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    John T. Ford, Owner and Manager of Ford's Theatre, Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages, 5" x 8", Baltimore, June 28 , 1858, to his stage manager, [John B.] Wright. A fine letter about theatrical matters, briefly mentioning [Joseph] Jefferson and E.L. Davenport, the Arch Street theatre, his "corps de ballet", and Miss Devlin (presumably Mary Devlin, who became the beloved first wife of Edwin Booth). He approves upping the salary of his "proficient and attentive" prompter, Mr. Marshall, and opines that actors should show due "deference to the stage manager, making him the best judge of the character that suits the person." He remarks on planned productions of "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and discusses a prospective player: "Spackman I do not care about, he is very extravagant (western) and in serious parts frequently provokes laughter, but he's an immense study and is willing..." In addition to managing Ford's Theatre, he occasionally served as booking agent for John Wilkes Booth. Very clean and in near fine condition, save a light trace of text ghosting to interior pages.

    Together with a second John T. Ford ALS to Wright, one page, 4" x 6.25", "Holliday St Theatre, Baltimore", May 25, 1858, asking for a reply to a letter written. With a small mounting trace on verso and lightly soiled.

    Provenance:
    Fostell; Charles Hamilton Galleries, New York, 31 July 1969.


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