St. John Emile Clavering Hankin Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: St. John Emile Clavering Hankin Papers
Creator: Hankin, St. John, 1869-1909
Call Number: D.320
Dates: 1904-1931
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
St. John Emile Clavering Hankin, an English playwright and journalist, was born in Southampton on September 25, 1869. After receiving a degree from Merton College, Oxford in 1890, he began writing for the Saturday Review. In 1894 he wrote for the India Daily News in Calcutta, but, having contracted malaria, he returned to England the following year. Beginning in 1895 Hankin worked for The Times and contributed to Punch, where he made his mark with a series of comic sequels of famous plays, including Robertson's "Caste" and Ibsen's "A Doll's House." These were published in book form as "Mr. Punch's Dramatic Sequels" (1901) and "Lost Masterpieces" (1904).

Hankin's first play, "The Two Mr. Wetherbys," was produced in 1903, and was followed by "The Return of the Prodigal" (1905), "The Charity that Began at Home" (1906), "The Cassilis Engagement" (1907) and "The Last of the De Mullins" (1908). "The Return of the Prodigal," "The Charity that Began at Home" and "The Cassilis Engagement," were published in 1907 under the ironic title of Three Plays with Happy Endings. Hankin also authored two one-act pieces, "The Burglar Who Failed," which had a successful run at the Criterion Theatre in November 1908, and "The Constant Lover," which was posthumously produced at the Royalty Theatre in February 1912.

In 1901 Hankin married Florence Routledge, the daughter of the publisher George Routledge. In a state of depression, Hankin drowned himself in the river Ithon on June 15, 1909.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of manuscript drafts, contracts, and other documents relating to the works of St. John Hankin. The correspondence to and from St. John Hankin and his wife Florence is with J. E. Verdrenne, Dion Boucicault, H. Granville Barker, Lena Ashwell, Martin Secker and others mostly regarding contractual and financial matters.

Subject(s):
Drama
Correspondence
Contracts
Hankin, St. John, 1869-1909
Hankin, Florence Routledge
Dramatists, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from David J. Holmes Autographs, July 1, 2005 on the Metzdorf Fund.Access
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Content List
Contents:
Manuscript drafts (including casts of characters, stage directions, dialogue and scenery notes) of three of Hankin's plays:
Folder
1. "The Cassilis Engagement, A Comedy in IV Acts." Act I. Manuscript draft with corrections. 17pp.
2. "The Cassilis Engagement, A Comedy in IV Acts." [Act II ?]. Manuscript draft with corrections. 27pp.
3. "The Cassilis Engagement, A Comedy in IV Acts." Act III. Manuscript draft with corrections. 25pp.
4. "The Cassilis Engagement, A Comedy in IV Acts." Act IV. Manuscript draft with corrections. 19pp.
5. "The Burglar Who Failed: A Comedy in One Act." Manuscript draft with corrections. 20pp.
6. "The Burglar Who Failed: A Comedy in One Act." Manuscript draft with corrections. 25pp.
7. "The Constant Lover. A Comedy of Youth in One Act." Manuscript draft with corrections. 19pp.
Memorandums, Agreements, Contracts and other Documents:
8. License signed by Clarendon, the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household declaring that "The Two Mr. Wetherbys" contains nothing immoral and improper and can be performed. March 3, 1903. 1p.
9. Contract between Hankin and Archibald Constable and Company, providing royalty terms for the publication of "Lost Masterpieces." January 29, 1904. 3pp.
10. Agreement between St. John Hankin and J.E. Vedrenne and H. Granville Barker concerning licensing for performances of "The Return of the Prodigal." April 3, 1905. 2pp .
11. Agreement between St. John Hankin and J.E. Vedrenne and H. Granville Barker, concerning licensing for performances of "The Charity That Began at Home." February 10, 1906. 2p. Draft (2pp) and final copy (2pp).
12. Agreement between St. John Hankin and Frank E. Washbourn Freund, granting translation rights for a German version of "The Charity That Began at Home." January 1, 1907. Draft (6pp.) and final version (4pp.)
