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Collection Overview

Title: Tremont Theatre Collection, 1839-1843Add to your cart.

Collection Identifier: MS Th. 4

Primary Creator: Tremont Theatre

Extent: 157.0 Items

Subjects: Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston, Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History

Forms of Material: Digital images., Letters., Manuscripts.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence written by actors, actresses, and musicians seeking and accepting engagements, financial records, and legal documents.

Collection Historical Note

The Tremont Theatre, located on Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts, was designed by Isaiah Rogers (1800-1869) in the Greek Revival style. Financed by a group of wealthy residents, it opened on September 24, 1827 and was the second playhouse in the city after the Federal Street Theatre.  Among the people who appeared at there were Charlotte Cushman and Charles Dickens; however, it was never very profitable and closed in 1843. The building was purchased in December 1843 by the Free Church Baptists and was renamed the Tremont Temple.

Subject/Index Terms

Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Related Materials:

Boston Theatre and Opera House (Washington Street) Collection, MS Th. 2

Boston Theatre (Federal Street) Records, MS Th. 1

National Theatre Collection, MS Th. 11

Preferred Citation: Tremont Theatre Collection, MS Th. 4. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2013.


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Folder 61: Henry, William. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 20 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement for himself and wife as actors, mentioning experience with Messrs. Ludlow, Smith, Caldwell and Latham. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 62: Peck, Joseph P. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Philadelphia, 21 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 63: Young, William. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 21 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 64: Mavor, B. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 22 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.) Mentions Harrington's Museum.
Folder 65: Byrne, Peter C., 1823-1867. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 22 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor, referring him to Mr. Latham. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 66: Miller, Henry. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 22 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagements for himself and friend as violinists, mentioning experience in theatres in Manchester (Eng.) 1s. (2p.)
Folder 67: Wheelwright, J. Warren. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; boston, 22 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post of treasurer at Theatre. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 68: Young, Thomas G. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 24 August 1842Add to your cart.
Applying for post of prompter at Theatre, citing experience at St. Charles Theatre, New Orleans. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 69: Munroe, Francis. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 25 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 70: Newton, Robert G. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 27 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor and copyist. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 71: Tryon, John. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 2 February 1843Add to your cart.
Concerning terms of engagement of equestrian troupe of June, Titus, Angarine & Co., mentioning performers already engaged and referring to [William] Pelby's offer of engagement at National Theatre. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 72: Opl, F. A. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; White Sulphur Springs, Va., 28 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as French-horn player, mentioning experience at Richmond Theatre. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 73: Wood, William F., d. 1855. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 30 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actor, seeking engagement of wife and son as dancers and of dog for tricks, listing theatrical mss. and music in his possession. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 74: Groves, Eliza. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; North Danvers [Mass.?], 31 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actress. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 75: "Boston Boy." A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 31 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post at Theatre, requesting Jones to direct reply to "H.F.H." 1s. (2p.)
Folder 76: Oznola, E.M. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 31 August 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 77: Harrison, Mrs. A. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Boston, 31 August 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning engagement at Theatre, mentioning previous experience as actress at Park Theatre (New York) and Lion Theatre (Boston). 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 78: Kendall, James K. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; West Point, 1 September 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement at Theatre [as musician?]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 79: Matthews, Richard, 1823-. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 1 September 1842Add to your cart.
Again seeking engagement as actor, mentioning previous engagement under Hield at Franklin Theatre, N.Y., and experience at theatres in Albany and Troy, listing parts he plays. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 80: Groves, Eliza. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; North Danvers [Mass?], 5 September 1842Add to your cart.
Accepting proposed terms of engagement as actress, making further proposals. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 81: Stimson, Alexander Lovett, 1816-1906. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 6 September 1842Add to your cart.
Requesting that his name be placed on Free List at Theatre in exchange for newspaper promotions. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 82: Park, John C. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 7 September 1842Add to your cart.
Thanking him for free admission to Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.) Signature has been cut away.
Folder 83: Codet, J.R. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Providence, 10 September 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post as ballet master, dancer, and actor, mentioning previous engagement under Jones in Bangor. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 84: St. Luke, John, d. 1850. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Halifax, N.S., 10 September 1842Add to your cart.
Proposing terms of engagement of his daughter as operatic singer, listing parts that she sings, and proposing terms of engagement of himself as orchestra leader, mentioning Tremont orchestra leader Mr. Austinelli [Louis Ostinelli?]. 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 85: Gallagher, James. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 13 September 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement at Theatre as supernumerary. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 86: Opl, F.A. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Richmond, 16 September 1842Add to your cart.
Accepting offer of engagement [as French-horn player]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 87: Elliott, Celeste, 1814-. A.L.S. to Joseph S. Jones; New York, 6 October 1842Add to your cart.
Proposing terms of engagement, mentioning terms at which she is engaged at Bowery Theatre and theatres in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Folder 88: Whiting, J.R. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 8 October 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning settlement of litigation with Charles R. Thorne involving bond given by Jones with Mr. Hamblin as surety. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 89: Lecomte, I. [T.?] A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 8 October 1842Add to your cart.
