Tom Taylor professional and personal correspondence

Scope and Content

These folders contain handwritten letters and invitations to and from Tom Taylor relating to his theatrical career as well as his time working at both Punch Magazine and at the Board of Health. Correspondents include the actor Kate Terry, the dramatist William Cowper and his co-authors Charles Reade and A.W. Dubourg.

Research notes written by Jack Reading are attached to some of the letters, outlining the content and/or author of the materials. In the case of two letters from Charles Reade, full transcriptions are attached to the originals. Dated letters range from 1838 to 1881.

The following sets have been separated and put in separate folders:

  • Letters sent by Tom Taylor to various correspondents. Included in this group is a photocopy of a Tom Taylor letter bought by Jack Reading, with purchase details attached, and a telegram announcing the birth of Taylor's son Wycliffe.
  • A large number of RSVP letters to Tom Taylor all responding to an invitation to attend a meeting of the Cambridge Conversazione Society at Richmond, all dated 1871.
  • Collection of letters sent to Taylor from American playwright Steele Mackay in New York, including a signed agreement, dated 1873 to 1874.