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Re: Boutcher History
Posted by: Richard Priestley (ID *****8664) Date: September 26, 2008 at 04:34:05
In Reply to: Re: Boutcher History by Stephanie Vincent of 109

I found out that the Brotherton Library in Leeds has some information about Henry Howe in their special collection.
I e-mailed them and they gave me access to his biography page.
As you know he was born on 31st March 1812, in Norwich. He ran away from home aged 19 due to his father not allowing him to becoma an actor. He experimented as an amateur actor under the name Henry Halsingham too and made his debut at the Royal Victoria in London, October 1834 as Raleigh Osbaldistone in an adaptation of Rob Roy.
He used to state that there were pieces in which, during his gradual rise, he had played every male part from the lowest to the highest.
He went on tour with Irving and the company to America, and died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 9th March 1896. He is buried in the Spring Grove cemetery there.
He was affectionately known as 'Daddy Howe' by the other actors, and was thought to be a conscientious actor and a worthy and amiable man who used to love to cultivate his garden in Isleworth.

The special collections in Leeds have 6 letters of Henry's. I have requested them to be copied and sent to me. They include as follows:
1. To Henry Irving, a page accepting an invitation 1880.
2. A letter of mourning, referring to a W.C mcready, addressed to Bram Stoker.
3. Another mourning letter to Stoker 1892.
4. A letter to Stoker thanking him for sympathy.
5. A letter of invitation to Stoker.
6. A two page letter referring to Irving, his work and his wife.

So it appears he had quite close connections with THE Bram Stoker! I havnt received them yet, so cannot tell of their actual contents.

I have countless newspaper articles about him from the ERA newspaper in London, but there is just too much to write on here!! If you have email, I could attach some and send. I cant do that on here I dont think. I could send the pictures that way too.


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