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196                       MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

found against Mackintosh by the grand jury, the trial came
on.

Grimaldi forgets the name of the prosecutor's counsel,* and
regrets the circumstance very much, observing that the length-
ened notice which he bestowed upon him ought to have im-
pressed his name on his memory. If this notice were flattering
on account of its length, it certainly was not so in any other
respect; inasmuch as the gentleman in question, in the exercise
of that licence which many practitioners unaccustomed to briefs
assume, was pleased to designate the principal witness for the
prisoner, to wit, Mr. Joseph Grimaldi, as a common player, a
mountebank-stroller, a man reared in and ever accustomed to
vice in its most repulsive and degrading forms—a man who was
necessarily a systematic liar—and, in fine, a man upon whose
word or oath no thinking person could place any reliance.

During this exordium, and pending the logical deductions of
the ingenious gentleman whose name is unhappily lost to his
country, the prisoner eyed his witness with intense anxiety,
fearing, no doubt, that in his examination, either by angry
words, or by attempting to retort on the counsel, or by volun-
teering jokes, or by seeking revenge upon himself, against whom
he had such just ground of complaint, he might pass the rope
round his neck, instead of serving his cause; but his fears were
needless. His witness had gone there to discharge what he
considered a solemn duty; and, apart from all personal consi-
derations, to give his honest testimony in a case involving a
man's life and death. He went there, of course, prepared to
give las evidence in the manner best befitting himself and the
oecasion; and, if he wanted any additional incentive to caution
aaid coolness, he would have found it in the taunts of the
opposing counsel, which naturally made him desirous to show,
by his behaviour, that the same man who «ould play the clown

* Th? late Mr. Dauncey.ent down together; and