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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEM01ES OF JOSEPH GBIMA1DI.                       345

Only one more circumstance connected with Grimaldi's
theatrical existence remains to he told, and to that one we most
anxiously and emphatically invite the attention of all who ad-
mire the drama—and what man of thought or feeling does
not ?—of all those who devote themselves to the cause of real
charity—and of all those who now, reaping krge gains from the
exercise of a glittering and dazzling profession, forget that youth
and strength will not last for ever, and that the more intoxi-
cating their triumphs now, the more prohahle is the advent of a
time of adversity and decay.

Counting over his gains, and dwelling upon his helpless state,
Grimaldi was not long in finding that even now, whenever his
little salary at Sadler's Wells should cease, he would not have
adequate means of support. There was only one source to
which he could apply for relief, and to that source he at once
turned.

It is well known to all our readers, that two charitable societies
exist in London, called the Drury Lane and Covent Garden
Theatrical Funds. They are distinct hodies, but were esta-
blished with the same great and benevolent object Every
actor who, throughout Ms engagement at either of the large
theatres, contributes a certain portion of his earnings to one of
these funds, is entitled, if he should ever be reduced to the neces-
sity of seeking it, to an annuity in proportion to the time for
which he has contributed. To one of these most excellent insti-
tutions,—the Drury Lane Theatrical Fund,—Grimaldi had
belonged for more than thirty years, promoting its interests not
merely by his subscription, but by every means in his power.
Feeling that in his hour of need and distress he had some elaim
upon its funds, he addressed the secretary, and stated the situa-
tion to which he was reduced. Early on the following morning
he was visited by the gentleman to whom he had applied, who
informed him that he was awarded a pension of WOL a-year for
the remainder of his life, and that he was deputed to pay Hramotions of gratitude. have asked such, a favour a second time. I am now quite a retired gentleman,