Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie papers
Creator: Hobbes, John Oliver, 1867-1906
Call Number: D.12
Dates: 1888-1911
Physical Description: .75 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
Pearl Craigie (1867-1906) was the daughter of a New York merchant who settled in London soon after she was born. She was educated in England, and was married for a brief time to an Englishman, Reginald Walpole Craigie, with whom she had a son. In 1891, she published her first book, a short epigrammatic novel, under the pseudonym of John Oliver Hobbes, a name she continued to use to the end of her career. Her novels of society life were very popular, but by 1897 the tone had begun to change. She then produced novels which contained Roman Catholic themes, reflecting her deep commitment to the Catholic Church, which she joined in 1892, shortly after she left her husband. She also wrote critical essays and plays. The most successful of the plays was the comedy The Ambassador, produced by Sir George Alexander in 1898.

Access
The Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope and Content
The Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers are comprised of two boxes consisting of letters written to Mrs. Craigie by various members of London society, and of the London theatrical and literary worlds concerning her novels and plays. The largest groups are those from James E. C. Welldon, headmaster of Harrow and Bishop of Calcutta, and those from Sir George Alexander, who produced her plays. There are also letters addressed to Mrs. Craigie's father, John Morgan Richards, concerning the "Life" of Mrs. Craigie which he edited after her untimely death at age 38.

Notable correspondents include Edith Wharton, Thomas Hardy, the mother of Winston Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill, and Victoria Mary, Consort of George V.

Names represented in collection:

The Ambassador. St. James's Theatre, June 2, 1898.

A Repentance and The Ambassador. St. James's Theatre, Feb. 28, 1899.

The Wisdom of the Wise, St. James's Theatre, Nov. 22, 1900.

Alexander, Sir George

Benson, Arthur Christopher

Bigelow, Poulteney

Boucicault, Dion (1859-1929)

Bourchier, Arthur

Brackenbury, Sir Henry

Brown, Curtis

Cambon, Paul

Chamberlain, Sir Austen

Choate, Joseph Hodges

Churchill, Jennie (Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

Clifford, Lucy (Lane)

Cook, Sir Theodore Andrea

Craigie, Mrs. Pearl Mary Teresa (Richards)

Craigie, Reginald Walpole

Field, Henry Martyn

Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston

Godson, Dr.

Gosse, Sir Edmund William

Harcourt, Lady Elizabeth Cabot (Motley) Ives Vernon

Hardy, Thomas

Harland, Henry

Irving, Sir Henry

Ker, William Paton

Lovat-Fraser, James Alexander

Mary, Queen Consort of King George V of England

Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth Duchess of Teck

Moore, George

Moore, Mary

Nevill, Lady Dorothy Fanny (Walpole)

Parker, Joseph

Paterson, William Romaine

Reid, Whitelaw

Richards, John Morgan

Seaman, Sir Owen

Shorter, Clement King

Smalley, George Washburn

Spencer-Churchill, Charles Richard John, 9th Duke of Marlborough

Strachey, John St. Loe

Teixeira de Mattos, Alexander Louis

Terry, Dame Ellen

Terry, Marian

Welldon, James Edward Conwell

Wharton, Edith Newbold (Jones)

Wood, Evelyn

Wyndham, George.

Subject(s):
England
Actors
Theater
Correspondence
Theater programs
Hobbes, John Oliver, 1867-1906
Welldon, J. E. C. (James Edward Cowell), 1854-1937
Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Authors, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was the purchased on the Fletcher and Myers Funds, 1961 and 1969. Further accruals are not expected.Citation
[Item title, item date], Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie papers, D.12, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Material
Other collections in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers are:

George Alexander Papers

Sir Edmund William Gosse Papers

Iriving-Disher Collection

Sir Owen Seaman Papers

Other collections outside the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers are:

Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie Papers, 1894-1909 , New York Public Library

Dictionary of National Biography

Richards--The Life of John Oliver Hobbes.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL: http://www.library.rochester.edu/rbscp


Content List
Correspondence, 1888-1901
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1888-1894
Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth, Duchess of Teek to Pearl Craigie, February 18, 1888 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, June 2, 1892 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, September 10, 1893 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, May 3, [1894] James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, November 24, 1894 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, December 12, 1894
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1895
James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, March 4, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, March 11, 1895 Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson to Pearl Craigie, March 12, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, June 19, 1895 Alexander Louis Teixeira de Mattos to Reginald Walpole Craigie, July 8, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 12, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 20, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 23, 1895 George Washburn Smalley to Pearl Craigie, August 30, 1895 Henry Martyn Field to Pearl Craigie, September 4, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, October 19, 1895 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, November 8, 1895
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1897
William Paton Ker to Pearl Craigie, March 13, 1897 Lady Elizabeth Cabot (Motley) Ives Vernon Harcourt to Pearl Craigie, April 2, 1897 Sir Henry Irving to Pearl Craigie, April 28, 1897 Sir Henry Irving to Pearl Craigie, May 5, 1897 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, May 29, 1897
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, February-July, 1898
James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, February 28, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [April 1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [April 1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 7, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 17, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 18, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 23, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 27, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [June 1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, July 9, [1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, July 20, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, July 28, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [July 1898]
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, August-November 1898
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, August 23, 1898 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, August 28, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, September 10, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, September 23, [1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [September 1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [September 1898?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [September 1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [September 1898?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, November 8, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, November 15, 1898 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, November 30, 1898
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, December 1898
James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, to Pearl Craigie, December 1, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, December 9, 1898 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, December 22, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Cragie, December 25, 1898
Enclosed photograph of Florence Alexander.

