DAME ELLEN TERRY Autograph Letter Signed.
British (English) actress. The finest Shakespearian actress of her generation.
ALS. 2pp. Lyceum Theatre. No date. To the baritone singer, Kennerley Rumford (or his wife, Clara Butt).
"I must write a line & tell you how very much gratified I am by your kindness in consenting to sing at our matinee on the 15th. You are most kind & I thank you & thank you. Mr Meredith Ball the musical conductor here will be much obliged if you would send him your music as soon as possible & I have called a rehearsal on the stage at 11.30 on Tuesday night (14 June) & if you could look in there, perhaps you would care to try your song."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Small glue spot to centre of first page, else very good/near fine.
Ellen Terry had joined the Lyceum Company of Henry Irving in 1878 and remained with the company until Irving ended his tenure of the theatre in 1902. John Meredith Ball (who had previously been with the Bancrofts at the Prince of Wales's Theatre) replaced Hamilton Clarke as the Lyceum conductor in 1881. Kennerley Rumford married the contralto, Clara Butt, in June 1900. It is not immediately clear from Ellen Terry's handwriting whether the letter is addressed to Mr or Mrs Kennerley Rumford. If the latter, this would date the letter to between 1900 and 1902. Clara Butt had had an association with the Lyceum since at least 1892, when she appeared in a series of Royal College of Music Matinees.