WILLIAM TERRISS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1895 - HFSID 304666
WILLIAM TERRISS On letterhead of the Adelphi Theatre, where he was murdered two years later, Terriss pens a letter forwarding tickets and proposing to meet after the performance. Autograph Letter signed: "Wilm Terris", 1 page, 4¾x8. London, 1895 July 13.
Sale Price $198.00
On letterhead of the Adelphi Theatre, where he was murdered two years later, Terriss pens a letter forwarding tickets and proposing to meet after the performance.
Autograph Letter signed: "Wilm Terris", 1 page, 4¾x8. London, 1895 July 13. On letterhead of the Adelphi Theatre to "dear Friend", in full: "I enclose 4 stalls with much pleasure & hope you'll enjoy the play during the evening, and I'll send for you after Act 3." William Terriss was the stage name of William Charles J. Lewin (1847-1897), who traveled the world as a silver miner, sheep planter and tea farmer before making his stage debut at London's Prince of Wales Theatre in 1871. That same year, he played the title role in Robin Hood and Rebecca (based on Walter Scott's Ivanhoe), establishing his reputation as a swashbuckling hero with the nickname "Breezy Bill". (He could play other roles, too, as in Shakespearean tragedies with Henry Irving's company at the Lyceum.) In 1885, he met 24 year-old actress Jessie Milward when they co-starred in Harbour Lights. The two became lovers, and often toured together. In 1897, while preparing to enter the Adelphi Theatre, where he was starring in Secret Service, Terriss was fatally stabbed by a deranged, alcoholic actor he had previously befriended. (This event was dramatized in a BBC-Radio play The Star of the Adelphi (2002). Terriss was the father of Edwardian musical comedy star Ellaline Terriss, and of actor and silent film director Tom Terriss. His ghost is said to haunt the Adelphi, and the Covent Garden tube station. Minor tear at top edge. Two horizontal folds. Slightly worn at corners. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso (slight show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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