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of ihe complimentary little paragraphs regarding new books
which usually precede advertisements about Savory's clocks in
ifcenewspapers,)-than we sat down at once and read it every


See how pleasantly things come about, if you let them take
their own course! * This mention of the manuscript brings us
at once to the very point we are anxious to reach, and which we
should have gained long ago, if we had not travelled into those
irrelevant remarks concerning pantomimic representations.

lor about a year before his death, Grimaldi was employed in
writing a full account of his life and adventures. It was his
chief occupation and amusement; and as people who write their
own Eves, even in the midst of very many occupations, often
find time to extend them to a most inordinate length, it is no
wonder that his account of himself was exceedingly voluminous.
Eds manuscript was confided to Mr. Thomas Egerton Wilks:
to alter and revise, with a view to its publication. MX. Wilks,
who was well acquainted with Grimaldi and his connexions,
applied Myself to the task of condensing it throughout, and
whdQy expunging considerable portions, which, so far as the
pabBe were concerned, possessed neither interest nor amusement,
he likewise interspersed here and there the substance of such
pasonal anecdotes as he had gleaned from the writer in desultory
eeKversation. While he was thus engaged, (Mtnaldi died.

Hr. "WUks having by the commencement of September con-
dn$BdMs labours, offered the manuscript to the present pub-
faftterj by whom it was shortly afterwards purchased uncondi-
&aaEy, with the full consent and concurrence of Mi. Eiohard
Hngfafis, Grimaldi's executor.

Represent Editor of these Memoirs has felt it necessary to

say-tins much in explanation of their origin, in order to es-

tatj&ii beyond doubt the unquestionable authenticity of the

memoirs they contain.

Els own share in them is stated in a few words.   Being much.ed pub-