two months before his death, Forrest gave up the painful struggle that acting had become for him and began a series of Shakespeare readings. Though they were reviewed favorably, these readings were not financially successful. In December of that year Forrest returned to his home in Philadelphia; there, within a week's time, he died. Edwin Forrest was buried in the churchyard of Philadelphia's St. Paul's Episcopal Church on December 16, 1872.

Scope and Contents

The Edwin Forrest Collection came to the University of Pennsylvania between 1963 and 1989. The largest portion of this material arrived in the summer of 1988, and had been housed previously at the Edwin Forrest Home. This group primarily documents Edwin Forrest's later career and financial circumstances, most of the material being related to matters of business. It appears from the contents that this main body of correspondence was preserved by Daniel Dougherty (1826-1892), a Philadelphia lawyer, friend of Forrest, and one of the executors of his estate, who was active in the early administration of the Forrest Home. Because of Dougherty's role, the collection abounds in legal documents, receipts and correspondence concerning Forrest's financial ventures, various court cases, and expenditures. With this group came a small portion of personal correspondence from Forrest's early career. It documents in a very sketchy manner Forrest's early adventures in the theater. Included also in this large deposit was a group of scrapbooks and bound playbills, which added to an earlier donation of such materials from the Forrest Home. This earlier deposit also contained some prompt copies of plays which belonged to Edwin Forrest. The University also received a portrait of Edwin Forrest, depicting the actor in his early to middle twenties, a marble bust portraying Forrest in his role of Coriolanus, and a portrait of Horace Howard Furness, Jr. (1865-1930). A portion of Forrest's books, works of art, manuscripts, memorabilia, and other material relating to the theater was given by the Board of Managers of the Edwin Forrest Home to the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition, some items of historical significance to the city of Philadelphia were given to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Forrest requested that correspondence he had saved during his lifetime be burned after his death, and this was performed by one of his executors. Thus the collection lacks in many areas of correspondence one would expect to be associated with an actor of Forrest's stature: fan mail; reviews collected by Forrest himself; personal notes on his own performances; travel notes. However, some of this was preserved by his lawyers and, in addition, the collection contains some scrapbooks owned by Forrest; some of these books are filled with engravings and daguerreotypes of Forrest and other performers in various roles, many autographed with well-wishes to Forrest written in. A scrapbook of clippings of Forrest's reviews and news items concerning Forrest presented to the Edwin Forrest Home by James Taylor in 1900 is also housed in the collection. Still the material in the collection presents at best, a less than complete portrait of Edwin Forrest, the actor.

A recent acquisition to the collection was the purchase of correspondence from Edwin Forrest to James Lawson (1799-1880). This helped to fill in one of the least-documented periods in the holdings, from 1830-1850. Lawson, a New York actor and playwright, was a close friend of Forrest's from his earliest days in the theater and also an executor of his estate. These letters do much to give the collection insight into Forrest's personality, from his first days of success through his troubled marriage, to the end of his career and his life. Still, it should be remembered that this is correspondence to one particular person and, as such, cannot give overall perspective to the life of Edwin Forrest.

Care was taken in processing the collection not to disrupt any order already given to the papers, while at the same time making the collection as coherent as possible. Thus in sorting priority was given to the arrangement probably first established by Dougherty himself, and items not in close proximity to their logical subject were interfiled with the same. The present arrangement of the collection depends heavily on both Dougherty's and Forrest's identification of the materials, in the form of names, dates and notes written by both, usually on the back of the correspondence. Without these it is often impossible to understand the point of many items in the correspondence. The guiding principle for arranging the collection was, whenever possible, to establish a correspondent and arrange correspondents in alphabetical order under a given heading, arranging correspondence in chronological order within each correspondent's file. There are a few series, however, in which correspondent order is not the most logical grouping of materials. This pertains to files which abound in legal documents, particularly those which concern land and houses owned by Edwin Forrest. In such series correspondence concerning the property is found filed first in the series. Legal documents are filed together following these.

Those who use the Forrest collection should keep in mind that the organizing principle used was based on the original lawyer's filing, and researchers are advised to "think like a lawyer" when using the collection. A particular correspondent's letters may not be found in the general correspondence section of the collection, but letters from this person may be found filed with correspondence concerning a piece of property or a particular work of art about which he or she was corresponding. Researchers should also keep in mind that, under any given heading they are likely to find correspondence from Daniel Dougherty, James Lawson, and James Oakes; these men were close friends of Forrest, but they were also the executors of his estate, and as such had an interest in almost all areas of Forrest's life.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  1989

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Julie A. Reahard

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Edwin Forrest Home, 1963-1989.

Gift of David Holmes: Richelieu, Act I, Scene 2.

Purchased from 19th Century Shop: Forrest/Lawson Correspondence.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Contracts
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Engravings (prints)
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Playbills
  • Prompt books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Visiting cards
  • Theater--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
  • Theater--United States--History--19th century

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Collection Inventory

I.  Family Correspondence.

Series Description

Correspondence to and from Edwin Forrest and members of his family.

Box Folder

Forrest, Catharine (Mrs. Edwin) to Henrietta Forrest, circa 1842.

1 1

Forrest, Edwin to William L. Forrest (brother), 1822. .

1 2-3

Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1824-1825.

1 4

Forrest, Edwin to Eleanora Forrest and Rebecca Lauman Forrest., 1825.

1 5

Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1826-1835.

1 6

Forrest, Edwin and James Lawson to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1836.

1 7

Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1837-1844.

1 8

Forrest, Edwin to Henrietta Forrest, 1862-1863.

1 9

Forrest, Edwin to Eleanora Forrest, 1864-1866.

1 10

Forrest, Edwin to Caroline Forrest, 1864.

1 11

Forrest, Edwin to ?, undated.

1 12

Forrest, William L. (brother) and William Forrest (father) to Lorman Forrest, 1818.

1 13

Forrest, William L. (son) to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1829.

1 14

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II.  Forrest-Lawson Correspondence.

Series Description

Correspondence from Edwin, Catharine, and Eleanora Forrest to James Lawson. Some newspaper clippings are enclosed.

Box Folder

Dinner for Edwin Forrest card, 1834.

2 15

Evening Post articles, 1846, undated.

2 16

Forrest, Catharine to James Lawson, 1844, undated.

2 17

Forrest, Edwin to James Lawson, 1831-1872, undated.

2 18-25

Forrest, Eleanora to James Lawson, 1870.

2 26

New York Historical Society, 1858 June 22.

2 27

Philadelphia Inquirer article, undated.

2 28

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III.  Correspondence to Edwin Forrest.

