MORE ACTOR FRIENDS -- EDWARD S. WILLARD, HIS ART, EARLY EXPERIENCES, AND TASTES -- HENRY B. IRVING, HIS CURIOUS IDIOSYNCRASIES -- THE LAURENCE IRVINGS
THE subject of our actor friends was not exhausted in the two chapters contained in Part I. Others have since appeared on the scene of our lives, and some of the old ones have remained to make new history.
One of the dearest and most enduring of our friendships with actors was that with Edward S. Willard, who, like E. H. Sothern, had been a periodical frequenter of our house from the time of his first appearance in Boston to his last in America. Willard was like a brother to us -- never was intercourse more utterly sympathetic. We three had so much in common, and the perfect confidence which soon was established between us caused our relations to be exceptionally free and unreserved. Harry acted as counsellor as well as friend, and took a large part in the transacting of Willard's private affairs.
At an early date of our friendship he got into the habit of sharing an early dinner with us every evening, ordering his carriage to be at the door at seven to convey him to the theatre. Unlike the elder Sothern, he was never nervous at table, nor in a hurry to start; on the contrary, he used very often to keep his coachman waiting.
Willard was a true thoroughbred. He never slurred
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Publication information: Book title: The Story of Two Lives:Home, Friends, and Travels, Sequence to "Memories of a Musical Career". Contributors: Clara Kathleen Rogers - Author. Publisher: Priv. Print. at the Plimpton Press. Place of publication: Norwood, MA. Publication year: 1932. Page number: 230.