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Life and Memoirs
BOSTON'S Favorite Comedian.
WITH A hULL ACCOUNT OF HIS
Fifty Years of an Actor's Life.
Published by JAMES DALY, 155 Franklin Street.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28. 1882,
in celebration of the
of the adoption of the stage by
MR. WILLIAM WARREN.
Two Grand Performances !
AFTERXOOX PERFORMANCE AT 2.
Daniel Dowlas, .
Waiter at " Blue Boar,"
Waiter at Hotel,
Mr. Wh.liam Warren
Mr. Charles Barron
Mr. Alfred Hudson
Mr. Geo. W. Wilson
Mr. Ja.mes Burrows
Mr. J. B. Mason
Mr. James Nolan
Mr. Fred P. Ham
Mr. J. S. Maffitt, Jr.
Mr. A. R. Whytal
Miss Annie Clarke
Mrs. J. R. Vincent
Miss NoRAH Bartlett
JKT- EVENING PERFORMANCE AT 7 3-4.
Sir Peter Teazle,
Sir Oliver Surface,
Sir Benjamin Backbite,
Careless (with song) ,
Sir Harry Bumper,
Servant to Lady Sneerwell,
Servant to Joseph Surface,
Mr. William Warren
Mr. Charles Barron
Mr. Geo. R. Parks
Mr. Alfred Hudson
Mr. J. B. Mason
Mr, Geo. W. Wilson
Mr. Wm. Sey.mour
Mr. Geo. C. Boniface, Jr.
Mr. J. Burrows
Mr. J. Nolan
Mr. James R. Pitman
Mr. Fred P. Ham
, Mr. J. S. Maffitt, Jr.
Mr. Geo. H. Cohill
Mr. A. R. Whytal
Miss Annie Clarke
Mrs. J. R. Vincent
Miss NoRAH Bartlett
Miss Kate Ryan
" A fellow of infinite jest,
Of most excellent fancy."
'' Take him for all in all,
We shall not look upon his like again."
FIFTY YE.-VRS AN ACTOR ! And today, Warren, in the
enjoyment of almost perfect health, with memory and
apprehension as keen and quick as when he first made his
bow behind the footlights so long ago, still enjoys the most
honorable pre-eminence in his profession. The great come-
dian in his dramatic creations today upon the Museum stage
gives evidence that he is in the plentitude of- his artistic power,
and offers the promise of yet a long career of histrionic triumphs
in his own loved Boston.
The esteem in which Mr. Warren is held by our best citizens
was shown in the letter he received not long since from Mr.
Thomas S. Appleton and Mr. Nathan Appleton, the brother-in-
law of Mr. Longfellow, Governor Long and others, requesting
him to sit for his picture and to accept of a complimentary benefit.
The actor could not refuse so heartfelt a tribute to his genius as
an actor and his worth as a citizen. lie named October 2Sth,
1882, as the date when he would be pleased to accept the ben-
efit, and expressed his willingness to give sittings to Mr. Fred.
P. Vinton. The picture is now completed and is one of the
artist's best efforts. It is a full-length oil painting, and repre-
sents the subject in his every-day dress. A desire was expressed
at first to have Mr. Warren painted as Sir Peter Teazle, or in
some other character in which he won his celebrity; but better
counsels at length prevailed, and our respected comedian will
go down to posterity in the habit in which he was best loved by
the Bostonians of his day — that of a modest, unassuming gentle-
man. A better artistic effect might be produced by the use of
a more brilliant costume; but we want William Warren the man,
not the actor. Not, however, that we love the player less, but
that we love the man more.
And speaking of Mr. Warren as an actor, what an incompar-
able artist he is ! He has all the finish of the French school,
with the feeling that is apt to be lost in academic training. His
playing is made up of delicate touches. His versatility is sur-
prising. In broad farce none have surpassed him in this
country. What happy nights we have spent in seeing him in
innumerable pieces by J. Madison Morton ! There are scores,
too, of afterpieces by other authors in which he is equally
happy, an J in English comedy where shall we find his superior?
In the comedies of Goldsmith, of Sheridan and of Boucicault,
his dramatic portraits are never to be forgotten, and he has the
true comedian's art of blending pathos and humor with that
touch of nature which makes the whole world kin. He is not
a one-part actor, but a cultured artist, who is great in some
parts and good in all that he attempts. A sense of reserved
power dignifies his every effort, and he avoids the mountebank's
tricks as carefully as if they were plague-spots, as indeed they
are in the performances of the many later-day comedians.
The close of the present theatrical season brings with it, with
the bare exception of a single season, the thirty-sixth continu-
ous year of the connection of the gentleman whose name
stands at the head of this article, with the Boston Museum.
And this, we dare say, is a longer connection with one theatrical
establishment than ever has been enjoyed by any one actor in
the whole history of the stage. It is a proud reflection, and
should be an enduring monument to the memory of the actor,
that that community, in so long honoring him, has been none
the less honored by him. It is a question if ever such a
dramatic favorite was known in our city as William Warren.
But it is not alone as the actor that Mr. Wairen is respected,
or that, long after he ceases to be a thing of life, his
memory will be cherished by young and old. He will be held
in kindly remembrance by every one whose good fortune it was
ever to have been associated with him, for his scholarly attain-
ments, his good citizenship, his social qualities, which are so
endearing, and the blamelessness of his gentle life. No person
ever connected with the stage has won more honors than Mr-
Warren, and of a verity no one has worn those honors with a
more becoming modesty.
So far as Mr. Warren's immediate family is concerned, he is
of the second generation of actors, and, besides himself, four of
his sisters have been prominent before the public : Hester, born
in 1810, whose tirst husband was a musician, by the name of
Willis, from whom she was separated, and afterwards became
the wife of Joseph Proctor. She died in Boston, on the 7th of
December, 1841, from a cold caught while performing in the
" Naiad Queen," at the National Theatre, under the manage-
ment of William Pelby. Anna, born in 1815, who married
Danford Marble, the famous Yankee comedian, in 1836, and
died in Cincinnati on the nth of March, 1872. Emma, who
had for her first husband a Mr. Price, and was subsequently
married to D. Ilanchet, with whom and her daughter Lizzie
Price, she may be remembered as forming a part of Edward L.
Davenport's company at the Howard Atlien^eum, in the season
of '59-'6o, and who died in New York, in May, 1S79. Mary
Ann, who married John B. Rice, an actor, who afterwards be-
came Mayor of Chicago, and if our memory does not play
treacherously with us, was sometime a member of Congress
from that city. Mrs. Rice is a widow and is still living. Henry,
an elder brother, was for years engaged in management in vari-
ous cities in New York State, and at other places, but we are
not sure as to whether or no he ever appeared as an actor.
WILLIAM WARREN THE JELDER,
the father of the subject of our sketch, was in his day an actor
of great note. He was born in Bath, in England, on the loth
of May, 1767. He was the son of a well-to-do cabinet maker,
and it was intended that he should follow in the footsteps of
his sire; but another destiny was in store for him. He early
evinced a love for the drama, and that love had every oppor-
tunity of being fostered, for in those days Bath, perhaps above
all other English cities and towns outside of Lpndon, was privi-
leged to see the finest acting by the best actors and actresses of
the realm. His love for the stage grew to a passion, so much
so that, unheeding parental desires and admonitions, in his
seventeenth year, in the town of Chippingham or Chipping-
Norton, some seven miles from the place of his nativity, he
made his first appearance as Young Norval, the hero of John
Home's now seldom-seen tragedy of " Douglas." He soon
achieved a reputation as a sterling comedian, and in due course
of time came to this country in the same ship with the famous
actress Anne Crunton. He arrived in New York in 1796, and
his first engagement was played in Baltimore. On the 5th of
November the same year he opened at the Chestnut-street
Theatre, Philadelphia, as Friar Laurence in " Romeo and
Juliet," and as the years passed on he succeeded to the lessee-
ship and management of the establishment. Philadelphia was
icade his permanent home, but his decease occurred in Balti-
more, October 19th, 1832. He had taken for his second wife,
August 15th, 1806, Mrs. Merry (nee Anne Brunton), who died
in child-bed in Alexandria, Va., on the 2Sth of June, 1808.
Some time after he took for his third wife a lady of New York,
Miss Esther Fortune (whose elder sister had been married to
the grandfather of the comedian Joseph Jefferson), and this
lady, on the 17th of November, 1812, gave birth to our inimit-
WILLIAM WARREN THE YOUNGER,
at No. 12, now 712, Sanson Street, Philadelphia. Young War-
ren received an excellent education, and it was intended by his
father that he should be brought up to mercantile pursuits, and
in that calling he might have remained to the close of his life,
pursuing an honorable career, had not the straitened circum-
stances in which his mother and her children were placed by
the misfortunes and death of his father, led him to adopt the
stage as a permanent profession. A benefit was given to his
mother at the Arch-street Theatre, on the 27th of October,
1832, and on this occasion he made
HIS FIRST APPEARANCE
on the stage, as Young Norval, Junius Brutus Booth being an-
nounced to enact the part of Old Norval. Forty-eight years
previously his father had made his opening in the self-same
part. This might have been an intentional coincidence. From
all we can glean, young Warren, who was then verging on the
completion of his twentieth year, made a thorough and une-
quivocal success, not alone in the eyes of partial friends, but in
the estimation of competent critics. This success determined
him as to his future career; and so the peaceful pursuits of
trade were abandoned for the more exciting and certainly
more exacting life of an actor. For a few years Mr. War-
ren was engaged in the theatres in and around Philadelphia
and in the West, steadily, persistently, but surely carving
out his way to eminence. He was diligent in his studies,
and invariably chaste and correct in whatever part was
assigned him. His debut was made in a juvenile tragedy part,
but he soon developed into a most accomplished comedian.
He became a member of the company of which the father of
our Joseph Jefferson was the head, and which travelled through
the then remote regions of the West, acting in log houses,
rudely constructed court houses, in fact wherever a place in any
way suitable could be found, and on one occasion appearing in
a huge pork-packing establishment. Jefferson was the scene-
painter as well as the manager, and so the establishment could
boast of a good set of scenery, small in size, but quite effective,
and an excellent wardrobe. The list of plays included such
standard pieces as " Richard the Third," " Hamlet," " The Lady
of Lyons," then in its infancy, a number of old comedies, and
innumerable farces. All kinds of " business " fell to Warren's
lot, and he touched everything, from light comedy and juvenile
parts, to the broadest low comedy. The company in point of
numbers was a limited one, and when such a full play as " Rich-
ard the Third " was put up, " doubles " were as a matter of
course a necessity. On such an occasion Mr. Warren would
play Richmond in the fifth act, and in the earlier portions of
the tragedy would sustain three or four other parts. There was
much hardship experienced, especially in the winter seasons,
and much privation encountered in travelling in those then
sparsely settled regions; but money was made, and youth was at
the prow and pleasure at the helm. The work, moreover, was
of the greatest benefit to young Warren, and by it he was gain-
ing a large experience, and laying the foundations of an after
His fame now began to spread, and during the season of
1841 he was engaged for New York, and made his appearance
at the Old Park Theatre as Gregory Grizzle in Benjamin Web-
ster's farce of " My Young Wife and Old Umbrella," in which
he made " a palpable hit," and at once established himself in
the good favor of his audience. From New York he accepted
an engagement in Buffalo at Rice's Eagle Theatre, and in this
and in other cities of the State of New York he remained until
1845, ^'i^^ broadening his capacities as an artist, adding materi-
ally to the number and value of his parts, and gaining distinc-
tion on all hands. In this latter year Mr. Warren made
A BRIEF VISIT TO ENGLAND,
and while in that country made a single appearance at the
Strand Theatre in London, the occasion being the benefit of
Mrs. Coleman Pope. He enacted the part of Con Gormley in
Logan's farce of " The Vermonter," with, we imagine, his
brother-in-law, Danford Marble, in his original part of Deuter-
onomy Dutiful. While abroad (his tour bein^ one of pleasure
rather than of business) Mr. Warren visited the most noted
places in England, paying, as a matter of CDjrsc, his devotions
at the shrine of Stratford-upon-Avon; am! he also made a
brief trip to Paris and the Continent. Returnmg to America in
1846, he was engaged by Messrs. «Iiackett & Ford, the lessees
of the new and present Howard Athenaeum, built on the site of
the old Millerite Tabernacle, which had been converted into
a theatre, and which was destroyed by lire after the close of the
performance (it was for the benefit of A. J. Phillips — the play
was " Pizzaro," with the celebrated teacher of boxing, John
Sheridan, as Rolla), on February 25th, 1846. The corner-stone
of the new theatre was laid on the following 4th of July, when
an address was delivered by Col. Isaac Hull Wright, now one
of our Street Commissioners. The mason work, including the
elaborate granite front, was completed in the brief space of
thirty-two days, and in three months from the time of the laying
of the corner-stone the theatre was ready for the opening,
which took place on the 5th of October, 1846. The perform-
ance consisted of an opening address delivered by George
Vandenhoff, Sheridan's comedy, " The Rivals," and the musical
burletta, " The Chaste Salute."
MR. WARREN MADE HIS BOW
in the comedy, the cast of which we give :
Sir Anthony Absolute
Sir Lucius O'Trigger
W. H. Chippendale
J. H. Hall
. William Warren
. W. H. Crisp
. W. L. Ayling
J. J. Bradshaw
Charles H. Saunders
. Miss Mary Taylor
Mrs. Martha Maywood
It is related with regard to this appearance that the part of
Bob Acres, " Fighting Bob," belonged by right to Mr. Warren,
and in accordance with the terns of his engagement; but
Crisp, the leading man, who was originally cast for Sir Lucius
O'Trigger, expressed a desire to change parts with Mr. Warren.