Series Description

General correspondence to Edwin Forrest from acquaintances, friends and fans.

A.  A-G.

Box Folder

Abel, Peter E. and Edwin Forrest, 1869-1971.

3 29

"An Old Albanion" to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 1.

3 30

Backus, Charles to Edwin Forrest, undated.

3 31

Backus, Estep & Burke to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 8.

3 32

Barnum, P. T. to Fritz (William) Winter, 1860 December 6.

3 33

Bartlett, William E. to Edwin Forrest, 1871-1872.

3 34

Bird, Frederic M. and Edwin Forrest, 1869.

3 35

Birkey, S. A. to Edwin Forrest, 1857.

3 36

Brady, James T. and Edwin Forrest., 1864-1868.

3 37

Brady, Mathew B., circa 1862.

3 38

Broadway Theatre, New York. Accounts, 1851-1857.

3 39

Burden, Jesse R. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 16.

3 40

Calverly, Charles to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 26.

3 41

Campbell, Q. to Edwin Forrest, 1849 August 22.

3 42

Capeu? to Edwin Forrest, 1855-1860.

3 43

"Celia" to Edwin Forrest, 1852.

3 44

Chaffe, Mrs. E. M. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 27.

3 45

Chapman, John S. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 November 18.

3 46

Conrad, Robert Taylor to Edwin Forrest, 1849 June 25.

3 47

Cooley, Aaron to Edwin Forrest, undated.

3 48
Cormack, R. to Junius Brutus Booth, 1828 December 4.

Item is in oversize.

3 49

Dana, Mr. to Edwin Forrest, 1856 March 12. .

3 50

De Silver, Katie to Edwin Forrest, 1861-1864.

3 51

Dix, John A. to Edwin Forrest, 1861 January 8

Dodge, J. Smith to Edwin Forrest, 1848 August 19.

3 52
Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest, 1864-1871.

One item is in oversize: Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest. Rights of a dramatic composer, Act of Apr. 18, 1856.

3 53-54

Dufrene, T. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1863.

3 55

Edwin Forrest Dramatic Club to Edwin Forrest, 1867 April 10. .

3 56

Ellen to ?, undated.

3 57

Evans, T. C. to Edwin Forrest, undated. .

3 58

Finch, Mrs. C. A. to Edwin Forrest, undated.

3 59

Fisher, Charles J. B. to Andrew Stevens, 1869 August 9. .

3 60

Ford, John T. to Edwin Forrest, 1865, undated.

3 61

Forney, John W. to Edwin Forrest, 1871 January 17.

3 62

Forrest, Ed. to John J. Adair, 1867 April 20.

3 63

Forrest, Edwin to H. DuBois, 1861 December 22.

3 64

Forrest, Edwin to Charles Havens, 1864 May 15.

3 65

Forrest, Edwin to Richard Griffin & Co., Publishers, 1860.

3 66

Forrest, Edwin to John Selwyn, 1872 October 29.

3 67

Forrest, Edwin to John Van Buren, 1865 June 12.

3 68

Forrest, Edwin to Fitz. W. Winter, 1855 December 15.

3 69

Fuller, George F. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 March 26.

3 70

Furness, Horace Howard to Daniel Dougherty, 1870 March 5.

3 71

Goodman, C. R. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 October 23.

3 72

Greene, C. E. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 December 14.

3 73

Gutekunst, F. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 September.

3 74

B.  H-W (and unidentified).

Box Folder

H., A. C. to Edwin Forrest, undated.

4 75

Harrison, J. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 December 17.

4 76

Hayard, E. H. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 January 27.

4 77

Houston, H. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 20.

4 78

Inghram, Virginia S. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 January 5.

4 79

James R. Osgood & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

4 80

K., L. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 October 18.

4 81

Kentish, Charles A. to Edwin Forrest, 1855 October 17.

4 82

"Kitty the Spinner" to Edwin Forrest, 1824 July 28.

4 83

L. to Edwin Forrest, 1870.

4 84

Laphore, J. L. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 March 29.

4 85

Lawrence, Philip to Edwin Forrest, 1869 November 13.

4 86
Lawson, James to Edwin Forrest, 1853-1872.

1 item in oversize

4 87-89

Lewis, Ellis to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 8.

4 90

McCabe, Thomas W. to W. Forbes, 1863 March 11.

4 91

McChain, Mary O. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 27.

4 92

McMakin, M. P. to Edwin Forrest, 1855-1870.

4 93-94

Magoon, E. L. to Edwin Forrest, 1851 September 25.

4 95

Many Friends to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 17.

4 96

Marguerittes, E. de to Edwin Forrest, 1853 March 14.

4 97

Maurice, W. H. to Edwin and Caroline Forrest, 1856, undated.

4 98
Mercantile Library Association of Boston and Edwin Forrest, 1871.

1 item in oversize.

4 99

Mertinelli, Isaac to Edwin Forrest, 1865 June 12.

4 100

Montalba, Anthony R. to Edwin Forrest, 1852-1855.

4 101

Montalba, Emeline to Edwin Forrest, 1854 June 20.

4 102

Morgan, Henry J. to Edwin Forrest, 1862 September 6.

4 103

New York Historical Society to James Lawson, 1858 June 22.

4 104

Norton, John S. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 27.

4 105

Oakes, James to Edwin Forrest, 1867-1869.

4 106

Pearson, Harris G. to Edwin Forrest, 1866 January 13

Philbrook, S. G., 1870 May 7.

4 107

Ream, Vinnie to Edwin Forrest, 1871 January 21.

4 108

Rees, James to Edwin Forrest, 1868-1870.

4 109

Schaffer, C. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1855 October 26.

4 110

Schmacle, William to Edwin Forrest, 1867-1868.

4 111

Shreve, Crump & Low to Edwin Forrest, 1872 April 8.

4 112

Slocum, Robert J. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 October 4.

4 113

Smith, S. S. to Edwin Forrest, 1850-1871.

4 114-115

Smith, S. S. to James Lawson, 1863 October 1.

4 116

Sutton, Samuel to Edwin Forrest, 1847 March 20.

4 117
Swindlehurst, Elizabeth (Miss Lillie) to Edwin Forrest, 1865.

1 item is in oversize.

4 118

Thompson, James J. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 28.

4 119

Thompson, Thomas Bangs to Edwin Forrest, undated.

4 120

Twain, Mark, undated.

4 121

Wallace, James L. to Edwin Forrest, 1856.

4 122

Ward, Townsend to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 26.

4 123

Wood, Matilda C. to Edwin Forrest, 1872 May 15.

4 124

unidentified, 1856.

4 125

unidentified, undated.

