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child perform so naturally, and highly creditable to his father's
talents as a teacher!

This is no had illustration of some of the miseries of a poor
actor's life. The jest on the lip, and the tear in the eye, the
merriment on the mouth, and the aching of the heart, have
called down the same shouts of laughter and peals of applause a
hundred times. Characters in a state of starvation are almost
invariably laughed at upon the stage;—the audience have had
their dinner.

The bitterest portion of the boy's punishment was the being
deprived of the five shillings, which the excellent parent put
into his own pocket, possibly because he received the child's
salary also, and in order that everything might be, as Gold-
smith's Bear-leader has it, "in a concatenation accordingly,"
The Earl gave him half-a-crown every time he saw him after-
wards though, and the child had good cause for regret when his
lordship married Miss Parren,* and left the green-room.

At Sadler's "Wells he became a favourite almost as speedily as
at Drury Lane. King, the comedian,t who was principal pro-

* Miss Farren, previously to her marriage with the Earl of Derby, took her final
leave of the stage, as Lady Teazle, in "The School for Scandal," April 8,1797.

t Tom King was the manager of Sadler's Wells Theatre from Easter, 1772, till
the close of the season, 1782; when, on Sheridan's resignation as manager of
Drury Lane, King succeeded Mm in September, 1782, and relinquished the
management of Sadler's Wells to Wroughton, whose term commenced at Easter,
1783. We have already explained that Joe's father was not employed at Sadler's
Wells in 1781; and yet, perhaps in consideration of Master and Miss, Signer
Grimaldi had a benefit at that theatre, on Thursday, September 12, 1782; the
usual diversions were announced, but he did not take any part in the business of
the evening. The bills announced, " Tickets and Places to be had only of Mr.
G-rimaldi, at No. 5, Princes Street, Drury Lane, and opposite Sadler's Wells
Gate." Signer Plaoido's night followed on Monday, September 16, when, with
other new amusements, was introduced "A new Pantomime Dance, for the
first time, called " The Woodcutter; or, the Lucky Mischance," characters by
Mr. Dupuis, then principal dancer at th'e Wells, Mr. Meunier, Mr. Grimaldi,
Mrs. Sutton, Signer Placido, and the Little Devil, being their first Pantomimical
performance in this kingdom." This was the only appearance of Signor
Grimaldi at the Wells in 1782 ; for which, possibly, he was paid by Placido.

Young Joe's introduction to Sadler's Wells, in 1781, aa also the benefit here


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