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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

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and his subsequent discovery of their rank and title, are not a
little curious.

On the 6th of January, 1807, a gentleman called at his house
in Baynes5 Row, and desiring to see him was shown into the
parlour. In this person he was surprised to recognise his
quondam friend Mackintosh who owned the preserves. He
apologised for calling, entered into conversation with great ease,
and trusted that the little trick he had played in mere thought-
lessness might be completely forgiven. Being courteously re-
quested not to trouble himself by referring to it, Mr. Mackintosh
went on to say, that his mother had sold, not her mangle, but
her innj and had retired to a distant part of the country ; while
he himself having attached himself to business, had come to
reside permanently in London, and had taken a house and offices
in Throgmorton-street, in the City.

Mr- Mackintosh's appearance was extremely smart, his man-
ners were greatly improved, and altogether he had acquired
much polish and refinement since the days of the chaise-cart and
the fustian jacket. As, notwithstanding the absurd scrape into
which he had led his guests, he had treated them very hospitably,
Grrimaldi invited Trim to dine on the following Sunday. He
came in. due course; his conversation was jocose and amusing,
and becoming a favourite at the house, he frequently dined or
supped there: Grrimaldi and his wife occasionally doing the
same "with him in Throgmorton-street, where he had a very
business-looking establishment, plainly but genteelly furnished.

About a month after his first calling, he waited upon Grimaldi
one morning, and said that some friends of his residing in
Charlotte-street, Eitzroy-square, were very anxious to make his
acquaintance, and wished much for his company at supper one
evening after he had finished at the theatre. Grrimaldi, who if
he had accepted all the invitations he received at this period
would have had very little time for his profession, parried the
request for some time, alleging that he was a very domestict time, a grand ballet of action, entitled "The Ogre and Little Thumb; or,