4 126

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IV.  Miscellanea: Forrest Family/Estates of Henrietta and Rebecca Lauman Forrest.

Series Description

Includes miscellaneous notes kept by Edwin Forrest, information dealing with the estates of his sisters and his mother, items belonging to his family, etc.

Box Folder

Bringhurst, Robert M. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 March 11.

5 127

Forrest, Edwin, 1834-1871.

5 128-135

Forrest sisters, 1837-1869, undated.

5 136

Forrest, Henrietta, 1871-1878.

5 137

Forrest, Rebecca Lauman, 1847-1876.

5 138-139

Forrest, William (father), undated. .

5 140

Young Men's Association for Mutual Improvement to William L. Forrest (son), 1834 January 1.

5 141

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V.  Artwork, Speeches, Tributes.

Series Description

Contains items having to do with various paintings and sculptures of Forrest, some speeches given by Forrest on public occasions, information pertaining to William Alger's book, The Life of Edwin Forrest, and some miscellanea pertaining to plays and performances.

Box Folder

Alger, William Rounseville, 1870-1874, undated.

6 142

Coriolanus statue, 1863-1865.

6 143

Coriolanus statue. A. A. Childs & Co., 1867-1868.

6 144

Forrest, Edwin: autograph requests, 1874-1875.

Forrest, Edwin, 1872-1873.

Newspaper clippings of articles placed by James Oakes, concerning the death of Edwin Forrest.

6 148

Forrest, Edwin: histrionic address, undated.

6 149
J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1874-1881.

1 leaf in oversize.

6 150

Macbeth title page, circa 1827.

6 151
Metamora epilogue with accompanying corrections, undated.

Item is in oversize.

6 152

New York. Park Theatre. Performances, 1817 February 22-June 13.

6 153

Oration (Democratic Republican Celebration), 1838 July 4.

6 154

Origin of the name Schuylkill, undated.

6 155

Speech, Edwin Forrest, circa 1860.

6 156

Timon, the Man-hater, 1864 January 27.

6 157

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VI.  Forrest's Libraries.

Series Description

Receipts for book purchases and translators. Lists of books owned by Forrest. Also contains information concerning the books destroyed in the fire in the library at the Broad Street Mansion, and the rebinding of books after the fire.

Box Folder

Bangs, Merwin & Co., 1861-1867.

7 158

Eugene Cummiskey, Publisher & Bookseller, 1868.

7 159

George Gebbie, Publisher, 1873.

7 160

King & Baird, 1869.

7 161

M. Thomas & Sons, Booksellers, 1858-1866.

7 162

Merighi, Caroline A., 1874.

7 163

Stump, John, 1874.

7 164

William Schaus, Printseller, 1860.

7 165

Appraisals, 1859-1874.

7 166

Book lists, 1866-1873.

7 167

Books rebound, 1873.

7 168

Books in safe, undated.

7 169

Letter removed from Forrest B 3883 815s re: history of the book, 1815 November 27.

7 170

Books destroyed in library fire, circa 1872.

7 171

Ducomb, John F. Bookbinder, 1873-1874.

7 172

Simon, P. F. Bookbinder, 1874.

7 173

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VII.  General Theatrical Fund. 1 box.

Series Description

Forrest was a trustee of this organization, which was set up to be an actor's social security fund. This series contains information on the fund and its activities.

Box Folder

Campbell, Quentin to Edwin Forrest, 1849.

8 174

Circular letter, 1849 July 21.

8 175

Forrest, Edwin, 1849, undated.

8 176

Greene, John to Edwin Forrest, undated.

8 177

Maywood, Robert Campbell to Andrew Stevens, 1850.

8 178

Regulations, 1829.

8 179

Swift, John, 1851.

8 180

Theatrical Fund Association of Philadelphia, 1838.

8 181

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VIII.  General Receipts/Taxes.

Series Description

Just as its title implies, this series consists of various receipts for money paid out by Forrest (or his lawyers on his behalf). Also included are items dealing with Forrest's annual taxes. (Items dealing with land taxes are filed within the series dealing with each particular piece of property.) Cancelled checks can also be found in this series.

Box Folder

Adams Express Company, 1868-1874.

9 182

Bank Notes, 1855-1860.

9 183

Bank of Orleans to Edwin Forrest, 1834.

9 184

Barr & Brother, 1867.

9 185

Brady, James L., 1859-1863.

9 186

Burr, E. W. Edwin Forrest in account with, 1851.

9 187

Camden & Amboy R. R., 1869.

9 188

Carriage receipts, 1867-1871.

9 189

Childs, George W., 1865.

9 190

Conlin, P. Edwin Forrest in account with, 1868.

9 191

Curtis, J. T., 1857.

9 192

D. C. & W. Pell, 1839.

9 193

E. Fougera, 1870.

9 194

E. W. Clarke & Dodge & Co., 1854.

9 195

Fagen, B., 1873.

9 196

Farmers' & Mechanics' Bank, 1865-1868.

9 197

Foster, George G., 1852-1853.

9 198

Frederick Haertrich, Baker, 1868.

9 199

Fulton National Bank, circa 1865.

9 200

Gillespie, S. F. B., 1870.

9 201

Goupil's, 1864.

9 202

Griffith, Patience, 1871.

9 203

Hardware receipts, 1870-1871, undated.

9 204

Hooper, Lewis & Co., 1878.

9 205

J. Knox, 1869.

9 206

J. W. Morrison, 1869.

9 207

Jay Cooke & Co., 1864-1873, undated.

9 208

List of Notes Paid Out, undated

Louisiana State Insurance Company of New Orleans, 1829 May 13.

9 209

McAllister & Brothers, Opticians, 1866.

9 210

Manufacturers & Merchants Bank, 1867.

9 211

Marley, D., 1854

Moore & Campion, 1867.

9 212

Niblo's Garden, 1863.

9 213

O'Connor, Maggie, 1873.

9 214

Schmock, William, 1866.

9 215

Southern Express Company, 187-.

9 216
Taxes, 1846-1870, undated.

1 item in oversize.

9 217-237

Weathered & Cherevon, 1847.

9 238

Woolman, James, 1866.

9 239

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IX.  Court Cases While Edwin Forrest Is Living/I.O.U.'s Owed to Forrest.

Series Description

The title of this series is self-explanatory. In some instances those who had outstanding I.O.U.'s found themselves involved in one of these court cases.

Box Folder

Allen, A. J., 1836.

10 240

Bell, J. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1849.

10 241

Brown, William Henry, 1859.

10 242

Burr, C. Channery, 1852.

10 243

Chapman, J. or T., 1833.