The latter, in the kindness of his disposition, yielded, and so
the comedy was presented as above. Of this cast we feel safe
in saying that, with the single exception of Mr. Chippendale —
" Old Chip," who is still living in London — Mr. Warren is the
sole survivor. Mr. Warren's success was instantaneous, and
Mr. William W. Clapp in his " Record of the Boston Stage "
says : " No actor ever won the approbation of a Boston audi-
ence more rapidly than Mr. Warren." The dramatic season
proper continued until the 27th of February, 1847, a period of
about twenty weeks, and during that time we find Mr. Warren
sustaining, among others, such greatly diversified parts, and
giving us thereby a foretaste of
HIS WONDROUS VERSATILITY,
as Sam in " Raising the Wind;" Gregory Grizzle; the Gravedig-
ger in " Hamlet;" Jack Spraggs in " Look Before You Leap;"
Peter in " Romeo and Juliet;" Dogberry in " Much Ado About
Nothing;" the Mock Duke in "The Honeymoon;" Fathom in
"The Hunchback;" Grumio in " Katherine and Petruchio;"
Hector Timid in "The Dead Shot;" Jack in "Turning the
Tables;" Marrall in " A New Way to Pay Old Debts" — Junius
Brutus Booth as Sir Giles Overreach; Launcelot Gobbo in "The
Merchant of Venice;" Jacques Strop in "Robert Macaire;"
Major Sturgeon in "The Mayor of Garratt;" Dandle Dinmont
in "Guy Mannering;" Sir Ilarcourt Courtley, for the first time
in this city, for t^e benefit of W. H. Crisp; Puggs in " Shock-
ing Events;" Jerry Ominous in "A Thumping Legacy;" Crequet
in "The Devil in Paris;" Marquis de Rotundo in "Don Caesar
de Bazan;" Sam in " Perfection, or the Maid of Munster;"
Tom Tape in " Sketches in India;" Selim Pettibone in " A Kiss
in the Dark," and Sam Hobbs in " A Nabob for an Hour."
His first benefit in this city took place on the evening of the
22d of February, 1847, when he appeared in the three
farces of "A Kiss in the Dark," " Shocking Events," and " A
Cabinet Question," and on this occasion he had the aid of the
celebrated troupe of Viennese Children. The "Transcript," in
announcing this event, spoke of the beneficiary as "the best
comic actor in the country." His house, as might be expected
was an overwhelming one. Throughout this brief season the
press had nought but kindly notices for Mr. Warren, and if they
were not so elaborate and so searching as are the dramatic criti-
cisms of the present day, were nevertheless just as heartfelt.
On the second night of the season " Hamlet " was produced,
with George Vandenhoff as The Dane, and the subject of our
sketch as the First Gravedigger. Mr. Warren cut aloof from
a portion of the stock " business," and indulged in an innova-
tion, which a few days afterwards was thus humorously alluded
to in the columns of the " Post" :
" Degeneracy of the Drama. — The Gravedigger in * Hamlet '
was played at the Howard the other night with only one waist-
The " Transcript," evidently not appreciating the fun of the
" Post," made comment as follows : —
" It has been the custom, from time immemorial, for the man
who plays the Gravedigger (the low comedy man of every
theatrical company), previous to entering upon the duties of his
office, to divest himself of an almost illimitable number of waist-
coats. Now whence this custom sprung, we know not, but
although it may gratify the groundlings, it cannot but make the
judicious grieve, for we very much doubt if the Gravedigger of
Shakespeare was ' to the manner born.' "
This innovation we look upon as a strong point in Mr.
Warren's favor, for it shows that even in that day he would not
descend to buffoonery, would not " o'erstep the modesty of
nature" for the sake of creating a laugh. All honor to him for
it. We find set down in the life of Edwin Booth, by his sister,
Mrs. Asia Booth Clarke, published by James R. Osgood & Co.,
this statement, p. 121 : " Edwin began to travel with his father
on one of those periodical tours which it was customary for him
to make, and relates, as among the earhest of his theatrical
reminiscences, the first appearance in Boston of the now
famous William Warren. Mr. Booth, after his performance of
Shylock at the Howard AthencEum, seated himself with Edwin
among the audience to witness Mr. Warren's acting of Jacques
Strop in the play of ' Robert Macaire.' It was an exceptional
thing for him to make one of the auditory, but the debutant was
a favorite of his; he always manifested great interest in his
career, and seemed to be thoroughly pleased with his per-
formance on that evening." Now it will be seen by the record
above that Mr. Warren did 7ioi enact Jacques Strop on his first
appearance in Boston, and that the elder Booth was not acting
in this city at that time. Booth began his engagement at the
Howard on the evening of Monday, November 23d, appearing
in his stock opening piece, " Richard the Third." On Friday,
the 27th, Booth appeared as Shylock, and the afterpiece on that
night was " Robert Macaire," although it had been presented
for the first time the night previous. This must have been the
performance to which Mrs. Clarke refers, rather than to the
debut of Mr. Warren in this city.
Mr. Charles W. Hunt, a most excellent actor, had held the
position of leading comedian at the Museum for one or two
seasons, but owing to some misunderstanding left the establish-
ment. Mr. Warren was engaged to fill the gap. We well
remember the consternation of the frequenters of the Museum
at the time. " Warren will never do," was the cry on all hands.
" No man can be found to fill Hunt's shoes, and the Museum
■will be sure to fail," said many others. Well, the opening of
the fifth season, the night of the 23d of August, 1S47, arrived,
and the curtain arose on Pocock's fine old comedy " Sweet-
hearts and Wives," which was presented with a cast which we
give in full, because it marks the commencement of another
and the greatest era in Mr. Warren's life : —
14 Fiftieth Anniversary.
Admiral Franklin W. H. Curtis
Charles Franklin ...... L. Mestayer
Sanford (his first appearance) . . , J. A. Smith
Mr. Curtis Mr. Bernard
Billy Lackaday (his first appearance) . William Warren
William ......... T. Joyce
George -J- Adams
Eugenia Mrs. A. Knight
Laura Mrs. J. W. Thoman
Mrs. Bell Mrs. Melville
Susan ........ Mrs. C. L. Stone
Of this cast, outside of Mr. Joseph Alfred Smith (one of the
best fops, and assuredly the best dresser — neat, tasteful and
correct — that we ever remember to have seen) and Mr. War-
ren's cousin, Mrs. Jacob W. Thoman (now Mrs. Saunders of
California), there is not one left to tell the tale. William H.
Curtis, a very fair but always a perfectly reliable actor, died here
in Boston some years since; Joseph Louis Mestayer died in New
York within a year or two; Bernard has also joined " the great
majority." After his connection with the Museum ceased, he
went to New York, was instrumental in getting up the American
Dramatic Fund Association, and was for years its secretary ;
Thomas Joyce, capital in certain peculiarly " hard parts," among
which might be instanced Humphrey Dobbins in " The Poor
Gentleman," and for years the costumer of the Museum, has
become " a thing of nought; " John Adams (son of old Captain
Sam Adams, of Boston watch and police fame, and as a vocalist
held in remembrance by the frequenters of the old Tremont
Theatre, who will never forget his glorious voice in " The Sun
is Up," from " Paris and London") died in this city on the third
of October, 1863, and his remains found a resting place in
Mount Auburn; Mrs. Knight, who, as Mrs. Thomas Hind, was a
member of the Globe Theatre company a few seasons back.
AUitrtype: Forbes Co.
Sir Peter Teazle,
SCHICOX. FOI^ SO^i^XD^L.
playing the old women, has gone to another and a better world;
Mrs. Melville's dust has long since mingled with its fellow earth;
and !Mrs. Christopher L. Stone has found a respite from all her
earthly cares and troubles. Their faults, whatever they might
have been, are forgotten; their virtues have ascended in fra-
grance to heaven.
The afterpiece was " My Young Wife and Old Umbrella,"
with, of course, Mr. Warren as Gregory Grizzle. He was a
wonderful acquisition to the company, and in the preliminary
announcements of the opening, he was spoken of editorially in
the "Post" as "Mr. Warren, the highly fmished comedian;"
while the " Transcript " had it, that " Warren, that exquisite
comedian, is engaged for the season."
THK OTHER P.-VRTS PLAYED
by Mr. Warren during this his first season at the Museum, were
Jack Spraggs in " Look Before You Leap;" Paul Shaick in
"My Master's Rival;" Cheap John in "The Flowers of the
Forest;" Jerry Ominous in "A Thumping Legacy;" John
Downey in "Seemg Warren;" Jean Ruse in " Love's Sacrifice;"
Tom in "The Cabinet Question;" Tony Lumpkin in "She
Stoops to Conquer;" William Thompson, 2d, in "The Two
ITiompsons;" Fathom in "The Hunchback;" Pierre Palliot in
"The Follies of a Night;" Sir Harcourt Courtly in "London
Assurance;" Christopher Strop in " A Pleasant Neighbor;" Sir
Peter Teazle; Jacob Brag in " Make Your Wills;" Guy Good-
luck in "John Jones;" Pythias in " Damon and Pythias;" Mr.
Gilman in "The Happiest Day of My J^ife;" John Duck in
"The Jacobite;" Oliver Dobbs in "Agnes de Vere;" Adam
Brock in "Charles Twelfth;" Simon Sly in "Rural Felicity;"
Lawrence in "The Fate of Calais;" Monsieur la Folic in " Con-
founded Foreigners;" Launcelot in "The Merchant of Venice;"
Dan in "John Bull;" Narcissus Stubble in "Highways and
Byways;" Stephen in "The Perfect Wife;" Sir Abel Handy in
" Speed the Plough;" The Gentleman in " A Lady and Gentle-
man in a Peculiar Perplexing Predicament;" Jotham Hook in
"Moll Pitcher;" Coddles in "The Bottle;" Ludovico in " The
Peasant Boy;" O'Callaghan in "His Last Legs;" Monsieur
Morbleau in "Monsieur Tonson;" Gregory Thimble well in
"The Tal'or of Tamworth;" Jesse Rural in "Old Heads and
Young Hearts;" Sir Bashful Constant in "The Way to Keep
Him;" Bullfrog in "The Rent Day;" Lord Mayor in " Richard
Third;" Dr. Lionel Lambkin in " My Cousin Lambkin;" Dick
Dumpy in " Uncle Sam, or a Nabob for an Hour;" Sir Adam
Contest in "The Wedding Day;" Ping-Sing in "The En-
chanted Horse;" John Box in " Box and Cox;" Isadore Farine
in "The Pride of the Market;" Tom Tinkle in "A Dream at
Sea;" Josiah in "Three Experiments of Living;" Gilbert
Bachelor in "The Lear of Private Life;" Simon Twiggs in
" The Soldier's Dream;" I-e Grande Jargon in "The Last of
the Kings;" Selim Pettibone in "A Kiss in the Dark;" Dr.
OUapod in "The Poor Gentleman;" Dominie Sebastian Starkoff
in "Maurice the Woodcutter;" Mr. Busyman in "The Mys-
teries of Oddfellowship;" Apollo Bajazette in " Isabelle, or
Woman's Life;" Dominique in " Deaf and Dumb;" John
Prettyjohn in " My Wife's Come;" Murtoch Delaney in "The
Irishman in London;" Voliante in " Joan of Arc;" Pithagorus
Sphoon in "Wilful Murder;" Paul Pry; John James Pooley in
"Young England;" Mr. Perkin in " Alive and Merry;" Zckiel
Homespun in "The Heir-at-Law;" La Fleur in "Animal
Magnetism;" Inkpen in "The Lady Cavalier;" Sampson Jones
in "Waiting for a Train;" Fixture in "A Roland for an
Oliver;" Admiral Kingston in "Naval Engagements;" Jacob
Earwig in "Boots at the Swan;" Marquis de Richeville in
"Grist to the Mill;" Sam Slap in "The Rake's Progress;"
Dennis O'Glib in "The Siamese Twins;" Marmaduke Magog
in "The Wreck Ashore;" and Morgan Rattler in "How to
Pay the Rent."
THE SIXTH SEASON
opened on the evening of Monday, August 14th, 1848, with
" The Poor Gentleman." The fresh parts played by Mr. War-
ren this season were : Marcel Margot in " 'Twas I ; " Dominie
Sampson in "Guy Mannering;" Mr. Lax in "Dearest Eliza-
beth;" Haversack in "Napoleon's Old Guard; " Michael
Brousky in " Pas de Fascination;" Natz Teick in " Swiss Cot-
tage;" Frank Oatland in " A Cure for the Heartache;" Baillie
Nicol Jarvie in " Rob Roy;" John Peter Pilncoddy in " Poor
Pillicoddy;" Lord Priory in " Wives as they Were and Maids
as they Are;" Sir Harry Beagle in "The Jealous Wife;" Sir
William Fondlove in " The Love Chase;" John Moody in "The
Provoked Husband;" Graves in "Money;" Flutter in "The
Belle's Stratagem;" Triptolemus ICrout in " The Lioness of the
North;" Peregrene Puggs in "Shocking Events;" Baron
Pumpernickle in "Love's Telegraph;" Bob Acres in "The
Rivals;" Simon Sparks in "The Milliner's Holiday;" Augus-
tus Fitzmortimer in "The Phantom Breakfast;" Timothy Quaint
in "The Soldier's Daughter;" L'Clair in "The Foundling of
the Forest;" Andrew in "The Warlock of the Glen;" Trudge
in "Inkle and Yarico;" Ephraim Smooth in "Wild Oats;"
Terrence O'Reilly in " Who Do They Take Me For; " John
Browdie in "Nicholas Nickleby;" Marrall in " A New Way to
Pay Old Debts;" Timothy Botch in "A Soldier, a Sailor, a
Tinker and a Tailor," Hans Ketzlcr in "The Housekeeper's
Daughter;" Toby Perch in " Old Honesty;" Jeremiah Trundle
in "Going to the Races;" Jacob Cray in " Old Job and Jacob
Gray;" Fogrum in "The Slave;" Baraby Bristles in " Lucky
Stars;" John Ginger in " The Thimble Rig;" Bumble in " Oli-
ver Twist;" Nicholas Dovetail in "Mischief Making;" Mr.
Golightiy in "Lend Me Five Shillings;" Slasher in "Slasher
and Crasher;" Gregory in "Turn Out;" Mustapha in "The
Forty Thieves;" John Strong in " Your Life's in Danger;" Ben-
jamin Bowbell in "The Illustrious Stranger;" Caleb Quotem in
"The Review;" and Tristram Sappy in " As Deaf as a Post."
THE SEVENTH SEASON
of the Museum was opened on the evening of Monday, August
13th, 1849. During this season the new parts sustained by Mr.
