National Geographic : 1951 Feb
© National Geographic Society 190 Lent by New York Historical Society JOHN SEARLE * Interior of the Park Theater, New York City (1822) Said the New York Post of November 8. 1822: "Last evening Mr. (Charles) Mathews (from England) made his first appearance before the New York audience. . . . it was not in our power to be present, but trusting to report we may say that such a first appearance was never witnessed here. The house overflowed so much and so early that the manager was called forward at half past six and entreated to order the doors of the pit to be shut against any further entrance, which was accordingly done."