“Marius Brooding over the Ruins of Carthage”
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Far less than a success in London, Hamblin returns to New York to take over the Bowery Theatre (back to its original name), which another manager had rebuilt. He begins his efforts just as the financial panic of 1837 hits the city. He begins training another daughter of Adeline Miller, fifteen-year-old Louisa “Missouri” Miller. Playwright Mary Carr Clarke joins the campaign to expose Hamblin’s immorality, conspiring with Elizabeth Hamblin to publish the most salacious details of his adultery. The Bowery Theatre burns again. Missouri dies suddenly in Hamblin’s house, triggering a furious outcry against him by the clergy, the press, and the girl’s family, including her brother, who attempts to kill Hamblin.