Duke's Motto

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 April 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
16 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
17 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
18 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
19 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
20 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

John Brougham: The duke’s motto (drama)
Includes the songs:
Dodworth (music) & Brougham (lyrics): “Wine, bright wine” (Collins)
Dodworth (music) & Brougham (lyrics): “While there’s life there’s hope” (Collins)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka I am all here to-night
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor] (role: Carrickfergus)
Composer(s): Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]
Composer(s): Dodworth
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]


Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 June 1863, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 15 June 1863, 4.
Announcement: New York Post, 15 June 1863.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 15 June 1863, 2.
“‘The Duke’s Motto’ will fill the house every night this week, as heretofore.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 June 1863, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 June 1863, 7.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 20 June 1863, 78.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 June 1863, 12.
Review: New York Herald, 22 June 1863, 8.
Notes copyright battle for Duke’s Motto. “[T]he houses are crowded as ever. Different versions [have been produced at other venues] but the original drama at Niblo’s still keeps the lead in popularity. The play is magnificently mounted, and the acting is noticeably good. . . . A new claimant for the ownership of ‘The Duke’s Motto’ has appeared in the person of Mr. Lionel Noah, who copyrighted the play here in April last, and states that he purchased it from Mr. Fechter [or Fechler]. Mr. Collins procured the play from John Brougham, the translator and adaptor, and Brougham’s agent copyrighted it here last February.”
Review: New York Clipper, 27 June 1863, 83.
“Night after night the house is crowded to repletion, and there seems to be no signs of any diminuition in the attendance for some time to come. . . . We dropped in on Friday evening last, and found the house very crowded. . . . The piece goes off now without any drawbacks, everything working in apple-pie order. Mr. Collins has infused a little more spirit into his part, and his songs are nightly received with great applause.”