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MADGE KENDAL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 2/24 - HFSID 206282

MADGE KENDAL Three-page handwritten letter, requiring details of expense arrangements for a proposed engagement Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5x8. Hotel Metropole, Swansea, February 24, n. y.

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Condition: lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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MADGE KENDAL
Three-page handwritten letter, requiring details of expense arrangements for a proposed engagement
Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5x8. Hotel Metropole, Swansea, February 24, n. y. To "Dear Sir", in full: "I am free after May 16th - not before. As regards next January, I am sure my son would not be with me - as it interferes with his business too much, & his first class fare & Hotel expenses are too much for me to pay ( & a maid) on top of my fees. Do please state I better find no Pianoforte or player unless fares and hotels are defrayed. Let me know about dates as soon as you can, as I am asked to visit other tournaments [?] and theatre & other places. Yours in truth". Madge Kendal (1848-1935) born in Great Gimsby, England, married actor William (Grimston) Kendal (1843-1917), who took her name, in 1869, and the couple starred in stage performances from Shakespeare to the "fairy comedies" of W. S. Gilbert, touring the US for the first time in 1889. The Kendal's, who helped restore respectability to the London theatre after a period of disrepute, retired in 1908. Outliving her husband by nearly two decades, she became a Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire in 1927. Toned around edges. Surface creases. Folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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