10 244

Edwin Forrest vs. Edwin Eddy, 1860 November 27.

10 245

Harrington, G. W., 1857.

10 246

Huey, Richard to James Oakes, 1870.

10 247

Johnstone, George, 1834.

10 248

Kunkel, George to Joseph McArdle, 1870.

10 249

Forrest vs. Lawler. Daniel Dougherty to Edwin Forrest, 1869 September 25.

10 250

Merritt, Henry W., 1852.

10 251

Forrest vs. the Ohio & Mississippi Rail, 1868.

10 252

Forrest vs. Shallcross, 1870-1873.

10 253

Smith, Thomas B. to R. Penn Smith, 1849.

10 254

Stevens, Andrew, 1850-1851.

10 255

Forrest claim against the estate of James S. Valentine, 1867.

10 256

Ward, James S., 1852.

10 257

Warren, Phillip, 1869.

10 258

W.C. Wetmore vs. Edwin Forrest, 1868-1869.

10 259

Forrest vs. Wheeler, 1861.

10 260

N. P. Willis vs. Edwin Forrest, 1852.

10 261

Edwin Forrest vs. N. P. Willis, 1859.

10 262

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X.  Forrest vs. Forrest.

Series Description

A few pieces of information concerning questioning in this case. Also included are various legal documents and lawyers' bills.

Box Folder

Assessment of Property Value, circa 1856.

11 263

City of New York to Reasnor, Andrew, Bartine Thomas, etc., 1852.

11 264

Forrest, Catharine N., circa 1851.

11 265

Forrest, Edwin, 1869 July 24.

11 266

Foster, George G. to John Van Buren, 1852, undated.

11 267

Graham, John to Edwin Forrest, 1869 July 29.

11 268

Ingersoll, Caroline, undated.

11 269

Levins, Catherine, undated.

11 270

McKee, Henry, 1851.

11 271

Memos, Forrest vs. Forrest, undated.

11 272

Petition, Forrest vs. Forrest, 1869 June 22.

11 273

Questions, Forrest vs. Forrest, undated.

11 274

Raymond, Samuel, undated.

11 275

Smith, Charles R., 1850.

11 276

Taylor, John J. to James Lawson, 1851 April 17.

11 277

Trial notes, undated.

11 278

Van Buren, John, 1852-1865.

11 279

Willis, N. P., undated.

11 280

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XI.  Forrest vs. Maurice.

Series Description

This relatively unknown case involved William H. Maurice, who handled some of the business details of Forrest's life while Forrest was away from Philadelphia. It appears that Maurice fell behind in payments on a house, the mortgage of which was in For rest's name. Some very questionable banking practices on Maurice's part prompted the Bank of Commerce to sue Edwin Forrest and Forrest in turn to sue Maurice. Thus this series contains information on both cases.

Box Folder

Amounts in account with Forrest vs. Maurice, 1860.

12 281

Auditor's report, 1860-1861.

12 282

Brenton, John F., undated.

12 283

Brief of Title of premises owned by Robert Comly, 1847.

12 284

Decision, Forrest vs. Maurice, undated.

12 285

Dougherty, Daniel to Samuel C. Perkins, 1862.

12 286

Forrest, Edwin to W. H. Maurice, 1857 March 26.

12 287

Forrest, Edwin to Daniel Dougherty, 1860-1861.

12 288

Judgments pertaining to Forrest vs. Maurice, 1847-1862.

12 289

M. W. Baldwin & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1862.

12 290

McMahan, to Edwin Forrest, 1863.

12 291

Maurice, William H., 1851-1861.

12 292

Maurice, William H. Testimony, Bank of Commerce vs. Edwin Forrest, 1861-circa 1862.

12 293

Mortgage turned over to Forrest, 1860.

12 294

Oram, John F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1861.

12 295

Perkins, Sam C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1861-1862.

12 296

Receipts for money paid for house at 1512 Poplar St., 1860-1864, undated.

12 297

Sale of property to Maurice, 1860 December.

12 298

Settlement with John F. Oram. Popular St. property, 1867.

12 299

Special jurors, Bank of Commerce vs. Forrest, 1861-1862.

12 300

Summons, 1862 April 12.

12 301

Townsend, J. B. to Wm. H. Kern, 1860.

12 302

Trial notes, undated.

12 303

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XII.  Tour With McArdle/Final Reading Tour, 1866-1872.

Series Description

Details of the expenses of these tours were kept separately since McArdle acted as a professional manager on this trip. Contains expense account information, hotel bills, contracts with theaters, etc.

Box Folder

Aiken, Olympia to Joseph McArdle, 1867.

13 304

Boston Theatre contract, 1868.

13 305

Broadway Theatre contract and a/c, 1867.

12 306

Collins, G. T. to Joseph McArdle, 1866.

13 307

Continental Theater contract and a/c, 1867.

13 308

Fisher, F., 1869-1870.

13 309

Hotel bills, 1869-1871.

13 310

McArdle, Joseph, 1867-1872.

13 311

McArdle, Joseph, 1867-1872.

13 312

McCullough, John to James Oakes, undated.

13 313

Oakes, James to Jos. McArdle, 1874 June 4.

13 314

Shakespeare Readings, 1872.

13 315

Theatrical repairs, 1870.

13 316

Thompson, M. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

13 317

Tights and pantaloons, 1869-1870.

13 318

Valise repair, 1868-1870.

13 319

Walnut St. Theatre contract, 1867.

13 320

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XIII.  Springbrook.

Series Description

Contains information about the purchase, upkeep, and history of this property owned by Forrest, which in later years would become the site of the Edwin Forrest Home.

Box Folder

Baker, John R., 1869-1871.

14 321

Brookes, John, 1867-1870.

14 322

Cameron, J. D. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 June 8.

14 323

Castle, James H., 1865.

14 324

Cope, Caleb, 1857.

14 325
Deeds, 1865 October 19.

Items in oversize.

14 326
Enoch, John, 1867-1868.

Enoch, William included.

14 327

Gibbs, Josiah W., 1841.

14 328

Holme, George W., 1853.

14 329

Holme, James C., 1843-1846.

14 330

Holmes, John, 1843.

14 331

John T. Lewis & Bros., 1867.

14 332

Mason, Thomas, 1866 January 3.

14 333

Mitchell, E., 1866-1868, undated.

14 334
Mortgage given to Eleanora and Caroline by Edwin Forrest, 1866 March 31-1867.

Items in oversize.

14 335

Plans, lists, 1856, 1865, undated.

14 336

Plants, Seeds, Trees, 1853-1868, undated.

14 337

Poultry and vegetable receipts, 1866-1867, undated.

