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Life and Memoirs 


BOSTON'S Favorite Comedian. 


Golden Jubilee. 

Fifty Years of an Actor's Life. 

Published by JAMES DALY, 155 Franklin Street. 


in celebration of the 


of the adoption of the stage by 


Two Grand Performances ! 


Dr. Pangloss, 
Dick Dowlas, 
Daniel Dowlas, . 
Zekiel Homespun, 
Mr. Steadfast, 
Henry Moreland, 
Kenrick, . 
John, . 
Waiter at " Blue Boar," 
Waiter at Hotel, 
Cicely Homespun, 
Deborah Dowlas, 
Caroline Dormer, 

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 


Sir Peter Teazle, 

Charles Surface, 

Joseph Surface, 

Sir Oliver Surface, 

Sir Benjamin Backbite, 

Crabtree, . 


Careless (with song) , 



Sir Tobey, 


Sir Harry Bumper, 

Servant to Lady Sneerwell, 

Servant to Joseph Surface, 

Lady Teazel. 

Mrs. Candour, 


Lady Sneerwell, 

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 


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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. 

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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 

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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. 


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- 

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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- 
able actor, 


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 


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- 


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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 

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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 


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 


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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." 


in the comedy, the cast of which we give : 

Sir Anthony Absolute 
Captain Absolute 
Sir Lucius O'Trigger 
Bob Acres 

Fag . 


Lydia Languish 

Julia . 

Mrs. Malaprop 

Lucy . 

Maid . 

W. H. Chippendale 

J. H. Hall 

. William Warren 

. W. H. Crisp 

. W. L. Ayling 

J. J. Bradshaw 

Charles H. Saunders 

. Miss Mary Taylor 

Miss Maywood 

Mrs. Martha Maywood 

Miss Hildreth 

Mrs. Stone 

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 " 

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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 

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 


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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 

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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, 

IN Tin: 


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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." 


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 


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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 

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in "The Wreck Ashore;" and Morgan Rattler in "How to 
Pay the Rent." 

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 


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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." 


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 

Fiftieih Atuiiversarv. 


" 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 
Spectre Bridegroom." 


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 


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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." 

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." 

Fiftieth Anniversary, 



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." 


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; " 


Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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." 


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- 

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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." 

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" 


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. 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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 


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 


commenced Monday evening, August 15th, 1859. We find the 
new parts of Mr. Warren to be this season : Pawkins in " Re- 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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. 

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 ;" 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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." 


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." 


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;" 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 


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." 

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. 


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. 


Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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. 

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." 

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." 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 



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 
Long Strike." 


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 

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." 


Fiftiet]i, Anniversary. 


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." 


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." 

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." 


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." 

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Fiftieth Anniversary. 


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 
"John Bui!." 


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." 


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). ^ 


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 


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" Papa Perrichon ;" Dennis O'Rourke in " A Celebrated Case;" 
and Saunders in " Harebell." 


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." 


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." 


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 


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 

commenced Monday evening, August 21st, 1S82, with the 
comedy of "Imprudence." Mr. Warren as Dalrymple, and as 
Mr. Ledger in " The Parvenu." 

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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 
approached it. 

For a period of thirty-sbc years has Mr. Warren been identi- 
fied with the 


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 


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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 
modestly worn. 

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- 

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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 

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 

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 


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The genius of Mr. Warren, allied to his blameless life and his 
gentlemanly instincts, has been his 


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 


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." 

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The Great Comedian's Golden Anniversary. 


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 


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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 


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 

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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 


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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. 


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 

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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 


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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. 

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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. 
[Pvofongcd applause.] 


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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 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- 
scription : 


On the Completion of his Fiftieth Year on the Stage. 

October 27, 18S2. 

From Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, Mary Anderson, John 


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- 

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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 


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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 : 


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, 

IS nil, 
•S,I IA'I-:i\' ^^l '0( )N." 

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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 ; 


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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. 

William Winter. 

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 
the committee. 

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A very elegant and costly silver vase, inscribed 



By the Boston Theatre Company, 

Fiftieth Anniversary, 

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. 

Orlando Tompkins, 
Eugene Tompkins, 
L. J. McCarthy, 
Napier Lothian, 
William Redmund, 

D. J. Maguinnis, 
Frazer Coulter, 

E. A. Eberle, 
J. T. Craven, 
S. E. Springer, 
E. Y. Backus, 
Charles Kent, 

Ncble H. Hill, 
H. A.M'Glenen, 
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 


Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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. 

Fiftieth Anniversary. 


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. 


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. 


Fiftieth Anniversary. 

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. 


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. 


Williatn Warren. 

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 

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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- 


William Warrev. 

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. 


William Warren. 

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. 


William Warren. 



A Great Floral Display. 


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- 
graced actor." 

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 


IVUliam IFarren. 

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. 



"MY SON." 

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. 


William Warren. 

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. 


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. 




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 


William Warren. 

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 


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 

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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 
relume.' " 


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 


Willia7n 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." 

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" 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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