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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIES OP JOSEPH &BIMATDI.

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two nights. This season his son was for the first time regularly
engaged at Covent Garden.* He played Fribble ia the opening,
and afterwards the Lover, (a character which has now become
obsolete,) and bade fair to become a great public favourite.

Sadler's "Wells was let at Easter, 1821, for the ensuing three
seasons, to Mr. Egerton, well known to the public as a performer
at Covent Garden. He and Gfrimaldi had been very good
friends for many years; but some clauses being introduced into
Ms agreement for hiring the theatre which Grimaldi as a pro-
prietor so strongly disapproved "that he refused to affix his sig-
nature to the document, a coolness took place between them
which was never afterwards removed. Notwithstanding this
difference, he always continued to entertain a high respect for
Egerton, who was greatly liked by his friends and the profession
generally, and who had been at one period of his eaateer a much
better actor than the play-goers of the present day remember
him. This gentleman was afterwards connected with Mr,
Abbott in the management of the Victoria Theatre, in which
speculation they both sustained considerable losses. Both are
since dead.

On the 23rd of April, Earley produced his melodrama of
" Undine; or, the Spirit of the Waters," in which Grimaldi
sustained a new character.f

* Young Joe made Ma first appearance at Cerent Garden, as GMttaqToe, a
little-footed CHnese Empress, with a big body, afterwards downy-chip, in iae
pantomime of " Harlequin and Fortanio," on December 26,1815. Young Joe,
as Adonis Fribble, in " Harlequin and Friar Bacon," was an admirable torer of
the dandy Hnd; Eilar, Barnes, and Miss E, Dennett maintained the usual
ascendancy of pantomime at this theatre; but the greatest merit eharaeteraed
Grimaldi, whose Clown seemed to carry all before it. His parody on the dagger-
scene in " Macbeth," and his duet with the oyster, elicited uueqmroial ptoodits.
Most truly did Theodore Hook obserreŚ" The CoYent Garden pantomnae is
excellent. The strength, of Grimaldi, tbe Garrick of Clowns, seems, like timt of
wine, to increase with age; bis absurdities are admirable. There is a life and
spirit about tbe whole arrangement of this species of entertainment here, whJak
is calculated not only to bewitch the little Masters and Misses, but even to amuse
the children of larger growth."

t Kuhleborn, the Water-King, Mr. Farley; Gyblin, the Goblin Sprite, sabjeet
to tbe power of Kuhleborn, Mr. Grimaldi; "Undine, 3Iiss E. Dennett.