Reliable information from New York states that Miss Mary Anderson has been afflicted with nervous prostration that has from the first assumed a very serious aspect. It is believed (tho London ‘New York Herald ’ says) that Miss Anderson’s nervous system has partly given way under the constant strain involved by her later work on the stage, and that her present ill-health is entirely the result of this trouble, “ For a number of weeks Miss Anderson has given evidence of a disturbed uervous system, no less painful to her friends than mortifying to herself. She is said to have developed a strange and unreasonable habit of quarrelling with her manager over matters of trivial import. The outbreaks have frequently occurred in the presence of the entire company on the stage and at rehearsals. These outbreaks had recently become more serious in that they plainly suggested a lack of control on Miss Anderson’s part that first gave rise to her friends’ fears. Mr Abbey, her manager, went to Baltimore early last week to look over the ground preparatory to his star’s expected resumption of her professional labors in that city. It is learned, on the highest authority, that though Miss Anderson was at the depot on his arrival, she did not recognise him when he accosted her. She stoutly demurred, maintaining in all sincerity that ho bad no right to speak to her. She did not know him, she said, and sheseemedtobeeuragedby his presumption. It required some moments to calm her, and a considerable period elapsed before she finally recognised Abbey. The impression left upon him by this painful scene is said to have been a discouraging one in every respect. Nevertheless, a famous physician’s certificate has since set forth that Miss Anderson is suffering only from nervous prostration, and that rest will bring about her recovery.” A ‘ Herald ’ despatch from Philadelphia says that she will act no more this season. She was informed by her physician, Dr S. Weir Mitchell, that, in order to recover fully from the nervous prostration from which she has been suffering for a fortnight, she would have to cancel all her engagements for the season, and put herself under his care for a course of treatment. After leaving Mias Anderson, Dr Mitchell went to the telegraph office, and telegraphed to Manager Abbey that Miss Anderson was too ill to fulfil her coming engagements. Mr Abbey immediately sent the following to the proprietors of the Chestnut street Theatre ;—“ It has been found imperative, owing to Mary Anderson’s continued illhealth, and acting upon the advice of Dr Weir Mitchell, to discontinue her performances entirely for the rest of the present dramatic season.” Miss Anderson was born in 1850 at Sacramento, and her fortune is ample, it having been acquired in a large part during the last six or seven years.
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Mary Anderson., Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
Mary Anderson. Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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