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MEMOIRS 03? JOSEPH GEIMAIDI.

prietor of the former theatre and acting manager of the latter,
took a great deal of notice of him, and occasionally gave the
child a guinea to Tray a rocking-horse or a cart, or some toy that
struck Ms fancy. During the run of the first piece in which he
played at Sadler's "Wells, he produced his first serious effect,
•which, but for the good fortune -which seems to have attended

noticed, in 1782, -were kindnesses probably rendered to Grimaldi by Tom King,
during the last two years of Ms management.

Beynolds, the dramatist, was wont to relate a droll story of the Signer, which
may not improperly be told here. "Walking one day in Pall Mall with Tom
King, we met the celebrated clown, Grimaldi, father of Joe Grimaldi, approach-
ing us with a face of the most ludicrous astonishment and delight, when he
exclaimed: ' Oh, vatt a clevare fellow dat Sheridan is !—shall I tell you P—oui
—yes; I Till, Men. done. I could no nevaresee him at de theatre, so je vais
chez Ini, to his house in Hertford-street, muffledain de great coat, and I say,
'Domestique!—yon hear?' 'Tea, Bare.' 'Tell, den, tell your master, dat
Mistare—you know, de Mayor of Stafford be below.' Domestique fly; and on
de instant I vas shown into de drawing-room. In von more mimiet, Sheridan
leave his dinner party, enter de room hastily—stop suddenly, and say, ' How
dare you, Grim, play me such a trick ?' Then putting himself into von grand
pasmon, he go on: c Go, Sare!—get out of my house!' ' Begar,' say I, placing
TOT back against de door, 'not till you pay me my forty pounds;' and then I
point to de pen, ink, and paper, on von small tables in de corner, and say,
* Ttesre, write me de check, and de Mayor shall go vitement—entendez-vous ? If
not, mffirHea! I shall—'

*'*0ii!' interrupted dis clevare man, 'if I must, Grim, I must," and as if ha
Tare trfes-pressfr—•vary hurry, he write de draft, and pushing it into iny hand, he
squeeze it, and I do push it into my pocket. Eh Hen!—veil, den, I do make
harte to de banqnier, and giving it to de clerks, I say, vitement, ' four tens,
if yew please, Sare. Tour tens!' he say, with much surprise; 'de draft bo
<wly for fbar pounds!' 0, vat a clevare fellow dat Sheridan is ! Veil, den, I
S*y,' If you please, Sare, donnez-moi done, dose four pounds.' And den he say,
*Oafl again to-morrow.' Next day, I meet de manager in de street, and'I say,
'Mistoe Sheridan! have you forget ?' and den he laugh, and say, 'Vy, Grim, I
fefwQeeted afterwards—I left out de 0!' 0, vat a clevare fellow dat Sheridan
fel"*                                   '

Again meeting Grimaldi, some months afterwards, Eeynolds asked him,
whether the manager had found means to pay him the amount of his dishonoured
Ae^e. He replied in the affirmative; but with a look and tone of voice so
afared, it seemed as if the successful adroitness of Sheridan's nw contre wise,
bad sffijrded him more enjoyment, and given him a higher opinion of the manager
m " adewre fellow," than the mere passing business affair of paying him. his