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Edwin Forrest collection


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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.

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  1. Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872

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.

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.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Julie A. Reahard
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Series Description

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

Forrest, Catharine (Mrs. Edwin) to Henrietta Forrest, circa 1842.
Box 1 Folder 1
Forrest, Edwin to William L. Forrest (brother), 1822.
Box 1 Folder 2-3
General Physical Description note

no content

Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1824-1825.
Box 1 Folder 4
Forrest, Edwin to Eleanora Forrest and Rebecca Lauman Forrest., 1825.
Box 1 Folder 5
Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1826-1835.
Box 1 Folder 6
Forrest, Edwin and James Lawson to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1836.
Box 1 Folder 7
Forrest, Edwin to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1837-1844.
Box 1 Folder 8
Forrest, Edwin to Henrietta Forrest, 1862-1863.
Box 1 Folder 9
Forrest, Edwin to Eleanora Forrest, 1864-1866.
Box 1 Folder 10
Forrest, Edwin to Caroline Forrest, 1864.
Box 1 Folder 11
Forrest, Edwin to ?, undated.
Box 1 Folder 12
Forrest, William L. (brother) and William Forrest (father) to Lorman Forrest, 1818.
Box 1 Folder 13
Forrest, William L. (son) to Rebecca Lauman Forrest, 1829.
Box 1 Folder 14

Series Description

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

Dinner for Edwin Forrest card, 1834.
Box 2 Folder 15
Evening Post articles, 1846, undated.
Box 2 Folder 16
Forrest, Catharine to James Lawson, 1844, undated.
Box 2 Folder 17
Forrest, Edwin to James Lawson, 1831-1872, undated.
Box 2 Folder 18-25
Forrest, Eleanora to James Lawson, 1870.
Box 2 Folder 26
New York Historical Society, 1858 June 22.
Box 2 Folder 27
Philadelphia Inquirer article, undated.
Box 2 Folder 28

Series Description

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

Abel, Peter E. and Edwin Forrest, 1869-1971.
Box 3 Folder 29
"An Old Albanion" to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 1.
Box 3 Folder 30
Backus, Charles to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 3 Folder 31
Backus, Estep & Burke to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 8.
Box 3 Folder 32
Barnum, P. T. to Fritz (William) Winter, 1860 December 6.
Box 3 Folder 33
Bartlett, William E. to Edwin Forrest, 1871-1872.
Box 3 Folder 34
Bird, Frederic M. and Edwin Forrest, 1869.
Box 3 Folder 35
Birkey, S. A. to Edwin Forrest, 1857.
Box 3 Folder 36
Brady, James T. and Edwin Forrest., 1864-1868.
Box 3 Folder 37
Brady, Mathew B., circa 1862.
Box 3 Folder 38
Broadway Theatre, New York. Accounts, 1851-1857.
Box 3 Folder 39
Burden, Jesse R. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 16.
Box 3 Folder 40
Calverly, Charles to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 26.
Box 3 Folder 41
Campbell, Q. to Edwin Forrest, 1849 August 22.
Box 3 Folder 42
Capeu? to Edwin Forrest, 1855-1860.
Box 3 Folder 43
"Celia" to Edwin Forrest, 1852.
Box 3 Folder 44
Chaffe, Mrs. E. M. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 27.
Box 3 Folder 45
Chapman, John S. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 November 18.
Box 3 Folder 46
Conrad, Robert Taylor to Edwin Forrest, 1849 June 25.
Box 3 Folder 47
Cooley, Aaron to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 3 Folder 48
Cormack, R. to Junius Brutus Booth (item is in Oversize), 1828 December 4.
Box 3 Folder 49
Dana, Mr. to Edwin Forrest, 1856 March 12.
Box 3 Folder 50
General Physical Description note

no content

De Silver, Katie to Edwin Forrest, 1861-1864.
Box 3 Folder 51
Dix, John A. to Edwin Forrest, 1861 January 8
Dodge, J. Smith to Edwin Forrest, 1848 August 19.
Box 3 Folder 52
Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest (One item is in Oversize: Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest. Rights of a dramatic composer, Act of Apr. 18, 1856., 1864-1871.
Box 3 Folder 53-54
Dufrene, T. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1863.
Box 3 Folder 55
Edwin Forrest Dramatic Club to Edwin Forrest, 1867 April 10.
Box 3 Folder 56
General Physical Description note

no content

Ellen to ?, undated.
Box 3 Folder 57
Evans, T. C. to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 3 Folder 58
General Physical Description note

no content

Finch, Mrs. C. A. to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 3 Folder 59
Fisher, Charles J. B. to Andrew Stevens, 1869 August 9.
Box 3 Folder 60
General Physical Description note

