(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GOJIMALDI.                          69

were not long in determining that it must be so. Dismissing1
the subject from their minds, they spent the day happily, in
company with young Mr. Hughes, and returning to Gravesend
in the evening by another tide coach, Grrimaldi was on board the
sailing-boat shortly before eleven o'clock; it being arranged
that Miss Hughes was to follow on the next Saturday.

In the cabin of the boat he found Mr. De Cleve,* at that time
•treasurer of Sadler's Wells. There are jealousies in theatres* as
there are in courts, ball-rooms, and boarding-schools; and this
Mr. De Cleve was jealous of Grrimaldi—not because he stood in
Ms way, for he had no touch of comedy in his composition, but
because he had eclipsed, and indeed altogether outshone, one
Mr. Hartland, " a very clever and worthy man," says Grimaldi,
who was at that time also engaged as a pantomimic and melo-
dramatic actor at Sadler's "Wells. Mr. De Cleve, thinking for

* Vincent de Cleve, facetiously nick-named among his associates, " Polly de
Cleve," not from any effeminacy of character or manner, or his almost intolerable
abuse of the King's English by the constant utterance of the most flagrant cook-
neyisms, but for his Marplot qualities, which ever prompted him to pry into
everybody's business, and create by his interference the most vexatious mischief.
He was an odd fish. Talent he had; he was no contemptible composer and
musician, and in his office, as treasurer to the "Wells for many years, strictly
honest. Between Sadler's Wells and the Angel was an old building, immediately
opposite Lady Owen's Almshouses, now also demolished, called Goose Parm;
it belonged to Mr. Layeock, the cow-keeper of Islington; but had ceased to be
a farm-house j and was divided into tenements; the first and second floors were
each divided into two suites of apartments. On the first floor in that next the
Wells, resided John Cawse, the artist, whose daughters subsequently distin-
guished themselves as vocalists of no common power, and made their debut iti
1820 at Sadler's Wells, where the late Mrs. Cawse was also an actress.

The suite next the Angel was occupied by the mother and sister of Charles
and Thomas Dibdin; during the management of the Wells by the former, the
sister, a short squab figure, generally the last among the figurantes, came on
among villagers and mobs; but under other lessees was not employed, and died
in Clerkenwell Poor-House. De Cleve occupied the irooms on the second floor
above the Dibdins j but all have ceased to exist; and Joe, to use a common ex-
pression, outlived his enemy. A grave stone, laid flat, in the churchyard of St.
Mary's, Lambeth, marks the spot where lie buried, Mrs. Prances De Cleve, who
died in her thirtieth year, May 3, 1795; and her husband, the busy meddler,
Vincent de Cleve, who died July 30,1827, aged 67.idan's nw contre wise,