Forrest, Edwin. A Collection of Newspaper Clippings Documenting the Press Coverage of the Divorce of Shakespearean Actor Edwin Forrest from His Wife Catherine N. Forrest for Adultery in 1850 – 1853 Collected and Kept by the Edwin Forrest Lodge No. 2, American Order of Freemasonry. 11 ½ in x 8 ½ in, 177 pages. Bookplate of the Edwin Forrest Lodge No.2, A. O. of F.
Edwin Forrest 1806 – 1872, the famous American Shakespearean, was born in Philadelphia. Forrest’s ill-advised divorce filing in Pennsylvania was voted down and thereby denied by the Pennsylvania legislature. He filed in New York on June 17, 1850, by which time the story had become a sensation and was picked up by Nathaniel Parker Willis. Willis enhanced his literary reputation with this story in his Home Journal which became Town and Country. Willis was beaten severely by Forrest and sued for damages, collecting $2,500. Forrest also lost his divorce suit in New York and did considerable damage to his professional reputation. Catherine N. Sinclair maintained her acting career after the New York judgement in her favor. Reviews of her career in 1852 are included in this collection. In six sections: Proceedings in Pennsylvania; Comments of the Press; the Divorce Case; Comments of the Press; Arguments of Mr. J. Van Buren; Mrs. Sinclair’s Career with the Stage. In a heavy pasteboard binding with a leather spine, with the front hinge weakened but holding. This is still a sturdy but now worn blank album made and sold by William H. Maurice, Stationery, 108 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, opposite the Franklin House, with his large bookseller’s label in both the front and back of the album. These clippings were taken from non-acidic broadsheets and are in a fine state of preservation. Ink labels and brief manuscript annotations above some clippings.