She was born in New Bedford, New England and was subsequently sent to Cuba where she passed the earlier years of her life in a convent. Having been endowed with an extraordinary genius for Elocution She has adopted the profession of a Dramatic Reader. And she has already aquired (sic) considerable reputation Her success is attested by hundreds of notices written by some of the most competent critics in this country Indeed her success has been such as to induce even Pro-Slavery Lyceums to avail themselves of her services in their causes Her reading of Uncle Tom:' which I have dramatised (sic) expressly for her has been considered unequaled. Longfellow also has expressed himself much gratified with her rendering of Hiawatha with regard to which he has made her some valuable suggestions The reading season being over in this country she has been induced to try her success in England. " On verso of signature sheet: " To be copied/Mr & Mrs Wilman/London.
Stowe had made the acquaintance of MARY E. During the summer of 1855, she became Webb's patron, writing The Christian Slave: A Drama, based on a portion of Uncle Tom's Cabin, for Webb to read. Shortly after receiving Stowe's letter of recommendation, Mary and her husband, FRANK JOHNSON WEBB, whom she had married in 1845, traveled to Great Britain, where Stowe's friend, The Duchess of Sutherland, became Mary's patron. Mary, who gave her first reading in Britain at the home of the Duchess, London's Stafford House on July 28, 1856, was visited by Stowe's sister, Mary Beecher Perkins, the following year.When her health began to decline, Webb traveled to France before returning to the U. One of the few Black women to attain international fame before the U. Civil War, Mary died in Jamaica in 1859. Lightly creased, vertical creases touch the "H" and "B" of signature.
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