SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. 1856-1950.
Autograph Letter Signed ("G. Bernard Shaw"), 2 pp, 8vo, Alness, Ross-shire, August 13, 1904, to stage actress Madge McIntosh urging her to establish herself as Arnold Daly's leading lady, splits at folds, a few ships with minor loss to text, paper brittle.
A letter with excellent content, discussing the production of several plays, actors, and producers. In full: "A wet day in a little hotel in Alness, Ross-shire. 13/8/04. Dear Miss McIntosh, Arnold Daly, the American Shaw manager who has established himself in the Vaudeville Theatre of New York (now the Berkeley-Lyceum, I hear) on the strength of the Candida boom, is going to produce Mr. Warren's Profession there next spring, with Fanny Brough in the same part. Is there any chance of your being over there then? I wish you could establish yourself as Dalys' leading lady now that he is going in for my plays. He is to produce You Never Can Tell this winter, and, if he survives the experiment financially, all the other plays he can get hold of. He plays the Man of Destiny, and says he cannot get a satisfactory Strange Lady. I am not supposed to interfere in the casting of the plays, as I do not know enough about the American stage to/ do so helpfully; but if you should ever by any chance apply to Daly for an engagement I can always be depended on as a reference, & will certify with enthusiasm that you are honest, sober & industrious & have been many weeks in your last place. But the main purpose of this scrawl is to let you [know] about Vivie, which you ought to have a chance of playing [on a] larger stage. I believe Goodhart is demanding an engagement as the original & only Crofts. Yours ever faithfully G. Bernard Shaw P.S. My London address 10 Adelphi Terrace W.C., will always find me after many days, more or less."