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    [Junius Brutus Booth] Broadside Headed in Large Type "LION THEATRE. / SECOND NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC!" Signed in type by "Wm. Barrymore, / Stage Manager." Single sheet, 11.25" x 10", Boston, May 19, 1836.

    Junius Brutus Booth, whose eccentric life was speckled with controversies, is shown here involved in yet another one, the circumstances of which have never been discovered. Barrymore, the issuer, was English-born and an actor and manager of some repute; his surname was adopted and immortalized by the American acting family. In the present broadside he informs the public, "to allay unnecessary excitement", that "the prosecution of Mr. Booth for $3,000 damages, was instantly met by a spirited number of friends, and good and substantial bail promptly tendered. The merits of the case will be submitted to...the decision of an impartial jury. In the mean time Mr. Booth, free from all the perplexities that have surrounded him, will have an opportunity of exercising those transcendent talents which he so eminently possesses." Lightly soiled with some surface creasing, matted to an overall size of 14" x 11.5".

    All that is known of this matter is that the plaintiff was Thomas Barry, a well-respected stage manager at the Park Theatre in New York, who had come to work in Boston a few years previously. Booth's biographer posits that the problem was an "internal dispute". This broadside was likely printed in the shop of the Boston Post, which the following day ran in its columns an advertisement for Booth's appearance in "Richard III", to which was appended this very same "notice to the public." Believed to be unique. A wonderful piece of theatrical ephemera, not least for linking the greatest of the Booths with the original "Barrymore".


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