no content

Ford, John T. to Edwin Forrest, 1865, undated.
Box 3 Folder 61
Forney, John W. to Edwin Forrest, 1871 January 17.
Box 3 Folder 62
Forrest, Ed. to John J. Adair, 1867 April 20.
Box 3 Folder 63
Forrest, Edwin to H. DuBois, 1861 December 22.
Box 3 Folder 64
Forrest, Edwin to Charles Havens, 1864 May 15.
Box 3 Folder 65
Forrest, Edwin to Richard Griffin & Co., Publishers, 1860.
Box 3 Folder 66
Forrest, Edwin to John Selwyn, 1872 October 29.
Box 3 Folder 67
Forrest, Edwin to John Van Buren, 1865 June 12.
Box 3 Folder 68
Forrest, Edwin to Fitz. W. Winter, 1855 December 15.
Box 3 Folder 69
Fuller, George F. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 March 26.
Box 3 Folder 70
Furness, Horace Howard to Daniel Dougherty, 1870 March 5.
Box 3 Folder 71
Goodman, C. R. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 October 23.
Box 3 Folder 72
Greene, C. E. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 December 14.
Box 3 Folder 73
Gutekunst, F. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 September.
Box 3 Folder 74
H., A. C. to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 4 Folder 75
Harrison, J. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 December 17.
Box 4 Folder 76
Hayard, E. H. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 January 27.
Box 4 Folder 77
Houston, H. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 February 20.
Box 4 Folder 78
Inghram, Virginia S. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 January 5.
Box 4 Folder 79
James R. Osgood & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 4 Folder 80
K., L. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 October 18.
Box 4 Folder 81
Kentish, Charles A. to Edwin Forrest, 1855 October 17.
Box 4 Folder 82
"Kitty the Spinner" to Edwin Forrest, 1824 July 28.
Box 4 Folder 83
L. to Edwin Forrest, 1870.
Box 4 Folder 84
Laphore, J. L. to Edwin Forrest, 1867 March 29.
Box 4 Folder 85
Lawrence, Philip to Edwin Forrest, 1869 November 13.
Box 4 Folder 86
Lawson, James to Edwin Forrest (one item is in oversize), 1853-1872.
Box 4 Folder 87-89
Lewis, Ellis to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 8.
Box 4 Folder 90
McCabe, Thomas W. to W. Forbes, 1863 March 11.
Box 4 Folder 91
McChain, Mary O. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 27.
Box 4 Folder 92
McMakin, M. P. to Edwin Forrest, 1855-1870.
Box 4 Folder 93-94
Magoon, E. L. to Edwin Forrest, 1851 September 25.
Box 4 Folder 95
Many Friends to Edwin Forrest, 1870 March 17.
Box 4 Folder 96
Marguerittes, E. de to Edwin Forrest, 1853 March 14.
Box 4 Folder 97
Maurice, W. H. to Edwin and Caroline Forrest, 1856, undated.
Box 4 Folder 98
Mercantile Library Association of Boston and Edwin Forrest (one item in Oversized), 1871.
Box 4 Folder 99
Mertinelli, Isaac to Edwin Forrest, 1865 June 12.
Box 4 Folder 100
Montalba, Anthony R. to Edwin Forrest, 1852-1855.
Box 4 Folder 101
Montalba, Emeline to Edwin Forrest, 1854 June 20.
Box 4 Folder 102
Morgan, Henry J. to Edwin Forrest, 1862 September 6.
Box 4 Folder 103
New York Historical Society to James Lawson, 1858 June 22.
Box 4 Folder 104
Norton, John S. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 27.
Box 4 Folder 105
Oakes, James to Edwin Forrest, 1867-1869.
Box 4 Folder 106
Pearson, Harris G. to Edwin Forrest, 1866 January 13
Philbrook, S. G., 1870 May 7.
Box 4 Folder 107
Ream, Vinnie to Edwin Forrest, 1871 January 21.
Box 4 Folder 108
Rees, James to Edwin Forrest, 1868-1870.
Box 4 Folder 109
Schaffer, C. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1855 October 26.
Box 4 Folder 110
Schmacle, William to Edwin Forrest, 1867-1868.
Box 4 Folder 111
Shreve, Crump & Low to Edwin Forrest, 1872 April 8.
Box 4 Folder 112
Slocum, Robert J. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 October 4.
Box 4 Folder 113
Smith, S. S. to Edwin Forrest, 1850-1871.
Box 4 Folder 114-115
Smith, S. S. to James Lawson, 1863 October 1.
Box 4 Folder 116
Sutton, Samuel to Edwin Forrest, 1847 March 20.
Box 4 Folder 117
Swindlehurst, Elizabeth (Miss Lillie) to Edwin Forrest (one item is in Oversize), 1865.
Box 4 Folder 118
Thompson, James J. to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 28.
Box 4 Folder 119
Thompson, Thomas Bangs to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 4 Folder 120
Twain, Mark, undated.
Box 4 Folder 121
Wallace, James L. to Edwin Forrest, 1856.
Box 4 Folder 122
Ward, Townsend to Edwin Forrest, 1870 September 26.
Box 4 Folder 123
Wood, Matilda C. to Edwin Forrest, 1872 May 15.
Box 4 Folder 124
unidentified, 1856.
Box 4 Folder 125
unidentified, undated.
Box 4 Folder 126

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.

Bringhurst, Robert M. to Edwin Forrest, 1869 March 11.
Box 5 Folder 127
Forrest, Edwin, 1834-1871.
Box 5 Folder 128-135
Forrest sisters, 1837-1869, undated.
Box 5 Folder 136
Forrest, Henrietta, 1871-1878.
Box 5 Folder 137
Forrest, Rebecca Lauman, 1847-1876.
Box 5 Folder 138-139
Forrest, William (father), undated.
Box 5 Folder 140
General Physical Description note

no content

Young Men's Association for Mutual Improvement to William L. Forrest (son), 1834 January 1.
Box 5 Folder 141

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.

Alger, William Rounseville, 1870-1874, undated.
Box 6 Folder 142
Coriolanus statue, 1863-1865.
Box 6 Folder 143
Coriolanus statue. A. A. Childs & Co., 1867-1868.
Box 6 Folder 144
Forrest, Edwin: autograph requests, 1874-1875.
Box 145-147
Forrest, Edwin, 1872-1873.
Box 6 Folder 148

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

Forrest, Edwin: histrionic address, undated.
Box 6 Folder 149
J. B. Lippincott & Co. (one leaf is in Oversize), 1874-1881.
Box 6 Folder 150
Macbeth title page, circa 1827.
Box 6 Folder 151
Metamora epilogue with accompanying corrections (Item is in oversize), undated.
Box 6 Folder 152
New York. Park Theatre. Performances, 1817 February 22-June 13.
Box 6 Folder 153
Oration (Democratic Republican Celebration), 1838 July 4.
Box 6 Folder 154
Origin of the name Schuylkill, undated.
Box 6 Folder 155
Speech, Edwin Forrest, circa 1860.
Box 6 Folder 156
Timon, the Man-hater, 1864 January 27.
Box 6 Folder 157

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.

