316 MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GKIMAXDI.
with considerable success. The piece was performed forty-four
nights during the season; but although he afterwards rallied a
little, he never attempted to resume the part. In spite of all
his sufferings, which were great, and a settled foreboding that
his course was run, it was some years before hope deserted him!
and for a long time, from day to day he encotiraged hopes of
being at some future period able to resume the avocations in
which he had spent his life.
Grrimaldi repaired again, in. the month of August, to Chelten-
ham, recollecting that it had had some beneficial effect on his
health in the previous year. During his stay, he so far recovered
as to be enabled to play a few nights at the theatre, then under
the management of Mr. Parley. Here he encountered Mr.
Bunn, who informed him that Mr. Charles Kemble was then
starring at Birmingham, and that Colonel Berkeley having
promised to play for his benefit, he had come over to Cheltenham
to ascertain what part the Colonel would wish to play. Mr.
Bunn added, that he was there as much for the purpose of seeing
Grimaldi as with any other object, as he wanted him to put a
little money into both their purses, by playing a few nights at
Birmingham. Grimaldi declined at first, but being pressed, and
tempted by Mr. Bunn's offer, consented to act for two nights
only, the receipts, whatever they might happen to be, to be
divided between them.
It was Mr. Charles Kemble's benefit night when he and his
son arrived at Birmingham; and as that gentleman was a great
favourite there, as indeed he was everywhere throughout his
brilliant career, Grrmaldi entertained some fears that the circum-
stance would prove prejudicial to his interests. He sought a
few moments' conversation with Mr. Eemble in the course of
the evening, and informed him that his son had received an
offer of eight pounds per week from the Drury Lane Manage-
ment, .but that rather than he should leave Covent G-arden
Theatre, with which his father had now been connected so long,nd spasms of the mostf Ckiwa