No decent description of J.L. Toole could be complete without a discussion around Henry Irving. To say that they were good friends would be a complete understatement. It could be argued that they even loved each other. It could also be argued that Henry Irving owed his career to J.L. Toole.
What is true is that J.L.Toole left his main home at 44, Maida Vale in his will to Henry, though sadly Henry died a year earlier than John and so that clause in the will was not enacted.