13. Agreement between St. John Hankin and Samuel French Ltd., concerning publishing the acting editions of "The Two Mr. Wetherbys," "The Return of the Prodigal," "The Charity that Began at Home," and "The Cassilis Engagement." May 17,1907 4pp.
14. Agreement between St. John Hankin and Lena Ashwell, giving the terms under which Hankin agrees to write a work called "De Mullins," and Ashwell agrees to act as manager for obtaining licensing British production of the work. August 19, 1907. 3pp.
15. Agreement between St. John Hankin and Max Meyerfield, concerning "The Return of the Prodigal." November 15, 1907. 4pp.
16. Contract between St. John Hankin and B. Iden Payne, giving license to produce "The Return of the Prodigal," "The Charity that Began at Home," and "The Cassilis Engagement." December 14, 1907. 3pp.
17. Agreement between St. John Hankin and Max Meyerfield, giving license to translate into German and produce"The Return of the Prodigal." December 15, 1907. 3pp.
18. Agreement between Arthur C. Fifield, Publisher, and St. John Hankin concerning publication rights to "The Last of the De Mullins." March 23, 1909. 1p.
19. Notes in St. John Hankin's hand apparently to be used to draw up a memorandum granting licensing privileges for "The Constant Lover." 1909. 4pp.
20.Draft of an Memorandum of Agreement sent to H. Granville Barker by St. John Hankin with emendations made by Barker. Undated. 6pp.
Following Hankin's suicide in 1909, his wife tended to matters of copyright, reprints, broadcasting, publication and production of Hankin's works at home and abroad.
21. Agreement between Florence Hankin and Herbert Trench, concerning giving license to produce "The Constant Lover." August 4, 1909. 1p.
22. Agreement between Florence Hankin and Vedrenne Eadie Limited of the Royalty Theatre giving licence to produce "The Constant Lover." May 27, 1911. 1p.
23. Documents and postcards from the Library of Congress regarding copyrighting published copies of St. John Hankin's works. 1909, 1912
24. Agreement between Florence Hankin and Harold V. Neilson, concerning licensing of "The Return of the Prodigal." April 29, 1911. 3pp.
25. Agreement between George Calderon Florence Hankin and Vedrenne Eddie of Royalty Theatre concerning the production of "Thompson." March 15, 1912. 2pp.
26. Agreement between Florence Hankin and Martin Secker concerning the publication of The Dramatic Works of St. John Hankin . April 19, 1912. Manuscript draft (3pp.) and typed (2pp.) copies.
27. Contract between Florence Hankin and British International Pictures Limited granting rights for a film version of "The Cassilis Engagement" January 14, 1928. 2pp.
28. Royalty statement from Martin Secker for sales of The Dramatic Works of St. John Hankin . December 31, 1929. 1p.
Correspondence of St. John and Florence Hankin:
29. 1903-1906
30. 1907-1909
31. 1910-1917
32. 1918-1929
33. 1930-1938, undated
Description of letters in the Hankin Papers as provided by David Holmes Autographs. The letters are arranged in the collection in chronological order.
Letters written to Hankin concerning his works:
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of "Vedrenne-Barker Performances," 14 October 1905. Sending tickets and the "final returns" for "Return of the Prodigal."
TNS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, W.C., 29 November 1905. Concerning "The Cassilis Engagement."
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, S.W., 25 March 1905. Concerning performances of "The Return of the Prodigal."
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, W.C., 20 February 1906, concerning future plays.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of "Addison Bright Hardy, 89, Comragh Road, West Kensington, 22 June 1906. Concerning American productions of "The Two Mr. Wetherbys" and "The Prodigal's Return," agreeing on agency fees etc.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of "Vedrenne-Barker Performances," 6 May 1907. Remarking on dismal financial circumstances of performances of "Return of the Prodigal."
ALS, 2pp, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Court Theatre, 11 May 1907, explaining in detail reasons for canceling the run of "Return of the Prodigal."
