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170                       MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH ORIMAXDI.

business until the Saturday morning, which made him uneasy;
though the fact simply was, that the people were waiting to see
how the weather would torn out; very well knowing that if it
were a wet night, the theatre would Tbe the very worst place in
which to encounter the rain. Fortune, however, was propitious;
the day was cloudless, fair, and beautiful; and the result was,
that after having at nine o'clock in the morning no one place
taken except the two boxes bespoken by Captain Trench, at one
o'clock in the afternoon not a single place remained xinlet. At
one time, when there was no doubt of the weather remaining
dry, there were no fewer than sixteen carriages standing before
his door, the owners of which were all anxious to obtain places,
and all of whom he was reluctantly compelled to disappoint.

The receipts of the house amounted to one hundred and ninety-
seven pounds nineteen shillings, not to mention a variety of
presents, including a magnificent gold snuff-box, from Captain
Trench, which was worth, in weight alone, more than thirty
pounds sterling.

This purchase of Dibdin's half of the benefit for twenty
pounds was not only a very fortunate tiling for Gfrimaldi, but
was, on the other hand, in some degree serviceable to Dibdin
also, inasmuch as it enabled Grrimaldi to oblige him with a loan
of one hundred pounds, of which at that moment, in consequence
of his undeserved misfortunes, he stood much in need. This
advance, together with, salary due and other matters, left Mr.
Dibdin indebted to Grrimaldi in the sum of one hundred and
ninety-six pounds, the whole of which was honourably repaid a
few months afterwards.

This benefit closed the season ,of the "wet" Theatre in Peter
Street; and on the following Monday, Grrimaldi, and the greater
part of the London company, appeared at the Crow Street
Theatre, where they acted until the 29th of March. One cir-
cumstance is sufficient to show that the performances were un-
usually successful, which is, that the two pieces in which hed of De^