Resources on Virginia History and the 1811 Theater Fire
Explore more about the fire and the world in which it occurred by browsing through the following sources:
First-hand Accounts of the Fire
Lloyd, Rees. The Richmond Alarm: a Plain and Familiar Discourse in the Form of a Dialogue Between a Father and His Son: in Three Parts: Written at the Request of a Number of Pious Persons by an Independent Minister. Philadelphia: J.Bioren, Printer, 1814.
A Serious Inquiry into the Nature and Effects of the Stage and a Letter
respecting Play Actors by John Witherspoon also, a Sermon on the burning of the Theatre at Richmond, &c., by Samuel Miller D.D. pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New-York together with an introductory address, by Several Ministers in New-York, &c. Printed by D. and G. Bruce. New York: Whiting and Watson, 1812.
Life in 19th c. Virginia
Mordecai, Samuel. Richmond in By-Gone Days. Republished from the Second Edition of 1860. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1946.
Dunn, Susan. Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison & the Decline of
Virginia. New York: Basic Books, 2007.
Norfleet, Fillmore. Saint-Memin in Virginia: Portraits and Biographies.
Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1942.
Monumental Church and Virginia Episcopalianism
Bryan, John Morrill. America’s First Architect: Robert Mills. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.
Holmes, David. A Brief History of the Episcopal Church. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1993.
Winner, Lauren F. A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Yale University Press, 2010.
19th century American Theater
Click, Patricia C. The Spirit of the Times: Amusements in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore, Norfolk, and Richmond.Charlottesville, VA: The University Press of Virginia, 1989.
Fuller-Seeley, Kathryn. Celebrate Richmond Theater. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 2002.
Johnson, Claudia Durst. Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2008.
Gerhard, William Paul. Theatre Fires and Panics: Their Causes and Prevention. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1896.
Sherman, Susanne K. Comedies Useful: Southern Theatre History 1775-1812. Lucy B. Pilkinton, ed. Williamsburg, Virginia: Celest Press, 1998.