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severe and incessant indisposition, -which has oppressed him
upwards of four years, and continues -without any hope of
amelioration, finds himself compelled to quit the profession in
which, from almost infancy, he has "been honoured with as great
a share of patronage and indulgence as ever fell to the lot of
any candidate for public favour. JSTor can he quit a theatre
where Ms labours commenced, and were for so many years
sanctioned, without attempting the honour of personally ex-
pressing his gratitude; and however inadequate he may prove
to paint the sincerity of his feelings, it is his intention to offer
an address of thanks to his friends and patrons, and conclude
his services with the painful duty of bidding them


"The entertainments will commence with the successful
romance of' Sixes, or the Eend;' Hock, (a drunken prisoner,)
by Mr. (Jrimaldi. After which, the favourite burletta of
' Humphrey Clinker;' to which will be added the popular
farce of '"Wives and Partners;' and the whole to conclude with
a grand Masquerade on the stage, in the course of which several
novelties will be presented: Mr. Blackmore on the cords mlaxte;
Mr. "Walbourn's dance as ' Dusty Bob;' Mr. Campbell's song of
' Bound 'Prentice to a Waterman ;* Mrs. Searle's skipping-rope
dance; Mr. Payne's juggling evolutions; and the celebrated
dance between Mr. J. S. Grrimaldi and Mr. EEar. After whieh,
Mr. Grrimaldi will deliver his farewell address: and the whole
will conclude with a brilliant display of fireworks, expressive of


The house was crowded to suffocation on the night. He per-
formed the trifling part for whieh he had been announced in
the first piece, with considerable difficulty, but immense appro-
bation, and in the stage of the performances in which it was
announced in the bills of the day, eame forward to deliver Ms
Farewell Address, which ran thus: revived, and in order to