Bangs, Merwin & Co., 1861-1867.
Box 7 Folder 158
Eugene Cummiskey, Publisher & Bookseller, 1868.
Box 7 Folder 159
George Gebbie, Publisher, 1873.
Box 7 Folder 160
King & Baird, 1869.
Box 7 Folder 161
M. Thomas & Sons, Booksellers, 1858-1866.
Box 7 Folder 162
Merighi, Caroline A., 1874.
Box 7 Folder 163
Stump, John, 1874.
Box 7 Folder 164
William Schaus, Printseller, 1860.
Box 7 Folder 165
Appraisals, 1859-1874.
Box 7 Folder 166
Book lists, 1866-1873.
Box 7 Folder 167
Books rebound, 1873.
Box 7 Folder 168
Books in safe, undated.
Box 7 Folder 169
Letter removed from Forrest B 3883 815s re: history of the book, 1815 November 27.
Box 7 Folder 170
Books destroyed in library fire, circa 1872.
Box 7 Folder 171
Ducomb, John F. Bookbinder, 1873-1874.
Box 7 Folder 172
Simon, P. F. Bookbinder, 1874.
Box 7 Folder 173

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.

Physical Description

1 box

Campbell, Quentin to Edwin Forrest, 1849.
Box 8 Folder 174
Circular letter, 1849 July 21.
Box 8 Folder 175
Forrest, Edwin, 1849, undated.
Box 8 Folder 176
Greene, John to Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 8 Folder 177
Maywood, Robert Campbell to Andrew Stevens, 1850.
Box 8 Folder 178
Regulations, 1829.
Box 8 Folder 179
Swift, John, 1851.
Box 8 Folder 180
Theatrical Fund Association of Philadelphia, 1838.
Box 8 Folder 181

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.

Adams Express Company, 1868-1874.
Box 9 Folder 182
Bank Notes, 1855-1860.
Box 9 Folder 183
Bank of Orleans to Edwin Forrest, 1834.
Box 9 Folder 184
Barr & Brother, 1867.
Box 9 Folder 185
Brady, James L., 1859-1863.
Box 9 Folder 186
Burr, E. W. Edwin Forrest in account with, 1851.
Box 9 Folder 187
Camden & Amboy R. R., 1869.
Box 9 Folder 188
Carriage receipts, 1867-1871.
Box 9 Folder 189
Childs, George W., 1865.
Box 9 Folder 190
Conlin, P. Edwin Forrest in account with, 1868.
Box 9 Folder 191
Curtis, J. T., 1857.
Box 9 Folder 192
D. C. & W. Pell, 1839.
Box 9 Folder 193
E. Fougera, 1870.
Box 9 Folder 194
E. W. Clarke & Dodge & Co., 1854.
Box 9 Folder 195
Fagen, B., 1873.
Box 9 Folder 196
Farmers' & Mechanics' Bank, 1865-1868.
Box 9 Folder 197
Foster, George G., 1852-1853.
Box 9 Folder 198
Frederick Haertrich, Baker, 1868.
Box 9 Folder 199
Fulton National Bank, circa 1865.
Box 9 Folder 200
Gillespie, S. F. B., 1870.
Box 9 Folder 201
Goupil's, 1864.
Box 9 Folder 202
Griffith, Patience, 1871.
Box 9 Folder 203
Hardware receipts, 1870-1871, undated.
Box 9 Folder 204
Hooper, Lewis & Co., 1878.
Box 9 Folder 205
J. Knox, 1869.
Box 9 Folder 206
J. W. Morrison, 1869.
Box 9 Folder 207
Jay Cooke & Co., 1864-1873, undated.
Box 9 Folder 208
List of Notes Paid Out, undated
Louisiana State Insurance Company of New Orleans, 1829 May 13.
Box 9 Folder 209
McAllister & Brothers, Opticians, 1866.
Box 9 Folder 210
Manufacturers & Merchants Bank, 1867.
Box 9 Folder 211
Marley, D., 1854
Moore & Campion, 1867.
Box 9 Folder 212
Niblo's Garden, 1863.
Box 9 Folder 213
O'Connor, Maggie, 1873.
Box 9 Folder 214
Schmock, William, 1866.
Box 9 Folder 215
Southern Express Company, 187-.
Box 9 Folder 216
Taxes (I item is in oversized), 1846-1870, undated.
Box 9 Folder 217-237
Weathered & Cherevon, 1847.
Box 9 Folder 238
Woolman, James, 1866.
Box 9 Folder 239

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.

Allen, A. J., 1836.
Box 10 Folder 240
Bell, J. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1849.
Box 10 Folder 241
Brown, William Henry, 1859.
Box 10 Folder 242
Burr, C. Channery, 1852.
Box 10 Folder 243
Chapman, J. or T., 1833.
Box 10 Folder 244
Edwin Forrest vs. Edwin Eddy, 1860 November 27.
Box 10 Folder 245
Harrington, G. W., 1857.
Box 10 Folder 246
Huey, Richard to James Oakes, 1870.
Box 10 Folder 247
Johnstone, George, 1834.
Box 10 Folder 248
Kunkel, George to Joseph McArdle, 1870.
Box 10 Folder 249
Forrest vs. Lawler. Daniel Dougherty to Edwin Forrest, 1869 September 25.
Box 10 Folder 250
Merritt, Henry W., 1852.
Box 10 Folder 251
Forrest vs. the Ohio & Mississippi Rail, 1868.
Box 10 Folder 252
Forrest vs. Shallcross, 1870-1873.
Box 10 Folder 253
Smith, Thomas B. to R. Penn Smith, 1849.
Box 10 Folder 254
Stevens, Andrew, 1850-1851.
Box 10 Folder 255
Forrest claim against the estate of James S. Valentine, 1867.
Box 10 Folder 256
Ward, James S., 1852.
Box 10 Folder 257
Warren, Phillip, 1869.
Box 10 Folder 258
W.C. Wetmore vs. Edwin Forrest, 1868-1869.
Box 10 Folder 259
Forrest vs. Wheeler, 1861.
Box 10 Folder 260
N. P. Willis vs. Edwin Forrest, 1852.
Box 10 Folder 261
Edwin Forrest vs. N. P. Willis, 1859.
Box 10 Folder 262

Series Description

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

Assessment of Property Value, circa 1856.
Box 11 Folder 263
City of New York to Reasnor, Andrew, Bartine Thomas, etc., 1852.
Box 11 Folder 264
Forrest, Catharine N., circa 1851.
Box 11 Folder 265
Forrest, Edwin, 1869 July 24.
Box 11 Folder 266
Foster, George G. to John Van Buren, 1852, undated.
Box 11 Folder 267
Graham, John to Edwin Forrest, 1869 July 29.
Box 11 Folder 268
Ingersoll, Caroline, undated.
Box 11 Folder 269
Levins, Catherine, undated.
Box 11 Folder 270
McKee, Henry, 1851.
Box 11 Folder 271
Memos, Forrest vs. Forrest, undated.
Box 11 Folder 272
Petition, Forrest vs. Forrest, 1869 June 22.
Box 11 Folder 273
Questions, Forrest vs. Forrest, undated.
Box 11 Folder 274
Raymond, Samuel, undated.
Box 11 Folder 275
Smith, Charles R., 1850.
Box 11 Folder 276
Taylor, John J. to James Lawson, 1851 April 17.
Box 11 Folder 277
Trial notes, undated.
Box 11 Folder 278
Van Buren, John, 1852-1865.
Box 11 Folder 279
Willis, N. P., undated.
Box 11 Folder 280

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.