14 338

Springbrook, 1865-1871, undated.

14 339-341

Stuart, George H., 1865-1867.

14 342

Taxes, 1866-1870.

14 343

Thatcher, Samuel, 1867-1868.

14 344

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XIV.  Broad and Master House.

Series Description

This was Forrest's personal residence in Philadelphia throughout his later career. One wing of the mansion was constructed as a library and art gallery. This series contains information concerning the home's purchase, upkeep, and history, and also its sale after Forrest's death.

Box Folder

Allen, George W. and Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1880.

15 345

Archer, Pierce to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 July 2.

15 346

Bonson, Sterling to Edwin Forrest, 1863 August 5.

15 347

Cammel, Dr. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 348

Carman, Charles, 1867-1869.

15 349

Caspar Bott & Co., 1869.

15 350

Clark, W. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.

15 351

Davenport, E. L., Mrs. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 352

Department of Highways, Bridges and Sewers to Daniel Dougherty, 1875.

15 353

Dobbins, R. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 354

Dougherty, Daniel to William Allen Butler, 1876 February.

15 355

Elkins, George W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 356

Elvins & Brothers, 1872.

15 357

Esling, Mrs. L. Theo to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 358

Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1872.

15 359

Haworth, Richard W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 360

Hering, William H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 361

Hite, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 362

Hoffman, H. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 363

Huey, Samuel C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.

15 364

Insurance Company of North America, 1876.

15 365

James Oakes et al. vs. Jacob L. Senneff, 1877.

15 366

James, Bushrod W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 367

Job Bartlett & Sons, 1874.

15 368

Judkins, Rebecca E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 369

Law, Octavius A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 370

Lawson, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

15 371

Leake, S. F. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

15 372

Lukens & Montgomery, Conveyancers to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 373

M. Thomas & Sons, 1875.

15 374

McClure, R. C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

15 375

McLure, Mrs. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 376

Macool, Anna to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

15 377

Marriner & Buckingham, 1873.

15 378

Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

15 379

Peake, S. F. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

15 380

Peterson, T. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1877.

15 381

Philadelphia Gas Works, 1858.

15 382

Quigg, J. Travis, 1875-1876.

15 383

Rhoads, Charles to J. W. Louder, 1863.

15 384

Spering, Joshua to Edwin Forrest, 1863.

15 385

Thomas, H. Dillon, 1872.

15 386

Weatherly, David to Edwin Forrest, 1857.

15 387

Auctions, Broad St. House, 1873-1875.

15 388

Brief of Title, Farmers and Mechanics Land & Building Association, 1855.

15 389

Deed, 1863 July 16.

15 390

Note, Broad St. House, undated.

15 391

Removal of Furniture. Daniel Dougherty and John A. Stewart, 1876.

15 392

Sale, Broad and Master House, 1876, undated.

15 393

School of Design. Purchase of Broad and Master house, 1880.

15 394

Searches against the Farmers and Mechanics Land & Building Association, 1863-1864.

15 395

Searches against Edward Gratz, et al, 1853.

15 396

Settlement of Purchase by Forrest, 1855.

15 397

Taxes, 1853-1876.

15 398

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XV.  New York Property.

Series Description

Forrest owned several pieces of property in the state of New York, most of which was later sold to pay money owed to Catharine Forrest. This series contains information on the purchase of the various properties, their upkeep, and histories, and on the design of Fonthill, Forrest's castle on the Hudson River.

Box Folder

Academy of Mt. St. Vincent, 1861-1869, undated.

16 399

Bignale, David, 1867.

16 400

Chelsea houses, 1856.

16 401

Duffy, Phillip. A/C, Thompson St. Property, 1868-1871.

16 402

Edwin Forrest in account with the estate of James L. Valentine, 1865-1868.

16 403

Graham, John, 1868-1871.

16 404

King, M. W., 1844.

16 405

McArdle, Joseph. In account with Edwin Forrest, 1868-1872.

16 406

Martin & Cusack, 1866.

16 407

Misc. receipts for labor, etc., 1849-1871, undated.

16 408

Mortgages, 1856.

16 409

New York Board of Fire Underwriters, 1871.

16 410

Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 December 30.

16 411

Plan of lots on Thompson St., New York, 1862, undated.

16 412

Rohrs, Henry, 1866.

16 413

Seely, Lyman, 1861.

16 414

Sheriff's Office, Westchester County, New York, 1865.

16 415

Smith, Thomas, 1867.

16 416

Taxes, 1851-1879.

16 417-418

Valentine, James L., 1852-1865.

16 419

Williams, J. Henry, 1865-1866.

16 420

Yonkers Rapid Transit Railway Company, 1881.

16 421

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XVI.  Michigan Property.

Series Description

Forrest developed a friendship with George Goodman of western Michigan, who seems to have invested in a good deal of property there. He encouraged Forrest to buy a substantial amount of property in the state, which it seems Forrest never improved and subsequently sold. A small portion of this land may have been willed to the Forrest Home.

Box Folder

Booker, Frederick to Edwin Forrest, 1851 April 12.

17 422

Churchill, C. to Edwin Forrest, 1852 February 16.

17 423

Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest, 1862-1863.

17 424

Fish, Benjamin and Edwin Forrest, 1862-1871.

17 425

Fish, Benjamin to Daniel Dougherty, 1878-1881.

17 426

Forrest, Edwin to L. B. Mizner, 1856.

17 427

Forrest, Edwin and Havens, Godwin, Smith, etc., 1864.

17 428

Goodman, George, 1836-1848.

17 429

Harris, G. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1860 June 23.

17 430

Harris, Mr. "Received from Edwin Forrest by George Goodman" , 1829.

17 431

Hoes, P. S. to Edwin Forrest, 1847-1851.

17 432

Langley, J. L. to P. S. Hoes, 1848 February 10.

17 433

Lawson, James to A. S. Williams, 1843 April 17.

17 434

Lovell, Louis S. to Edwin Forrest, 1847 April 7.

17 435

Macy, George F. to Edwin Forrest, 1851 October 18.

17 436

Mizner, S. B., 1849-1863.

17 437

North American Land Agency to Edwin Forrest, 1838-1851.

17 438-440

Williams, Alpheus S., 1842-1848.

17 441

Deeds, 1842-1852.

17 442

Deed to Forrest Home of Land in Michigan.

17 443

Lists of land owned, taxes paid, etc., 1834-1863, undated.

17 444

Taxes, 1839-1880.

17 445

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XVII.  Land in Ohio and Kentucky.

