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icEiioras OF JOSEPH


This resolve gave rise to another battle between Mr. Graham
and himself, in the course of which he was pleased to say, that
he could not play the ballet without bi-ni, and, consequently,
that if he left, he would bring an action against him for loss
incurred by its not being performed. Grimaldi, however, firmly
adhered to his original resolution: acting therein upon the
advice of Mr. Hughes, who strenuously .counselled him by no
means to depart from it.

Considering himself now at perfect liberty until Easter, he
entered into an engagement to perform at Astiey's theatre in
Dublin, which had just been taken for a short period by Messrs.
Charles and Thomas Dibdin. These gentlemen had engaged the
greater part of the Sadler's "Wells' company, including Bologna
and his wife (who had been engaged by Mr. Harris for the next
season at Covent Garden on the same day as Grimaldi himself),
and they offered Grimaldi fourteen guineas a-week for himself,
and two for his wife, half a clear benefit at the end of the season,
and all his travelling expenses both by land and sea.

On the 9th of November he closed his engagement at Drury
Lane, performing Pan in the ballet of "Terpsichore." He
started on the following morning, accompanied by his wife, for
Dublin, leaving his little son, who was in very weak health, at
home. They had a very tedious journey to Holyhead, and a
very stormy one from thence to Dublin; experiencing the usual
troubles from cold, sickness, fatigue, and otherwise, by the
way. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dibdin, who had arrived first,
received them with much cordiality and kindness; and they
took lodgings at the house of a Mr. Davis, in Peter-street.

On Monday, November the 18th, the theatre opened, and their
career was for some time eminently successful, as long, indeed,
as the fine weather lasted; but no sooner did the rainy weather
set in, than the manager discovered, to his horror and surprise,
that the roof of the theatre, being in a dilapidated condition, was
not waterproof. At length, one night towards the end of De^

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