The Clipper
New York: Frank Queen, 17 February 1877


BLACK WALNUT, PA., Feb. 8, 1877.

  DEAR CLIPPER.—In reading your last "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and the dead "Uncle Toms," I notice one missing. In the year 1853 one Charles Whittle was playing the part with the Marsh troupe in Chicago. Who he was, where he came from, or what has become of him, I do not know. He joined the troupe (Robt. G. Marsh's) there. In the cast were little Mary Walsh, Walter Lennox, Douglas, etc. I have thought you might wish to perfect your list, and so write. Yours, etc., MNEMOSYNE.

  Mr. Whittle may have been an actor improvised for the occasion. Several minstrel and circus performers have played Uncle Tom who never appeared upon the legitimate stage in any other character.

CHICAGO, Feb. 6.

  EDITOR NEW YORK CLIPPERDear Sir: In your issue of Feb. 3 I notice an allusion to Mrs. Howard Rogers as having played in "Uncle Tom" at the Chatham Thatre in 1852 under the name of Mrs. H. F. Nichols. That being nearly two years before Mrs. Rogers came to this country, and her name being Jane Bass Dickens at that time, there is evidently a mistake. Mrs. Rogers is a sister of the late Mrs. H. F. Nichols, wife of Horace F. Nichols, a circus manager, and mother of the light-comedian and juvenile man Johnny Mortimer.

Yours respectfully, J. HOWARD ROGERS,
Scenic-artist, McVicker's Theatre, Chicago.

  The Mrs. H. F. Nichols referred to in the 1852-cast of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is the lady who was formerly Mrs. Preston. It was supposed that she had married the scenic-artist whose note is given above, and hence the natural conclusion that she was the mother of Miss Genevieve Rogers.

  With reference to some of the players in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as to whom a doubt was expressed, we are assured that J. L. Munroe really died in Chelsea, Mass., and that the Munroe reported as retired and practicing law in Boston is a surviving brother of J. L. and Frank A. Mr. Harry Cunningham informs us that he played with Rose Merrifield at a later period than that assigned as her disappearance from public view, and that she is still living in retirement, unless she has died quite recently. Mr. C. also informs us that J. L. Munroe blacked up for Uncle Tom under protest, and received an extra salary for impersonating it at Barnum's Museum; and that the "Mrs." Palmer in the bill at Barnum's was the wife of Sefton Parry, now a manager in England. As was stated last week, she played for several seasons as Miss Palmer. Although he was not in the original cast, yet another prominent actor in the original run of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at Barnum's is to be mentioned. After the withdrawal of Howard, who played George Harris, the late Corson W. Clarke doubled that part along with St. Clair, until relieved by Milnes Levick, who assumed the role of Harris. As to J. M. Cooke, who played Arthur Sedley in the first American version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (C. W. Taylor's), and who broke an arm, and not a leg, in falling with his horse in playing Putnam at the Bowery Theatre, Acton Kelly reports that he saw him two years ago in Liverpool, Eng.