MS Thr 5-5.8
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers,
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Location: MS, f, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 5-5.8
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
Title: Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (2 boxes and 8 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscripts, correspondence, legal documents, and other papers associated
with playwright, politician, and theater proprietor, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Acquired from various sources at various times. See each item for acquisition information.
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan Additional Papers, 1753-1868 (MS Thr 5-5.8). Harvard Theatre
Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.
fMS Thr 5.9 is cataloged as a single item, see HOLLIS 009252419.
See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional Sheridan material owned by the Houghton Library,
but cataloged under separate call-numbers.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theatre proprietor, and politician.
He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and
part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the
comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a
Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.
Arranged in call-number order:
- fMS Thr 5: Kotzebue, August von, 1761-1819. Pizarro. The Spaniards in Peru; or, The death of Rolla. A tragedy in five acts ...
: manuscript translation
- MS Thr 5.1: The school for scandal : manuscript prompt books
- MS Thr 5.2: The school for scandal, A comedy; as it is acted at the Theatre, Smoke Alley, Dublin
- MS Thr 5.3: The school for scandal comedy: in five acts. Copied from the Prompter's Book, of the
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which was preserved from the late fire : manuscript
- MS Thr 5.4: The school for scandal : manuscript
- MS Thr 5.5: The rivals, a comedy : manuscript
- fMS Thr 5.6: Clio's protest : autograph manuscript
- pfMS Thr 5.7: Sheridan papers, bound in two volumes
- fMS Thr 5.8: Alterations of the scenes between beggar & player in Beggar's opera ... : autograph manuscript
Includes manuscript copies of: August von Kotzebue's Pizarro. The Spaniards in Peru; or, The death of Rolla. A tragedy in five acts ... English translation (1799) with annotations by Sheridan; School for scandal prompt books from Drury Lane Theatre (1777-1779); School for scandal manuscript copy (17--) from Theatre, Smoke Alley, Dublin; School for scandal manuscript copy from Drury Lane Theatre (ca. 1809); School for scandal manuscript copy (before 1785); Sheridan's 1771 autograph manuscript of poem, Clio's protest; Beggar's Opera alterations by Sheridan and William Hopkins; and many other materials.
Two bound volumes include voluminous numbers of documents, prints, and letters by,
sent to, and between third parties concerning Sheridan. Volume I mostly concerns his
theatrical career, while Volume II is primarily letters written to Sheridan in his
capacity as a member of the House of Commons, requesting some favor or service. Includes:
portrait engravings; financial records (contracts, bills, receipts); legal documents;
theater related compositons, watercolor drawings, and printed broadsides; petitions
to the government; House of Commons speeches; some Sheridan family materials (Charles
Francis Sheridan (1750-1806), Thomas Sheridan (1775-1817), and others); items concerning
the King's Theatre and the Drury Lane Theatre; and many others.
- Series: Kotzebue, August von, 1761-1819. Pizarro. The Spaniards in Peru; or, The death of Rolla. A tragedy in five acts ...
: manuscript (in unidentified hand); no place, 1799. 348 pages in 1 volume in case.
On paper, bound, with many corrections and annotations in the hand of Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Pagination includes blank interleaving sheets; pagination done in later manuscript
The translation from the German into English is anonymous.
This version, along with Sheridan's corrections, differs considerably from the published
versions of both Sheridan and Anne Plumptre.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 46M-261F. Bequest of Gabriel Wells, Esq.; received: 1947 April 15.
Provenance: Phillipps MS 10857. Formerly owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872).
- Series: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; as it is Acted At the Theatre, Smoke Alley, Dublin
: manuscript (signed in the hand of Elizabeth Mortieau?); Dublin, 17--. 44f. (83 pages) in 1 volume in case.
Dealer description pasted inside front cover. Dealer notes: manuscript precedes the
first edition of the book which appeared in 1785. Dealer reads name as Elizabeth Mortican.
Includes: Prologue. Written by Mr. Garrick and Epilogue. Written by Mr. Colman.
Bound in contemporary marbled boards, calf spine. Many pages are loose from binding.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Recataloged from TS 4601.45. Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918.
- Series: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. The School for Scandal Comedy: in five Acts. Copied from the Prompter's Book, of the
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which was preserved from the late Fire : manuscript in unidentified hand; London?, ca. 1809. 93f. (176 pages) in 1 volume in case.
Inside front fly leaf is a broadside advertising the performance of the play on Monday, 1780 May 8, performed at the Royal
Theatre, Drury Lane.
Pasted inside back fly leaf is a printed leaflet containing notes on the original
May 8, 1777 performance of the play: Criterion Theatre. A few notes concerning the original production of "The School for Scandal", undated.
Bound in contemporary mottled calf.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Recataloged from TS 4601.47. Gift of Ernest Blaney Dane, Boston; received: 1897 March 4.
: Volume includes two bookplates: John Fawcett and Clement Scott.
With note: "Bought at Sale of Dramatic College Effects, Bond Street, 1881 February
24. With label on cover: Lot 161.
- Series: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. The School for Scandal : manuscript in unidentified hand; no place, before 1785. 70f. (137 pages) in 1 volume in case.
Old cataloging notes: "Text antedates the piracies of 1785."
Bound in contemporary marbled boards, rebacked. With loose pages.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Recataloged from MS Eng 258.20. Bought from the bequest of Anna Elizabeth Fort in memory of her husband, Charles Hoy Fort; received: 1939 February 28.
Provenance:: Included in case is a dealer's leaflet about this manuscript from George Bates. Autograph note in leaflet from Houghton librarian William A. Jackson states that this
was sent to HCL on approval in November 1938 and examined by him. He said it is not
in Sheridan's hand and it was returned. Second note from WVL notes that WAJ later
- Series: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Alterations of the scenes between beggar & player in Beggar's opera ... : autograph manuscript (signed) and manuscript (in the hand of William Hopkins);
no place, 17--. 10 sheets (17 pages) in 1 volume.
Five pages are in Sheridan's hand, the rest is that of William Hopkins.
Bound in half green morocco.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 50M-124F. Gift of E. H. Gay, Esq.; received: 1927 June 15. Noted in old cataloging that this material was found
as uncataloged in 1950 and accessioned that year.