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Theatre Royal, Sadler's Wells :Sole lessee, Mr. Phelps : last night of performance ... The public is respectfully informed that a performance will take place at this theatre, on Saturday, August 17th, 1861, for the benefit of an artist, suffering from severe illness, Mr. Phelps, ... has most liberally granted the use of the theatre, free of charge, and his son, Mr. Edmund Phelps, has kindly consented to sustain two characters ... The entertainments will commence at a Quarter to seven, with four scenes from Sheridan Knowles' Play of The Hunchback ... A song, by Miss Fanny Josephs, To be followed by three scenes from The Love Chase ... In the course of the Evening, Mrs Stirling will deliver an address, written by Tom Taylor, Esq. to be followed by a selection of scenes from Shakespeare's comedy of As You Like It ... After which, the trial scene, from Shakespeare's play of The Merchant of Venice ... In the course of the evening, Miss Caroline Parkes will give her new entertainment song, entitled The Delights of the dance, After which two scenes from Sheridan's comedy of The School for Scandal ... The whole to conclude with Buckstone's favorite farce, entitled A Kiss in the dark ...
(Henry Pownceby, Steam Machine Printer, 1861)