Warren were as follows : Potterly Pevvitt in " Taken in and
Done For;" Hawbuck in " Town and Country;" Polonius in
"Hamlet;" Kilmalloch in "The Mountaineers;" Peter Pater-
noster in " John Dobbs;" Kent in " King Lear;" Adam Win-
terton in "The Iron Chest;" Titus Tallboy in " The Trumpeter's
Wedding;" Beau Shatterly (for the first time, Sept. 17th) in
"Married and Single;" Hannibal Fuzee (first time, Sept. 2ibt)
in the "Bold Dragoons;" Tom Chaff (first time, Oct. ist) in
"My Sister Kate;" Graves in "Money;" Touchstone, (first
time here, Oct. 5th) in "As You Like It;" Cobus Yerks in
"The Post of Honor;" Papoline in "The Sleeping Draught;"
Jack Cabbage in " Sudden Thoughts;" Sampson Jones in "The
Railroad Station;" Antony in "The Rival Valets;" Jacob Close
in " My Wife's Second Floor;" Squire Richard in "The Pro-
voked Husband;" Jacques in "The Honeymoon;" Mr. Simp-
son in "Simpson & Co.;" Bill Dowton in "The Drunkard;"
MacSwill in "The Vampire's Bride;" Chopin in "The Me-
chanic of Lyons " (first time in America Nov. 23d) ; Bartolo in
"The Wife;" Zyrtillo in "The Innkeeper of Abbeville;"
Crummy in " The Bookkeeper's Blunder," founded on the
Query "Who Pinned Chase's Coat Tail?" Bagatelle in "The
Poor Soldier;" Andrew Adz in " Michael Erie;" Felix Fumer
in "The Laughing tlyena;" Hugh Morgan in "Gwyneth
Vaughan;" Miramont in "The Elder Brother;" Papillon in
"The Liar;" Samson Low in "The Windmill;" Robert in
" SLx Degrees of Crime;" Grandfather Whitehead (first time
January 28th, 1858); Jacques Strop; The Grandfather in
" Master Humphrey's Clock;" Galochard in "The King's Gar-
dener;" Cupidonin "The Enchanted Beauty " (produced for the
first time Monday evening, February 4th, and had seventy-five
representations); Solomon in "The Rose of Corbeil;" Mr.
Vox in "Margaret Langford;" Tom Tape in " Englishmen in
India;" Fluffy in " Mother and Child are Doing Well;" Mar-
tin in "The Maid and the Magpie;" and Dickory in "The
THE EIGHTH SEASON
commenced August 5th, 1850. The new parts in which we find
Mr. Warren this season were : Hans Moritz in " Somebody
Else;" Bobby Breakwindow in "The New Footman;" Horatio
Waggles in "Friend Waggles;" Donald in "The Falls of
Clyde;" Tommy Tadpole in "The Haunted Inn;" Lawyer
Endless in "No Song, no Supper;" Perky n Pyefinch in "The
King and I;" Peter Ramboullier in " The Last Dollar;" Bob
Ticket in "An Alarming Sacrifice;" Solomon in "The Stran-
ger;" FirstWitch in "Macbeth;" Laird Small in " The King of
the Commons;" Paul Pitapat; Gil Perez in " Love's Counter-
sign;" Alcibiades Blaque in "Gertrude's Cherries;" Pedro in
"Cinderella" (produced Nov. nth, 1850, and run seventy-two
times) ; O'Blarney in " My Friend in the Straps;" Mr. Thistle-
down in "Platonic Attachnients;" Beeswing in "The Daugh-
ter of the Stars;" Launcelot Banks in "Sent to the Tower;"
Mr. Newpenny m "Two in the Morning;" Dogberry in "Much
Ado About Nothing;" Mr. Mouser in "Betsey Baker ;" Grumio
in " Katherine and Petruchio;" Topach in "The Children of
Cyprus" (produced March 17th, 1851, and played seventy- jix
times) ; Kit Cockles in " The Boston Merchant and his Clei Rs ; "
Bristles in "The Farmer's Story;" Major Lankey in " Pills and
Powder ; " Gregory Goslington in " The Widow's Curse ; " Cousin
Joe in "The Rough Diamond;" Toby Tramp in "The Mummy;"
Capt. Copp in " Charles the Second;" Goliah Goth in "Allow
Me to y\pologize;" Mr. Bonassus in "Victorine;" Brioche in
"The Husband of My Heart;" and Toby Twinkle in "All that
Glitters is not Gold."
THE NINTH SEASON
opened on the evening of Monday, August 4th, 185 1, with
" The Heir-at-Law," Mr. Warren as Dr. Pangloss. The fresh
parts this season were : Mr. Creepmouse in " Retired from
Business ;" Grimshaw in " Grimshaw, Bagshaw and Bradshaw ;"
Jeremiah Goslin in "The Fire Eater;" James in "The Hypo-
chondriac;" Dust in "The House Dog;" Canuche in "The
Seven Castles, or the Powers of the Passions" (which had its
first representation November 3d, 1851, and was given some
thirty performances) ; Peter Spyke in "The Loan of a Lover;"
John Smith in "Nature's Nobleman;" Ephraim Jenkinson in
"The Vicar of Wakefield;" Nicholas in " Peggy Green;" Mr.
Bonnycastle in "The Two B onny castles ;" Von Grout in "The
King and the Deserter;" Count Torribio de Portobello in "A
Hopeless Passion;" Gen. Omelette in "The Sergeant's Wed-
ding;" Monsieur Vraiment in " Caught in His Own Trap;" Mr.
Dulcimer in " The Guardian Angel;" Jefferson Scattering Bat-
kins (first time Feb. 16th, 1852) in "The Silver Spoon ;" Mr.
Samuel Gosling in "Tender Precautions;" BuUwaden in "The
Enchanted Harp " (first produced March 8th, 1852, and had
sixty-nine performances) ; Von Dunder in " 'Twould Puzzle a
Conjurer;" Mr. Doublequill Bun in "An Organic Affection ;"
Pierrot Baptiste in "The Forest of Senart," and Mr. Pygmalion
Phibbs in " Done on Both Sides."
THE TENTH SEASON
commenced on August 9th, 1S52, with " The Poor Gentleman"
and " The Rough Diamond." Mr. Warren's new parts this
season were as follows: Mr. Smythe in "The Meddler;"
Tompkins Tipthorp in " \Vho Stole the Pocket Book; " Lissardo
in " The Wonder; " Tom Dibbles in " The Good for Nothing; "
Crequet in " Satan in Paris; " Sir Andrew Aguecheek in
"Twelfth Night; " Trappanti in "She Would and She Would
Not; " Ferguson Trotter in "The Writing on the Wall; " Guy
of the Gap in " The Rose of Ettrick Vale; " Penetrate Partyside
in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (first produced Nov. 15th, 1852, and
which had an uninterrupted run of ten weeks, and one hundred
and seven performances in all) ; Box in " Box and Cox Married ; "
— on theoccasionof Mr. Warren's benefit, Feb. nth, 1853, his sis-
ter, Mrs. Rice, made her first and only appearance in the city as
Mrs. Turtle in " Hunting a Turtle; " — Paddington Green in
"The Woman I Adore; " Mr. Carraway in "The Jenkinses; "
John Buttercup in "The Phenomenon in a Smock Frock; "
Thomas Go-to-bed-Smith in " Go to Bed Tom; " Dennis O'Glib
in "The Siamese Twins;" Jean Jacques Francaise Antigone
Hypolite Frisac in " Paris and London; '" Mr. Samuel Snozzle
in "To Paris and Back for Five Pounds; " Oscar Baillard in
" Our New Lady's Maid;" Mr. Lilywhite in " Forty and Fifty;"
and Matty Marvellous in " The Miller's Maid."
THE ELEVENTH SEASON
opened Monday evening, August 8th, 1853, with "The Ileir-
at-Law." We find during this season the following as Mr. War-
ren's new representations : Orpheus Augustus Toots in " Rap-
pings and Table Turnings; " Mr. P. Postlewhaite in " A Desperate
Game; " Jeremy in "The Lady's Stratagem; *' Baron Von Kalb
in " Louise MuUer; " Mr. Middleman Higgins in " Extremes; "
Goldfinch in "Road to Ruin;" Ibrahim Mustapha in "The
Talisman " (produced Nov. 21st, and ran five weeks) ; Colin de
Trop in "The Somnambulist; " John Small in " The Two Buz-
zards; " Willibald in "The Bottle Imp;" Jacob Codling in
"The Last Man; " Dr. Lancelot Shee in a " Pretty Piece of
Business; " Monsieur Tourbilon in "To Parents and Guar-
dians; " The Infante Furibond in "The Invisible Prince;"
Diccon in "The Maid with the Milking Pail;" Michael
Browsky in "Pas de Fascination;" Job in " Cupid in a Con-
vent; " Ignatius Mulrooney in "Andy Blake;" Rouble in
"The Prima Donna;" Mr. Samuel Dabchick in "How to
Make Home Happy; " Simon Wigway in " Hot Corn; " Hector
Coco in " Val D'Andore; " Delph in " Family Jars; " Nobbier
in "Number One 'Round the Corner; " Wigler in " The Valet
de Sham; " Hickory Short in "The Governor's Wife; " and
Gustave de Grignon in " The Ladies' Battle."
THE TWELFTH SEASON
was commenced Monday evening, August 7th, 1854, with " All
that Glitters is not Gold" (Mr. Warren as Toby Twinkle) and
" The Phenomenon in a Smock Frock. " Mr. Warren's new parts
this season were : Mr. Trotter Southdown in "To Oblige Ben-
son; " Anthony Soskins in "The Moustache Movement; " Mr.
Christopher Quail in "Heads and Tails;" Baron Svvig-it-off-
Beeryin " Jennie Lind ; " Tom Tact in "Time Tries AH;" Pierre
Jt^ques in "Temptation;" Don Scipio di Pumpolino in "The
Queen's Husband;" Augustus in "The Willow Copse;" Jo-
siah Bounderby in " Hard Times ; " Mr. Richards in "As Like
as Two Peas;" Nicodemus Crowquill in "Peter Wilkins;"
Faithful Heartmore in "The Dream;" Sam Sampson in
"Bachelors' Buttons;" Job Wort in "A Blighted Being;"
Lord Leatherhead in "The Queensbury Fete; " Gnatbrain in
" Black-eyed Susan ; " Caleb Balderstone in " The Bride of Lam-
mermoor ; " Tobie Fracas in " Civilization ; " Ichabod Improveall
in " The Magic Mirror " (run five weeks); Charles Morton in
"The Revolutionary Soldier;" Hector Timid in " The Dead
Shot ; " Mr. Sowerby in " Tit for Tat ; " Doctor Rhododendron
in "A Game of Romps," and David in " The Bengal Tiger."
THE THIRTEENTH SEASON
opened on the evening of Monday, August 6th, 1855, with
" The Belle's Stratagem " and " The Two Buzzards." The new
parts assigned l\Ir. Warren were : Mr. Sparks in " The Milliner's
Holiday;" John Mildmay in " Still Waters Run Deep;" Greg-
ory in -'Turn Out;" Michonet in " Adrienne;" Hugo in " Val-
entine and Orson " (run seven weeks) ; John Plump in " Don't
Judge by Appearances;" Mr. A. Wylie in "The Bachelor of
Arts;" Mr. Sudden in "The Breach of Promise;" Mr. Plummy
in "How Stout You're Getting;" Job Fustian in " Charity's
Love ;" Count Toribu de Pompolo in " The Muleteer of
Toledo ;" Mustapha in the " Forty Thieves " (run six weeks) ;
Achilles Talma Dufard in " The First Night ;" Triplet in " Peg
Woffington;" and Dentatus Dotts in " Urgent Private Affairsl"
THE FOURTEENTH SEASON
opened August nth, 1856, with "The Poor Gentleman " and
" The Windmill." The new parts for which Mr. Warren was
cast this season embraced Michel in " Hortense, or The Pride
of Birth;" Jing Jolly-gong, in " Aladdin " (produced Monday,
Nov. 24th, "56, and run five weeks) ; Mr. Delmaine in " My
Husband's Mirror;" Count de Brissac in "Our Wife;" Haw-
buck in "Second Love;" Tom Baggs in " St. Mary's Eve;"
Uncle John in " Dred;" Mr. Coobiddy in " Hoops and Crino-
line ;" Enos Crumlet in " Neighbor Jackwood ;" and Don
Vicentio in " A Bold Stroke for a Husband " — not a very heavy
season for study.
THE FIFTEENTH SEASON
commenced with " Sweethearts and Wives " and " Poor Pilli-
coddy," on Monday evening, August loth, 1857. The new parts
of Mr. Warren this season were: Simon Box in "The House-
keeper;" Dandylion in " Ruth Oakley;" Barabas in "The Sea
of Ice;" Lavigne in "Therese, the Orphan of Geneva;" Bill
Ball in "The Liberty Tree;" Schnapps in "The Nymphs of the
Rhine" (better known as "The Naiad Queen"); Union Jack
in " Woman, her Love, her Faith, her Trials ;" Mr. Snuffleton
in "Brother Ben;" M. Desmerits in "Plot and Passion;" Tim
Moore in "The Irish Lion;" Ping Sing in "The Enchanted
Horse ;" Mr. Horatius Tittlebat in " An Uncommonly Awkward
Position;" Jerry Butters in "The Rich and Poor of Boston;"
John Forrester in "The Jewess;" Mr. Barnaby Bibbs in " A
Quiet Family;" Walter in "The Maid of Croissy;" Peter Von
Bummel in " The Flying Dutchman;" J. S. Batkins in " Batkins
at Home;" Bonus in "Laugh When You Can;" Peter Perch in
"The Crock of Gold;" and Mr. Jarvis Spike in "A Wedding
THE SIXTEENTH SEASON
opened Monday evening, August 9th, 1858, with " The Poor
Gentleman " and " The Rough Diamond." Mr. Warren's new
parts this season were: Crawley in "Gold;" Bob Acres in
"The Rivals;" Autolycus in " A Winter's Tale;" Hindbad in
"Sinbad the Sailor;" Asa Trenchnrd in " Our American Cou-
sin;" Cackelberry in "Thirty-three Ne.xt Birthday;" Fixture in
"A Roland for an Oliver;" Chiselby in " Senor Valiente;"
Lord Timothy Dexter; Our Cousin Peter; and Sir Solomon
Cynic in "The Young Heiress" (altered from, the old comedy
THE SEVENTEENTH SEASON
commenced Monday evening, August 15th, 1859. We find the
new parts of Mr. Warren to be this season : Pawkins in " Re-
tained for the Defence ;" Mr. Oscar Sheridan Brown in " I've
Written to Brown ;" Victor Dubois in " Ici on Parle Francais;"
Joseph Ironsides in " Nine Points of the Law ;" Cupidon in
" The Enchanted Beauty ;"' Baron de Beaupre in " A Husband
to Order;" Major Wellington de Boots Jh "Everybody's
Friend;" Caleb Plummer in "Dot;" Finesse in "Mesalli-
ance;" Lycurgus ^luddle in " Fast Men of the Olden Time;"
Shacabac in " Blue Beard ;" Dr. Boerhaave Botcherby in " The
Unequal Match;" Major Ira Warfield in "The Hidden Hand;"
Aminidab Sleek in "The Serious Family;" Jonathan Chick-
weed in " Nursey Chickweed ;" Mizzle in " Does Vour Mother
Know You're Out ;" Uncle Zachary Clinch in " Uncle Zachary."
