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MADGE KENDAL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 206359

Bargaining about terms for an engagement: ..."Already Mr. Kendal thinks fee too small." Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 3 pages (integral leaf), 4½x7. Portland Place [London], Thursday, no date. To "Mr.…"

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MADGE KENDAL
Bargaining about terms for an engagement: ..."Already Mr. Kendal thinks fee too small."
Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 3 pages (integral leaf), 4½x7. Portland Place [London],Thursday, no date. To "Mr. Christy [?]", in full: "[illegible first sentence] Hotel & fees £7.70 per night. I think it would pay - if you can assure that the Institute prefers days - Nothing less worth taking the trouble. I certainly don't care for the glee Party I had often last winter. I shall not go anywhere on sharing terms. Already Mr. Kendal thinks fee too small. I cannot travel with an agent & trust no one who does - is my experience! In haste. Yrs faithfully". 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. Multiple folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Soiled. Slightly toned. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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