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Introductory Chapter v


His Grandfather and father—His Birth and first appearance at
Drury Lane Theatre and at Sadler's Wells—His Father's severity
—Miss Farren—The Earl of Derby and the Wig—the Fortune-box
and Charity's reward—His Father's pretended Death, and the beha-
viour of himself and his brother thereupon.......1


1788 to 1794.

The Father's real Death—His Will, and failure of the Executor
— Generous conduct of Grimaldi's Schoolmaster, and of Mr.
Wroughton the Comedian—Smart running against time—Kind-
ness of Sheridan — Grimaldi's industry and amusements — Fly-
catching—Expedition in search of the " Dartford Blues "—Mrs.
Jordan—Adventure on Clapham Common: the piece of Tin—His
first love and its consequences...........24


1794 to 1797.

Grimaldi falls in Love—His success—He meets with an accident
which brings the Reader acquainted with that invaluable specific
" Grimaldi's Embrocation "—He rises gradually in his Profession—
The Pentonville Gang of Burglars..........40


1797 to 1798.

The Thieves make a second attempt; alarmed by their perse-
verance, Grimaldi repairs to Hatton Garden—Interview with Mr,
Trott; ingenious device of that gentleman, and its result on the
third visit of the Burglars—Comparative attractions of Pantomimes not had the heart to reduce it further.