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338 MEMOIES OS1 JOSEPH GEIMALDI.
Royal, Drury Lane, where ho continued twenty-four yews,
and, Imt for a very trilling misunderstanding, might have
retained his engagement to the present time: it is, however,
most grateful to his feelings to finish his public labours on the
spot where they commenced, and where for nearly a quarter of
a century his exertions were fostered by public indulgence, and
stimulated by public applause.*
"To many anxious friends who, from a genuine spirit of
good-will, have inquired the cause why, during so long a period
of professional exertion, Mr. Q-rimaldi has not been able to.
realize a competency that might have prechxded the necessity
of this appeal, he can only plead the expenses attendant on
infirmities, produced by exhausting and laborious duties, the
destructive burthen of which were felt some years before he
finally yielded to their pressure, and which at length compelled
him to relax his exertions at the period when ability to con-
tinue them would have insured him a comfortable indepen-
dence. However inadequate he may prove to the painful yet.
pleasing endeavour to express personally his gratitude on the
night of his retreat, it is his intention to offer an address of,
thanks, in which, though mere words may not be equal to paint
the depth and sincerity of his feelings, he will hope to gain
credit for the heartfelt sensation of dutiful respect which ac-
companies his last farewell."
1805, but his last performance at Drury Lane -was on November 0th in that year,
and admitting the generally received belief of his dMt "inEobinson Crusoe,"
his continuing at Drury Lane •would have been twenty-five years, not twenty-
*To Ms old associate, Norman, the Pantaloon, Grimaldi, in a letter dated
April 28,1829, •writes,—"I suppose you know I have taken my farewell of the
public? both, at the Wells and, lastly, at Drury Lane, they having refused me
at Oovent Garden—so much, for my long and faithful services. Oh! mypoor old
master, Mr. Harris; God bless him! had he been still in possession, I should
not have asked such, a favour a second time. I am now quite a retired gentleman,
having only the Wells to look after, and tnat ie of so trifling a nature, it does not
jjnt me tie least out of my way," ' recommended to those families who