ALS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Court Theatre, 14 May 1907, correcting assumptions made by Hankin concerning the cancellation of "Return of the Prodigal."
TLS, one page, 4to on printed letterhead of Vedrenne-Barker Performances, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, S.W., 15 May 1907. Statement of accounts and refusal to pay a fine concerning the "Return of the Prodigal."
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Kingsway Theatre, Great Queen Street, W.C., asking if a child actor may be removed from a production.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Paul R. Reynolds, Representative of Wm. Heinemann, Archibald Constable Co. of London, New York, 18 March 1909. Concerning copyright procedures.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Paul R. Reynolds, Representative of Wm. Heinemann, Archibald Constable Co. of London, 10 May 1909, acknowledging receipt of payment for copyright fees of "The Last of the De Mullins." With an additional printed postal receipt.
TLS, one page, 4to, Haymarket Theatre, S.W., 25 May 1909, concerning terms for a production of "The Constant Lover."
Letters from Florence Hankin concerning her late husband's material:
ALS, 1 1/2pp, 8vo, 8 Feb. 1912, to Samuel French.
ALS, 2 1/2pp, 8vo (mourning paper), 23 April 1912, to Mr. Secker.
ALS, 2 1/4pp, 8vo, 23 July 1912, to Mr. Vedrenne.
ALS, one page, 8vo, 9 Feb. 1922 (marked "copy"), to Cecil Barth.
ALS, 1 1/2pp, 8vo, 25 March 1922, to Louis How (draft or copy?).
ALS, 2pp, 8vo, 24 Feb. 1928, to Mr. Secker.
ALS, 2pp, 8vo, 3 March 1930, to Mr. Secker.
ALS, 2pp, 8vo, 11 December 1931 (marked "copy"), to Miss Thomson.
Draft of an unsigned, undated letter, 2pp, 8vo, to Mr. V[edrenne].
Letters to Florence Hankin from publishers. Agents and managers, on literary and legal matters:
TLS (non-literary), one page, 4to, 12 Oct. 1909, from H. Granville Barker.
ALS, 2pp, 4to, on printed letterhead of Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers in Germany, 19 Dec. 1909.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 14 March 1912.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Publisher, 19 April 1912.
TLS, one page, folio, on printed letterhead of "The Society of Authors (Incorporated), 18 May 1912.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 8 July 1912.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 19 July 1912.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 19 July 1912.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 22 July 1912.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Samuel French Ltd., 14 Jan. 1913.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 26 June 1914.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the Royalty Theatre, 29 June 1914.
ALS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Bridgefoot, Iver, Bucks, 24 April 1917, from Martin Secker.
ALS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Bridgefoot, Iver, Bucks, 10 May 1917, from Martin Secker.
ALS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Bridgefoot, Iver, Bucks, 15 May 1917, from Martin Secker.
ALS, 2pp, 4to, on printed letterhead of Bridgefoot, Iver, Bucks, n.d., from Martin Secker.
ALS, 1 1/4p, on printed letterhead of Theatrical Manager Harold V. Neilson, 1921.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of the International Literary and Show Agency, Rome, 18 March 1922.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of "Punch," 9 June 1926.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Ltd., 27 Feb. 1927.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Samuel French Ltd., 28 Sept. 1927.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Ltd., 27 Feb. 1928.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Ltd., 28 Feb. 1928.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Ltd., 4 July 1928.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Samuel French, Ltd., 9 Aug. 1930.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Samuel French, Ltd., 16 Aug. 1930.
TLS, one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of Samuel French, Ltd., 1 Jan. 1931.
TLS, one page, oblong 8vo, on printed letterhead of Martin Secker Ltd., 2 Jan. 1931.
Other letters:
ALS, 3pp, 8vo, 15 Elvaston(?) Place, n.d., from an illegible recipient to "Miss Routledge."
TLS, one page, 8vo, 10 Kenyon Mansions, 10 March, n.y. To "Gwen" from Hankin's son Julian.


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