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ARTHUR DACRE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1890 - HFSID 304528

Letter written by the ill-fated actor, before setting sail for an American tour Autograph Letter Fragment signed: "Arthur Dacre", 2 pages, 4¼x7, with an apparent missing page. Tower House [London], 1890 October 3.

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ARTHUR DACRE
Letter written by the ill-fated actor, before setting sail for an American tour
Autograph Letter Fragment signed: "Arthur Dacre", 2 pages, 4¼x7, with an apparent missing page. Tower House [London], 1890 October 3. To "My Dear Pemberton": "We sail for America on the 15th. I to support a so-called "Society Star' (needs must where etc.), Mrs. Leslie Carter. My wife has her hopes of doing something for herself. [page missing] so much of people we don't care about, so little of those we do. Our love & heartfelt good wishes to you all. Always sincerely yours". Arthur Dacre (1840-1895) was a physician before marrying actress Amy Roselle in 1881. Arthur then joined his wife in the acting profession, and they insisted on performing together, even though Roselle was in greater demand than her husband. They struggled financially, and suffered the death of their only child. In 1895, the couple embarked on a theatrical tour of Australia, no doubt the tour discussed in this letter, in hopes of recouping their fortune. Unfortunately, although critics generally praised their productions, they drew small audiences. Dacre argued with theater managers about a new production, for which he felt he was not ready. On November 17, 1895, Dacre shot Roselle to death, and then -finding to his distress that no bullets remained, slew himself with a straight razor. He left a note advising against the choice of acting as a profession, and willed the couple's remaining funds to help impecunious members of the company pay for transit back to England. Although not as ill-starred as the Australia tour, the tour of America did not go well either. The production of An Ugly Duckling, starring Leslie Carter, ended in a lawsuit, after which Dacre and his wife returned to England. Three horizontal folds. Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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