Series Description

Forrest fell in love with this area on his early tours to Cincinnati and Lexington. He bought several acres situated in both states and named the area Forrest Hill. There seems to have been a residence in connection with this purchase and Forrest rented this out to various tenants through his agent in that area, S. S. Smith. Between the tenants' non-payment of rent and the taxes, the property was a constant source of financial concern for Forrest.

Box Folder

Devon, W. P. to S. S. Smith, 1881 May 30.

18 446

Dougherty, Daniel to S. S. Smith, 1874 May 6.

18 447

Goepper, M. Card, undated.

18 448

Ludlow, Israel L. to Edwin Forrest, 1839-1844.

18 449

Original cost of Covington and Cincinnati property, undated.

18 450

Smith, Edwin F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

18 451

Smith, S. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1864-1881, undated.

18 452-453

Taxes, Covington, Kentucky and Kenton County, 1866-1881.

18 454

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XVIII.  Smaller Properties, Bonds, and Investments.

Series Description

This series includes information concerning stock, bonds, and the smaller investments Forrest made, including a ship, The Edwin Forrest, and Philadelphia properties at Marston and Oxford streets and 144 N. 10th. St.

Box Folder

Arch St. Theatre to Edwin Forrest, 1838 December 15.

19 455
Bond returns/St. Louis Bonds, 1855-1864.

1 item is in oversize.

19 456

Booth, Junius Brutus, and Rosalie Booth, Release of Consent, property in Maryland, 1868.

19 457

Cincinnati Bonds, 1857.

19 458

Continental Hotel Company, 1865.

19 459
The Edwin Forrest (ship), 1853-1867.

1 l. in oversize.

19 460

Franklin Fire Insurance Company to Edwin Forrest, 1864-1872.

19 461

Investments of Edwin Forrest, 1869.

19 462

Marston and Oxford St. House, 1862-1880.

19 463

Stock, memos, undated.

19 464
Tenth St. Property, 1825-1855.

2 l. in oversize.

19 465

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XIX.  Estate of Edwin Forrest/Will of Edwin Forrest.

Series Description

Correspondence to and from the executors of Forrest's estate and those interested in purchases or having claims against the estate. Includes legal documents, lawyers' notes and various drafts of Edwin Forrest's will. Also included at the end of this series are the notebooks of Daniel Dougherty.

A.  Estate of Edwin Forrest.

1.  A-D.

Box Folder

Appraisal of Forrest's personal property, undated.

20 466

Austin, Obdyke & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1877.

20 467

Bernard, O. G. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

20 468

Board of Revision of Taxes to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

20 469

Bonds, selling of, 1875.

20 470

Boyer, H. H. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

20 471

Brady, J. Claim against the Estate, 1874.

20 472

Bullard, Lillie to Oakes and Dougherty, 1874-1875.

20 473

Butler, Stillman & Hubbard to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1881.

20 474

Butler, William Allen, 1876-1877.

20 475-477

Butler, William Allen to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1875, undated.

20 478

C. Myers, 1873.

20 479

Carr, Mrs. M. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

20 480

Dale & Meeser, undated.

20 481

Darling, Griswold & Co., 1875-1876.

20 482

Dos Passos, John R. to Daniel Dougherty, 1875-1882.

20 483

Dougherty, Daniel, 1874-1880, undated.

20 484-486

Dudley, Lt. W. H. M., undated.

20 487

2.  E-O.

Box Folder

Fairbanks, Fred P. to Dan. Dougherty, 1879.

21 488

Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1873-1876.

21 489

H. G. Haedrich & Son, 1874.

21 490

Hanson, E. Hunn and Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1876, undated.

21 491

Hays, Daniel J. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

21 492

Henry C. Goebel, 1873.

21 493

Herkness Bazaar, 1873.

21 494

Hooper & Lewis, Stationers, 1881.

21 495

Jewelry of the Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1875 December 21.

21 496

Job Bartlett & Sons., 1874.

21 497

Lawson, James, 1877-1878.

21 498

Machpelah Cemetary Society. /Memorandum of Securities, 1852 5 September, undated.

21 499

Morris, Wm. P. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

21 500

Nelson, William to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

21 501

Notes on correspondence of lawyers, Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1873-1875, undated.

21 502

Oakes, James vs. James Lawson and Daniel Dougherty, 1873.

21 503

Old St. Paul's Church. Flyer, circa 20th century.

21 504

Opinion of Council, Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1874 January 24.

21 505

Orphans Court for the City and County of Philadelphia, 1875.

21 506

3.  P-Z.

Box Folder

Peall, Rebecca M. Claim against the Estate, 1867-1874.

22 507

Plummer, Charles W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880 December 11.

21 508

Possible relatives of Forrest, 1880s.

22 509

Receipt of Trust, 1881.

22 510

Request for stenographer's minutes, undated.

22 511

Ridgeway, John J., auditor, 1875.

22 512

Savidge, Joseph to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

22 513

Smyth, Lindley to Daniel Dougherty, 1880 May 27.

22 514

W. Gallagher, 1872.

22 515

W. H. Savery, undated.

22 516

Wm. D. Rogers & Co., 1873-1874.

22 517

William F. Murphy's Sons, 1875-1877.

22 518

Wilson, J. W. to Oakes, Lawson, Dougherty, 1874 January 2.

22 519

Yerkes, W. H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1873.

22 520

Miscellaneous, circa 1858, circa 1874, undated.

22 521

B.  Will of Edwin Forrest. Notebooks of Daniel Dougherty.

Box Folder
Will of Edwin Forrest.

Codicil to 1844 will, will of 1850 with codicil of 1865, codicil of 1866.

22 522
Will of Edwin Forrest, 1866-1879.

Notes by Eli K. Price.

22 523
Will of Edwin Forrest, undated.

Outline for the plan of the Edwin Forrest Home.

22 524
Will of Edwin Forrest, 1873.


22 525
Dougherty, Daniel, undated.

Notebooks (notes on various litigation pertaining to the Estate).

22 526-527

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XX.  Catharine N. Forrest vs. The Estate of Edwin Forrest.

Series Description

Legal documents and correspondence concerning Mrs. Forrest's court battle against the estate.

Box Folder

Anthon, William Henry to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 January 16.

23 528

Forrest, Catharine N., 1874-1881.

23 529

Sedley, Henry, 1876.

23 530

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XXI.  William B. Forrest vs. The Edwin Forrest Home.

Series Description

After Forrest's death several people turned up who claimed to be relatives of Forrest and, therefore, to have a right to a share of his estate. The only one of these to successfully gain anything from the estate was William B. Forrest of Nova Scotia, who claimed to be a second cousin. James Oakes, one of the three executors of the estate, remembered that Forrest had spoken of an uncle in Scotland and rather than risk a court battle, the executors settled out of court for $16,000.