During this season, on Saturday evening, November I2th, 1859,
Mr. Warren, in conjunction with Mrs. Julia Bennett Barrow,
appeared in a " Polyloquial Pastime, entitled Old Friends and
New Phases," written by John Brougham.
THE EIGHTEENTH SEASON
opened Monday evening, August 6th, i860, with " The Rivals "
and " My Young Wife and Old Umbrella." The new parts
this season were: Mr. Cornelius Popjoy in "A Race for a
Widow" (for the first time in America) ; Mr. Dimple, in " Leap
Year;" Fitzsmythe in "Fitzsmythe of Fitzsmythe Hall;"
Nicholas in " Secrets Worth Knowing ;" Mr. Jackeryin " Christ-
mas Boxes;" Perkyn Posthlewait in "The Three Cuckoos;"
Myles Na-Coppaleen in "The Colleen Bawn " (fifty-two con-
secutive performances); Pinchback in "Playing with I'ire ;"
Oliver Dobbs in " Agnes de Vere ;" The Laird o' Dumbiedikes
in " Jeanie Deans " (run four weeks) ; Master Caleb Good-
fellow in " The Miller of Whetstone ;" Timothy Jit in "Norah
Creina;" Samuel Pepys in "The Court and Stage;" Mr. Simon
Coobiddy in "An Ugly Customer;" John Wopps in "From
Information I Received ;" Captain Silas Jorgan in " A Message
from the Sea ;" Fanfaronade in " Belphegor, the Mountebank ;"
Rodney Rickets in "Hit Him, He Has no Friends;" Snobson
in "Fashion;" Monsieur Achille Bonbon in "The National
Guard;" Isadore Girodot in "The Cup and the Lip ; " Tangle
in "Loaves and Fishes;" Mr. Trevor in "A Hard Struggle;"
Augustus in " The Willow Copse ;" Father Barbeaud in " Fan-
chon ;" and Jeremiah Beetle in " The Babes in the Wood."
THE NINETEENTH SEASON
opened with " Men of the Day" (Mr. Warren as Robin Wild-
brier) and "Betsey Baker," on Monday evening, August 19th,
1861. Mr. Warren's other new parts during the season were:
Mr. Peter Dunducketty in " Dunducketty's Picnic;" Uncle
Robert Single in "Uncle Robert;" John Groundsel, in "My
Lord and My Lady;" Dr. Rouspack in "The Angel of Mid-
night;" Daniel Doddlewobble in "Off to the War;" Smashing-
ton Goit in the farce of the same name ; Joe Gargery in " Great
Expectations;" Jean Jacques Hyppolite Rouget in"Eudora;"
Benjamin Wiggles in " Brother Bill and Me ;" Michael Carrey
in " Pauvrette, or Under the Snow;" Uentatus Dotts in " The
Home Guard;" Plato Pottleton in "Don't Forget Your Opera
Glasses;" Salem Scudder in "The Octoroon" (four weeks);
Tom Leeman in "The Belle of the Season;" Muggieton
Muggs in "That Nose;" Mr. Henpecker in "The Terrible
Secret " (first time in America) , Brigadier Perod in " The
Circassienne ;" Doctor Wespe in the comedy of that name ;
Mr. Sweet in " Short and Sweet ;" Dabster in " The Eton Boy ;"
Justice Grout in " East Lynne," and Tubal Trott in the " Union
Boys of '62."
THE TWENTIETH SEASON
opened on Monday evening, August 25th, 1862, with " Men of
the Day" and "Dodging the Draft," Mr. Warren as Hannibal
Fusil. His other new parts were : Dr. Juni Lapham in " Down
South, or the Steel Casket;" Jabez Bunny in " Black Sheep;"
Lazy Job in " Abel Drake's Wife;" Roussel in " Jeannette, or
la Cretin de la Montagne ;" Timothy Poodle in " Poodle vs. St.
Bernard ;" Dick Stubbs in " Doing for the Best ;" Robert Grap-
ple in "Marrying for Money;" Bije in " Magnolia, the Plant-
er's Daughter" (run five weeks) ; Hector BallaWard in "Cross-
ing the Quicksands;" Judge Thornley in "Mrs. Walthrop's
Boarders;" Justice dbadiah Grout in "Edith, or the Earl's
Daughter;" Giaccomo in "Satanella;" Steve in "Aurora
Floyd ;" Baron Torribro du Pompolino in " Marriage by
Magic;" and Baxter Digges in " Port Royal."
THE TWENTY-FIRST SEASON
opened August 24th, 1863, with " Money " and " Cousin Joe."
The new parts to be added to Mr. Warren's list this season were
Tony Xettletop in " Love in a Maze;" the Marquis de la Roche-
peans in " Old Fogies;" Nicodemus Nobs in "Turn Him Out;"
Dogbrier in "Camilla's Husband;" Dick Trotter in "Janet
Pride;" Decimus Docket in " The Merry Widow;" and Bun-
berry Kobb in " Rosedale " (fifty-seven consecutive perform-
ances). On the iSth of June, 1864, Mr. Warren was announced
for a farewell benefit, when he appeared as Box, and Achille
Talma Dufard. He remained, however, until the close of the
season, July 4th.
THE TWENTY-SECOND SEASON
Mr. Warren severed his connection with the Museum, and
under Mr. Henry C. Jarrett's management, as chief of the War-
ren-Orton combination, made a successful starring tour of the
country, in such roles as that of Dr. Pangloss in " The Heir-at-
Law " and Jeremiah Beetle being especially acceptable The
other members of the organization were : Mr. Charles Barron,
for the past fifteen years the popular leading man of the Bos-
ton Museum; Miss Josie Orton, the wife of Mr. Benjamin E.
Woolf, the author of " The Mighty Dollar," and Miss Emily
Mestayer. But the Museum had become Mr. Warren's home,
and though had he chosen to accept stellar honors they would
have been showered upon him, he preferred to return and live
among his warm friends of Boston. Right royal was the greet
ing extended the comedian as he made his rentree on the Mu-
seum stage in "The Heir-at-Law;" never was an actor more
cordially welcomed, and never was friendship better exemplified.
THE TWE^fTY-THIRD SEASON
opened on the 24th of August, 1865, with "The Heir-at-Law"
(Warren as Pangloss) and "Turn Him Out." His new parts
throughout this season were: Mr. Tittunis in "The Steeple
Chase;" Mr. John Dibbits in " On the Sly;" Nils Fleming in
"Step by Step;" Rocket In "Settling Day;" Paul Pry in
"Paul Pry Married and Settled;" Iodine Gnuskoghl, M. D., in
" The Sons of the Cape " (fifty-one consecutive performances) ;
The Major in " Henry Dunbar;" Benjamin Blinker in " Lost in
London;" and Jeremiah Fluke in " Behind Time."
THE TWENTY-FOURTH SEASON
was opened Monday evening, August 13th, 1866, with "Town
and Country " and " Somebody Else." During the season Mr.
Warren appeared in the following new parts : Bob Buskin in
"Only a Clod;" Professor Brown in "Conscience Makes Cow-
ards;" Peterin "The Stranger;" Tom Stylus in "Society;" Mr.
Brittle Pipkin in " Pipkin's Rustic Retreat;" Barney O'Toole in
" Peep o' Day " (a four weeks' run) ; Jasper Pidgeon in " Meg's
Diversion;" Cicero Rabbits in "The White Boy;" John Want
in " The Frozen Deep " (run four weeks); Taraxicum Twitters
in " My Turn Next;" Jean Grignon in " Rocambole;" Pinkey-
wood in "What Shall We Do With It;" Genevoix in "The Old
Cockade;" and Saint Amant in " Hilda."
THE TWENTY-FIFTH SEASON
opened on August 19th, 1867, with " Men of the Day " and " My
Turn Next." This season Mr. Warren's new parts were : Mr.
Triptolemus Twitter in "A Slice of Luck; " Eccles in " Caste; "
Toby Allspice in "The Way to Get Married;" Floppin in
"A Dangerous Game;" Dennis Wayman in "Nobody's
Daughter; " Joey Ladle in " No Thoroughfare; " Dickey Dan-
delion in " Dandelion's Dodges; " and Moneypenny in "The
THE TWENTY-SIXTH SEASON
opened with " Money" and " Poor Pillicoddy," on the 17th of
August, 1868. Mr. Warren's new parts were: Joe Wylie in
"Foul Play;" Montgomery Brown in "Time and the Hour;"
Mr. Simeon Schweinfleisch in "Surf;" Charley Spraggs in
"Blow for Blow;" Matthew Pincher in " Cyril's Success;"
Blaziten in "Flirtation;" Leon Bonnefoi in " A Victim of Cir-
cumstances;" Mr. John Hippy in "My Lady Clara;" Mr.
Nubby in " War to the Knife;" and Scroggins in "A Cup of
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SEASON
commenced Monday evening, August II th, 1869, with "London
Assurance." The new parts assigned to Mr. Warren during
this season were : Sam Winkle in "Checkmate;" Gaucher de
Lorisjuneau in " Birds of a Feather;" Monsieui de Lanorimire
in " A Marriageable Daughter;" Amadee Jovial in " The Lone
House on the Bridge of Notre Dame;" The O'Grady in " Arrah
Na Pogue " (an eight weeks' run); Dick DoUand in " Uncle
Dick's Darling;" Baron de Cambri in " Frou-Frou;" Mr. Frank
Eristowe in " The Prompter's Bo.x;" Monsieur de Pomerol in
"Fernande;" and Mr. Kerr Flamberry in "Central Park."
THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SEASON
commenced on Monday, August 15th, 1870, with "The Ileir-at-
Law." The following were the new parts assigned to Mr.
Warren this season : Mr. Hunter in " New Men and Old Acres;"
Digby Grant in "The Two Roses;" Dunscombe-Dunscombe in
"M. P.;" Sir Patrick I undie in "Man and Wife;" and Cap-
tain Sound, R. N., in "War."
THE TWENTY-NINTH SEASON
was opened Monday, August 14th, 1.S71, with "Town and
Country." We find Mr. Warren's new parts to be : Tom Crankey
in "The Birth-place of Podgers;" Sadlove in " Elfie, or The
Cherry Tree Inn " (forty consecutive representations) ; Puffy in
" The Streets of New York " (a four weeks run) ; Nicodemus
Boffin in "Gold Dust;" Muggles in " Partners for Life;" and
Off-an-agan in " \'eteran."
THE THIRTIETH SEASON
commenced Mcn^ay evening, September 2d, 1872, with "The
School for Scandal." Mr. Warren's new parts this season were
as follows: Templeton Jitt, Esq., in "Divorce;" Corporal
Patrick in " Rachael the Reaper;" Mr. Lovibond in "The
Overland Route;" Gaillardin in " The Christmas Supper;" and
Jacques Faurel in " One Hundred Years Old."
THE THIRTY-FIRST SEASON
opened Monday evening, September ist, 1873, with " Divorce."
Mr. Warren's new parts : Simon Cornichet in " The Geneva
Cross " (a five weeks' run) ; Mr. Micawber in " Little Em'ly "
(a six weeks' run) ; Hector Placide in " Led Astray " (a six
weeks' run) ; and Capt. Ed'ard Cuttle in " Heart's Delight."
Al>„,n,l,c: J.\,,l,t- (I
JEFFERSON SCATTERING BATKINS,
THE THIRTY-SECOND SEASON
commenced Monday evening, August 24th, 1874, with "Town
and Country.'.' The new parts of this season were : Herr Fritz
Schneider in"Mimi;" Daddy O'Dowd in the play of that
name (a four weeks' run); Benjamin Blinker in " Lost in Lon-
don" (a three weeks' run) ; Spotty in " The Lancashire Lass;"
Lutin in "The Wicked World;" and Dennis Bulgruddery in
THE THIRTY-THIRD SEASON
was opened Monday evening, August 23d, 1875, "^^^ "John
Bull." Mr. Warren's new parts were: Prof. Cadwallader in
" The Big Bonanza " (which ran five weeks) ; Moulinet in " Rose
Michel" (run for four weeks); Marecat in "Our Friends;"
Samuel Tottles in"Tottles;" Abel Siders in "Paul Revere;"
and Ebenezer Doolittle in " The Minute Man."
THE THIRTY-FOtniTH SEASON
opened on Monday evening, August 28th, 1876, with the first
representation in Boston of Sardou's " Ferreol," Mr. Warren as
Palamedes Perrisol. His other new parts were: Gartinet in
"Wanted a Divorce;" Paulo Baretti in "John Garth;" Levar-
dier in "Rose Marie;" Marquis de Very in " Vendome ; " In-
spector Bucket in " Poor Jo;" Hector Boisjoli in " The Double
Wedding;" Joe Grill in " Old Sailors;" Natt Harpin in " Maud
MuUer;" and Col. M. T. Elevator in "Our Boarding House"
(a four weeks' run). ^
THE THIRTY-FIFTH SEASON
was inaugurated by a representation of "Divorce," on Mon-
day evening, August 27th, 1877. Mr. Warren's new parts
were for this season : Baby's Tutor in " Baby " (run for four
weeks) ; Antoine Fontenay in " The Sisters;" Major Gooseberry
in " Lemons, or Wedlock for Seven;" Hector Perrichon in
" Papa Perrichon ;" Dennis O'Rourke in " A Celebrated Case;"
and Saunders in " Harebell."
