John Howard Payne papers, 1780-1952
Actor, playwright, U.S. Consul at Tunis, and champion of Indian rights.
Scope and Contents
Manuscripts by Payne, including plays, poems, journals, essays, account books, correspondence, letter books (to and from)
including a large group of letters from Washington Irving. Also, pictorial material, scrapbooks, biographies, portraits, passports,
and other documents; and materials on the Cherokee incident, 1835-1838, and Payne's arrest in Georgia. Other material include
letters of various members of the Payne family and of related families. Of greatest interest is a group of fine letters and
manuscripts of Eloise Richards Payne (1787-1819), a sister of the playwright. These present a sensitive and revealing portrait
of the social, cultural, and political life of the time. Among the manuscripts and documents are many items of genealogical
interest on the Paine, Shippen, Lynch, Luquer, and Lea families. Two boxes of the papers of Col. Thatcher Taylor Payne Luquer
contain correspondence on various aspects of John Howard Payne's career, and on "An Unconscious Autobiography" the letters
and diaries of William Osborn Payne (1783-1804), a brother of the playwright, edited by Col. Luquer.