Box Folder

Cochran, Thomas to Daniel Dougherty, 1881 March 8.

24 531

De Forest & Weeks to Daniel Dougherty, 1877-1881, undated.

24 532-533

Dougherty, Daniel and Hunn Hanson, Edward Olmsted, 1881.

24 534

Hanson, E. Hunn to Daniel Dougherty, 1880-1881.

24 535

Hart, Charles H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

24 536

Olmstead, Ed. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

24 537

Price, Eli K. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

24 538

Townshend, John to R. W. De Forest, 1881.

24 539

Bond of Removal to U. S. Court, 1879.

24 540

Newspaper clippings, 1881.

24 541

Notes, 1881, undated.

24 542

Petition for Removal to U.S. Circuit Court, 1879.

24 543

Points opposing motion to remand, undated.

24 544

Suit, 1880.

24 545

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XXII.  James Oakes Correspondence.

Series Description

Letters from James Oakes to Daniel Dougherty. Included are a few letters to others. All have to do in the main with the estate of Edwin Forrest.

Box Folder

Brown, Henry A. to James Oakes, 1874 December 29.

25 546

Oakes, James to William Allen Butler, 1874.

25 547

Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1873-1878, undated.

25 548-553

Oakes, James to Edwin Forrest Club, 1874 July 14.

25 554

Oakes, James to James Lawson, 1874.

25 555

Title page, "Barnum's Baby Show" autographed by Francis J. Nicholls to James Oakes, undated.

25 556

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XXIII.  The Edwin Forrest Home.

Series Description

The series contains correspondence concerning the set-up of the home itself, choosing of the staff, and selecting qualified residents. Correspondence between Daniel Dougherty and the trustees and manager of the home is also to be found here as well as a number of legal documents and lists of expenditures concerning the home.

Box Folder

A.C. Brown & Co., 1876.

26 557

Barrett, Laurence to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

26 558

Bascombe, Henry L. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 559

Bryan, W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 560

Canton, Rachel to Daniel Dougherty and James Oakes, 1877-1881, undated.

26 561

Cards of members of the Forrest Home, 1896, undated.

26 562

Castle, James H. to James Oakes, 1874.

26 563

Chickering, C. F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878-1879.

26 564

Cline, John, 1880-1881.

26 565

Cook's ledger, 1876.

26 566

Corri, Henri, 1880-1881, undated.

26 567

Davidge, William, 1879.

26 568

Deed, Edwin Forrest Home, 1878.

26 569

Dougherty, Daniel, 1879-1881.

26 570

Ferguson, Joseph C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.

26 571

Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1885-1891.

26 572

Fitler, Edwin H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1881, undated.

26 573

Forney, John W. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

26 574

Garsed, H. E. to Samuel L. Sharp, 1893.

26 575

Gemmill, William D. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

26 576

Gilbert, Helen mar to Executive Committee of the Board of Managers of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.

26 577

Gould, Mary, 1880-1881.

26 578

Government of the Edwin Forrest Home, 1931.

26 579

H. G. Parker, 1876-1878.

26 580

Harrison, W. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 581

Hopkins, E. M. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 582

Incorporation of the Edwin Forrest Home, 1873-1874.

26 583

Investments of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.

26 584

Little, Amos R. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1881.

26 585

McCoy, A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

26 586

McDonough, John E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

26 587

Maeder, Fred S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

26 588

Michener, J. H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

26 589

Mickels, Mary Ann to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 590

Neel, John W., 1880.

26 591

Newton, A. Edward to Mrs. Gehri, 1928.

26 592
North Cedar Hill Cemetary, 1885-1887, undated.

1 item oversize.

26 593

Notes re: Edwin Forrest Home, undated.

26 594

Opening, Organization of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.

26 595

Peale, J. Burd to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1880.

26 596

Penn National Bank, 1891-1897.

26 597

Quigg, J. Travis to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

26 598

Richardson, Charles to Dan. Dougherty, 1878.

26 599

Ritter, J. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.

26 600

Rue, A. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

26 601

Shallcross, Thomas to Dan. Dougherty, 1874.

26 602

Stokely, William S. (Mayor of Philadelphia) to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

26 603

Stokes, Sam E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.

26 604

Stover, Lewis to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.

26 605

Times to Daniel Dougherty, undated.

26 606

Turner, B. W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.

26 607

Wilkinson, R. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1881.

26 608

Williams, J. Henry, 1879.

26 609

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XXIV.  Plays Copied Out.

Series Description

This series includes manuscript prompt copies of several plays which won first place in Forrest's playwriting competition: Aylmere (Jack Cade); Oralloossa; and  The Broker of Bogota. Also included with this group is a copy of the part of Metamora copied out for Edwin Forrest. In addition, this series contains a holograph copy of Act I, Scene 2 of  Richelieu, in the hand of Edwin Forrest. This last piece was purchased separately by the University of Pennsylvania.

Box Folder
Forrest, Edwin, A Tale of the Crusade: A Tragedy in Five Acts.

Holograph, 162/163 pages.

27 610
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, Werner, 1788-1824.

Printed copy interleaved with pages of ms. notes.

27 611
Conrad, Robert Taylor, Aylmere, or the Kentish Rebellion, 1810-1858.

Ms. prompt copies of the five acts of the play, for Edwin Forrest. Second copy: includes acts 3, 4, 5 only.

27 612-617
Bird, Robert Montgomery, The Broker of Bogata.

Ms. prompt copies of the 5 acts written out for Forrest.

27 618-622
Stone, John Augustus, Metamora.

—the part of Metamora only, copied out for Forrest.

27 623-624
Bird, Robert Montgomery, Oralloossa.

—the part of Oralloossa only, copied out for Edwin Forrest.

27 625
Bird, Robert Montgomery, Oralloossa.

Ms. prompt copies of the five acts written out for Edwin Forrest.

27 626-630
Richelieu, Act I, Scene 2, 1839.

Holograph copy in the hand of Edwin Forest.

27 631

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XXV.  Oversize.

Series Description

Oversize items belonging under the various series already mentioned are stored in this box. Oversize materials in each series have been so marked on the finding aid to the collection. Also included in this series are miscellaneous oversize materials, which have been noted on the finding aid and arranged at the end of this series.

Box Folder
American Bibliopolist, 1872 December.

Memorial to Edwin Forrest.

28 632
The Cincinnati Commercial, 1872 December 13.

Obituary of Edwin Forrest.

28 633
The Evening Programme. Forrest performances of Lear, Macbeth, Jack Cade and Hamlet, 1870 September 20

 /Brooklyn Daily Programme, 1870 September 30.

