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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GEIMALDI.                          77-

withstanding all these precautions, notwithstanding the pub-
licity that was given to the advertisement, and notwithstanding
that the announcement was frequently repeated,—from that
hour to the very last moment of his life, Grimaldi never heard
one word or syllable regarding the treasure he had so singularly
acquired; nor was he ever troubled with any one application
relative to the notice.

A somewhat similar circumstance occurred to his maternal
grandfather.* He was in the habit of attending Leadenhall
Market early every Thursday morning, and as he frequently
made large purchases, his purse was generally well lined. Upon
one occasion, he took with him nearly four hundred pounds,
principally in gold and silver, which formed a tolerably large
bagful, the weight of which rather impeded his progress. When
he arrived near the Royal Exchange, he found that his shoe had
become unbuckled, and taking from his pocket the bag, which
would otherwise have prevented his stooping, (for he was a cor-
pulent man), he placed it upon a neighbouring post, and then
proceeded to adjust his buckle. This done, he went quietly on
to market, thinking nothing of the purse or its contents until
some time afterwards, when, having to pay for a heavy purchase,
he missed it, and after some consideration recollected the place
where he had left it. He hurried to the spot. Although more
than three quarters of an hour had elapsed since he had left it
in the prominent situation already described, there it remained
safe and untouched on the top of the post in the open street!

Pour anxious days (he had both money and a wife at stake)
passed heavily away, but on the fifth, Saturday—a reply arrived
from Mr. Hughes, which being probably one of the shortest
epistles ever received through the hands of the general postman,
is subjoined verbatim.

* The slaughterman and carcase-butcher of Bloomshury, and Newton-street,
Holborn.between seven and eight o'clock, where,