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MS Thr 829

Whitbread, Samuel, 1764-1815. Samuel Whitbread correspondence concerning the Drury Lane Theatre, 1811-1815: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 829
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Whitbread, Samuel, 1764-1815.
Title: Samuel Whitbread correspondence concerning the Drury Lane Theatre,
Date(s): 1811-1815.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to and from British politician, Samuel Whitbread, related to Thomas Shaw's dispute with the management of the Drury Lane Theatre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase; received: 1955 May 31.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Samuel Whitbread Correspondence Concerning the Drury Lane Theatre, 1811-1815 (MS Thr 829). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also MS Thr 527 and MS Thr 816 for additional papers on this topic.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Whitbread (1764–1815) was a British politician. He was the only son and third child of Samuel Whitbread (1720–1796), brewer and politician, and his first wife, Harriet, daughter of William Hayton, attorney, of Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. When the Drury Lane Theatre burned down in 1809, theater owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan was financially ruined. Sheridan turned to his old friend Samuel Whitbread to head a committee that would manage the company, deal with the theater's complex debts, and oversee the rebuilding. Whitbread asked Sheridan to withdraw from management himself, which he did entirely by 1811. Thomas Shaw (ca. 1760-ca. 1830) was one of the many claimants against the management of the Drury Lane Theatre.

Arrangement

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Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript letters related to Thomas Shaw's dispute with the management of the Drury Lane Theatre. Includes letters from Samuel Whitbread to Shaw, Richard Brinsley Sheridan to Whitbread, and Sheridan to Charles Sheridan.

General

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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