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I. W. Stuart's biography was the basis for Nathan Hale the Martyr Spy! at Wyatt's Theatre in Hartford in 1856, with G. H. Wyatt as Washington. Act 1, Scene 2 featured a painting of Hartford's Charter Oak, which was no more relevant to the Hale story than Plymouth Rock would have been.
A half-century later a handsome fellow named Howard Kyle portrayed
a well-dressed Nathan Hale in the "Fall Tour" of Clyde Fitch's
loosely based four-act play. In October 1901 he did 23 one-night stands
on the east coast down to Cumberland, Maryland.