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134                      MEMOIBS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

the latter year. The year 1802, indeed, seems to have been pro-
ductive of no melodramatic -wonder whatever ; the most im-
portant circumstance it brought to Gbtimaldi being the birth, of
a son on the 21st of November; an event which afforded him
much joy and happiness.

But if 1802 brought nothing remarkable with it, its successor
did, for it was ushered in with an occurrence of a rather serious
nature, the consequences of which were not very soon recovered.
Whether it was ill-fortune or want of caution, or want of know-
ledge of worldly matters, it did so happen that whenever
Grrimaldi succeeded in scraping together a little money, so
surely did he lose it afterwards in some strange and unforeseen
manner. He had at that period been for some time acquainted
with a very respected merchant of the city of London, named
Charles Newland (not Abraham), who was supposed to have an
immense capital embarked in business, who lived in very good
style, keeping up a great appearance, and who was considered
to be, in short, a very rich man. He called at Grrimaldi's house
one morning in Pebruary, and requesting a few minutes' pri-
vate conversation, said hastily,

" I dare say you will be surprised, Joe, when you hear what
business I have come upon} but—but—although I am possessed
of a great deal of wealth, it is all embarked in business, and I
am at this moment very short of ready money ; so I want you
to lend me a few hundred pounds, if it is quite convenient."
All this was said with a brisk and careless air, as if such slight

•new of the setting aim, when rapt by the object before him and intent on the
view, lie lost Ms hold, fell into the street, and was killed. The tragedian's
grandfather, George Sayille Carey, like his fatherx died in great distress, July
14,1807. After that period, Master Carey adopted his father's name, Edmund
Kean, and subsequently ennobled the British stage by his transcendant personi-
fications of Othello, Sir Giles Overreach, Richard III., and other characters—
& meteor of no prolonged duration, but the effulgence of which, will be long
jjezoembered.rance on the stage at the Eoyalty