Edwin Forrest Letters to James Oakes
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Overview and metadata sections
Edwin Forrest was an American actor.
The collection consists of 178 letters by Forrest to his friend James Oakes. The letters are posted from Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and other cities, and discuss personal and theatrical matters. One letter of 1849 concerns the Astor Place riot in New York, caused by the rivalrly between Forrest and the English actor William Macready. There is one letter (1869) by James Oakes to Forrest.
The letters are arranged chronologically.
Purchased from John Francis Myers (AM16059).
Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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