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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

198                   acsMonts OF JOSEPH ORIMALDI.

same side, when the judge interposed, putting it to the jury
whether they really deemed it necessary to hear any further evi-
dence, and not hesitating to say that the full conviction on his own
mind was, that the witnesses for the prosecution were mistaken,
and that the prisoner at the bar was innocent of the offence laid
to his charge. The jury fully coincided in the learned judge's
opinion, and immediately returned a verdict of " Not guilty,"
after a trial which had already lasted for upwards of nine
hours.

Previous to his return to town, on the following morning,
Grimaldi sought and obtained a few minutes' private conversa-
tion with Mackintosh. In this interview, he used his utmost
endeavours to awaken his mind to a sense of his situation, to
induce him to reflect on the crimes he had committed, and to
place before him the inevitable consequences of his career if he
held the same course ; by all of which remonstrances the man
appeared much affected, and for which he expressed himself
very grateful. It was scarcely necessary for Grimaldi to add,
that any communication between them must be discontinued for
the future; but, lest his true repentance might be endangered
by the loss of the only Mend he seemed to have, he gave him
permission to write to him if he ever needed his assistance, and
assured hrm that if it were in his power to relieve him, the
appeal should never be made in vain. It says something for
the honour of human nature and the sincerity of the man's
repentance, that he never took undue advantage of this per-
mission, and, indeed, was never heard of by Grrimaldi again.

The witness returned to town, as he had every reason to do,
"with a light heart; and as he never heard any further intelli-
gence either of the half-dozen gentlemen, or the six Lucretias to
whom he had so unwittingly introduced his wife, he experienced
no further trouble or disquiet on this score.dden illness of a performer, or some other stage mishap, an