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73 Fanny Kemble 1809-1893
Journal
Philadelphia, Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1835
In 1832 the famous English tragedian Charles Kemble and his beautiful actress-daughter Fanny arrived in the United States on an acting tour. They were an immediate success, playing in theaters from New York to New Orleans until her sudden retirement from the stage in 1834 shortly after marrying Pierce Butler of Germantown, Pennsylvania, the owner of a large plantation in Georgia. In May 1835, she published her two volume sprightly account of her tour, commenting on the customs she had observed and on the people she encountered, among whom were President Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Noah Webster, Washington Irving, John Howard Payne, Catherine Maria Sedgwick and members of such New York families as the Hallacks, Hoffmans, Hosacks and Hones. To keep peace with her domineering husband, from whom she was later divorced, most proper names were deleted from the printed text. Around 1860 she annotated this copy with names, notes on the people she met, and comments on her unhappy marriage; the diary was given by Fanny Kemble to her devoted friend Charles B. Sedgwick, and his daughter donated it to the Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum in 1926.
Gift of Mrs. Frederick R. Sedgwick Hazard

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