EDWIN, John, the younger (1768-1805). Actor.
Good Autograph Letter Signed to his mother-in-law Mrs Richards at the Theatre, Margate, 3 pages 4to with integral address-leaf and red wax seal, Wakefield, 25 September 1796. With an unsigned note from his wife, the actress, Elizabeth Rebecca Edwin (1771?-1854).
A letter of theatrical gossip, congratulating Mr Richards on his benefit and escape from a more serious accident, maligning the manager of the theatre, and confessing that he has written a farce, from which he quotes and which he will send if it might be acceptable.
'... After I had written this excellent piece of composition, a thought struck me which never did before; and that was how I was to dispose of this great production! I discovered that I could not eat it; & I found that I could not drink it; or roast it, fry it, boil it, bake it, stew it, broil it, hash it, fricasee it, spatchcock it, collar it, simmer it, poach it, scald it, carbonade it, barbecue it, force it, candy it or pickle it; but then, said I, I can at least preserve it. ...'The note from Mrs Edwin wishes her parents well and adds 'in respect to Jockey caps and muslin hats I have seen nothing of the kind here - open work Straw Bonnets and Silk hats with Beefeater crowns are the rage here.'
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