Henry Robert Addison

Henry Robert Addison (1805–1876),[1] sometimes erroneously called Captain Addison,[2] was born in Calcutta. He became a cornet in the 2nd Dragoon Guards on 12 July 1827, and was promoted to lieutenant on 15 March 1831, which rank he held until 21 June 1833, when he was placed on half pay. He began writing for the stage in 1830 and was the author of about sixty dramas and farces. He was lessee of Queen's Theatre, London from August 1836 to 1837. He wrote many songs and articles in monthly magazines. He was author of about twelve novels and stories. He edited Who's Who from 1849 to 1850. He was special correspondent of a morning paper at the Paris exhibition in 1867. He was deputy chairman of London steamboat company. He died at Albion St., Hyde Park, London, on 24 June 1876, aged 71.[3]

Henry Robert Addison
Born1805 Edit this on Wikidata
Died1876 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 70–71)


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  1. ^ Stephens, John Russell. "Addison, Henry Robert (1805-1876)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40230. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Green Room Loungers. No. 12. Captain Addison". Actors by Daylight. J Pattie and W M Clarke. London. 1838. Volume 1. Page 190.
  3. ^ Frederic Boase. "Addison, Henry Robert" in Modern English Biography. 1892. Volume 1. Page 1819. [1]