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298                         MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEIMA1DI.

" That was unfortunate; for I changed my mind after
writing that letter, and wrote again on the following day,
giving you permission to stay away until the first week of
Ootoher. Never mind > as yu are here, we'll find you some-
thing to do;we'll try ' Mother Croose' for a night or two next

To this obliging promise he made no reply, not deriving the
smallest degree of comfort from it. Mr. Harris, observing that
his offer had failed in. producing the intended effect, added,
"And as to the loss of your Edinburgh engagement, that I
must endeavour to make up to you in some way or other at a
future time."

He thanked him for this kindness, and Mr. Harris did not
forget his promise.

The result of Grimaldi's first season's proprietorship was far
from propitious. At first all went on very well; but after he
had left (as previously stipulated) in July, the houses fell to
nothing, and when he arrived in town again in September, he
was informed that there would be a clear loss instead of any
profit. This both surprised and vexed him; for Sadler's Wells
had always been considered a very good property, and he had
fully expected that he should, merely upon becoming a pro-
prietor, have to receive a sum of money yearly, in addition to
his regular salary.

The first proprietors' meeting which he attended, occurred a
few days after the close of the season; and then all the books
and papers connected with the business of the theatre being
produced, it was found that a heavy loss was really attendant
upon the year's campaign.

"And pray what may be the amount?" he inquired, rather
dolefully,for he now began to repent of his purchase, and to
fancy that he saw all his recently acquired wealth fading away.

Mr. Richard Hughes shook his head when he heard his ques-
tion, and said, "Ah, Joe, the loss is 333Z. 13*."ing about three tons, fell with a loud noise upon a spot