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Letter: Jacksonville, Florida to Charles Henry Douglass, Macon, Georgia, 1925 July 30

author: Jones, J. Richardson (Joseph Richardson), 1900-1948
extent: [1] p.
date: July 30, 1925
summary: Letter from theatrical producer Joseph Richardson Jones to Charles Henry Douglass, African American entrepreneur and owner of the Douglass Theatre, dated July 30, 1925, advertising the play Thy Will Be Done, an African American sacred drama. Jones asserts the success of his play Thy Will Be Done, presented the previous evening in Jacksonville, Florida. He describes the plot as tragic, composed of scenes of sadness, love, and religion. Jones reports that the play had the entire audience in tears twice, almost on their feet with expectation, and amused by the moments of humor. He declares the play to be his "greatest triumph" and announces his intention to put it on tour with the same local cast. Jones asks Douglass to let him know when he can show the play and urges him to respond immediately with his terms. A copy of a handbill for the play [dbr077] is available as part of the Douglass Theatre Web site.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 21
folder: 203
item: 16

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Jacksonville (Fla.)
Jones, J. Richardson (Joseph Richardson), 1900-1948. Thy will be done
Jones, J. Richardson (Joseph Richardson), 1900-1948
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Douglass, Charles Henry, 1870-1940
Commercial agents--Florida--Jacksonville
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Letters (correspondence)

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[Note: This document contains typewritten and handwritten text.]

[typewritten text: I655 [1655] Van Buren Street,
Jacksonville, Florida,
July 30th, I925 [1925].]
[written text: Mr. Douglass
Douglass Theatre,
Macon, Ga. [Georgia]]
[typewritten text: Dear Friend:

On last evening (July 29th) I presented to the theatre-going public of Jacksonville, my latest effort, a drama of RELIGION and LOVE in three acts, titled, "THY WILL BE DONE". I am pleased to state that the presentation was a great success. With a cast made up entirely of local dramatic artists with exception of myself, the offering was flawlessly presented. The attached clipping will give you an idea as to how the public accepted it. The story is a very tragic one, interwoven with pathetic scenes of sadness, appealing scenes of love, and thrilling scenes of RELIGION. Twice during the piece the entire audience was in tears, numerous times almost on their feet with expectation, and pleasantly received the moments of humor that tended to releive [relieve] the heavy dramatic situations. I daresay this offering in [is] my GREATEST TRIUMPH. I do know it is my best work.

It is now my intention to put the offering on tour with the same local cast, and I would be pleased to hear from you relative to the first open date you canplay [can play] the attraction. My guarantee is that it will sure 'do the business'. Write me IMMEDIATELY, and mention terms.

Professionally yours,]
[Signed] [written text: Joseph Jones]