William Thomas Moncrieff Papers

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William Thomas Moncrieff papers
Creator: Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857
Call Number: D.15
Dates: 1816-1850
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Digitized Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Financial receipts
Series III: Portrait
Collection Overview
Title: William Thomas Moncrieff papers
Creator: Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857
Call Number: D.15
Dates: 1816-1850
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
William Thomas Moncrieff was born in 1794, the son of a London tradesman. About 1804 he became a clerk in a solicitor's office, where he spent the next several years. He wrote one or two popular songs, but his actual entrance into the theatrical world was as the manager of the Regency Theatre, London, for which he wrote Moscow, or The Cossack's Daughter in 1810. When the theatre closed he wrote articles and criticism for magazines until he was introduced to Robert William Elliston about 1815. Moncrieff wrote many of his plays for theatres under Elliston's management: the Royal Surrey, the Olympic, and Drury Lane. At the same time, Moncrieff was managing Astley's, for which he wrote a successful equestrian drama, The Dandy Family, and then the Coburg Theatre, where he brought out several plays in rapid succession. In 1820, he joined Elliston at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where Elliston produced his pieces ranging from farces such as The Spectre Bridegroom, or A Ghost in Spite of Himself, to melodramas such as The Cataract of the Ganges, or The Rajah's Daughters. Elliston retired from Drury Lane bankrupt in 1826, but leased the Surrey Theatre in 1827, for which Moncrieff continued to supply dramas. Moncrieff took over management of the Vauxhall Gardens in 1827, and opened a music shop in Regent Street with John Barnett in 1828. He leased the City Theatre in 1833. About 1835 his sight began to fail, and by 1843 he was totally blind. He continued to write however, and besides the 170 theatrical pieces which he produced during his career he wrote articles on Elliston, theatrical reminiscences and miscellaneous poetry. He also edited Richardson's New Minor Drama, with Remarks Biographical and Critical published in 4 volumes, 1828-30. Moncrieff spent his last thirteen years in the Charterhouse, London, where he died in 1857.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of letters written by Moncrieff, with 3 receipts for money received from R. W. Elliston and C. R. Elliston. The principal correspondents are Robert William Elliston, James Winston, a business associate of Elliston's, and Charles Molloy Westmacott, proprietor and editor of The Age. The letters concern the writing and production of Moncrieff's plays, especially Giovanni in Ireland and an adaptation of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, the selling of Moncrieff's copyrights to plays, publicity for the plays, Moncrieff's litigation with Joseph Glossop, his monetary troubles, and his relations with Elliston and Winston, the managers of Drury Lane.

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Financial records
Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857
Elliston, R. W. (Robert William), 1774-1831
Winston, James, 1773-1843
Westmacott, C. M. (Charles Molloy), 1787 or 1788-1868
Dramatists, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Kenneth Rendell 1971-1973, on the Wilson Family Fund.Access
The William Thomas Moncrieff 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.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], William Thomas Moncrieff papers, D.15, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterDigitized Materials
See: William Thomas Moncrieff Papers for digital collection of Moncrieff's correspondence.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
See: William Thomas Moncrieff Papers for digital collection of Moncrieff's correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston., April 9, 1816
Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, June 17, 1816
Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, May 30, 1817
Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, July 28, 1817
Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 22, 1818
Box 1, Folder 1William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [1818]
Box 1, Folder 2William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, November 19, 1819
Box 1, Folder 2William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [May 1820]
Box 1, Folder 2William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, June 6, 1820
Box 1, Folder 2William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [1820]
Box 1, Folder 2William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [1820]
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 4, 182[1]
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 8, 182[1]
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [January 8, 1821]
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 8, 1821
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 12, 1821
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, January 13, 1821
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [January 1821]
Box 1, Folder 3William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [January 1821]
Box 1, Folder 4William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, February 5, 1821
Box 1, Folder 4William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, November 7, 1821
Box 1, Folder 4William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [1821]
Box 1, Folder 5William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, June 8, 1824
Box 1, Folder 5William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, [1824]
Box 1, Folder 5William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [1824]
Box 1, Folder 6William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, October 21, 1825
Box 1, Folder 6William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [October 1825]
Box 1, Folder 6William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [1825]
Box 1, Folder 6William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, [1825]
Box 1, Folder 7William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ Moore, December 18, 1829
Box 1, Folder 7William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ Moore, [1829]
Box 1, Folder 7William Thomas Moncrieff to C.M. Westmacott, March 3, 1830
Box 1, Folder 7William Thomas Moncrieff to C.M. Westmacott, November 24, 1831
Box 1, Folder 7William Thomas Moncrieff to C.M. Westmacott, December 29, 1831
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to C.M. Westmacott, January 6, 1832
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to C.M. Westmacott, January 25, 1832
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, October 12, 1838
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ _____, May 6, 1839
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to W.L. Maberley, May 11, 1841
Box 1, Folder 8 William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ _____, June 20, 1842
Box 1, Folder 8William Thomas Moncrieff to J. Winston, July 4, 1842
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to G. Smith, October 18, 1843
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ _____, [1845]
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ _____, August 21, 1850
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to _____ _____, August 24, 1850
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to G.B. Davidge, undated
Box 1, Folder 9William Thomas Moncrieff to R.W. Elliston, undated
Series II: Financial receipts
Box 1, Folder 10Robert William Elliston to W.T. Moncrieff, [1828]
Box 1, Folder 10Robert William Elliston to W.T. Moncrieff, [1828?]
Box 1, Folder 10Charles Robert Elliston to W.T. Moncrieff, January 9, 1829
Series III: Portrait
Box 1, Folder 11Engraved portrait of William Thomas Moncrieff


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