MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GKTMALDI.
1808 TO 1809.
GoTent Gurden Theatre destroyed byflre—Grimaldi makes a trip to Manchester:
he meets with an accident there, and another at Liverpool—The Sir Hugh
Middleton Tavern at Sadler's Wells, and a description of some of its fre-
quenters, necessary to a full understanding of the succeeding chapter.
OP course some unforeseen circumstance was to happen, and some
tinexpected demand to be made on the money so easily earned.
A short time hefore he -went to Birmingham, being short of cash,
he had commissioned a friend on whom he placed great reliance
to get his bill at one month for 1501. discounted. The Mend put
the bill into his pocket-book, and promised to bring the money
at night. Night came, but the money did not: it had not
arrived when he returned from Birmingham; the friend was
nowhere to be found, and he had soon afterwards the satisfaction
of paying the whole sum, without having received a sixpence of
During the season of 1808, at Sadler's Wells, the principal
and most successful part he had was in a burletta, called " Odd
Pish; or, Mrs. Scaite in the Seraglio." His two benefits were
bumpers,* and the theatre closed on the 26th of September, after
another most profitable campaign.
* Grimaldi's two benefits at Sadler's Wells, were special favours granted to
him by his father-in-law, Mr. Hughes; but the burletta of " Odd Msh; or, Mrs.
Seaitein the Seraglio," was not performed in 1808. Joe's parts this year were
Clown in the pantomimes of " Harlequin's Lottery," and " Harlequin Highflyer;
or, Off She Q-oes." In the former, he sang the afterwards popular ditty of the
"Smithfield Bargain, or Will Patty;" in the latter the songs of "Oh! my
deary I" and "A Bull in a China Shop." The season, which continued tillshall be ready for you to start, the moment you have