Amounts in account with Forrest vs. Maurice, 1860.
Box 12 Folder 281
Auditor's report, 1860-1861.
Box 12 Folder 282
Brenton, John F., undated.
Box 12 Folder 283
Brief of Title of premises owned by Robert Comly, 1847.
Box 12 Folder 284
Decision, Forrest vs. Maurice, undated.
Box 12 Folder 285
Dougherty, Daniel to Samuel C. Perkins, 1862.
Box 12 Folder 286
Forrest, Edwin to W. H. Maurice, 1857 March 26.
Box 12 Folder 287
Forrest, Edwin to Daniel Dougherty, 1860-1861.
Box 12 Folder 288
Judgments pertaining to Forrest vs. Maurice, 1847-1862.
Box 12 Folder 289
M. W. Baldwin & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1862.
Box 12 Folder 290
McMahan, to Edwin Forrest, 1863.
Box 12 Folder 291
Maurice, William H., 1851-1861.
Box 12 Folder 292
Maurice, William H. Testimony, Bank of Commerce vs. Edwin Forrest, 1861-circa 1862.
Box 12 Folder 293
Mortgage turned over to Forrest, 1860.
Box 12 Folder 294
Oram, John F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1861.
Box 12 Folder 295
Perkins, Sam C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1861-1862.
Box 12 Folder 296
Receipts for money paid for house at 1512 Poplar St., 1860-1864, undated.
Box 12 Folder 297
Sale of property to Maurice, 1860 December.
Box 12 Folder 298
Settlement with John F. Oram. Popular St. property, 1867.
Box 12 Folder 299
Special jurors, Bank of Commerce vs. Forrest, 1861-1862.
Box 12 Folder 300
Summons, 1862 April 12.
Box 12 Folder 301
Townsend, J. B. to Wm. H. Kern, 1860.
Box 12 Folder 302
Trial notes, undated.
Box 12 Folder 303

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.

Aiken, Olympia to Joseph McArdle, 1867.
Box 13 Folder 304
Boston Theatre contract, 1868.
Box 13 Folder 305
Broadway Theatre contract and a/c, 1867.
Box 12 Folder 306
Collins, G. T. to Joseph McArdle, 1866.
Box 13 Folder 307
Continental Theater contract and a/c, 1867.
Box 13 Folder 308
Fisher, F., 1869-1870.
Box 13 Folder 309
Hotel bills, 1869-1871.
Box 13 Folder 310
McArdle, Joseph, 1867-1872.
Box 13 Folder 311
McArdle, Joseph, 1867-1872.
Box 13 Folder 312
McCullough, John to James Oakes, undated.
Box 13 Folder 313
Oakes, James to Jos. McArdle, 1874 June 4.
Box 13 Folder 314
Shakespeare Readings, 1872.
Box 13 Folder 315
Theatrical repairs, 1870.
Box 13 Folder 316
Thompson, M. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 13 Folder 317
Tights and pantaloons, 1869-1870.
Box 13 Folder 318
Valise repair, 1868-1870.
Box 13 Folder 319
Walnut St. Theatre contract, 1867.
Box 13 Folder 320

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.

Baker, John R., 1869-1871.
Box 14 Folder 321
Brookes, John, 1867-1870.
Box 14 Folder 322
Cameron, J. D. to Edwin Forrest, 1868 June 8.
Box 14 Folder 323
Castle, James H., 1865.
Box 14 Folder 324
Cope, Caleb, 1857.
Box 14 Folder 325
Deeds (Items in Oversize), 1865 October 19.
Box 14 Folder 326
Enoch, John, 1867-1868.
Box 14 Folder 327

Enoch, William included.

Gibbs, Josiah W., 1841.
Box 14 Folder 328
Holme, George W., 1853.
Box 14 Folder 329
Holme, James C., 1843-1846.
Box 14 Folder 330
Holmes, John, 1843.
Box 14 Folder 331
John T. Lewis & Bros., 1867.
Box 14 Folder 332
Mason, Thomas, 1866 January 3.
Box 14 Folder 333
Mitchell, E., 1866-1868, undated.
Box 14 Folder 334
Mortgage given to Eleanora and Caroline by Edwin Forrest (Items in Oversized), 1866 March 31-1867.
Box 14 Folder 335
Plans, lists, 1856, 1865, undated.
Box 14 Folder 336
Plants, Seeds, Trees, 1853-1868, undated.
Box 14 Folder 337
Poultry and vegetable receipts, 1866-1867, undated.
Box 14 Folder 338
Springbrook, 1865-1871, undated.
Box 14 Folder 339-341
Stuart, George H., 1865-1867.
Box 14 Folder 342
Taxes, 1866-1870.
Box 14 Folder 343
Thatcher, Samuel, 1867-1868.
Box 14 Folder 344

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.

