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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH

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He played-with the same success to a brilliant house, received
294Z. from the manager as his remuneration for three nights,
threw himself into the chaise, and at twelve o'clock, within a
few minutes after he had quitted the stage, was on his road to
London.

The weather was tempestuous, the roads in a most desperate
condition, and, to make matters worse, he treated the postboys
so liberally in the hope of accelerating their speed, that they
became so drunk as to be scarcely able to sit their horses. After
various escapes and perils, they discovered, at the end of an
unusually long stage, that they had come fourteen miles out of
the road, " all in consequence," as one of the boys said, with
many hiccups, and much drunken gravity," all in consequence
of only taking one wrong turn."

The result of this combination of mischances was, that he did
not reach Salt Hill until seven o'clock on the following evening;
having been nineteen hours on the road. Here he jumped into
another chaise which fortunately stood ready at the door, and
hurried up to London, without venturing to stay for any re-
freshment whatever. He drove straight to the theatre, where
he found his friend awaiting Ms arrival with great trepidation.
Hearing that the overture to the piece in which he was to per-
form was then playing, he gave his friend the 294Z. to take care
of, ran to his dressing-room, dressed for his part, which Farley
had already made preparations for performing himself, and
went on the stage the moment he got his cue, much to the
astonishment of his friends, and greatly to the surprise of some
individuals connected with the management of the theatre, who
had anticipated a very different result from Ms visit to Bir-

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