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The pantomime was usually played first, at Sadler's Wells.
"When this was the case Grrimaldi was at liberty by about half-
past eight: he would sometimes call at the Sir Hugh My ddleton,
and take a glass of wine and water with some Mends who fre-
quented the house, and then start off in Ms gig to Finehley.

He had several times met at this tavern a young man of the
name of George Hamilton, a working jeweller, residing some-
where in Clerkenwell, a sociable good-tempered merry fellow
enough, but rather too much addicted to drinking and squander-
ing his money. This man was very sensitive upon the subject
of trade, being, as the phrase goes, above his business, having an
ambition to be a gentleman, and resenting any allusion to his
occupation as a personal affront. He was a very ingenious and
skilful man at his business, and could earn a great deal of money;
but his companions suspected that these absurdities led him into
spending more than he could well afford. G-rimaldi was so
strongly impressed with this opinion, that, with a good-hearted
impulse, he frequently felt tempted to remonstrate with him
upon his folly. Their slight intimacy, however, restrained him,
and the man continued to take Ms own course.

These were his mental peculiarities: he had a remarkable
physical peculiarity besides, wanting, either from an accident
or a natural defect, the third finger of his left hand. Whether
he wished to conceal this imperfection, or had some other defect
in the same hand, is uncertain; but he invariably kept his little
finger in a bent position beneath the palm of it; so that when he
sat, or walked, as he usually did, with Ms left hand half Mdden
in Ms pocket, the defect was not .observable; but when he sud-
denly changed his position, or drew forth Ms hand in discourse,
it had always the appearance of having only two fingers
upon it.

Grrimaldi's first acquaintance with tMs person was in 1808,
when he was very frequently at Sadler's Wells, and the Sir
Hugh Myddleton. At the termination of the summer season he

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