Allen, George W. and Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1880.
Box 15 Folder 345
Archer, Pierce to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 July 2.
Box 15 Folder 346
Bonson, Sterling to Edwin Forrest, 1863 August 5.
Box 15 Folder 347
Cammel, Dr. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 348
Carman, Charles, 1867-1869.
Box 15 Folder 349
Caspar Bott & Co., 1869.
Box 15 Folder 350
Clark, W. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.
Box 15 Folder 351
Davenport, E. L., Mrs. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 352
Department of Highways, Bridges and Sewers to Daniel Dougherty, 1875.
Box 15 Folder 353
Dobbins, R. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 354
Dougherty, Daniel to William Allen Butler, 1876 February.
Box 15 Folder 355
Elkins, George W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 356
Elvins & Brothers, 1872.
Box 15 Folder 357
Esling, Mrs. L. Theo to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 358
Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1872.
Box 15 Folder 359
Haworth, Richard W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 360
Hering, William H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 361
Hite, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 362
Hoffman, H. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 363
Huey, Samuel C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.
Box 15 Folder 364
Insurance Company of North America, 1876.
Box 15 Folder 365
James Oakes et al. vs. Jacob L. Senneff, 1877.
Box 15 Folder 366
James, Bushrod W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 367
Job Bartlett & Sons, 1874.
Box 15 Folder 368
Judkins, Rebecca E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 369
Law, Octavius A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 370
Lawson, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 15 Folder 371
Leake, S. F. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 15 Folder 372
Lukens & Montgomery, Conveyancers to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 373
M. Thomas & Sons, 1875.
Box 15 Folder 374
McClure, R. C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 375
McLure, Mrs. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 376
Macool, Anna to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 15 Folder 377
Marriner & Buckingham, 1873.
Box 15 Folder 378
Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 15 Folder 379
Peake, S. F. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 15 Folder 380
Peterson, T. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1877.
Box 15 Folder 381
Philadelphia Gas Works, 1858.
Box 15 Folder 382
Quigg, J. Travis, 1875-1876.
Box 15 Folder 383
Rhoads, Charles to J. W. Louder, 1863.
Box 15 Folder 384
Spering, Joshua to Edwin Forrest, 1863.
Box 15 Folder 385
Thomas, H. Dillon, 1872.
Box 15 Folder 386
Weatherly, David to Edwin Forrest, 1857.
Box 15 Folder 387
Auctions, Broad St. House, 1873-1875.
Box 15 Folder 388
Brief of Title, Farmers and Mechanics Land & Building Association, 1855.
Box 15 Folder 389
Deed, 1863 July 16.
Box 15 Folder 390
Note, Broad St. House, undated.
Box 15 Folder 391
Removal of Furniture. Daniel Dougherty and John A. Stewart, 1876.
Box 15 Folder 392
Sale, Broad and Master House, 1876, undated.
Box 15 Folder 393
School of Design. Purchase of Broad and Master house, 1880.
Box 15 Folder 394
Searches against the Farmers and Mechanics Land & Building Association, 1863-1864.
Box 15 Folder 395
Searches against Edward Gratz, et al, 1853.
Box 15 Folder 396
Settlement of Purchase by Forrest, 1855.
Box 15 Folder 397
Taxes, 1853-1876.
Box 15 Folder 398

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.

Academy of Mt. St. Vincent, 1861-1869, undated.
Box 16 Folder 399
Bignale, David, 1867.
Box 16 Folder 400
Chelsea houses, 1856.
Box 16 Folder 401
Duffy, Phillip. A/C, Thompson St. Property, 1868-1871.
Box 16 Folder 402
Edwin Forrest in account with the estate of James L. Valentine, 1865-1868.
Box 16 Folder 403
Graham, John, 1868-1871.
Box 16 Folder 404
King, M. W., 1844.
Box 16 Folder 405
McArdle, Joseph. In account with Edwin Forrest, 1868-1872.
Box 16 Folder 406
Martin & Cusack, 1866.
Box 16 Folder 407
Misc. receipts for labor, etc., 1849-1871, undated.
Box 16 Folder 408
Mortgages, 1856.
Box 16 Folder 409
New York Board of Fire Underwriters, 1871.
Box 16 Folder 410
Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 December 30.
Box 16 Folder 411
Plan of lots on Thompson St., New York, 1862, undated.
Box 16 Folder 412
Rohrs, Henry, 1866.
Box 16 Folder 413
Seely, Lyman, 1861.
Box 16 Folder 414
Sheriff's Office, Westchester County, New York, 1865.
Box 16 Folder 415
Smith, Thomas, 1867.
Box 16 Folder 416
Taxes, 1851-1879.
Box 16 Folder 417-418
Valentine, James L., 1852-1865.
Box 16 Folder 419
Williams, J. Henry, 1865-1866.
Box 16 Folder 420
Yonkers Rapid Transit Railway Company, 1881.
Box 16 Folder 421

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.

Booker, Frederick to Edwin Forrest, 1851 April 12.
Box 17 Folder 422
Churchill, C. to Edwin Forrest, 1852 February 16.
Box 17 Folder 423
Dougherty, Daniel to Edwin Forrest, 1862-1863.
Box 17 Folder 424
Fish, Benjamin and Edwin Forrest, 1862-1871.
Box 17 Folder 425
Fish, Benjamin to Daniel Dougherty, 1878-1881.
Box 17 Folder 426
Forrest, Edwin to L. B. Mizner, 1856.
Box 17 Folder 427
Forrest, Edwin and Havens, Godwin, Smith, etc. , 1864.
Box 17 Folder 428
Goodman, George, 1836-1848.
Box 17 Folder 429
Harris, G. W. to Edwin Forrest, 1860 June 23.
Box 17 Folder 430
Harris, Mr. "Received from Edwin Forrest by George Goodman", 1829.
Box 17 Folder 431
Hoes, P. S. to Edwin Forrest, 1847-1851.
Box 17 Folder 432
Langley, J. L. to P. S. Hoes, 1848 February 10.
Box 17 Folder 433
Lawson, James to A. S. Williams, 1843 April 17.
Box 17 Folder 434
Lovell, Louis S. to Edwin Forrest, 1847 April 7.
Box 17 Folder 435
Macy, George F. to Edwin Forrest, 1851 October 18.
Box 17 Folder 436
Mizner, S. B., 1849-1863.
Box 17 Folder 437
North American Land Agency to Edwin Forrest, 1838-1851.
Box 17 Folder 438-440
Williams, Alpheus S., 1842-1848.
Box 17 Folder 441
Deeds, 1842-1852.
Box 17 Folder 442
Deed to Forrest Home of Land in Michigan.
Box 17 Folder 443
Lists of land owned, taxes paid, etc., 1834-1863, undated.
Box 17 Folder 444
Taxes, 1839-1880.
Box 17 Folder 445

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.