Proposing terms of engagement of himself and wife, suggesting opera-ballets they would perform. 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 90: -----. A.N.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 8 October 1842Add to your cart.
Requesting definite offer of salary for engagement of himself and wife. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 91: Farwell, J.H. & F.F., firm, Boston. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 8 October 1842Add to your cart.
Requesting payment of bill incurred by Mr. Fuller [for printing]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 92: Dame, W.A. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 10 October 1842Add to your cart.
Requesting to be placed on free list as critic for Daily Bee and correspondent to New York Aurora. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 93: Lecomte, I. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 11 October 1842Add to your cart.
Offering terms of another engagement. 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 94: Beresford, Charles. A.N.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 10 October 1842Add to your cart.
Proposing engagement at Theatre, mentioning parts he will play. 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 95: Prentis, Henry. Ms. D.S.; Boston, 11 October 1842Add to your cart.
List of articles-loaned (musical instruments) by Jones. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 96: Groves, Eliza. A.N.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 14 October 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement at Theatre, mentioning recently-completed engagement at Eagle Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 97: Elliott, Celeste, 1814-. Ms. L.S. (W. Draper) to J.S. Jones; New York, 17 October 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning engagement at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 98: Toomer, James. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; Philadelphia, 24 October 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning Madame Celeste's [i.e. Celeste Elliott's] manuscripts, hoping her engagement at Tremont is as profitable as that at Chestnut St. Theatre, conveying best wishes to Messrs. Chapman and Howard. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 99: -----. A.N.S. to J.S. Jones; [Philadelphia], 25 October 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning change in engagement of Madame Celeste [Celeste Elliott]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 100: Draper, W. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 30 October 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning engagement at Theatre and accomodations at Tremont House for Madame Celeste [Celeste Elliott]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 101: Harnden & Co., Boston. Ms. L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 8 November 1842Add to your cart.
Granting him free use of freight lines. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 102: Russel, A.D. A.N.S. to James R. Whiting; New York, 21 November 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning settlement of suit brought by Joseph S. Jones against Charles R. Thorne. 1 s. (3 p.) On p. [1] is A.N.S. from Whiting to Jones calling his attention to the note, which was forwarded to Jones.
Folder 103: Barber, Thomas. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New Bedford, 24 November 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement of himself and two daughters as actors, mentioning having played with Madam Fan[n]y Est[h]er at Park Theatre [N.Y.]. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 104: Shed, Charles D. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Providence, 3 December 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking post as scenepainter at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 105: Hoskins, William. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 15 December 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking, on advice of J. Sefton, engagement at Theatre for self and wife, late Julia Wallacks. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 106: Goodwin, T. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 21 December 1842Add to your cart.
Concerning manuscripts in Jones's possession. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 107: Sands, Charlotte Jessie. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Boston, 23 December 1842Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actress. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 108: Norris, James & Co. Ms. D.S. (James Norris, J.S. Jones); Boston, 31 December 1842Add to your cart.
Agreement by Norris to engage his company of animals and attendants at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 109: Bernard, George. Ms. D.S.; Boston, 25 March 1845Add to your cart.
Agreement with J.S. Jones to engage Virginia Minstrels  at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 110: Preston, John. A.L.S. (signature cut away) to George H. Child; Dorchester, Mass., 3 January 1843Add to your cart.
Concerning accounts of Theatre, some of which had been taken from him by one Mr. A. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 111: Russell, W.H. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Providence, 12 January 1843Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement as actress for his wife. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 112: Ashby, John. A.L.S. to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 13 January 1843Add to your cart.
Offering to install gas lighting in Theatre, referring to president of Manhattan Gas Works, Lambert Sugdom. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 113: June, Titus & Co. Ms. D. (draft); Boston, 26 January 1843Add to your cart.
Agreement between June, Titus & Co. and J.S. Jones of engagement of June & Co. at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 114: June, Titus, Angarine & Co. Ms. L.S. (Nathan Homer) to J.S. Jones; New York, 27 January 1843Add to your cart.
Agreeing to proposed terms of engagement at Theatre, mentioning agent J[ohn?] Tryon. 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 115: Otis, James F. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; Washington, 28 January 1843Add to your cart.
Suggesting he engage [William Evans] Burton at Theatre. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 116: Tryon, John. A.L.S. to J.S. Jones; New York, 30 January 1843Add to your cart.
Concerning terms of engagement of June, Titus, Angerine [Angarine] & Co., mentioning Welch's circus and several circus performers. 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 117: June, Titus, Angarine & Co. Ms. L.S. (N[athan] A. Homer) to J.S. Jones; New York, 6 February 1843Add to your cart.
Clarifying terms of engagement of June, Titus, Angarine & Co. at Theatre, discussing possible opposition by Welch's circus troupe and cooperation of Welch's partner, H. Rockwell, mentioning scenic requirements. 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 118: Massachusetts. Court of Common Pleas. (Suffolk Co.) Printed form, filled out in ms.; Boston, 13 February 1843Add to your cart.
Writ (s. Joseph Willard) against J.S. Jones in favor of John Williams & Co., authorizing Sheriff to summon George H. Child to appear in court as agent to Jones. 2 s. (3 p.)
Folder 119: French Company. A.L.S. (illegible, "Regr. de la Compagnie francaise au theatre niblo [Niblo's Garden, New York]") to [J.S. Jones]; New York, 26 May 1843Add to your cart.
Seeking engagement at Theatre, listing plays the company performs. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 120: Jones, Joseph S. A.L.S. (draft) to Thomas Niles; Boston, 5 June 1843Add to your cart.
Regretting that engagements at Theatre will not allow him to return property to Directors of Theatre as soon as they wish. 1 s. (2 p.)

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