THE THIRTY-SIXTH SEASON
commenced Monday evening, August 26th, 1878, with the first
performance in this city of Sardou's "Diplomacy," Mr. Warren
as Lucien Fanrolle. The other new parts of this season were :
Dr. Primrose in " The Vicar of Wakefield " (a new version) ;
Herr Weigel in " My Son " (a five weeks" run) ; John Peerybingle
in " The Cricket on the Hearth;" Mr. Perkyn Middlewick in
" Our Boys;" and Uncle John in " Snowball."
THE THIRTY-SEVENTH SEASON
was opened on Monday, August 25th, 1879, with " The School
for Scandal." The new parts this season were : Chawles
Liquorfond in "A Fool and His Money;" Peponet in " Hum-
bugs;" Higgins in, " Dr. Clyde;" Hector PeyroUes in "The
Duke's Motto;" Josiah Clinch in "Our Girls;" and Father
Dolan in "The Shaughraun."
THE THIRTY'-EIGHTH SEASON
opened Saturday evening, August 28th, 1880, with "The School
for Scandal." Mr. Warren's new parts were : Doctor Dele-
hanty in " Sixes and Sevens;" Mr. Butterscotch in "The Guv-
'nor " (an eleven weeks' run) ; and David Deans in " Jeanie
THE THIRTY-NINTH SEASON
opened on Monday, August 22d, 1881, with "The Rent Day"
and " Doing for the Best." During this season Mr. Warren
appears^i in but two new parts — Mr. Lambert Streyke in " The
Colonel," which ran for five weeks ; and Andrew in " The False
THE FORTIETH SEASON
commenced Monday evening, August 21st, 1S82, with the
comedy of "Imprudence." Mr. Warren as Dalrymple, and as
Mr. Ledger in " The Parvenu."
This record completes the list of pieces in which Mr. Warren
has appeared in this city during the thirty-six years in which he
has been identified with the Boston stage. It is a list unprece-
dented, and we look upon it with awe, when we take into con-
sideration the vast amount of mental strain that was required
to memorize so many and so opposite parts. It is a record of
which it can be safely said, that no other actor who lived ever
For a period of thirty-sbc years has Mr. Warren been identi-
fied with the
FORTUNES OF THE MUSEUM,
and the greater share of the good luck which has invariably at-
tended this favorite resort is attributable to him. No actor was
ever more loyal to his manager, no actor ever more faithful to
his public. " He remained fixed and determined in principle,
in measure and in conduct." The writer of this article is only
too happy at being permitted the opportunity of expressing his
unbounded admiration of Mr. Warren as an actor, and to
repeat what he wrote some ten years since :
" As an actor Mr. Warren may be safely set down as the most
thorough and accomplished comedian on the American boards.
There are others who unquestionably excel him in certain
specialties, but for general range of what is technically known
as ' business,' he has today no equal. In all departments of the
comedian's peculiar sphere he is thoroughly at home. High
comedy and broad farce are equally within his grasp. Dialect
acting is one of his strongest points, and his dialect, as is the
case with most actors, is not confined to a single nationality, but
he is at home in French, Dutch, .Scotch, Irish, Yorkshire and
Yankee parts. Who that remembers the pathos of his Haver-
sack and Monsieur Tourbillon can ever forget the rollicking
humor of his O'Callaghan — characters which are as opposite as
the poles. In other pathetic parts, who does not call to mind
his Grandfather Whitehead and his Jesse Rural, and how admir-
ably do these contrast with the rich humor of his Dr. Pangloss,
his Dr. Ollapod, his Tony Lumpkin and his Dogberry. We were
ever of the opinion that in eccentric parts Mr. Warren was
superlative, and in this connection we may say that there is a
certain round of characters that he has created in this country,
in which he stands peerless. We refer to the heroes of the
remarkable series o farces written by J. Madison Morton, and
we have the judgment of competent English critics-to bear us
out in the assertion, that in their delineation, their original repre-
sentatives in London bore no comparison to Mr. Warren. In his
masterly portrayal of Box, Grimshaw, Golightly, Pillicoddy,
Puddyfoot, Slasher, Bonnycastle, and numerous' other parts, he
has a'forded pleasure to thousands upon thousands of our
citizens, and gained for himself a fame that is world-wide and
William Winter, an authority ni all matters appertaining to the
stage, says in a note to his life of the JefTersons, that Mr.
Warren is " the finest Touchstone on the stage of this period —
grave, quaint and sadly thoughtful behind the smile and the
jest — an admirable Polonius, great in Sir Peter Teazle, and of
powers that range easily from Caleb Plummer to Eccles, and are
adequate to both extremes of com.ic eccentricity and melting
pathos, this comedian presents a shining exemplification of high
and versatile abilities worthily used, and brilliant laurels
In artistic detail, we may add that Mr. Warren is consum-
mate; and in dress and make-up is ever complete, careful and
Mr. Warren has never been married, and it is a matter of
profound regret to reflect that there is
" No son of his succeeding "
on whose shoulders the mantle which he so gracefully wears
might fall. We can wonder that a man who loves domesticity
so much as Mr. Warren does, has never taken unto himself a
wife ; but there can be no doubt he has good reasons for re-
maining as he is, and these reasons are no concern of ours, or of
the public. This we will say, however, that he is a great favor-
ite with ladies, and he endears himself to them by his unvan'ing
courtesy, his delicate attentions, and many kindly acts. He is
the delight of those of his friends who are so fortunate as to
meet him in the retirement of his home. He is the life of the
company. He possesses an
UNCEASING FLOW OF WIT,
and is a most delici ous story-teller ; and his stories are the more
heartily relished from the quaint humor with which they are in-
vested, and the delectable dryness with which they are related.
As a general thing the acquaintances of actors are ephemeral.
Such, however, is not the case with Mr. Warren. His acquaint-
ances have grown into friends, and their friendships have be-
come steadfast and enduring. The pubhc is inclined to be a
very capricious creature, but it has never for a moment been
lukewarm in its love for William Warren.
In many respects it can be said that
THE LIFE OF MR. WARF.EM
has been an uneventful one. It has been in a great degree one
of calm repose. It is to be questioned if a more successful star
actor could be found in the country, had he seen proper to take
up that particular walk. But he preferred to " keep the noise-
less tenor of his way," and if he has not won victory in as many
different fields as hundreds of less gifted actors have done, his
triumphs have been to the full as great if not greater, and his
renown will to a certainty be more lasting, for it is implanted
deep in the affections of a warm-hearted and generous people,
who, from the youngest to the oldest, will cherish the fondest
recollections of him long after his bones shall have mouldered
into dust. Mr. Warren is a ripe scholar. He is a man of ex-
tensive reading, and fine literary culture, and he is especially
well versed in the modern authors of America, England, and
The genius of Mr. Warren, allied to his blameless life and his
gentlemanly instincts, has been his
PASSPORT TO THE BEST SOCIETY,
and it is in appreciation of the sterling worth of the man that a
number of our best citizens have tendered him a complimentary
benefit, which is to take place at the Museum on Saturday after-
noon and evening, the 28th of October, and which will also be
in commemoration of the anniversary of his fiftieth year of con-
nection with the stage. The brilliant and cultivated audience
which will assemble on that occasion, and the warmth with
which he will be received, will be strongest testimony to the
estimation in which he is held by the entire community.
Mr. Warren has proved himself
A PUBLIC BENEFACTOR.
He has soothed many a weary and careworn mind, and has
brought sunshine to many an aching heart. On this account it
is not to be wondered at that the man as well as the actor is so
beloved. We can, in no more fitting words bring this article,
which is sadly inadequate in doing full justice to the subject, to
a close, than by quoting the sentences which Thackeray has
written on Charles Dickens, and which have been on at least one
occasion before applied to Mr. Warren : " We delight and won-
der at his genius ; we recognize in it — we speak with awe and
reverence — a commission from that Divine Beneficence, whose
blessed task we know it will one day be to wipe every tear from
every eye. Thankfully we take our share of the feast of love
and kindness, which this gentle and generous and charitable
soul has contributed to the happiness of the world. We take
and enjoy our share, and say a Benediction for the meal."
The Great Comedian's Golden Anniversary.
BOSTON'S TRIBUTE TO HER FAVORITE ACTOR.
The scene in the Boston Museum on Saturday was one
the remembrance of which all who were present will long
cherish. The doors were opened at one o'clock in the
afternoon, and the audience began to assemble immedi-
atel_v thereafter, and by two o'clock the theatre was well
filled. During the preliminary hour an orchestral concert
was given, under the direction of Mr. George Purdy. in
t\\& foyer, which had been transformed by Mr. Galvin into
a bower of vines, blossoms, tropical plants and ferns in
great profusion. In the inner lobby, at the foot of the
staircase leading to the balcony, displayed against a back-
ground of crimson drapery, and lighted from above by a
row of gas-jets, stood the full-length portrait of Mr.
Warren, painted by Mr. Frederick P. \'inton on the order
of a large number of Bostonians, who desire to retain in
this city for all time the counterfeit presentment of our
greatest comedian. It was seen and admired by the audi-
ence, who, in both the afternoon and evening, gathered
about it in throngs while on the way in or out of the
auditorium. The portrait is a remarkably fine one, and
the instinctive remark of liundreds, on seeing it for the
first time, was " How natural! " Mr. Warren is depicted
by the artist in walking costume, with overcoat thrown
open, gloves held loosely in the right hand, and the right
foot a little forward — an easy, natural and graceful pos-
ture. The face has the genial, kindly expression so
familiar to all who know the original, and the effect of
the picture, as it was set on this occasion, was that of a
gentleman greeting his guests.
The decorations in the auditorium were confined to the
front of the stage and the proscenium boxes. The or-
chestra was banished under the stage, and in the place
usually occupied by the leader's music-stand was set a
life-size bust of the comedian, the base wreathed in
vines, flowers and gorgeous-hued autumn leaves. The
stage-front was thickly hung with festoons of smilax,
dotted at close intevals with roses. Festoons of laurel
leaves depended in graceful curves over the box-fronts,
from the highest to the lowest, thickly interspersed with
camelias, calendulas, nasturtiums, poppies and sprays of
ivy. In front of the opening of each box, near the top,
was suspended a basket of roses. The effect was charm-
ing, the deep green of the leaves and the more lively
colors of the flowers gaining new beauties by contrast
with the mahogany and " old gold," which formed a rich
THE AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
was attended by an audience of a little over eleven hun.
dred persons, the ladies being in the majority. A more
brilliantly attired assemblage has rarely, if ever, been
seen at a matinee, and the long rows of private carriages
in front of the house indicated that it comprised a goodly
number of representatives of the wealth and fashion of
the city, as well as the more humble admirers of the come-
dian. The play was the " Heir-at-Law " of the younger
Coleman, and it Avas presented with a cast which will be
found on the second page.
The performance was one of rare and general excel-
lence, and its merits were thoroughly appreciated and
duly rewarded by the audience. Miss Clark's " Cicely,"
Mr. Barron's "Dick Dowlas," Mr. Wilson's " Zekiel,"
Mr. Hudson's " Daniel Dowlas," Miss Bartlett's " Caro-
line," and Mrs. Vincent's " Deborah Dowlas" were each
and all very good, and every one of the players seemed
to intend just such an artistic care and reserve as would
be appropriate to tlie anniversary. But the chief interest)
of course, was in Mr. Warren. On his first appearance
he was greeted with hearty and long sustained plaudits,
and it was several minutes before his admirers would
allow him to speak. He acknowledged the demonstration
with quiet dignity, and proceeded with his role in the
same admirable manner wliich lias hitherto characterized
his performance of this favorite part. He was again and
again applauded during the representation, and at the end
of the third act was called before the curtain. It was not
on the programme for him to make a speech until evening;
but the audience persisted in demanding it of him, and he
graciously yielded. In a voice tremulous with emotion,
he thus addressed his auditors :
Toadies and Gentlemen, — It is seldom that it is granted
to an actor to assist at the semi-centennial anniversay of
his first appearance on the stage. It is a part requiring
a great many long rehearsals, and only one performance.
[Laughter and applause.] I cannot flatter myself, ladies
and gentlemen, that this compliment is due to my humble
efforts to amuse you through a long series of years, but
rather that it is due to your generosity. I do not think any
reminiscences of mine would be very entertaining to you,
not being partial to ancient history [laughter], and I have
been so long used to appear on these boards as somebody
else, that it is not very congenial to me to stand here and
talk about myself, making, as the poet says, " himself to
stand the hero of his tale." [Applause.] I thank you
from the bottom of my heart. I have also some acknowl-
edgments to make to the committee of arrangements, to
Mr. Frederick P. Vinton, to the gentlemen of the press, to
the managers of this theatre, to the members' of the
Museum company, and to the many kind friends who
offered their services — Mr. Barnabee, among the first,
Edwin Booth, Lester Wallack, John McCullough, Joseph
Jefferson, and last, but not least, Miss Mary Anderson and
Mrs. Drew; but previous professional engagements pre-
vented their appearance. Now, thanking you for this and
the many, many past favors, which are registered where
every day I turn the leaf to read them, allow me to bid
you farewell. [Loud applause.]
This brief and appropriate address was received with
every demonstration of delight, and the speaker, laying
down the role of Warren, resumed that of " Dr. Pangloss,"
and the play proceeded to the end, with success equalling
that attendant upon its earlier scenes.
