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EJ Phillips and John
Nickinson seem to have been Anglicans. What were the Dolmans?
New York churches
New York Feb
25th 1886 I should imagine [your new home] was a great improvement over
the Chandler Mansion. I hope the family are Episcopalians, that you will attend
Church with them. It is a duty you owe yourself as a Christian and will
certainly do you no harm, but on the contrary I hope you will feel benefited by
Albert had just moved
to Middletown NY.
New York Apr. 2nd 1886 Mr. [Bernard]
Macauley's funeral took place at the Catholic Church on 16th Street.
I saw and spoke with General [Daniel] Macauley [of Indianapolis] and his Mother, and Jennie Johnson. High
Mass was celebrated.
Boston, May 22, 1886
mother died Tuesday and was buried yesterday from [Episcopalian] Church of
the Holy Communion -- 6th Ave [and 20th Street] New York
Corner (660 6th Ave): A dance club since 1990; has
been closed down at times over accusations of drug sales, as well as general
opposition to nightlife. Was Church of the Holy Communion (1846),
designed by Richard Upjohn, who designed the new Trinity Church about the same
and 6th Avenue
Albert and Neppie's wedding
47 East 21st St. N. Y. Octr 18th/89
So you think Thanksgiving will be the time! Is it to be in Church or at
was Thanksgiving, and they always celebrated their anniversary on Thanksgiving.
We have cards from the wedding, which only say Mr. and
Mrs. Nickinson. Don't know whether it was at a church or house.
York, Jan 6th, 1890 Too bad you both missed the first Sunday of the new Rector
in the church. I am glad he made a success and hope his influence may be the
means of bringing the people together in love and harmony. Has the church "Pew
seats" or "Free seats"? if rents, how much per year?
Grace Episcopal Church, 12
Depot St. Middletown NY Middletown: A Photographic History: Religion
New York 11-29-1895 Thanksgiving
I went to 11 o'clock Service at
[Church] and to shop at 1. Mrs. Ahearn gave me my dinner at 12:25. She
set the usual old time dinner -- Roast Turkey, Goose, Ducks and boiled tongue,
Celery, Cranberries, Grapes &c -- and ice cream.
"has long been one of the leading Episcopal parishes... and is the center of
much beneficent activity. The congregational singing is very fine, trained
singers being scattered throughout the congregation.
Calvary Church now houses a Furniture
Store (Park Ave. South) and thrift shop (21st St. and Park Ave. South). I'll
write and ask them about the trained singers scattered throughout the
congregation that Kings NYC reports. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvary_Church_(Manhattan)
Calvary St Georges Church history
Designed by James Renwick Jr. in 1846 Calvary was the Roosevelt family's church
(including Teddy and Eleanor). Rev. Edward Washburn, rector 1865-81, was model
for Dr. Ashmore in Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence.
Broadway and 10th https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Church_(Manhattan)
An important scene in Denman Thompson's play
Little Church Around the Corner
Church of the Transfiguration, One East 29th Street,
Between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue
The difficulty in finding a church
in which to hold George Holland's funeral in 1870 (the father of
led Joseph Jefferson to exclaim "Thank God for the Little Church Around the
Corner" by which the church has been known ever since.
Collegiate Church (1854) on 5th Ave and
29th St. was certainly around (but not yet associated with Norman Vincent Peale)
when EJP was in the neighborhood. Marble Collegiate Church History
Boston May 15th
1890 I have attended St Paul's Church the past two Sundays. It is an
old fashioned building with high backed pews, the organ and choirs in the front
part of church with a gallery. The fashionable Episcopal church here is
"Trinity". Phillips Brooks is the Rector -- it is almost an
impossibility to get a seat there on Sundays and being a considerable distance
[about 3/4 mile] from this hotel, I do not try.
St. Paul's Church was
formed in 1820 and is still on Tremont Street, though is now St. Paul's
King's Dictionary Boston describes the interior as "simple, and at the same
time much more impressive than the exterior. When finished, the building had
cost $83,000, a large sum in those days of simplicity in church architecture and
Trinity Church (built
1872-77, the portico and front tower peaks were rebuilt in the 1890's) is still
in Copley Square and still a wonderful HH Richardson Romanesque building.