James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, December 26, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, December 27, 1898 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, December 29, 1898 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [December 1898]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [December 1898]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1898] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1898]?
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, January-February, 1899
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, January 3, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, January 19, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, January 28, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [January or Febrary 1899] Paul Cambon to Pearl Craigie, February 6, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, February 9, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, February 17, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, February 29, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [February 1899]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [February 1899]? Paul Cambon to Pearl Craigie, [February 1899?]
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, March 1899
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 1 [1899]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 7, 1899 Edward Fordham Spence to Pearl Craigie, March 7, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 8, 1899 Sir Owen Seaman to Pearl Craigie, March 8, 1899 Curtis Brown to Pearl Craigie, March 9, [1899] Sir Edmund William Gosse to Pearl Craigie, March 11, 1899 Sir Henry Brackenbury to Pearl Craigie, March 14, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 18, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 19, 1899 George Wyndham, March 22, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 23, 1899 Paul Cambon to Pearl Craigie, March 28, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [March? 1899] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [March 1899]?
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence, April-May, 1899
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, April 4, 1899 "Benjamin Smith" (William Romaine Paterson) to Pearl Craigie, April 6, [1899?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, April 10, 1899 Paul Cambon to Pearl Craigie, April 13, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, April 19, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, April 25, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [April 1899]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [April 1899] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, May 11, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, May 17, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, May 29, 1899
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence, June-December, 1899
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 17, 1899 Dion Boucicault to Pearl Craigie, June 23, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 19, [1899] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, June 19, 1899 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, July 3, 1899 Paul Cambon to Pearl Craigie, July 3, [1899] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [July 1899]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1899?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1899] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1899?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [1899?] Sir Theodore Andrea Cook to Pearl Craigie, [1899?] Sir Edmund William Gosse to Pearl Craigie, [1899?]
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence, January-March, 1900
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [January 1900]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [January 1900]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, February 2, 1900 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [February or March 1900]? Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 10, 1900 Arthur Bourchier to Pearl Craigie, March 14, 1900 Arthur Bourchier to Pearl Craigie, March 17, 1900 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, March 29, [1900] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [March 1900]?
Box 1, Folder 12Correspondence, July-December, 1900
Joseph Parker to Pearl Craigie, July 6, 1900 William Romaine Paterson to Pearl Craigie, August 21, [1900?] Victoria Mary to Pearl Cragie, November 22, 1900
Includes poem from Princess May of Teek to Reginald Craigie.

Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, [November 1900?] Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, December 20, 1900
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence, 1901
Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, January 1, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, January 13, 1901 Marion Terry to Pearl Craigie, January 16, 1901 Sir George Alexander to Pearl Craigie, January 27, [1901?] James Alexander Lovat-Fraser to Pearl Craigie, April 30, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, June 14, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, June 14, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 10, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 13, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 24, 1901
Correspondence and St. James's Theatre programs, 1898-1911
Box 2, Folder 1Correspondence, 1902-1903
Sir Edmund William Gosse to Pearl Craigie, June 25, 1901 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, July 21, 1902 George Moore to Pearl Craigie, May 1, 1902 Arthur Christopher Benson to Pearl Craigie, July 15, 1903 Arthur Christopher Benson to Pearl Craigie, July 17, 1903 Arthur Christopher Benson to Pearl Craigie, July 18, 1903 George Moore to Pearl Craigie, July 23, 1903 Arthur Christopher Benson to Pearl Craigie, July 29, 1903 Sir Austen Chamberlain to Pearl Craigie, December 16, 1903 Sir Austen Chamberlain to Pearl Craigie, December 17, 1903 George Moore to Pearl Craigie, [1903?] George Moore to Pearl Craigie, [1903?]
Box 2, Folder 2Correspondence, 1904-1905
Evelyn Wood to Pearl Craigie, April 11, 1904 Sir Austen Chamberlain to Pearl Craigie, May 1, 1904 Mary Moore to Pearl Craigie, November 3, 1904 Joseph Hodges Choate to Pearl Craigie, November 25, 1904 Dame Ellen Terry to Pearl Craigie, February 28, [1905?] Dame Ellen Terry to Pearl Craigie, March [1905?] Whitelaw Reid to Pearl Craigie, July 4, 1905
Box 2, Folder 3Correspondence, 1906
John St. Loe Strachey to Pearl Craigie, January 4, 1906 George Washburn Smalley to Pearl Craigie, January 17, 1906 Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton to Pearl Craigie, January 17, [1906?] James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, August 8, 1906 James Edward Cowell Welldon to Pearl Craigie, August 11, 1906 Jennie (Jerome) Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill to John Morgan Richards, September 4, 1906 Thomas Hardy to John Morgan Richards, December 6, 1906 Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton to Pearl Craigie, [1906?]
Box 2, Folder 4Correspondence, 1908-1911
Jennie (Jerome) Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill to John Morgan Richards, December 18, 1908 Sir Edmund William Gosse to John Morgan Richards, December 23, 1908 George Moore to John Morgan Richards, February 24, 1909 Clement King Shorter to John Morgan Richards, August 6, 1909 George Moore to John Morgan Richards, [1909?] Sir Edmund William Gosse to John Morgan Richards, [November 29, 1910?] Lucy (Lane) Clifford to John Morgan Richards, March 18, 1911 Whitelaw Reid to John Morgan Richards, April 8, 1911
Box 2, Folder 5Undated correspondence from Sir George Alexander
Box 2, Folder 6Undated correspondence
Poulteney Bigelow to Pearl Craigie George Moore to John Morgan Richards Pearl Craigie to Dr. Godson Henry Hartland to Pearl Craigie Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill to Pearl Craigie Lady Dorothy Fanny (Walpole) Nevill to Pearl Craigie
Box 2, Folder 7St. James's Theatre programs, 1898-1900
Box 2, Folder 8St. James's Theatre Box Return, March 1899


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