Devon, W. P. to S. S. Smith, 1881 May 30.
Box 18 Folder 446
Dougherty, Daniel to S. S. Smith, 1874 May 6.
Box 18 Folder 447
Goepper, M. Card, undated.
Box 18 Folder 448
Ludlow, Israel L. to Edwin Forrest, 1839-1844.
Box 18 Folder 449
Original cost of Covington and Cincinnati property, undated.
Box 18 Folder 450
Smith, Edwin F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 18 Folder 451
Smith, S. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1864-1881, undated.
Box 18 Folder 452-453
Taxes, Covington, Kentucky and Kenton County, 1866-1881.
Box 18 Folder 454

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.

Arch St. Theatre to Edwin Forrest, 1838 December 15.
Box 19 Folder 455
Bond returns/St. Louis Bonds (one item in Oversized), 1855-1864.
Box 19 Folder 456
Booth, Junius Brutus, and Rosalie Booth, Release of Consent, property in Maryland, 1868.
Box 19 Folder 457
Cincinnati Bonds, 1857.
Box 19 Folder 458
Continental Hotel Company, 1865.
Box 19 Folder 459
The Edwin Forrest (ship) (one item in Oversized), 1853-1867.
Box 19 Folder 460
Franklin Fire Insurance Company to Edwin Forrest, 1864-1872.
Box 19 Folder 461
Investments of Edwin Forrest, 1869.
Box 19 Folder 462
Marston and Oxford St. House, 1862-1880.
Box 19 Folder 463
Stock, memos, undated.
Box 19 Folder 464
Tenth St. Property (two items in Oversize), 1825-1855.
Box 19 Folder 465

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.

Appraisal of Forrest's personal property, undated.
Box 20 Folder 466
Austin, Obdyke & Co. to Daniel Dougherty, 1877.
Box 20 Folder 467
Bernard, O. G. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 20 Folder 468
Board of Revision of Taxes to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 20 Folder 469
Bonds, selling of, 1875.
Box 20 Folder 470
Boyer, H. H. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 20 Folder 471
Brady, J. Claim against the Estate, 1874.
Box 20 Folder 472
Bullard, Lillie to Oakes and Dougherty, 1874-1875.
Box 20 Folder 473
Butler, Stillman & Hubbard to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1881.
Box 20 Folder 474
Butler, William Allen, 1876-1877.
Box 20 Folder 475-477
Butler, William Allen to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1875, undated.
Box 20 Folder 478
C. Myers, 1873.
Box 20 Folder 479
Carr, Mrs. M. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 20 Folder 480
Dale & Meeser, undated.
Box 20 Folder 481
Darling, Griswold & Co., 1875-1876.
Box 20 Folder 482
Dos Passos, John R. to Daniel Dougherty, 1875-1882.
Box 20 Folder 483
Dougherty, Daniel, 1874-1880, undated.
Box 20 Folder 484-486
Dudley, Lt. W. H. M., undated.
Box 20 Folder 487
Fairbanks, Fred P. to Dan. Dougherty, 1879.
Box 21 Folder 488
Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1873-1876.
Box 21 Folder 489
H. G. Haedrich & Son, 1874.
Box 21 Folder 490
Hanson, E. Hunn and Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1876, undated.
Box 21 Folder 491
Hays, Daniel J. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 21 Folder 492
Henry C. Goebel, 1873.
Box 21 Folder 493
Herkness Bazaar, 1873.
Box 21 Folder 494
Hooper & Lewis, Stationers, 1881.
Box 21 Folder 495
Jewelry of the Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1875 December 21.
Box 21 Folder 496
Job Bartlett & Sons., 1874.
Box 21 Folder 497
Lawson, James, 1877-1878.
Box 21 Folder 498
Machpelah Cemetary Society. /Memorandum of Securities, 1852 5 September, undated.
Box 21 Folder 499
Morris, Wm. P. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 21 Folder 500
Nelson, William to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 21 Folder 501
Notes on correspondence of lawyers, Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1873-1875, undated.
Box 21 Folder 502
Oakes, James vs. James Lawson and Daniel Dougherty, 1873.
Box 21 Folder 503
Old St. Paul's Church. Flyer, circa 20th century.
Box 21 Folder 504
Opinion of Council, Estate of Edwin Forrest, 1874 January 24.
Box 21 Folder 505
Orphans Court for the City and County of Philadelphia, 1875.
Box 21 Folder 506
Peall, Rebecca M. Claim against the Estate, 1867-1874.
Box 22 Folder 507
Plummer, Charles W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880 December 11.
Box 21 Folder 508
Possible relatives of Forrest, 1880s.
Box 22 Folder 509
Receipt of Trust, 1881.
Box 22 Folder 510
Request for stenographer's minutes, undated.
Box 22 Folder 511
Ridgeway, John J., auditor, 1875.
Box 22 Folder 512
Savidge, Joseph to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 22 Folder 513
Smyth, Lindley to Daniel Dougherty, 1880 May 27.
Box 22 Folder 514
W. Gallagher, 1872.
Box 22 Folder 515
W. H. Savery, undated.
Box 22 Folder 516
Wm. D. Rogers & Co., 1873-1874.
Box 22 Folder 517
William F. Murphy's Sons, 1875-1877.
Box 22 Folder 518
Wilson, J. W. to Oakes, Lawson, Dougherty, 1874 January 2.
Box 22 Folder 519
Yerkes, W. H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1873.
Box 22 Folder 520
Miscellaneous, circa 1858, circa 1874, undated.
Box 22 Folder 521
Will of Edwin Forrest.
Box 22 Folder 522

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

Will of Edwin Forrest, 1866-1879.
Box 22 Folder 523

Notes by Eli K. Price.

Will of Edwin Forrest, undated.
Box 22 Folder 524

Outline for the plan of the Edwin Forrest Home.