Forrest as Gladiator.

28 634

New York Daily Tribune.  "President Buchanan's Defense" , 1865 December 16.

28 635

The Philadelphian.  "Mr. Edwin Forrest as Hamlet" , 1858 July 10.

28 636

Newspaper editorial. Signed G.P.E. re: The Civil War, 1864 December 8.

28 637

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Department of Labor and Industry. Bureau of Worman's Compensation, 1924.

28 638

Phrenological Chart, undated.

28 639

Plan of the Parlours, undated.

28 640

Playbill, Neafie as Jack Cade, circa 1865.

28 641

Proclamation. Mayor's Office re: Astor Place riot, 1849 May 11.

28 642

An Addendal to the Alphabetical List of Pieces MSS and Printed, 1846 June 13.

28 643

Eighteenth Report of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, 1871.

28 644

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XXVI.  Book Manuscripts Relating to the Life of Forrest.

Series Description

The manuscripts included are: Alger, William. The Life of Edwin Forrest (incomplete);  Catharine N. Forrest v. Edwin Forrest; Harrison, Gabriel.  Edwin Forrest. The Actor and the Man; Reminiscences of the Early Days of Edwin Forrest; Taylor, James.  Book of Clippings presented to the Edwin Forrest Home.

Box Folder
Alger, William.

Manuscript of The Life of Edwin Forrest (incomplete).


Catharine N. Forrest, respondent, against Edwin Forrest, appellant. Case.


Harrison, Gabriel. Edwin Forrest. The Actor and the Man. Brooklyn, 1889.


Reminiscences of the Early Days of Edwin Forrest.

Taylor, James. Book of clippings presented to the Edwin Forrest Home, 1900.

Newspaper clippings spanning a great portion of the events of the life of Forrest.


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XXVII.  Scrapbooks.

Series Description

Various scrapbooks owned by Forrest and kept by the Forrest Home. Included in these scrapbooks are newspaper clippings; Shakespearian scraps; books of caricatures; calling cards; and publicity photos of actors and actresses.

Box Folder

No. 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1853-1856

No. 2: Programmes, Clippings, 1864.


No. 3: Shakespearean and other scraps, 1860-1865.


No. 4: Newspaper Criticisms, 1867-1868

No. 5: Criticisms-Readings, 1868-1869.


No. 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1869-1870.


No. 7: Clippings—Stratford on Avon, 1869-1871.


No. 8: Clippings, 1874

No. 9: Clippings, 1865-1866.


No. 10: Programmes & Notices, 1864-1865.


No. 11: Clippings and Caricatures, 1862.


Album containing a play in manuscript. Alp the Renegade, or the Fall of Corinth. Newspaper clippings—The Doty Case, 1852-1853.


Actors autographs (Scrapbook 6), undated.


Pensez à moi—memory book, undated.


Photos and engravings of actors and actresses; Civil War officers, political leaders, and cartoons; historical persons; and writers and musicians (some unidentified photographs included).

44 1-7

Card scrapbook. Curious Theatrical Caricatures (Scrapbook 4).


Caricaturists Scrapbook (Forrest pfH3517.840c).


Views in Italy (Scrapbook 2)

Portraits, English & Foreign (Scrapbook 3).


Life of Oliver Cromwell (Scrapbook 10).


Histrionic Scrapbook (theatres, actors—newspaper clippings).


Histrionic Scraps, 1827.


New York Evening Post, 1834.


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XXVIII.  Library Catalogues.

Series Description

Catalogues of the library at the Edwin Forrest Home.

Box Folder

Anonymous, Catalogue of Library (Mitten), undated.


Catalogue, Library of the Edwin Forrest Home, Spring Brook. Richard Penistan, Librarian, 1888-1893.


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XXIX.  Account Books.

Series Description

Forrest's own financial account books, plus some of those belonging to his family; receipts of nights at various theaters; cash books; bank books.

Box Folder
Account Books.

* Forrest Family, 1794-1829 [Forrest F7703 794 r.]

* Forrest Family, 1820-1858 [Forrest F7703 820 r.]

* Edwin Forrest, 1831-1861 [Forrest F7703 831 r.]

* Edwin Forrest, 1839-1841 [Forrest F7703 839 r.]

Account Books.

* Baltimore, New York engagements, 1827

* List of Plays for prize offered by Forrest

* Speech delivered 1853

* William Forrest deed to his sisters, 1850

* Engagements, 1836-1841


Accounts, 1837-1839.

Account Books.

* Receipt of Nights, 1840-1842

* Receipts, 1846-1864

* Receipt Book, 1847-1849

* Bank Book, Mechanics' Bank of the City of New York with Edwin Forrest. 1862-1865

* Bank Book, Farmers' & Mechanics' National Bank with Eleanora Forrest. 1866-1868

* Bank Book, Manufacturers & Merchants Bank with Joseph McArdle, 1867

* Account Book, Philadelphia Theatrical Fund, 1830

* Account Book, 1825-1826

* Account Book, 1827-1829


Copy of letters sent to and from Forrest, 1841-1843

List of property in Michigan, 1858.

Account Books.

* Accounts, Fonthill, 1847-1850

* Farm Accounts, 1854-1856

* Farm Accounts and Inventory, 1854-1856

* Cash Book, 1856

* Receipts and Expenditures, 1861-1862


Account Book, 1861-1862.


Receipts of the House, 1862-1863.


Receipts of the House, 1865-1866.


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XXX.  Notebooks, Diaries, Photos, etc.

Series Description

Many of the diaries included here were begun but have very few entries in them. Included is an address book; a Geography notebook; an actors' photo album; miscellaneous photos and calling cards; name plates for Forrest's sisters; and miscellaneous pieces used for writing.

Box Folder
Diary, notebook, etc.

* Forrest Diaries, 1857, 1869-1872

* Miscellaneous notebooks

* Address book

Diary and notebook.

* Diary of Trieste, 1835 April 21 [Forrest F7703 835 d]

* Geography, notebook [Forrest F7703 816 g]


Actor's Photo Album [Forrest Folio A100 900p].


* Miscellaneous photos and calling cards

* Name plates--Caroline, Henrietta, Eleanora Forrest

* Silver plate with inscription

* Ivory piece


Leather case.


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XXXI.  Playbills.

Series Description

Playbills of Forrest's performances and others'. Both bound and unbound playbills are stored in this series.

Box Folder




Boston, 1848-1858.


Boston, 1848-1865

New York, 1850-1861.






Philadelphia Academy of Music, 1861-1862

, 1862-1864.






1869-1870, undated.


Unbound, 1870.


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