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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 829

Samuel Whitbread correspondence concerning the Drury Lane Theatre

Letters to and from British politician, Samuel Whitbread, related to Thomas Shaw's dispute with the management of the Drury Lane Theatre.

Dates

  • 1811-1815

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.

Extent

.25 linear feet (1 box)

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.

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

Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Letters from Whitbread
  2. II. Other letters

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

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

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Title
Whitbread, Samuel, 1764-1815. Samuel Whitbread correspondence concerning the Drury Lane Theatre, 1811-1815: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou02287

Repository Details

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