THE EVEXIXG PERFORMANCE
attracted what was beyond question the finest audience
ever gathered within the Museum walls. The expressions
of its aftectionate admiration for Mr. Warren were made
with a vigor and directness that would have thrilled even
an indifterent spectator ; nothing — not one even of the
many rounds of applause — seemed in the least perfunc-
tory, and everywhere the glowing cheek, the moistened
eye and the tremulous hand told of the heartfelt signifi-
cance of the occasion. Prominent representatives of all
the learned professions — the clergy not accepted — were
notably numerous, and so were men and women of dis-
tinction in artistic, official and business circles, and the
world of fashion and society. The number of gray heads
in the assemblage was very striking to an onlooker from
the upper part of the house. With few exceptions, the
gentlemen were in evening dress, and, as for the toilettes
of the ladies, only a person versed in the mysteries of
feminine apparel is competent to describe the marvels in
design and material displayed on this occasion. The
term brilliant is really- inadequate to express the appear-
ance of this great gathering in honor of the comedian.
Every seat was filled, and every spot commanding a
view of any portion of the stage was occupied, there being
more than seventeen hundred persons in the house. The
play was Sheridan's " School for Scandal." The cast will
be found on the second page. Of the performance of this
play it is as needless to speak as it is of that of the after-
noon. The entire company appeared in it, and all the
principal members, notably Mr. Barron, Miss Clarke,
Mrs. Vincent and Mr. Wilson, were welcomed with ex-
ceeding cordiality as they made their entrances upon the
scene. All seemed inspired by the occasion, and the play
has never been given here better. Mr. Warren was
greeted with an enthusiam that was little short of frenzy.
Round after round of applause shook the very walls, dying
awav only to be renewed again and again with greater
vigor. It was many minutes before the recipient of this
grand ovation was permitted to speak, and, when at last
he uttered his opening lines, the tremor of his voice,
showed how deeply he was aftected by the reception.
Every line he spoke fell upon appreciative ears, every
h'ttle detail of the stage business, of which he is so perfect
a master, was watched with eager and admiring attention.
Not a point in the performance was missed, and not one
was made that did not receive the instant recognition of
applause or laughter.
Mr. Warren's " Sir Peter Teazle," though not more re-
markable than many another of his efforts in displaying
the height and variety of his powers, has such a wonder-
ful roundness, such faultless proportion, and such exquis-
ite finish that we are not disposed to question or regret
the general verdict which proclaims it to be his master-
piece. Mr. Warren's figure as he first enters upon
the scene with deliberate step, the anxious cast of his
strong, expressive face, the care-betokening bend of his
head, and the incomparable suit of pale green and gold,
together make a picture which most of us have neither
the wish nor the power to efface from our memories. And
as that picture rises before us, we hear again the quiet yet
intense delivery of the opening lines, whose mode of
utterance sets the key-note of the whole performance :
" When an old bachelor marries a young wife, what is he
to expect ? "
At the close of the " screen-scene," the demand for Mr.
Warren's return to the stage, which had up to this time
been ineffective, became too imperative to be resisted, and
he came forward to receive a greeting as hearty as that
which met him on his first entry. Coming forward, a
great wreath of laurel and oak leaves in gold, tied with
broad white satin ribbon, the gift of Mile. Rhea, was pre"
sented to him, beai-ing the following inscription in gilt
letters : —
"William Warren — Homage d'admiration, de respect et d'amour;
souvenir du 28 Octobre, 1882. Rhea.
There were also a bed of exquisite flowers and a floral
horseshoe from Mr. Franklin S. Pratt, with the inscrip-
tion : —
" Here's good luck. From your friend and neighbor."
Amid renewed plaudits he gracefully acknowledged the
compliment, and then addressed the audience as ibllows :
Ladies and Gentleme)i, —Perhaps on such an occasion
as this I may be permitted to come nearer to you and ad-
dress you as patrons and friends. It may be a questionable
matter whether the fiftieth anniversary of the year of any
man's life should be a matter of congratulation rather
than perhaps one of sympathy or condolence. [Laughter
and applause.] You seem, however, most emphatically
to rank it with the former, and certainly I have no cause
to class it with the latter. To have lived in this city of
Boston happily for more than five-and-thirty years, en-
gaged in so good and successful a theatre as this, and
cheered always by your favor, and then to have that resi-
dence crowned by such an assemblage as I see before me,
is glory enough for one poor player. [Applause.] My
humble eflbrts have never gained for me any of the great
prizes of my profession until now, but failing to reach the
summit of "Parnassus, it is something to have found so
snug a nook in the mountain-side. [Applause.] I came
here to thank you, and I do thank you from the very
bottom of my heart. I have some grateful acknowledg-
ments to make to others, — to the gentlemen of the com-
mittee of arrangements as well as to those who presented
the painting by the artist; to the gentlemen of tiie press;
to the manager of this theatre, and the ladies and gentle-
men engaged in it. Also, I should name several distin-
guished volunteers — Mr. Barnabee, who was the first to
offer his services, Edwin Booth, Lester \\'allack, John
McCullough, Lawrence Barrett, and last, but not least,
Miss Mary Anderson and Mrs. John Drew. And now,
ladies and gentlemen, I wish that all present within the
sound of my voice may by some event in life be made as
hapjiy as you have made me to-day by tiiis e\ent in mine.
" AULD LANG SYNE."
As Mr. Wan-en concluded, a chorus of fifty ladies and
gentlemen who had volunteered their services, and were
stationed behind the scenes unknown to him, began sing-
ing '• Auld Lang Syne," and the touching strains of the
song brought tears to not a few eyes, as the slowly de-
scending curtain hid the grand old actor from the view of
the audience. But the resumption of the play quickly
dispelled all sad and serious thoughts, and the theatre was
soon ringing again with laughter and applause. The per-
formance was of sustained excellence to the end, and the
audience waited to once more pay their respects to the
man in whose honor they had assembled.
The testimonial was a grand success in every depart-
ment, and the recipient and the committee are to be con-
gratulated upon it.
A " LOVING-CUP."
A pleasant surprise to Mr. Warren was the presenta-
tion to him, at his residence. No. 2 Bulfinch Place, of a
" loving-cup," a beautiful work of art, made of beaten
silver and lined with gold, and bearing the following in-
TO WILLIAM WARREN,
On the Completion of his Fiftieth Year on the Stage.
October 27, 18S2.
From Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, Mary Anderson, John
MCCULLOUGH AND LaWRENCE BaRRETT.
The committee which had charge of the gift included
Mr. William Winter of the New York "Tribune," Mr.
James R. Osgood, Capt. Nathan Appleton, Mr. F. P. Vin-
ton, the artist, Manager R. M. Field and Mr. T. R. Sulli-
van. The presentation speech was made by Mr. Winter,
the bearer of the cup, who^was even move felicitous than
his usual speeches on social occasions,
stance, as follows :
He said, in sub-
My Dear Mr. Warreti, — It is our desire that the cere-
monial for which we now ask your attention, while it fore-
sees all the earnestness appropriate to a manifestation of
affectionate friendship, shall not be embarrassed bv even
the slightest tinge of painful formality. For this reason
•we have sought you in your home, instead of accosting
you upon the stage, amid the festivities of this brilliant
and auspicious day.
Your friends in Boston (which is equivalent to saying
Boston itself) have had a golden opportunity, and have
improved it in a glorious manner, of expressing their per-
sonal good-will, their esteem for your character, their ap-
preciation of our achievements, and their just and natural
pride In your renown. It is no common triumph to have
gained such a reputation as yours in such a citv as Boston.
But the fame of your genius and the knowledge of your
deeds and virtues are not confined to the city of your resi-
dence. A great actor belongs to the nation and to the
age. In every theatre in the United States, and at thou-
sands of hearthstones, alike in your own country and in
the lovely motherland beyond the sea — where your line
was so honorably and famously guarded — your name, to-
night, has been spoken with tender respect and unaffected
In order that you may be reminded of this, and may be
cheered, not alone with present plaudits, but with happy
remembrance of the absent friends who are thinking of
you now, I have been commissioned by five of the leading
members of your profession — Joseph Jefferson, Edwin
Booth, Mary Anderson, Lawn;nce Barrett and John McCul-
lough — to come into your presence, and in their names,
and with fervent assurances of keen affection and sympa-
thy, to beg your acceptance of this loving-cup, which is
their gift. It is less i)right than their friendship; it is
less permanent than their sense of jour worth and their
esteem for your virtues. Accept it, sir, witli all that it
denotes, of joj in the triumph of the actor, and of pride
in the gentle, loving, blameless character and life of the
The roses have £ver been esteemed the pledges and
emblems of faithfm care. In the name of join- absent
friends, in the name of the thousands whom in time past
you have delighted and cheered, in the name of your com-
rades of the Boston Museum, with whom you have been
so long and so pleasantly associated, and finally, in the
name of the friends now clustered around you in affection
and gladness, I cast these roses at your feet; and I am
bold enough, presuming on your patience, and remem-
bering the many years through which we have been
friends, to add my own general tribute in the lines
which I now read :
STANZAS IN HONOR OF WILLIAM WARREN.
October 28, 1S82.
Red globes of autumn strew the sod,
The bannered woods wear crimson shields,
The aster and the golden-rod
Deck all the fields.
No clarion blast, at morning blown,
Should greet the way-worn veteran here.
Nor roll of drums nor trumpet-tone
Assail his ear.
No jewelled ensigns now should smite,
With jarring flash, down emerald steeps,
Where sweetly in the sunset light
The valley sleeps.
No bolder ray should bathe this bower
Than when, above the glimmering stream,
The crescent moon, in twilight's hour,
First sheds her beam.
Aihtitltfitb. FuihGtt C'w
Jefferson scattering Batkins,
•S,I IA'I-:i\' ^^l '0( )N."
Xo ruder note should break the thrall,
That love, and peace, and honor weave.
Than some lone wild-bird's gentle call
At summer eve.
But here should float the voice of song —
Like evening wind in autumn leaves,
Sweet with the balm they waft along
From golden sheaves.
The sacreil Past should feel its spell.
And here should murmur, soft and low,
The voices that he loved so well.
Long, Long ago.
The vanished scenes should give to this
The cherished forms of other days,
And rosy lips, that felt his kiss,
Breathe out his praise.
The comrades of his young renown
Should proudly throng around him now,
When falls the spotless laurel-crown
Upon his brow.
Not in their clamorous shouts who make
The noonday pomp of glory's lord
Does the true soul of manhood take
Its high reward.
But when from all the glimmering years
Beneath the moonlight of the past
The strong and tender spirit hears
" Well done," at last.
When love looks forth from heavenly eyes
And heavenly voices make acclaim,
And all his deeds of kindness rise
To bless his name ;
When all that has been sweetly blends
With all that is, and both revere
The life so lovely in its ends,
So pure, so dcnr ;
Then leaps indeed the golden flame
Of blissful pride to rapture's brim —
The fire that sacramental fame
Has lit for him ?
For him who, lord of joy and woe,
Through half a century's snow-white years
Has gently ruled, in humor's glow.
The fount of tears.
True, simple, earnest, patient, kind.
Through griefs that many a weaker will
Had stricken dead, his noble mind
Was constant still.
Sweet, tender, playful, thoughtful, droll,
His gentle genius still has made
Mirth's perfect sunshine in the soul.
And Pity's shade.
With amaranths of eternal spring
Be all his life's calm evening drest,
While summerwinds around him sing
The songs of rest !
And thou, O Memory, strange and dread,
That stand'st on heaven's ascending slope,
Lay softly on his reverent head
The wreath of Hope !
So softly, when the port he wins,
Toward which life's happiest breezes blow,
That where earth ends and heaven begins
He shall not know.
Mr. Warren was much affected by this tribute from his
fellow-artists, and the address and poem of its gifted
bearer. He responded, with emotion, in fitting terms,
and appropriate remarks were made by the gentlemen of
A REMEMBRANCE FROM THE BOSTOX.
A very elegant and costly silver vase, inscribed
By the Boston Theatre Company,
Oct. 28, 1882,
was another surprise which awaited the actor at the termi-
nation of the performance. This gift was accompanied by
the following letter:
Boston, Oct. 28, 1882.
Mr. Williavi Warren, Boston Museum, — Dear Sir: We, the under-
signed, members of the Boston Theatre Company, desiring to show our
interest in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of your appearance on
the stage, beg you will accept the accompanying as a slight mark of our
respect and esteem.
L. J. McCarthy,
D. J. Maguinnis,
E. A. Eberle,
J. T. Craven,
S. E. Springer,
E. Y. Backus,
Ncble H. Hill,
Napier Lothian, Jr.,
Mrs. Thomas Barry,
Miss Rachel Noah,
Miss Louise Malderne,
Mrs. E. A. Eberle,
Miss Grace Thome,
Miss Ella Mayer,
Miss Rosa France,
H. E. Chase,
D. J. Sullivan,
Mr. Warren has received, since the testimonial was an-
nounced, letters from friends in and out of the profession,
sufficient, if printed, to make a volume almost the size of
Webster Unaliridged. With a delicacy which does him
honor, he holds these as sacred from the public, conlidcn-
tial between writer and receiver. Yesterday congratulatory
telegrams showered upon him from all parts of the country
and from across the ocean. Some of these, being of a less
confidential nature than the letters, he has permitted to be
printed, and thev are appended :
New York, Oct. 28, 1882.
To William JVafreu, Boston Museum, Boston, Mass. — My loving
congratulations. May you live long and prosper. J. Jefferson.
Hull, England, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Musemn, Boston, — Cordial congratulations. Love
and best wishes. Edwin Booth.
Montreal, Que., Oct. 27, 1S82.
Willtain Warren, Mtiseuin, Boston, — Your fifty years of honorable
service have been a blessing to the world and a lasting legacy to our glorious
art. May you be spared in health for many more years of service and the
happiness of your friends. Lawrence Barrett,
.St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston, — Greetings from John McCuI-
lough, his manager and entire company ; and no man here but honors you'
and every one " doth wish you had but that opinion of yourself that every
noble Roman bears of you." John McCullough.
New York, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston,— \ wish you much success today,
and many years of happiness in the future. Harry Edwards.
New York, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston, — Accept my sincere congratula-
tions. May you be spared for many years to honor a profession that honors
you. John T. Raymond.
London, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, iJcii/o;/,— Congratulations.
John S. Clarke.
Baltimore, Md., Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston, — Sincerest congratulations on the
semi-centennial anniversary of your honored histrionic life. May good di-
gestion wait on appetite and health on both for many years to come. Ever
truly, your old friend, Joseph Proctor.
London, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston,— Loving regards. Best wishes for
long life and happiness. John L. Toole.
Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Mitseum, Boston,— Y^tgremng the enforced absence
which prevents my presence in front today to assist in the honors which await
you, I tender my heartiest congratulations and best wishes for continued
health, happiness and prosperity. H. C. Barnabee.
CiNXINNATI, O., Oct. 27, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston, — Congratulations upon your at-
taining the well-rounded golden period. From your quarter-century
friend. William Henry Davis.
Jackson, Mich., Oct. 27, 18S2.
William Warren, Museum, Boston,— A.ccc^X heartiest congratulations-
Would like to participate on this occasion. Ada Gilman.
St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 27, 1882.
William Warren, Museum, Boston,— 'Love and congratulations to art
and artist on the anniversarj' of their golden wedding.
Augusta A. Foster.
New York, Oct. 28, 1882.
William Warren, Mitseum, Boston, — Congratulations and best wishes
for very many happy years in the future. Maurice Strafford.
A LAST WORD.
In our final word we trust that we shall not go bevond
permitted limits; but the word must be said. As the
great audience breathlessly listened to Mr. Warren's even-
ing address, it was plain to see that they found in the
gracious refinement of his manner, and in the simple sin-
cerity of his tone and words, much more than the skill of
the pla^-er. The judgment of that moment is indeed the
enduring conviction of our citizens. In and through and
above the artist, they recognize the true, the gentle, the
honorable man. And, much as they esteem his high
professional skill, even more do they cherish his absolute
modesty, his unstinted, self-sacrificing kindness, his
superiority to every form of meanness and envy. Such
art and such a life should always go together, sustaining.
inspiring, perfecting each other. In his period of maturity
Mr. Warren is reaping the harvest of what he has wisely
sown and faithfully tilled. But that period is itself the
time for the ripening of the later and sweeter fruit. For
his own sake, and for the sake of us all may it prove to
be so with him.
" For age is opportunity, no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."
(Died Sept. 21st, 1888.)
If aught of Genius ever dies.
If aught that God hath given
To minister to mortal eyes.
Reflections caught from heaven.
Then might the heart its selfish plaint
Pour forth in mournful lay.
And jealous grief its Idol paint
As more than mortal clay.
But prescient faith, with undimmed eyes
When earthly ties are riven,
Behold a new star in the skies,
A new Saint shrined in heaven.
Oh thou, the latest peerless gem
Plucked from the brow of day
To garnish history's diadem.
With pure and quenchless ray.
Shall tears be shed for such as thou ;
The long, triumphant years.
That twined their laurels round thy brow ;
Have left no cause for tears.
Thy lustrous Star, with light sublime,
In heaven will shine serene ;
Thy laurels for all coming time
Will bloom forever green.
Geo. H. Young-
Life and Revihiiscences.
William Warren Dead.
BOSTON'S VETERAN COMEDIAN
PASSES QUIETLY AWAY.
A Long and Brilliant Record Closed Forever.
Rambling Reminiscences of an Interesting
William Warren, the eminent comedian, died at his
home, 2 Bulfinch Place, very peacefully. He was uncon-
scious to the last, as he has heen for many days. His
death was a painless one, and he was surrounded by his
relatives and friends when the final summons came. At
the bedside of the dying actor were his sister, Mrs. J. B.
Rice, his nieces, Mrs. George L. Dunlap, Mrs. Orson
Smith, Miss Marble and Miss Fisher, at whose house Mr.
Warren had resided for many years. His death, says Mrs.
Dunlap, was very peaceful. He passed awa^' as if falling
into a calm and restful sleep. He was not conscious of
their presence. For several days he had not recognized
any one, and for a week his final sleep was looked for at
most any liour.
Dr. William Ingalls of No. 558 Tremont Street, was the
attendant physician, and when asked regarding the cause
of Mr. Warren's death, said: " Mr. Warren has ended his
life from disease of the brain." Yok the past six days he
has been very nearly in the same condition night and day.
He has had the best and kindest care in every particular.
His life has been prolonged during that time by assidu-
ously giving him proper nourishment. The house was kept
quiet, and it was the desire that there should be an atmos-
phere of hopefulness and peace. Had there been the
turmoil of a constant round of callers, as has been the case
with many prominent men. his death would, without
doubt, have occurred ten days sooner. To make a definite
statement of the disease, Dr. Ingalls said he could not do.
Old age was in part an unlavorable element.
By the the death of William Warren the dramatic
profession not only loses one of its most honored and
most distinguished men — a man whose creditable career
has added many a glorious page to the record of the
stage in this country — but Boston has lost a beloved
adopted son for whom she may well mourn ; an honora-
ble citizen and a true artist, who for 35 years contributed
no small share to the maintenance of her supremacy in
the world of dramatic art. Judged by the verj' highest
canons of dramatic criticism, Mr. Warren was a great
actor. Estimated by those standards which man ap-
plies to man, his worth was great, indeed. As an artist,
he was true to all that is best, purest and noblest in his
art, respected for his loftiness and purity of purpose,
admired for his preeminent ability; as a man, he was just
and honorable in his dealings with his fellow man, broad
in his sympathies, magnificent in his generosity, hon-
ored for his simplicity and sincerity, esteemed for the
Life and Reviinisce?ices.
truth and nobility of his character, and loved for the
sweetness, gentleness and beauty of his sunny nature.
'• Take him for all in all, he was a man."
His earthly eareer is ended : his record of achievement
is closed, but his name is graven deeply in the hearts of
grateful thousands, who will cherish his memory and
recall him with feelings of gratitude and pleasure. It is
difficult to estimate the value of such a man to his gen-
eration. It was his happy mission to add to the pleasure
of his fellow inen, and who can calculate the worth of him
who smooths the wrinkled brow and wreathes with
smiles the careworn features of overtaxed and suffering
humanity.' If it be true that the man who creates a
laugh is a public benefactor, how great is Boston's debt
to William Warren } Apart from the pleasure he gave to
thousands of theatre-goers, his influence on the dramatic
art of his day was incalculably great. Honored and re-
spected by the j'ounger members of his profession, he
was to them an inspiration and a guide, and, as a promi-
nent dramatic critic once remarked, to his constant pres-
ence, more than to any other cause, may be attributed
the exceptionally active interest which all grades of
society in Boston, especially the more intellectual classes,
have for a long time taken in dramatic art. The follow-
ing estimate of Mr. Warren as an actor, made by Mr.
Henry A. Clapp of this city, in an exhaustive article
published in 1882, is so just and accurate, and will com-
mend it>elf so well to every admirer of the great come-
dian, that it may well be given a place here.
MR. warren's STVLIC
as a dramatic artist is so broad and full as to be exceed-
ingly hard to describe. I)e\-oid of eccentricities and ex-
travajjances it lacks, like a perfectly propoi'tioned build-
ing those salient peculiarities Avhich at once catch even
the unobservant eye. A deformed cripple can be much
more easily depicted than an Apollo. To his professional
■work he has brought the true plastic temperament of the
actor, a rich native sense of humor, the power of keen
and delicate observation, an absolute sense of propor-
tion, a strong educated intelligence, varied culture, and
tihat devoted love for his art which has made unresting
industrv mere delight. The flower of all these gifts and
virtues is a style of acting which unites exceptional vivid-
ness, force, sensibility and effectiveness with a fine reserve
and an unfailing observance of the modesty of nature.
An exquisitely exact adaptation of means to ends, sup-
plemented by precise knowledge of the need of every
moment, is Mr. Warren's most distinguishing trait; but
there is nothing mechanical in his practices, no observa-
ble interval between intent and result; on the contrary,
his playing shows that perfect infusion of thought
and act which makes analysis of his art impossible
until his art has first wrought its due effect upon the
feelings of the spectator. The two best known ac-
tors who best illustrated the artistic value of the nobler
form of intelligence, were Adelaide Neilson and William
Warren. Each of them stood for dramatic knowledge
and training as against dramatic charlatanism ; and the
signal success of each is proof that the public is by no
means without the better power of discrimination.
His generous culture, besides fulfilling the great func-
tions of refining and enlarging his style, made his play-
ing a positive source of pleasure by its perfection of de-
tail. His enunciation of English was most clean and
pure, his pronunciation elegantly correct, while his
Life and Roniniscences.
French Avas thoroughly agreeable to Paris-trained ears as
■well as to those brought up "in the school of Stratford-
atte-Bowe." Next to the fine precision and justness
which characterize Mr. Warren's style, the versatility of
his power denotes his distinction as an artist. His range
as a comedian is. as we said above, simply unequalled.
and to the interpretation of every variety of character he
brings that exquisite sensibility and clearness of insight,
that mobility of nature and fulness of understanding
which make his work vital, natural and satisfying. For
pathos his gift is scarcely less remarkable than for humor,
the touch showing at times perhaps not his greatest
facility, but the method being alwavs imaginative and
the feeling pure and genuine. Nor is it upon the deep
and broad lines only that Mr. Warren excels. In the art
of swift and sublime insinuation, in the display of mixed
or conflicting emotions, he has no rival upon our stage.
One of the greatest, if not the greatest, artists in the line
of make-up we ever had on our Boston stage was unquest-
ionably William Warren. In this, as in matter of costume,
he was well-nigh perfect. Of the many parts he played
in this city — something like 500 — no two were made up
alike. Each was a distinct and separate creation of his
own. It would seem almost impossible that so much
variety could be given to the human countenance.
" But by the mighty actor brought,
Illusions perfect triumphs come,"
and in his illusions Mr. Warren was indeed "the mighty
With only the possible exception of Joseph Jefferson,
William Warren was the foremost comedian of the age
in which he lived.
On Saturday afternoon and evening, Oct. 28, 1SS2, Mr.
Warren observed the 50th anniversary of his adoption of
tlie stage. The occasion was a double-benefit entertain-
ment. All Boston assembled to greet and honor the
veteran comedian. At both entertainments the theatre
was crowded. " Seldom, if ever, has a company more
thoroughly representative of Boston's best society been
gathered at a thetitrical performance. It included men of
all professions, not excluding the clergy, prominent re-
presentatives of the business community and handsomely
dressed women, most of the habitues of the theatre and
many who are rarely seen there, while the large propor-
tion of gray-headed men was very noticeable to any one
occupying a sightly position in the balcony. With few
exceptions the gentlemen were in evening dress, and thus
the showy toilettes of the ladies were given their appro-
priate back-ground of sombre elegance."
This testimony was the signal for Mr. Warren's retire-
ment from the stage. By half a century of honest work
he had won an honorable retirement, and at the close of
the season he permanently withdrew from public life.
His last appearance on any stage was at the Boston
Museum, on Saturday night. May 12, 1883, as Old Eccles
in " Caste." There was no formal leave-taking, no
speeches, no flourish of any sort : not even an announce-
ment that this was a farewell, and it may not have
been intended as such. But, though a silent one, it
proved to be a real one, and the public that had so long
known, respected and even loved him saw him not again
in his accustomed place.
His days since that time have been passed in cjuiet and
peaceful enjoyment, with the respect of all and with the
warm regard of many.
Life and Remitiiscences.
Mr. Warren's steadfast adherence to the comparatively
uneventful life of a stock actor in Boston, with its moder-
ate rewards, in respect both of fortune and of renown, is
often mentioned as an interesting indication of the pecu-
liar reserve and modesty of his nature. But its value to
this citj has not so often been the subject of comment.
Our debt is, nevertheless, ver^^ great. To a man of his
temperament, the conditions have been favorable, for in
this quiet corner, under the warm sun of steady popular
and critical favor, his powers developed freely, equally
and naturally, suffering neither the violent chills nor the
furious fervors during professional life and uncramped by
the narrow money-catching theories which belittle the
orbits of most of our stars. The result of this was that,
in Mr. Warren, we had constantly before our eyes a true
and thorough artist, approaching ever nearer and nearer
to ideal perfection. Aside from the pleasure which he
thus directly ministered, he unconsciously educated an
unconscious public in dramatic judgment, while the artist
and his methods were the instruction, criterion and in-
spiration of the men and women of his own profession.
The worth of such a player to the dramatic taste of a city
is incalculable, and to Mr. Warren's constant presence,
more than to any other cause, is to be attributed the
exceptionally active interest which all grades of society
in Boston, and especially the more intellectual classes,
have taken in the dramatic art.
A just and high appreciation of Mr. Warren has never
been limited to Boston. The connoisseurs — the real
" knowers " of acting — in every city of the United States,
and the better-informed of our English visitors, have
often made pilgrimages to Boston to do our comedian
honor and themselves delight.
FUNERAL OF WILLIAM WARREN.
THE SOLEMN SERVICE IN TRINITY CHURCH.
A Great Floral Display.
A DISTINGUISHED ATTENDANCE.
Trinity Cliurch presented a striking funeral aspect to-
day, at noon, the occasion being the observance of the
last rites of the church over the remains of William
Warren, the distinguished comedian. For hours before
the opening of the doors, the arrangement of the numer-
ous floral tributes that came pouring in from professional
and society friends was in quiet progress, nearly every
artist in the city having part in making the beautiful ob-
jects in their charge. At 1 1. 15 the great vestibule portals
were swung open, and the seats not assigned to mourners
were quickly occupied, principally by ladies of middle and
advanced age. When the service began, hundreds were
standing in the aisles and galleries. The scene, apart
from its solemnity was an exceedingly attractive one, all
the wealth of public and private conservatories being lav-
ished on the display. The whole altar front contained a
numerous array of flowers in ever^' conceivable design
appropriate to a public funeral. Prominent among the
offerings were those of the Boston Museum Company —
Life and Reminiscetices.
A sheaf of ripe wheat, four feet in height, standing upon
a broad base composed of English ivy leaves and long
steamers of passion vine; H. M. Pitt, stage manager, a
wreath of ripe wheat, tied with a bow of white and laven-
der ribbon, and resting upon a pillow of ivy leaves and
passion vine; Mrs. H. M. Pitt (Fannie Addison) — A
handsome laurel wreath, two feet in diameter, having a
bow and long streamers of lavender ribbon; George Wil-
son, the comedian — A watchman's staff and crook of
colored pampas grass, and, suspended from the crook, an
old-fashioned lantern of red and white carnations, an ap-
propriate tribute to the inimitable '• Dogberry ;" manager
R. M. Field — An ivy wreath; little Elsie Leslie and Mas-
ter 'I'ommy Russell each a mound of pampas plumes,
lillies and asters.
