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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GI

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and where he had experienced so much liberality, he was ready
to accept an engagement there at six pounds per week, if agree-
able to the proprietors.

" Joe," said Mr. Charles Zemble, " your offer is a very hand-
some one, and I agree to it at once. Tour son is now engaged
with us on the terms you have mentioned."

They shook hands and parted. Grimaldi strolled into the
green-room, and there met Colonel Berkeley, who, after a short
conversation, said that he very much wished to play Talentine
to his Orson: to which Grimaldi replied, it would give him
great pleasure to afford Mm the opportunity whenever he felt
disposed.

"Yery well," said Colonel Berkeley, "then we will consider
the matter settled. As soon as you have done here, you must
come to Cheltenham for one night. I will make all necessary
arrangements with Parley: your son shall play the Green
Knight, and I will give you one hundred pounds as a remunera-
tion. We will try what we can do together, Joe, to amuse tibe
people."

Grimaldi had not intended to act again after his Birmingham
engagement, until the production of the Christmas pantomime
at Covent Garden; "but seeing that Colonel Berkeley was anxious
to effect the arrangement, and feeling grateful for the liberality
of his offer, he pledged himself without hesitation to aeeept his
terms. The play was never done, however, by these three per-
formers, for Grimaldi's theatrical career was over.

The night after Mr. Charles Kemble's benefit, Grimaldi pro-
duced a little pantomime of his own, called "Puck and the
Puddings." The hit was so complete, and the sensation he
excited so great, that he felt infinitely better than he had done
for a long time, and was, indeed, so greatly restored that he
was induced to accept an engagement for one additional night,
the success of which equalled—it could not excel—that of the
two previous evenings. "When the curtain fell on the thirdge-