King's Boston describes Philip Brooks as "one of the most famous
preachers in the Episcopal denomination. He is much beloved by his
parishioners, and highly esteemed in the community. He is a brilliant
speaker, earnest and eloquent, and a man of superior stature".
Trinity Church postcard
31st 1890 I have just returned from Morning Service at Dean Hart's
Cathedral. The Dean preached a fine sermon from the text, "And who is my
neighbor?". The Dean is an old acquaintance of
Mr. & Mrs.
[Frederic] Robinson and he was tutor to [Maurice]
Barrymore in England . He came and established the Church here at his
own expense -- having a large private fortune of his own. The Church was filled
this Morning and he seems to be very popular. Mrs. Robinson was there with a
lady friend, Mrs. Pierce who is a member of the church. They brought me to the
hotel in Mrs. Pierce's carriage.
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral,
The parish was elevated to a cathedral church in 1879, the same year that the
Rev. H. Martyn Hart of Blackheath, England, was called as rector and
subsequently appointed dean. He, his large family, and household moved to a
boomtown. During his tenure as dean, Denver grew from approximately 36,000 to
107,000 people, and became the largest city in the Rocky Mountain west forged by
a single generationís fortunes from gold, silver, coal, zinc, lead, and oil.
Dean Hart brought the
English tradition of architecture to both churches he helped build. The first
cathedral, at 20th and Welton Streets, was Romanesque in style, and the third
structure built as an Episcopal cathedral in the United States. Arson destroyed
this church in 1903, but most of the stained glass and wood carvings were saved
and incorporated into the present building eight years later.
Ohio, Mar. 1st, 1895 Mrs. Cady and Mrs. McKenzie called on me, the latter
Albert's Sunday School teacher's wife. Mrs. Glessing called at the hotel and
wanted to take me home, and if I had had another three days, I think I should
have seen everyone from Christ Church [Indianapolis].
Albert [and Hattie?] seem to have lived with the
Indianapolis when they were young. German was said to be spoken in that
Would this now be Christ Church Cathedral,
Indianapolis founded 1837 ?
Philadelphia, Sept. 20, 1891 I went to Church this Morning at Girard Ave &
27th Street. Quite a bright pretty church inside -- surpliced boy choir but no
further attempt at "High Church".
St. Augustine's Church of the Covenant is at 2701
West Girard Ave.
St. Stephen's Church
Philadelphia, June 21, 1888 [Grandson
is a fine boy anyway. As you are not likely to come here for your birthday, I do
not suppose the christening will take place on the 8th as that was my
New York, Dec. 24th 1890
Yes! I had an idea that the little dress and skirt would do for [grandson]
Phillips Nickinson's] christening robe, and am glad you think so too. I
am pleased to hear he is growing fast and is less cross.
New York, March 21st 1891
It was as well that the christening was postponed for it was a dreadful day and
the babies would certainly have caught cold.
New York, March 22nd, 1891
Hope to see you all sometime before end of season
here. Let me know when the children are likely to be christened. I will try to
New York, Mar. 24th, 1891
I shall be sorry not to be present at the christening of the dear little ones,
but if the weather continues so cold and I still feel as I do, I think it would
be unwise for all our sakes to have me take the trip. Letter from Hattie this
Morning saying she now feels a trouble to herself, she is growing so fat
[pregnant with Elizabeth Ellen]. Tells me to go to the christening as she
wouldn't like me to be absent if it was her baby.
Washington DC, April 25th 1891
I am delighted that [grandson] Edward is doing so
well and enjoys his outings so much - he will grow good and strong with such
treatment. I hope you will have him christened Sunday. Of course it would
afford me great pleasure to be present - but I think his christening is too
important to be put off until I could attend, which could not possibly be for
some weeks to come. ... Think of me at the christening, for I shall think of
you all and be with you in thought, if not in person.
Baltimore, Apr. 28, 1891I
hope you had [grandson]
Nickinson] christened on Sunday. It was a perfect day in Washington.
His trip to Otisville would strengthen him for the short journey to Church.
New York April 14th 1892
I thank you for your very cordial invitation for Easter and darling
little Edward's christening at which it would give me great happiness to be
present. All will depend upon the weather and my health. Make no preparation for
me or expect me. Then you will not be disappointed if I should not appear. If I
make a start I will telegraph Albert by what train to expect me.
glad Edward is growing so nicely and talking so much. He must be very
entertaining now. It will give me great pleasure to see him and his little
cousins "received into the congregation of Christ's flock".
