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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS 05 JOSEPH GBIMAIJDI.

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" With the same respectful feelings as ever do I find myself
n your presence—in the presence of my last audience—this
dndly assemblage so happily contradicting the adage that a
favourite has no friends. Eor the benevolence that brought you
hither—accept, ladies and gentlemen, my warmest and most
grateful thanks, and believe, that of one and all, Joseph Grrimaldi
takes a double leave, with a farewell on his lips, and a tear in
his eyes.

" Farewell! That you and yours may ever enjoy that greatest
earthly good—health, is the sincere wish of your faithful and
obliged servant. Q-od bless you all 1"

It was with no trifling difficulty that Grimaldi reached the
conclusion of this little speech, although the audience cheered
loudly, and gave him every possible expression of encourage-
ment and sympathy. "When he had finished, he still stood in
the same place, bewildered and motionless, his feelings being so
greatly excited, that the little power illness had left wholly
deserted him. In this condition he stood for a minute or two,
when Mr. Harley, who was at the side scene, commiserating his
emotion, kindly advanced and led "him off the stage, assisted by
his son. As a token of his respect and gratitude, Grimaldi took
off a new wig which he wore on the occasion, and presented it to
Mr. Harley, together with the original address, which he heldm
his hand. Our friend has them both, carefully preserved in a
small museum of wigs, autographs, portraits, and other memo-
rials of the most distinguished men in every branch of the pro-
fession, of which for upwards of twenty-eight years he has been
deservedly one of the most popular members.

Having been led into a private room, and strengthened with
a couple of glasses of Madeira, Grrimaldi had to sustain another,
and a scarcely less severe trial, in receiving the farewells and
good wishes of his old associates. The street was thronged with
people, who were waiting to see him come out, and as he entered
the coach, which stood at the stage door, gave him three heartyitted them for ever. have asked such, a favour a second time. I am now quite a retired gentleman,