In A Noble Brother (item 90.29) the author of the play and actor of the role of “Jerry” should read J. W. Summers, and not W. J. Summers. Reviews of the London production (as well as Allardyce Nicoll in his History of English Drama) give the author and actor as W. J. Summers. It would appear Summers’ name was misprinted on the program since references to the provincial productions of the play (both before and after the London production) give J. W. Summers. Indeed, J. W. Summers was quite well known in America. He died in April 1893 (Era Almanack, 1894). Interestingly, during his visit to England, Summers married, as his second wife, Clara L. Pierre Rose (from Chicago, a dramatic reader) in Liverpool on 4 December 1889.
The London Stage 1890–1899: A Correction.