Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Stephen E. Glover, The Cradle of Liberty

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Stephen E. Glover, The Cradle of Liberty
Creator: Glover, Stephen E.
Inclusive dates: [1837]
Extent: 106 pages (1 volume)
Abstract:
This volume is a manuscript copy of Stephen E. Glover's play The Cradle of Liberty , adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel Lionel Lincoln . Set in Boston in 1775, just before and during the Battle of Bunker Hill, the play explores the relationship between a young British nobleman and his father, a North American patriot who has kept his identity a secret from his son.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1948. M-691.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Stephen E. Glover, The Cradle of Liberty , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Captain Stephen E. Glover wrote a play entitled The Cradle of Liberty around 1832. Set in Revolutionary-era Boston and based on James Fenimore Cooper's 1825 novel Lionel Lincoln, the play revolves around the relationship between a young British nobleman and his patriot father. The play was performed in the late 1830s at the Bowery Theater, New York City; the Fremont Theater, Boston; and the American Theater, New Orleans.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume is a manuscript copy of Stephen E. Glover's play The Cradle of Liberty! A National Drama in Four Acts, adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel Lionel Lincoln and set in Boston in 1775. Glover presented this copy (106 pages) to "Mr. Annis," an acquaintance, in 1840. The first page shows a list of the main characters and the names of actors who played them in New York City, Boston, and New Orleans around 1837. The second page is a list of "Dramatis Personae," providing the names and brief descriptions of the main characters; most of them are affiliated with the British Army or with the American patriot cause.

The play takes place in Boston at the beginning of the American Revolution and concerns the relationship between Lionel Lincoln, a young British nobleman, and his companion, a patriot named Ralph (who is later revealed to be Lincoln's father). Though much of the play focuses on the relationship between Lincoln and Ralph, several scenes highlight the British Army or the patriots. Characters refer to the state of affairs around Boston in 1775 and discuss conflicts that give rise to physical violence in the play's final scenes, which take place at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boston (Mass.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Fiction.
    • Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775--Fiction.
    • Great Britain. Army--Fiction.
    • Historical drama.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Drama.
    Genre Terms:
    • Plays (document genre)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Stephen Glover, The Cradle of Liberty,  [1837] [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library holds a first edition copy of James Fenimore Cooper's Lionel Lincoln: Cooper, James Fenimore. Lionel Lincoln: Or, The Leaguer of Boston... New York: Charles Wiley, D. Fanshaw, printer, 1825.