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304 MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GKBIMALDI.
!' CHAPTER XXII.
'j 1818 to 1823.
'II Profit and loss.—Appearance of his Son at Covent Garden.—His last engage-
'] ment at Sadler's Wells.—Accommodation of the Giants in the Dublin Pavi.
1 ji lion.—Alarming state of his health.—His engagement at the Coburg.—The
|'! liberality of Mr. Harris.—Rapid decay of Grimaldi's constitution, his great
,! sufferings, and last performance at Covent Garden.—He visits Cheltenham
j and Birmingham with great success.—Colonel Berkeley, Mr. Charles Kemble,
' I - and Mr. Bunn.
|'t' BY his six weeks' excursion in 1818, Grimalcli cleared 682Z. 12s.;
'I hut the disastroxis result of the Sadler's Wells season, and the
I expenditure of ready money in the purchase of his shares, swal-
if, lowed up nearly the whole of his gains in the provinces—so that
|[i notwithstanding his great success and the enormous sums he
111! s had so recently acquired, the atitumn of 1818 found him. still
ijj!' | poor, and entirely dependent on his salary for support. He
:M< ', looked forward, however, to the next season at Sadler's Wells,
If' in the hope that some success might repay a portion of the money
fj j he had already lost.
I* ! The opening of Sadler's Wells* was attended hy many
$ I ' * Sadler's "Wells opened on Easter Monday, April 12,1819, with a pantomime,
j,; the scenes selected from successful harlequinades at that theatre, commencing
5 with the opening from that of the "Talking Bird;" Clown, Mr. Grimaldi, -with a
1' new song, "Hoi CODIJN'S," composed by Mr. Whitaker; Columbine, Miss
PJ Tree, from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. On April 19, the " Great Devil"
f> t was revived; Nicola, Mr. Grimaldi; the Lady Matilda, Miss Tree : and on WMt
f Monday, May 31, the new harlequinade, called " The ]?ates, or Harlequin's Holi-
' day," was produced under Grimaldi's immediate direction. He played the
*,' Clown; Bologna, as Harlequin, made his first appearance that evening, after a
^ ten years' absence; Barnes, Pantaloon; the ever juvenile Widdieomb played the
* Weat Indian; and Columbine, Miss Tree. On the same night, at Govent
n Garden, "Mother Goose" was revived, with additional scenes from " Harlequin of the heavens. One