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208                       MEMOIES OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

equally surprising. To enable himself to go through these
performances without danger, he always occupied a very long
time in dressing for the part, and adjusting no fewer than nine
strong pads about his person, in such a manner as to protect

those parts of Ms frame which were the most liable to injury;__

wearing one on the head, one round the shoulders, one round
the Mps, two on the elbows, two on the knees, and two on the
heels of Ms shoes. Thus armed, he would proceed to throw and
knock himself about in a manner wMch, to those unacquainted
with Ms precautions, appeared to indicate an intense anxiety to
meet with some severe, if not fatal accident. Grimaldi, on the
contrary, never wore any padding in Ms life ; nor did he attempt
any of the great exploits wMeh distinguished Bradbury. His
Clown was of a much more composed and sxibdued temperament,
although much more comical and amusing, as is sufficiently
shown by the result of the comparison between the two wMch
has just been described. Bradbury was very original withal,
and copied no one; for he had struck out a peculiar line for
himself, and never departed from it.

After the night at Sadler's Wells, Grimaldi heard nothing
more of Bradbury for some time ; hut at length received a note
from him, dated, to his excessive surprise, from a private mad-
house at Hoxton, requesting liim to vibit Mm there without
delay, as he was exceedingly anxious to see him. He was much
astonished at this request, as little or no intimacy had previously
existed between them, and the place where the letter was dated
was so very unexpected and startling. Wot knowing what to
do, he showed the letter to his friend Lawrence, who recom-
mended Mm by all means to go, and volunteered to accompany
Trim.

As he gladly availed himself of tMs offer, they went together
to Hoxton, and inquiring at the appointed place, were intro-
duced to Bradbury, who was a patient in the asylum, and had
submitted to the customary regulations: all Ms hair beingth, denied.r him. Application was, how-to prove an alibi most satisfae-the kindness of the audience with so much gen-