340 MEMOIKS 03? JOSEPH GRIMALDl.
Grimaldi, and I hope you will take my advice, not to send out
this bill. It might be deemed offensive, and cannot, as I see,
he productive of any good whatever."
Grimaldi thanked him, and expressed his intention of acting
upon his opinion. Addressing Mr. Keinble, he said, that from,
what had just before fallen from him, it appeared that if he had
thought proper, he (Grimaldi) might have had Covent Garden
for his benefit, even gratuitously; but that presuming he had
not the power of taking a benefit at Drury Lane, he had refused
him, which was not the condxict of a friend, and was very
unlike the treatment he had expected to receive. He then left
the room, and never saw either gentleman again.
"Upon cool reflection he was inclined to consider that Mr.
Kemhle had some private and very good reasons, arising out of
the management of the theatre, for acting as he had done,
which there is little doubt was the case, as he could have
neither had the intention nor the wish to injure a man whom
he invariably treated with kindness and coxirtesy.
The stage has now lost the services of both these gentlemen.
Poor Fawcett died some time since, and Mr. Charles Kemble
has retired from the boards of which he was so long, both from
his public and private character, a shining ornament. ;resumed at the solici-