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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.                       215

and also Baptiste, in "Raymond and Agnes," which latter
piece went off very well, and was repeated several times.

At this time he had a cottage at Mnchley,* to which place he
used to drive down in his gig after the performances. If there
were no rehearsal, he remained there until the foEowing after-
noon ; if there were, he returned to town immediately after
breakfast. His principal reason for taking the house originally,
was that his young son, of whom he was extremely fond, might
have the benefit of country air: but "both he and his wife
became so much attached to it, that when his original term
expired he renewed the lease, and retained it altogether for
several years.

He met with numerous little adventures during these night-
drives after the theatre: sometimes he fell asleep as soon as he
had turned out of town, and only awoke when he arrived at his
own gate. One night he was so fatigued with his performance
that he still continued to sleep, when the horse, a very steady
one, who could always find his way home without assistance,
had stopped at the gate. The best of it was, that upon this
particular night, the man-servant, who always sat up for him,
had fallen asleep too; so there sat he slumbering on one side of
the fence, while on the other side, not six feet off, sat his master
in the gig, fast asleep too; and so they both remained, until the
violent snorting of the horse, which probably thought it high
time to turn in for the night, awoke the man, who roused the
master, and speedily set all to rights. But as one circumstance
•which occurred to him during these night journeys will be nar-
rated at greater length in another part of the volume, we will
leave the subject for the present.

He very grievously offended Mr. Paweett, in March, 1808, from
a very slight cause, and without the remotest intention of doing
so. Fawcett called one afternoon at his cottage at Pinchley, on

* On the edge of tie common, between the seventh and eighth mile stone, on
the left-hand side of the road from town. testimonies to the grateful deportment of those who have