Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852

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Booth, known as the leading actor of the English theater in his day, settled in the U.S. in 1821. He was the father of a celebrated acting family which included Edwin, Junius Brutus, and John Wilkes Booth. In 1833 Booth signed a contract with actor-manager Thomas Hamblin for a series of performances in Richmond. Soon after the performances started, Booth was suddenly called home by the illness of one of his children. The child and two others soon died, sending Booth into one of his perodic attacks of insanity. Hamblin, unaware of the reason for Booth's departure, closed the theater and sued Booth for breach of contract.

From the description of ALS : to Thomas Sowerby Hamblin, [1833?] Apr. 15. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86156117

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From the description of Junius Brutus Booth family collection, 1828-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453273

Booth, known as the leading actor of the English stage in his day, settled in the U.S. in 1821. He was the father of a celebrated acting family which included Edwin, Junius Brutus, and John Wilkes Booth. In 1830 Booth starred in the premier of Sertorius, a play by Brown, who was also a prominent Philadelphia lawyer.

From the description of ALS, 1834 May 24, Albany, N.Y., to David Paul Brown, Philadelphia. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122525055

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Booth-Grossman family. Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Aloysius I. Mudd collection, 1800-1919 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from Oliver Wendell Holmes to various people [manuscript], 1880-1893. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn The Robert Cushman Butler Collection of Theatrical Illustrations Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
referencedIn Owens, Mary C. Stevens (Mary Cornelia Stevens), 1828-1913,. Autograph letters signed from Mary Cornelia Owens, Baltimore, to various recipients [manuscript], 1893-1897. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Crawford, Jack Randall, b. 1878. Crawford Theater collection, 1663-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Winter, William, 1836-1917,. Autograph letters signed to William Winter from various correspondents [manuscript], 1892-1893. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Simpson, Edmund Shaw, 1784-1848. Diary of Edmund Shaw Simpson [manuscript], 1818. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Copy of extract from Evening True Sun commenting on Mr. Booth's performance of Richard III at Drury Lane Theatre, November 21, 1836 [manuscript], [19th century?]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Chambers, W. B., Mrs. Letter to Junius Brutus Booth, 1817. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852,. Autograph letter signed from Junius Brutus Booth, London, to R.W. Elliston [manuscript], 1817 April 17. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852. Autograph signature of Junius Brutus Booth [manuscript], 1836. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kimball, Moses, 1809-1895. Letters received, 1840-1878. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852. Junius Brutus Booth family collection, 1828-1953. Library of Congress
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852,. Autograph letters signed from Junius Brutus Booth to various people [manuscript], 1816?-1817. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn James Young papers, 1904-1948 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852. ALS : to Thomas Sowerby Hamblin, [1833?] Apr. 15. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896. 19th century actors carte de visite collection, 1860-1885 [graphic]. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893. Papers of Edwin Booth [manuscript], ca. 1869-ca. 1893. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn 19th Century Actors Carte de Visite Collection, 1860-1885 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Scrapbook of material relating to Junius Brutus Booth [manuscript], 1815-1876. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Wood, William B., 1779-1861. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's King Lear, 1756-1927. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Henneke, Ben Graf, 1914-. Theatre Ephemera collection, 1762-1981. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Wheeler, Roger,. Theatrical memorabilia, 1770-1940. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852. ALS, 1834 May 24, Albany, N.Y., to David Paul Brown, Philadelphia. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Ludlow, Noah Miller, 1795-1886. Papers of Noah Miller Ludlow, 1810-1896 (inclusive), 1835-1885 (bulk). Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893,. Autograph letter signed from Edwin Booth to William A. Baker [manuscript], 1872 October 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1838-1948. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852. Junius Brutus Booth account book, 1817-1822. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kimes, William Harold, 1936-. Booth collection 1969-2003. Hamline University Libraries, CLIC
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852,. Autograph letters signed and unsigned from Junius Brutus Booth to various people [manuscript], 1815-1851. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Svich, Caridad. The Booth variations : a solo / by Caridad Svich and Todd Cerveris. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857. Eleven players' parts for The lear of private life by W.T. Moncrieff [manuscript], ca. 1830. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Junius Brutus Booth account book, 1817-1822 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Crawford Theater collection, 1663-1992 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Young, James, b. 1878. James Young papers, 1904-1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Junius Brutus Booth collection, [19--?-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Booth family. Booth family papers, 1820-1890. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. Belknap Collection, Theatre 1816-1995 1825-1889 : Booth family. University of Florida
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852,. Autograph letter signed from Junius Brutus Booth, London, to J. Mitchell, London [manuscript], 1816? November 8 Friday. Folger Shakespeare Library
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Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith Aldridge, Henry, fl. 1836. person
associatedWith Blyth, Thomas, fl. 1815-1851. person
associatedWith Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893, person
associatedWith Booth family. person
associatedWith Booth family. family
associatedWith Booth-Grossman family family
associatedWith Booth-Grossman family. family
correspondedWith Booth, Richard, 1762 or 3-1839 person
associatedWith Brown, David Paul, 1795-1872. person
associatedWith Chambers, W. B., Mrs. person
associatedWith Clarke, Robert, of the Theatre Royal, Liverpool, fl. 1836. person
associatedWith Crawford, Jack Randall, b. 1878. person
correspondedWith Elliston, R. W. (Robert William), 1774-1831 person
correspondedWith Flynn, Thomas, 1798-1849 person
associatedWith Hamblin, Thomas Sowerby, 1800-1853. person
associatedWith Harris, H., fl. 1815-1851, person
associatedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, person
associatedWith Kimball, Moses, 1809-1895. person
associatedWith Ludlow, Noah Miller, 1795-1886. person
correspondedWith Mitchell, J., 19th cent. person
correspondedWith Mitchell, J., fl. 1816 person
associatedWith Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857. person
associatedWith Mudd, Aloysius I. (Aloysius Ignatius), 1844- person
associatedWith Notrebe, Eugene. person
associatedWith Owens, Mary C. Stevens (Mary Cornelia Stevens), 1828-1913, person
correspondedWith Pennington, J., fl. 1815-1851 person
associatedWith Rush, James, 1786-1869. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
associatedWith Simpson, Edmund Shaw, 1784-1848. person
associatedWith Svich, Caridad. person
associatedWith Tyrer, Thomas, fl. 1815-1851. person
correspondedWith Wemyss, Francis Courtney, 1797-1859 person
associatedWith Wheeler, Roger, person
associatedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917, person
associatedWith Young, James, b. 1878 person
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British Isles
United States
United States
Great Britain
British Isles
United States
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Theater--History--19th century
Theater--Great Britain--History--19th century
Theater--United States--History--19th century
Actors
Dueling
Theatrical managers
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Birth 1796-05-01

Death 1852-11-30

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