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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OI1 JOSEPH GBIMAEDI.

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CHAPTEE  XL
1805 to 1806.

Stage Affairs and Stage Quarrels—Mr. Graham, the Bow Street Magistrate and
Drury Lane Manager—Mr. Peake—Grimaldi is introduced to Mr. Harris by
John Zemble—Leaves Drury Lane and engages at Covent Garden—Mortifi-
cation of the authorities at "the other house"—He joins Charles Dibdin's
Company and visits Dublin—The wet Theatre—111 success of the speculation,
and great success of his own. Benefit—Observations on the comparative
strength of "Whisky Punch and Bum Punch, with interesting experiments.

THE manager of Drury Lane tad advertised Tobin's comedy
of " The Honey Moon" as the play for the second night of the
season ;* not recollecting, until it was too late to alter the bills,
that in consequence of the secession of Mr. Byrne, who had
been ballet-master, and the non-engagement of any other per-
son in his place, there was no one to arrange the dance incidental
to the piece. In this dilemma, Grimaldi, who had been accus-
tomed to arrange the dances at Sadler's Wells, was sent for,
and, as soon as " Lodoiska" was over, the interview took place
between him and the manager to which reference was made at
the close of the last chapter.

Mr. Wroughton, after stating that he was in a very unexpected
dilemma, and that unless Grimaldi would assist him he would
have to change the piece for the ensuing night,—which it was

* Drury Lane opened for the season on September 14,1805, with the " Country
Girl," Peggy, Mrs. Jordan; and the farce of " The Irishman in London."
Byrne, and his son Oscar, had quitted at the close of the last season, and were
engaged at Covent Garden; and D'Egville had abandoned his situation at the
King's Theatre, to succeed Byrne as ballet-master at Drury Lane: all this was
known before the opening.the theatre at which he had originally appeared,