MEMOIRS OS1 JOSEPH GRIMALDI. 67 sterers, eyen the painters, had left the Penton-street mansion, and there being- no pantomime, it seemed a very eligible period for being1 married at once. Grimaldi told Miss Hnghes that he thought so: Miss Hughes replied that he had only to gain her father's consent in the first instance, and then the day should be fixed -without more ado. This was precisely what the lover was most anxious to avoid, for two reasons : firstly, because it involved the very probable postponement of Ms happiness; and secondly, because the ob- taining- this consent was an awkward process. At last he recol- lected that in conseqiience of Mr. Hughes being oxit of town, it was quite impossible to ask him. "Yery good," said Miss Hughes; "everything happens for the best. I am sure you would never venture to speak to him on the subject, so you had far better write. He will not keep you long in suspense, I know, for he is quite certain to answer your letter by return of post." Mr. Hughes was then at Exeter; and as it certainly did ap- pear to his destined son-in-law a much better course to write than to speak, even if he had been in London, he sat down without delay, and, after various trials, produced such a letter as he thought would be most likely to find its way to the father's heart. Miss Hughes approving of the contents, it was re-read, copied, piinctuated, folded, and posted. Next day the lady was obliged to leave town, to spend a short time with some friends at Grravesend; and the lover, very much to Ms annoyance and regret, was fain to stay behind, and con- sole himself as he best could, in his mistress's absence, and the absence of a reply from her father, to which he naturally looked forward with considerable impatience and anxiety. live days passed away, and still no letter came; and poor Grimaldi, being left to his own fears and apprehensions, was reduced to the most desperate and dismal forebodings. Having 110 employment at the theatre, and nothing to do but to think of E 2ed.