80 JGBMOIES OP JOSEPH GEIMALDI. which it was made, it was obvious to him that some one had endeavoured to injure him in that gentleman's opinion; and .fortunately chancing to have in his pocket-book the letters he had received from Mr. Cross, and copies of Ms own replies, he lost no time in clearing himself of the charge. " My dear sir," he said, " I do not know Mr. Cross personally, hut very well as a correspondent, inasmuch as he has repeatedly written, offering engagements to me, all of wMch I have de- dined;" and he placed the papers before Mm. The perusal of these letters seemed to satisfy Mr. Hughes, Tpfao returned them, and said smilingly, " Well then, we'll talk about a fresh engagement here, as you prefer old quarters, Let me see: your salary is now four pounds per week:ówell, I will engage you for three seasons, and the terms shall be these: for the first season, six pounds per week; for the second, seven; and for the third, eight. "Will that do ?" He readily agreed to a proposition wMoh, handsome in itself, greatly exceeded anything he had anticipated. As Mr. Hughes seemed anxious to have the affair settled, and Grimaldi was perfectly content that it should he, two witnesses were sent for, and the articles were drawn up, and signed upon the spot. Then again they were left alone, and after a few moments more of desultory conversation, Mr. Hughes rose, saying, " I shall see you, I suppose, in the evening, as I am going to J)rury Lane to see Blue Beard." He advanced towards the door as he spoke, and then suddenly turning round, added, "Have you aayMng else to say to me ?" How was the time, or never. Screwing Ms courage to the stieking-place, Gbrimaldi proceeded to place before Mr. Hughes Ms hopes and prospects, strongly urging that Ms own happiness and that of his daughter depended upon Ms consent being given to their marriage. Mr. Hughes had thought over the subject well, and displayed by no means that displeasure wMch the young man's anxiousg instantly to bed, he remained sound asleep for severaldler's Wells, where the late Mrs. Cawse was also an actress.