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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

3H3IOIES OS JOSEPH GBOLSJiDI.                      195

house at the appointed time, and saw him, accompanied by
several of Ms companions, all of whom still continued to manifest
the liveliest interest in the sudden change that had happened to
their friend, and kept on cheering, and drinking, and treating
everybody in the house, in proof of their gratification. The
man, who appeared an intelligent well-behaved fellow, said,
that in the early part of his life he could "both speak and hear
very well; and that he had attributed Ms deprivation of the
two senses to the intense heat of the sun in the quarter of the
world to wMch he had been, and from wMeh he had very re-
cently returned. He added, that on the previous evening he
had for a long time felt a powerful anxiety to express Ms delight
at what was passing on the stage; and that, after some feat
of Grimaldi's wMeh struck him as heing particularly amusing,
he had made a strong effort to deliver Ms thoughts, in wMeh,
to Ms own great astonishment, no less than that of his com-
rades, he succeeded. Mr. Charles Dibdin, who was present,
put several questions to the man; and, from Ms answers, it
appeared to every one present, that he was speaking the truth.
Indeed, Ms story was in some measure confirmed by Captain
Harris himself;, for one evening, about six months afterwards
as Grimaldi was narrating the circumstance in the green-room
at Covent Garden, that gentleman, who chanced to be present,
immediately remarked that he had no reason, from the man's
behaviour while with Mm, to suppose him, an impostor, and
that he had seen "him on that day in the full possession of all
Ms senses.

- In the month of August following this circumstance, Grimaldi
received a subpoana to attend the trial of Mackintosh, at
Stafford. He immediately gave notice to the manager of
Sadler's Wells, that he was compelled to absent himself for a
few days, and Bradhnry, of the Circus, was engaged to supply
Ms place. Mr. Harmer and himself went down together; and
on the day following their arrival, a true bill having been
0 2ular. The journalists of that time were of one accord; the inimitable