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Autograph Collection: Davis collection


Volume (formerly A1). This should be consulted in conjunction with the associated index - DR1136/1/2 (facsimile).

Please note: this volume contains references to events or attitudes, that may cause concern, distress or offence. Examples include references to the Irish Famine and the Highland Famine (both 1840s) and details of an enslaver, Jefferson Davis.
Please advise members of staff if you have any queries or concerns.

This volume includes 600 autograph letters, cut-out signatures, printed ephemera bearing autograph signatures, and other signed miscellanea pasted therein.

Some obituaries (mainly of those dying in the 1880s and 1890s) have also been included at appropriate points as have relevant photographic prints or engravings, 'In Memoriam' cards and other printed matter (theatre programmes etc.).

Among important unique items not easily identifiable in the index are:

- f. 33: receipt from W. Reid to Madame [Elizabeth Lucy] Vestris for a tombstone in Paddington churchyard for [her father], Gaetano Bartolozzi, 10 February 1825

- f. 48: printed appeal, signed by the Marchioness of Ailesbury, the Marchioness of Clanricarde and Lady Palmerston and sent to the Sardinian ambassador inviting him to attend a benefit performance at Her Majesty's Theatre in aid of the 'Distressed Irish and Scotch', 20 February 1847 [This refers to a fund raising initiative to alleviate distress caused by the Irish Famine and the Highland Famine.]

- f. 66: manuscript poem by Caroline Lady Norton, n.d

- f.70: petition from members of the Royal Olympic Theatre to Madame [Elizabeth Lucy] Vestris to re-admit 'Mr Brougham' as a member, n.d

-. f.73v: poem by James Hadfield, committed to Bethlem Hospital for his attempt on the life of George III, c. 1806

- f.97v: poem by Theodore Martin, n.d.

- f. 109: address in verse by Shirley Brooks spoken by Mrs Esther Davis at a dramatic entertainment in aid of funds for the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Great Portland Street, London, 9 July 1866

- f. 110v-111: financial accounts of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, 1849-1850.

- f. 112: agreement of engagement between Elizabeth Lucy Vestris, proprietor of the Royal Olympic Theatre, and Frank Matthews September 1833

- f. 115 & f.118: Items relating to Jefferson Davis, enslaver and president of the Confederate States of America until his arrest in 1865. Includes photographic portraits on cartes de visite; correspondence, news-cuttings