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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

arFrvroras OP JOSEPH GSIHAIDI.

319

CHAPTER

1823 t|MS27.

His great afflictions augmented hy the dissipation and recklessness of Ms Son —
He is compelled to retire from Covent Garden Theatre, and is succeeded by
Mm— New Speculation at Sadler's "Wells — Changes in the System of Manage-
ment, and their results — Sir James Scarlett and a Mushing "Witness.

]?E,OK the period at wMeh "we have now arrived, down, to within
a year or so of Ms death, Grimaldi experienced little or notMng
but one constant succession of afflictions and calamities, the
pressure of which nearly bowed Mm to the earth; afflictions
wMch it is painful to contemplate, and a detailed account of
which would be neither instructive nor entertaining. A tab of
unmitigated suffering, even when that suffering be mental,
possesses but few attractions for the reader ; but when, as in
this case, a large portion of it is physical, it loses even the few
attractions wMch the former would possess, and grows abso-
lutely distasteful. Bearing these eireumstanees in mind, we
shall follow Grimaldi's example in this particular, aad stedy in
the remaining pages of Ms life to touch as lightly as we can
upon the heavy catalogue of Ms calamities, and to lay BO
unnecessary stress upon this cheerless portion of Ms existence.

Grrimaldi slept at Birmingham the night after his closing
performance, and on the following morning returned to Chelten-
ham, where he was attacked by a severe and alarming illness,
wMch for more than a month confined him to Ms bed, whenee
he rose at last a cripple for life.

Independent of these sufferings of the body, he had to en-
counter mental afflictions of no ordinary kind. He was devotedly had done