Will of Edwin Forrest, 1873.
Box 22 Folder 525


Dougherty, Daniel, undated.
Box 22 Folder 526-527

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

Series Description

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

Anthon, William Henry to Daniel Dougherty, 1874 January 16.
Box 23 Folder 528
Forrest, Catharine N., 1874-1881.
Box 23 Folder 529
Sedley, Henry, 1876.
Box 23 Folder 530

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.

Cochran, Thomas to Daniel Dougherty, 1881 March 8.
Box 24 Folder 531
De Forest & Weeks to Daniel Dougherty, 1877-1881, undated.
Box 24 Folder 532-533
Dougherty, Daniel and Hunn Hanson, Edward Olmsted, 1881.
Box 24 Folder 534
Hanson, E. Hunn to Daniel Dougherty, 1880-1881.
Box 24 Folder 535
Hart, Charles H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 24 Folder 536
Olmstead, Ed. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 24 Folder 537
Price, Eli K. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 24 Folder 538
Townshend, John to R. W. De Forest, 1881.
Box 24 Folder 539
Bond of Removal to U. S. Court, 1879.
Box 24 Folder 540
Newspaper clippings, 1881.
Box 24 Folder 541
Notes, 1881, undated.
Box 24 Folder 542
Petition for Removal to U.S. Circuit Court, 1879.
Box 24 Folder 543
Points opposing motion to remand, undated.
Box 24 Folder 544
Suit, 1880.
Box 24 Folder 545

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.

Brown, Henry A. to James Oakes, 1874 December 29.
Box 25 Folder 546
Oakes, James to William Allen Butler, 1874.
Box 25 Folder 547
Oakes, James to Daniel Dougherty, 1873-1878, undated.
Box 25 Folder 548-553
Oakes, James to Edwin Forrest Club, 1874 July 14.
Box 25 Folder 554
Oakes, James to James Lawson, 1874.
Box 25 Folder 555
Title page, "Barnum's Baby Show" autographed by Francis J. Nicholls to James Oakes, undated.
Box 25 Folder 556

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.

A.C. Brown & Co., 1876.
Box 26 Folder 557
Barrett, Laurence to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 26 Folder 558
Bascombe, Henry L. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 559
Bryan, W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 560
Canton, Rachel to Daniel Dougherty and James Oakes, 1877-1881, undated.
Box 26 Folder 561
Cards of members of the Forrest Home, 1896, undated.
Box 26 Folder 562
Castle, James H. to James Oakes, 1874.
Box 26 Folder 563
Chickering, C. F. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878-1879.
Box 26 Folder 564
Cline, John, 1880-1881.
Box 26 Folder 565
Cook's ledger, 1876.
Box 26 Folder 566
Corri, Henri, 1880-1881, undated.
Box 26 Folder 567
Davidge, William, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 568
Deed, Edwin Forrest Home, 1878.
Box 26 Folder 569
Dougherty, Daniel, 1879-1881.
Box 26 Folder 570
Ferguson, Joseph C. to Daniel Dougherty, 1878.
Box 26 Folder 571
Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co., 1885-1891.
Box 26 Folder 572
Fitler, Edwin H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1881, undated.
Box 26 Folder 573
Forney, John W. to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 26 Folder 574
Garsed, H. E. to Samuel L. Sharp, 1893.
Box 26 Folder 575
Gemmill, William D. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 576
Gilbert, Helen mar to Executive Committee of the Board of Managers of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.
Box 26 Folder 577
Gould, Mary, 1880-1881.
Box 26 Folder 578
Government of the Edwin Forrest Home, 1931.
Box 26 Folder 579
H. G. Parker, 1876-1878.
Box 26 Folder 580
Harrison, W. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 581
Hopkins, E. M. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 582
Incorporation of the Edwin Forrest Home, 1873-1874.
Box 26 Folder 583
Investments of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.
Box 26 Folder 584
Little, Amos R. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1881.
Box 26 Folder 585
McCoy, A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 26 Folder 586
McDonough, John E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 26 Folder 587
Maeder, Fred S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 26 Folder 588
Michener, J. H. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 26 Folder 589
Mickels, Mary Ann to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 590
Neel, John W., 1880.
Box 26 Folder 591
Newton, A. Edward to Mrs. Gehri, 1928.
Box 26 Folder 592
North Cedar Hill Cemetary (one item is in Oversized), 1885-1887, undated.
Box 26 Folder 593
Notes re: Edwin Forrest Home, undated.
Box 26 Folder 594
Opening, Organization of the Edwin Forrest Home, undated.
Box 26 Folder 595
Peale, J. Burd to Daniel Dougherty, 1879-1880.
Box 26 Folder 596
Penn National Bank, 1891-1897.
Box 26 Folder 597
Quigg, J. Travis to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 598
Richardson, Charles to Dan. Dougherty, 1878.
Box 26 Folder 599
Ritter, J. S. to Daniel Dougherty, 1881.
Box 26 Folder 600
Rue, A. B. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 26 Folder 601
Shallcross, Thomas to Dan. Dougherty, 1874.
Box 26 Folder 602
Stokely, William S. (Mayor of Philadelphia) to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 603
Stokes, Sam E. to Daniel Dougherty, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 604
Stover, Lewis to Daniel Dougherty, 1874.
Box 26 Folder 605
Times to Daniel Dougherty, undated.
Box 26 Folder 606
Turner, B. W. to Daniel Dougherty, 1880.
Box 26 Folder 607
Wilkinson, R. A. to Daniel Dougherty, 1874-1881.
Box 26 Folder 608
Williams, J. Henry, 1879.
Box 26 Folder 609

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.

Forrest, Edwin, A Tale of the Crusade: A Tragedy in Five Acts.
Box 27 Folder 610

Holograph, 162/163 pages.

Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, Werner, 1788-1824.
Box 27 Folder 611

Printed copy interleaved with pages of ms. notes.

Conrad, Robert Taylor, Aylmere, or the Kentish Rebellion, 1810-1858.
Box 27 Folder 612-617

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

Bird, Robert Montgomery, The Broker of Bogata.
Box 27 Folder 618-622

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

Stone, John Augustus, Metamora.
Box 27 Folder 623-624

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

Bird, Robert Montgomery, Oralloossa.
Box 27 Folder 625

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

Bird, Robert Montgomery, Oralloossa.
Box 27 Folder 626-630

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

Richelieu, Act I, Scene 2, 1839.
Box 27 Folder 631

Holograph copy in the hand of Edwin Forest.

