This collection contains the papers of English comedic actress Dorothy Jordan (1761-1816),
chiefly consisting of correspondence from Jordon to William IV (Duke of Clarence) between 1794 to 1812.
The letters primarily deal with domestic matters, as well as Jordan's working life performing in
London and on tours throughout England and Ireland, her financial affairs, the Peninsular Wars, and the ill-health of George
III and the coming Regency.
Dorothy (Dora) Phillips Bland (1761-1816) was born in London on November 22, 1761,
into an acting family. She made her acting debut in Dublin, Ireland in November
1779, and her London acting debut at Drury Lane in October 1785. By this time she
had received the stage name of “Mrs. Jordan” which she used for the remainder of her
long stage career. Dorothy Jordan was the acknowledged greatest comedic actress of
her time, just as Sarah Siddons, Jordan’s not-so- friendly rival, was the acclaimed
dramatic actress. With Richard Daly (d. 1813), Manager of Smock Theatre, Dublin (relationship began in 1779)
1. Frances (Fanny) Daly (1782-1821); m. Thomas Alsop, 1808
Nov. 22 Dora born in Leicester Square/Covent Garden, London.
527 pieces + ephemera in 12 boxes.
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