TERRY, Dame (Alice) Ellen, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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TERRY, Dame (Alice) Ellen (1847-1928). Actress.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent, 1 page 8vo (a little creased, traces of mounting, one small corner missing), Lyceum Theatre, 30 October 1885. Acknowledging a letter of sympathy passed on by the actor-manager Henry Irving, and referring to difficulties with neuralgia which are impeding a busy work period.
'Mr Irving has handed me your very kind letter & I send this line to beg you to accept my sincere thanks for your sympathy. I have this morning sent to Mr Mason (for am still suffering from this terrible neuralgia) & I hope the stuff will give relief for I have some two months exceedingly hard work before me which must be done.'
The letter she received may be referring to the death of Terry's second husband, the actor and former soldier Charles Wardell who died in 1885, although they had been separated since 1881. Terry's long professional relationship with the actor-manager Henry Irving started in 1878 with a contract at the Lyceum theatre. Her close association and friendship with Irving led to rumours that they were at one occasion lovers, although this has never been confirmed for certain. In 1885, she was contracted to tour the provinces with Irving playing Olivia by William Gorman Wills.

£110 [No: 26527]
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