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MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GBIMALDI.                        115

benefit, rehearsed half-a-dozen pantomime scenes, and having
dined, went to the theatre, every portion of which was crammed
before six o'clock. On his appearance, he was received with a
tremendous shout of welcome ; his two comic songs were each
encored three times, and the whole performances went off with
great eclat. Mrs. Baker, the manager or manageress, at once
offered him an engagement for the two following nights, the
receipts of the house to be divided between them. His accept-
ance of this proposal delighted the old lady so much, that the
arrangement was no sooner concluded than she straightway
walked upon the stage, dressed in the bonnet and shawl in which
she had been taking the money and giving the checks, and in
an audible voice gave out the entertainments herself, to the
immense delight of the audience, who shouted vociferously.

This old lady appears to have been a very droll personage.
She managed all her affairs herself, and her pecuniary matters
were conducted on a principle quite her own. She never put
her money out at interest, or employed it in any speculative or
profitable manner, but kept it in six or eight large punch-
bowls, which always stood upon the top shelf of a bureau, except
when she was disposed to make herself particularly happy, and
then she would take them down singly, and after treating herself
with a sly look at their contents, put them up again.

This old lady had a factotum to whom attached the elegant
sobriquet of " Bony Long;" the gentleman's name being Long,
and Ms appearance bony. At a supper after the play, at which
the guests were Lund, Grrirnaldi, Henry and William Dowton
(sons of the celebrated actor of that name), the manageress, and
"Bony," it was arranged that Grimaldi should perform Scara-
mouch, in "Don Juan," on the following night. A slight difficulty
occurred, in consequence of his having brought from London no
other dress than a clown's ; but Mrs. Baker provided against it
by sending for one Mr. Palmer, then a respectable draper and
tailor at Eochester, who, having received the actor's instructions,
I 2 in her seventy-fourth