DescriptionHenry Ward Beecher Autograph Manuscript Signed. Twenty pages, 5" x 8", March 30, 1884, "Brooklyn N.Y./ U.S.A." The text of the manuscript is a sermon outline based on the New Testament verse Matthew 4:19 and delivered during the morning service on January 27, 1884. On the first page of the outline, Beecher has written, "The foregoing point represents the sermon or delivenc [sic] and the M.S.S. following, the sketch on notes which served as a plan./ Henry Ward Beecher." At the conclusion of the manuscript, Beecher has written, "For Miss Ellen Terry" and has signed his name again. The manuscript is tipped-in at the end of the book, The Pulpit of To-Day, written by Beecher. The book, with no publishing information, is bound in gilt stamped red leather (lightly worn) with an Ellen Terry bookplate. On the front free endpaper of the book is written, "From your loving friend/ Katherine[?] Beecher./ March 29th, 1884/ Brooklyn/ N.Y." Following this, actress Ellen Terry has written in pencil, "Ellen Terry/ from the sweet lady Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher my true & most loving friend - E. T."
Ellen Terry (1847-1928) was an English actress most known for her portrayal of Shakespearean characters while working in Henry Irving's company of actors. Preacher and social reformer Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), a fan of Irving's acting company, became acquainted with Terry during the company's visit to the United States in the early 1880s. Book and manuscript are fine.
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