“ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT.
To the Governors of the Society of the New York Hospital:
On the 20th of March the new assembly room was formally opened with a special evening entertainment, in honor of the governors of the hospital. It was numerously attended by the governors, including the venerable vice president of the board, Mr. Willetts. Several of the governors were accompanied by members of their families. Since then, twelve entertainments of a superior character, consisting of plays, readings, music and prestigiation, have been voluntarily given, in part by amateurs, and in part by professional performers, to the great enjoyment and sensible relief of the inmates of the institution. I highly appreciate the generous sympathies of those accomplished ladies and gentlemen who have materially contributed to the enjoyment of this household, in the way I have mentioned, and I have good reason to believe that they have been equally appreciated by the asylum committee. I do not feel at liberty to mention in this public document the names of all who have taken part in these entertainments, but none will deem it an invidious distinction for me to refer to Miss Annie D. Ware, of Niblo’s theatre, and to Mr. Francis Wells, of Philadelphia, who never seem to weary of devoting their rare dramatic and elocutionary gifts to our entertainment and instruction.”
Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, Vol. 7, by New York (State), Legislature. Assembly, 1890, page 84