New York, Apr. 22, 1892
Well was Edward christened on Monday? I am tired. [Actors'
Fund ] Fair is too much for me. Love and Kisses etc. Mother
was Edward Phillips Nickinson finally christened? I should get in touch with
Grace Church, Middletown.
EJ Phillips made her professional stage debut in
[Ontario] Canada, on Easter Monday in 1852 as Grace Harkaway in
Boucicault's London Assurance
New York, Feb. 28th 1887
The idea at present [for daughter
Hattie and wedding] is that we go over to Phil[adelphia] on Easter
Sunday AM. Have Mr. Graff come to the house to tie the knot. Then you and
I take the train for NY, I having to play that night.
New York, Apr. 12, 1892
Enclosed find order for 15 -- 5 apiece for your Easter Eggs. With this I send
you the last "Fair Tokens" which will show you the Fair is doing well.
New York, Mar 5, 1894 So I
expect my season will close on the 1st of May. Where I do not yet know, as we
have not yet heard our route: only that we close Holy Week and begin our new
season at the National Theatre, Phila on Easter Monday.
Boston March 23rd 1895 Have just got back
from Post Office, where I had been to send as order to Albert for your Easter
Eggs, and Hats. Please divide it, as you did the Xmas orders - with my love and
good wishes to you all for a joyous and bright Easter.
Easter seems to have
been business as usual for theatres.
New York, July 19th 1895 I returned last Evening after seeing the last sad but
beautiful rites performed over our dear departed friend [John
Dolman Sr.]. Services by the Rev'd Mr. White, who married Hattie &
John, and Mr. Walker of Zion Church were conducted at the house and
finished at the grave.
4th and Cherry Sts.
Zion Church was an offshoot of St. Michael's. This congregation erected a
building at the corner of Fourth and Cherry Streets in 1766. It was destroyed by
fire on December 26, 1794 and rebuilt in 1796. It was the largest church
building then in Philadelphia. So prominent was the Church attended by George
and Maria Garlinger, that when news of Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown
reached the city, the Continental Congress assembled at Zion Church to give
thanks on October 24, 1781. On December 26, 1799, the Mock Funeral of
Washington proceeded to Zion Church, where Henry Lee delivered an oration on the
General and first President. In this discourse, he made use of the phrase "first
in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." When he
originally offered a resolution in Congress, he used the word "country" instead
of countrymen." The building was removed, in 1870, after the erection of the
present church. (Source: Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, Page 1065) On July 4,
1776, the Continental Congress declared Independence for the united States. This
occurred just down the street from the St. Michael and Zion Church.
http://www.garlinger.com/gerlinge/d0/i0000521.htm Seems to be a Lutheran
Philadelphia Sept. 6th, 1897
Yesterday I attended the funeral services of
Mrs. John Drew
at St Stephens Church and followed her to the cemetery which is not far from
us. The Church was packed with people and the Cemetery was crowded. There was
no getting near her grave. Mrs. Dolman was with me.
Louisa Lane Drew is
buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, 3501 West Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, Novr 24th 1897
One month from today will be Christmas or rather tomorrow and your anniversary
will be on Sunday the 28th. That is the date when our little stranger [Melanie
Dolman] is expected. Will be nice if it would arrive that day. But Man
proposes and a Higher Hand Disposes and we must be satisfied with His
Will! Whatever it may be and be thankful.
Plays, churches and
Saints & Sinners
H. Stoddart as Jacob Fletcher, "a devoted, self-sacrificing clergyman
who refuses to knuckle under to a blackmailing deacon and so destroys his own
career by admitting to his flock that his daughter has gone astray."
Broken Seal by William Bertrand
Busnach, adapted by Sydney Grundy. Odell notes the remarkable cast "but
religious folk were shocked by the exploitation of the broken seal of the
confessional and others, possibly less religious, were repelled by the gloomy
story, and the irresponsible activity of the young hero".
US Book of Common Prayer 1792
Solemnization of Matrimony
Burial of the Dead
Public Baptism of Children
US Book of Common
Easter Day 1786- 2010
Thanks to James Weiss
and David Seigenthaler and Emmanuel Church Boston for introducing me to Historic
which encouraged me to pull this webpage together.
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