Conspicuous also was a tribute from Henry Irving — a
large base of English ivy. exotic foliage and passion-
vine streamers, bearing a book in Mabel Morrison and Cor-
nelia Cook roses, white orchids, lillies of the valley and
ferns, and across the face, in purple violets, the word
" Shakspeare." From beneath the cover fell a book-mark
of lavender rilibon, bearing the inscription, " A well-
Other offerings were those of W. J. Florence. Stand-
ing wreath of English ivy, five feet in height, resting
on a base of passion vines, Jacqueminot and Cornelia
Cook roses; one side a bunch of Nyphetos roses, tied with
a bow of Lavender satin ribbon; Edward Harrigan — A
tablet of Englisii ivy. bearing an open book of white
carnations, with the word " Finis " in violets, a bunch of
different colored r<jses, tied with lavender ribbon, and upon
a card is inscribed, " From a brother actor"; N. C. Good-
win, ]r. — A large pillow of a variety of exotic plants, and
upon it a book of Njphetos roses and orchids, with the
following inscription in violets: "This was the noblest
Roman of them all," at one corner of the book a bunch of
American Beauties, tied with lavender satin ribbon.
The design ordered by J. H. McVicker of Chicago was
in the form of a broken wreath of English ivy, passion
flowers and lillies of the valley, cut in twain by a sickle
composed of American Beauty roses ; the base was a mass
of ripe wheat and orchids; and that of Henderson &
Meade of the Chicago Opera House was a large pillow of
foliage, across which rested a broken column composed of
roses, white violets, orchids and lilies of the valley.
Among the private tributes were a wreath of laurel
with two sheaves of wheat, from Mr. John Gilbert; a
wreath of laurel with wheat, bound in purple ribbon, from
Annie M. Clarke; a sheaf of wheat and a buckle of tube
roses and pinks, from Edwin and Agnes Arden; a cross of
roses, from Mr. Warren's sister, Mrs. J. B. Rice of Chi-
cago ; a wreath of autuinn leaves, from Mrs. Fred W.
Paine of Boston, and Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins of New York,
nieces of Mr. Warren; a bouquet of wild flowers, from
Hon. and Mrs. Leopold Morse; a fine arrangement of
white roses, fern leaves and maidenhair, from Annie Pix-
ley; a long palm, tied with roses and satin ribbon in white,
from Mrs. S. L. Clark; a shenf of wheat, "To my dear
old friend for many years," from Flora Mason; Cornelia
Cook roses bound in satin, from Sol Smith Russell; a
cross of roses from Mrs. Thomas Barry; and a large
anchor af ivy and wheat, from Mr. John Stetson.
There were no services at the house, but the relatives
and a few other mourners who had assembled at Miss
Fisher's house arrived at the church at noon. After a
moment's delay in the vestibule, Rev. Dr. Phillips Brooks
/'/lO/o hy Ciiiilii.
Alberiijpe: Forbe* Co.
Life and Reminiscences.
walked up the aisle, reading the customary selection from
the Episcopal service. Immediately behind the cothn were
the following-named pall-bearers: Col. Henry Lee, John
Gilbert, C. W. Couldock, Charles Barron. C. Leslie Allen,
Nathan Appleton, ex-^Layor Samuel A. Green, Eugene
Tompkins, Hon. B. P. Cheney, and Joseph Proctor.
The principal mourners who followed the pall-bearers
up the aisle were Mrs. J. B, Rice of Chicago, Mr. Warren's
sister, who led the procession on the arm of her son-in-law,
Mr. George L. Dunlap of the same citj-; Mrs. George L.
Dunlap. Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins. Mrs. Orson Smith, Miss
Emma Marble, all nieces of Mi. Warren; Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Jefferson, with their sons, Charles and Joseph.
There were a few other relatives and Mrs. Trevill.
The service was the simple Episcopal burial service;
the musical selections consisted of an organ voluntar}-,
and the singing by the church quartet of the burial chant,
and the hymns "• Abide with me" and " Come, Ye Dis-
consolate," the selection last named being sung as the
body was carried down the aisle at the close of the service.
After the immediate mourners had left the church, a large
number of those present went up to the altar to see the
floral tributes, and the steps and sidewalk in front of the
church were crowded with those who desired to see the
noted people present, a large number also gathering at
the side door to see the flowers brought out.
In the vast congregation were the following named :
Judge ('harles Devens of the Supreme Judicial Court,
Chief Justice Brighain of the .Supreme Court, Dr. Oliver
Wendell Holmes, Hon. Leopold Morse, Thomas Mack,
Hon. John I"'. .Andrew, Wyzeman Marshall. Mayor O'Brien,
R. M. P'ield, Miss Annie M. Clarke, Mrs. Lawrence Barrett,
Dr. Henry G.Clark, Howard M. Tick nor, Robert B. Brigham.
Hiram Sluirtleff, Eugene Tompkins, Win. II. Emerj,
Col. Henry G. Parker, Benjamin E. Woolf, Chas. A. Garey,
Prof. J. W. Churchill, Major Charles W. Stevens, Thomas
B. Winchester, John W. Ryan, Captain John C. Wyman,
W. T. W. Ball, Nat. Jones, Jas. H. Mead, Frank J. Carney,
Henry E. Dixey, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Isherwood, Q^iincy
Kilby, E. N. Catlin, John J. McNally, John B. Mason,
John F. Morris, E. L. Davenport, D. J. Maguinness, B. F.
Tryon, Miss Kate Ryan, Miss Agnes Ethel Daly, Miss Susie
Mason, Miss Lizzie Murphy, James Nolan, T. L. Coleman,
Geo. M. Hyde, J. R. Weeks, N. Fairclough, P. J. Guerin,
C. S. Abbe, Herbert Pattee, J. R. Pitman, John Witherell,
Nehemiah Leighton, Louis Bohner, Wm. P. Prescott,
Joseph Sullivan, Frank Goodwin and J. Frank Hilliker.
Mr. H. A. M'Glenen was chief usher and was assisted by
Wm. A. Blossom, John T. Barrington and Ernest Gregg
of the Museum, Stage Manager L. J. McCarthy and Napier
Lothian of the Boston Theatre, and B. P. Cheney, Jr.
At the close of the service the remains were taken
to Mt. Auburn Cemetery for burial. There was no service
at the grave, and only the relatives and chief mourners
followed the remains to the cemeterv.
AT WARREN'S FUNERAL.
As from the portal of the church
They carried him we loved so well,
A gentle breeze the leaves bestirred,
One parted — at my feet it fell.
I pickeil it up — the beauteous thing
Which grew to ornament his bier,
I'll keep thee always as a gem
Whose meaning is a lesson clear.
In my small sphere to try to act
As well as our great friend now gone,
Whose memory will always cheer,
As davs and davs lead on and on.
Life and Reminiscences.
TRIBUTES TO WILLIAM WARREN.
" THE NEW YORK IIERALD's " TRIBUTE.
Mr. William Warren has left none but pleasant memo-
ries behind him. Neither a blazing comet nor a fixed
star of the first magnitude, he nevertheless gave more
genuine pleasure to larger audiences than most actors of
his day or of any day. Warren was both a student and
a gentleman. Genial to the verv edge of conviviality, he
never crossed the line beyond which conviviality becomes
dissipation. A fine conversationalist, with an inex-
haustible fund of anecdote and reminiscence, a loyal
lover of the best authors in many departments of litera-
ture, beside that in which he made himself famous, he
won the respect of a large circle of friends and enjoyed
the willing admiration of the community at large. In
his earlier days he had heavy responsibilities. The death
of his father, who lost a very considerable fortune, threw
upon him the support of his family. With a leaning
toward a commercial life, he was driven by his exigency
to seek some remunerative employment at once, and
chose the footlights, where he achieved immediate suc-
cess. With a traveling troupe he wandered through the
West, — then in the thirties — rough, rugged as a fron-
tiersman's life. He acted in barns, school houses, sheds,
anywhere and everywhere, but always with sincerity
of purpose. Not ambitious, but dilfident and retiring,
he cared less for the brilliancy of a starring tour than
for the comforts and leisure of a permanent home.
Boston took liini to her heart 40 years ago, gave him all
he asked for, fame and a generous income, and there he
has lived and there he died. William Warren believed in
his profession, in its value and dignity as a factor of our
social life. lie Avas as honest as he was comical. Larger
praise is impossible, as the uproarious merriment of his
audiences fully attests. He never apologized for being
an actor, but proved that the art to which he devoted his
life was consistent with the virtues we are called upon to
practise. Both as man and comedian he will be long
remembered, and not many can fill the place he has left
MR. WILLIAM WIXTER'S TRIBUTE
on the occasion of the testimonial to John Gilbert, on
the 50th anniversary of his first appearance on the stage,
may be applied with equal fitness in speaking of the
quality of Mr. W^arren's art: " ITpon the motives and
principles which have governed his long, prosperous,
exemplary and blameless career, and upon the many as-
pects of contemplation which it suggests, there is room
for much reflection. The long annals of the British
stage are at once opened the moment we begin to review
his great achievements, to analyze his art and to consider
his professional rank. Qiiin, Dowton, Munden, Liston,
Reeves, Fan-en, Burton, Blake, Hackett, Burke and Ba>s
are some of the renowned names which at once start up
in imagination or remembrance as the ancestry or
brotherhood of this remarkable man. Upon John Gil-
bert and William Warren — names worthy to be written
side by side in the book of fame, and names that alwaj-s
stir a pulse of gladness in the heart — rests the weight of
all the fine learning, rich humor, quaint character and
exquisite grace, which by these old masters were garnered
Life and Reminiscences.
up in the finesf moulds of method and tradition that are
possessed by the stage. When these two actors shall
have passed away, we know not where — in their pecu-
liar line — a successor to them may be found; we ' know
not where is that promethean heat which can their light
MR. GEORGE W. WILSON's TRIBUTE.
Mr. Warren was a man who was a great example to all
those about him, because he was so conscientious in the
performance of his duty. No matter what the time was
for rehearsal, he was always on hand. Circumstances that
might have led even younger people to shirk their obliga-
tions in that regard, had no such influence upon him, and
you would constantly find him setting the good example
of being always on hand and always to be depended on.
He was an extremely generous-hearted man. I have al-
ways entertained for him the highest feelings of reverence
and respect, not only as an artist, but as a thorough gen-
tleman. Coming in and playing a line of parts under-
neath him, and sometimes playing parts that he had played,
he would, instead of giving you the cold shoulder, always
give good advice : and if you did anything well he was
always the first to speak of it. He commended me a great
deal, I know, and often went out of his way to show his
pleasure, for he was so thoroughly wrapped up in his art
that it was as much gratification to him to see others per-
fect themselves as to do so himself.
I was associated with him about ten years. In almost
any business or profession jealousies are liable to arise.
This is no truer of the dramatic profession tiian of any
other which brings a person before the public, and where
the commendation of the pubh'c is desired. Mr. Warren
did not know the meaning of the word jealousy. He was
very companionable, excellent company and a magnificent
story-teller. In his story-telling he would say : "You pos-
sibly have heard that old story," and then he would go on
and tell it; but it was invariably new to his listeners. You
never could mention a subject but what he could always
give an appropriate quotation, and follow it up with an
anecdote or story. He was perfectly wonderful in that
regard. Mr. Warren always seemed a little sensitive
about playing young parts as he grew a little older, and
was only too glad to have some one else play them.
Sometimes he would go out of his way to give you a
chance in a part that he wished to discard, thus show-
ing that his chief desire was to perfect everybody and
elevate the profession as much as he could. This is em-
phasized by the fact that his greatest delight after leaving
the theatre in his last days was to visit other theatres and
witness other performances.
He was an excellent French, Latin and Greek scholar,
and if you spoke to him about certain words or phrases
he would never say positively " I am sure it is so and so,"
but he would always reply, "I think it is so and so" ; but
he was always correct. He was a splendid listener, and a
most appreciative one; there was no hypocrisy about him.
He was a magnificent speaker, and the speech that he
made at his benefit was most excellent. Up to the close
of his career upon the stage he showed no e\ idence of
declining power. "In giving advice, Mr. Warren would
not say right out. "You had better do so and so,' but he
would say it in his modest way, ' Don't you think so and
so would be better.' But the one to whom the advice was
given wouldn't have to think ; he would know Mr. Warren's
way was better, simply by his saying so interrogatively."
Life and Reviinisceiices.
THE BOSTON TRANSCRIPTS TRIBUTE.
" He is worthy to be one of us," was the remark re-
ported to be made by Rachel after an evening passed at
the Boston Museum. It was William Warren of whom
the great tragedienne spoke. What the play was cannot
now be recalled. This was a high compliment, for in the
mind of a socictaire of the Comedie Fran(;aise there can
be no step for the actor to take higher than that which
brings him on a plane wiih the dwellers in the house of
Moliere. Ofttimes, through the long and honorable
career of William Warren at the Boston Museum, the
thought came to the observant spectator that possibly we
had had so much of Mr. Warren that we had lost the
capacity fully to appreciate his exquisite art. It needed
an occasional comparison of his masterly Sir Peter
Teazle, or even of another Peter whose surname is Pilli-
coddy, with the bogus comedy work or athletic farce char-
acters of the plays which have, pushed Sheridan and
Madison Morton from the stage — there was required
some such comparison to discover how the comedian's
art was dying out, how buftbonery was taking the place
of wit, and obstreperous, senseless horse play that of
clever humor. If, then, the taste of the public demanded
the coarser and lower stuff, he who had so long and so
conscientiously served us with refined, elegant, artistic
work left the footlights none too soon, though that leav-
ing made a void that could hardly be filled.
The American stage has lost within a very few
years several exponents of what we call the old school of
acting — but which, with all its conventionalities, was
nearer the school of nature than is the run of acting
now — and William Warren's death draws the circle still
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