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.

American Bibliopolist, 1872 December.
Box 28 Folder 632

Memorial to Edwin Forrest.

The Cincinnati Commercial, 1872 December 13.
Box 28 Folder 633

Obituary of Edwin Forrest.

The Evening Programme. Forrest performances of Lear, Macbeth, Jack Cade and Hamlet, 1870 September 20
/Brooklyn Daily Programme, 1870 September 30.
Box 28 Folder 634

Forrest as Gladiator.

New York Daily Tribune. "President Buchanan's Defense", 1865 December 16.
Box 28 Folder 635
The Philadelphian. "Mr. Edwin Forrest as Hamlet", 1858 July 10.
Box 28 Folder 636
Newspaper editorial. Signed G.P.E. re: The Civil War, 1864 December 8.
Box 28 Folder 637
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Department of Labor and Industry. Bureau of Worman's Compensation, 1924.
Box 28 Folder 638
Phrenological Chart, undated.
Box 28 Folder 639
Plan of the Parlours, undated.
Box 28 Folder 640
Playbill, Neafie as Jack Cade, circa 1865.
Box 28 Folder 641
Proclamation. Mayor's Office re: Astor Place riot, 1849 May 11.
Box 28 Folder 642
An Addendal to the Alphabetical List of Pieces MSS and Printed , 1846 June 13.
Box 28 Folder 643
Eighteenth Report of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, 1871.
Box 28 Folder 644

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.

Alger, William.
Box 29 Folder unknown container

Manuscript of The Life of Edwin Forrest (incomplete).

Catharine N. Forrest, respondent, against Edwin Forrest, appellant. Case.
Box 30 Folder unknown container
Harrison, Gabriel. Edwin Forrest. The Actor and the Man. Brooklyn, 1889.
Box 31 Folder unknown container
Reminiscences of the Early Days of Edwin Forrest.
Box 32 Folder unknown container
Taylor, James. Book of clippings presented to the Edwin Forrest Home, 1900.
Box 33 Folder unknown container

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

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.

No. 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1853-1856
No. 2: Programmes, Clippings, 1864.
Box 34 Folder unknown container
No. 3: Shakespearean and other scraps, 1860-1865.
Box 35 Folder unknown container
No. 4: Newspaper Criticisms, 1867-1868
No. 5: Criticisms-Readings, 1868-1869.
Box 36 Folder unknown container
No. 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1869-1870.
Box 37 Folder unknown container
No. 7: Clippings—Stratford on Avon, 1869-1871.
Box 38 Folder unknown container
No. 8: Clippings, 1874
No. 9: Clippings, 1865-1866.
Box 39 Folder unknown container
No. 10: Programmes & Notices, 1864-1865.
Box 40 Folder unknown container
No. 11: Clippings and Caricatures, 1862.
Box 41 Folder unknown container
Album containing a play in manuscript. Alp the Renegade, or the Fall of Corinth. Newspaper clippings—The Doty Case, 1852-1853.
Box 42 Folder unknown container
Actors autographs (Scrapbook 6) , undated.
Box 43A Folder unknown container
Pensez à moi—memory book, undated.
Box 43B Folder unknown container
Photos and engravings of actors and actresses; Civil War officers, political leaders, and cartoons; historical persons; and writers and musicians (some unidentified photographs included).
Box 44 Folder 1-7
Card scrapbook. Curious Theatrical Caricatures (Scrapbook 4).
Box 45 Folder unknown container
Caricaturists Scrapbook (Forrest pfH3517.840c).
Box 46 Folder unknown container
Views in Italy (Scrapbook 2)
Portraits, English & Foreign (Scrapbook 3).
Box 47 Folder unknown container
Life of Oliver Cromwell (Scrapbook 10).
Box 48 Folder unknown container
Histrionic Scrapbook (theatres, actors—newspaper clippings).
Box 49 Folder unknown container
Histrionic Scraps, 1827.
Box 50 Folder unknown container
New York Evening Post, 1834.
Box 51 Folder unknown container

Series Description

Catalogues of the library at the Edwin Forrest Home.

Anonymous, Catalogue of Library (Mitten), undated.
Box 52 Folder unknown container
Catalogue, Library of the Edwin Forrest Home, Spring Brook. Richard Penistan, Librarian, 1888-1893.
Box 53 Folder unknown container

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.

Account Books.
Box 54 Folder unknown container

* 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.
Box 55 Folder unknown container

* 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.
Box 56-57 Folder unknown container
Account Books.
Box 56-57 Folder unknown container

* 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.
Box 58 Folder unknown container
Account Books.
Box 59 Folder unknown container

* 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.
Box 60 Folder unknown container
Receipts of the House, 1862-1863.
Box 61 Folder unknown container
Receipts of the House, 1865-1866.
Box 62 Folder unknown container

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.

Diary, notebook, etc.
Box 62 Folder unknown container

* Forrest Diaries, 1857, 1869-1872
* Miscellaneous notebooks
* Address book

Diary and notebook.
Box 63 Folder unknown container

* Diary of Trieste, 1835 April 21 [Forrest F7703 835 d]
* Geography, notebook [Forrest F7703 816 g]

Actor's Photo Album [Forrest Folio A100 900p].
Box 64 Folder unknown container
Box 65 Folder unknown container

* Miscellaneous photos and calling cards
* Name plates--Caroline, Henrietta, Eleanora Forrest
* Silver plate with inscription
* Ivory piece

Leather case.
Box 66 Folder unknown container

Series Description

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

Box 67 Folder unknown container
Boston, 1848-1858.
Box 68 Folder unknown container
Boston, 1848-1865
New York, 1850-1861.
Box 69 Folder unknown container
Box 70 Folder unknown container
Box 71 Folder unknown container
Philadelphia Academy of Music, 1861-1862
, 1862-1864.
Box 72 Folder unknown container
Box 73 Folder unknown container
Box 74 Folder unknown container
1869-1870, undated.
Box 75 Folder unknown container
Unbound, 1870.
Box 76 Folder unknown container

Print, Suggest