MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GKLEALDI* 327 parrying of a remark from a counsel engaged in the ease occa- sioned much laughter in court. « On his name being called, and his appearing in the witness- box, there was some movement in the court, which was very crowded, the people being anxious to catch a sight of a witness whose name was so familiar. Sir James Scarlett, * who was to examine him, rose as he made his appearance, and, looking at him with great real or apparent interest, said, "Dear me! Pray, sir, are you the great Mr. Grimaldi, formerly of Covent Garden Theatre ?" The witness felt greatly confused at this inquiry, especially as it seemed to excite to a still higher pitch the curiosity of the spectators. He reddened slightly, and replied, " I used to be a pantomime actor, sir, at Covent Garden Theatre." " Yes," said Sir James Scarlett, "I recollect you well. You are a very clever man, sir." He paused for a few seconds, and, looking up in his face, said, " And so you really are Grimaldi, are you ?" This was more embarrassing than the other question, and Grimaldi feeling it so, Mgetted about in the box, and grew redder and redder. "Don't blush, Mr. Grimaldi, pray don't blush; there is not the least occasion for blushing," said Sir James Scarlett. " I don't blush, sir," rejoined the witness, " I assure you, you need not blush so." " I beg your pardon, sir, I really am not blushing," repeated the witness, who beginning to grow angry, repeated it -with so red a face, that the spectators tittered aloud. " I assure you, Mr, Grimaldi," said Sir James Scarlett, smiling, " that you are blushing violently." " I beg your pardon, sir," replied Grimaldi, " but you are really quite mistaken. The flush which you observe on my * Afterwards Lord AMnger.