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again presented himself in a state of insanity, and was conveyed
to his own lodgings and carefully attended. The next year he
was dismissed from Sadler's "Wells on account of his dissolute
conduct; engaged at Drury Lane with a salary of eight pounds
per week, most favourably received, and discharged at the end
of the first season for his profligacy and drunkenness.

After this, he obtained an engagement for a month at the
Pavilion in "Whiteehapel Eoad, but left that theatre also in dis-
grace, and fell into the lowest state of wretchedness and poverty.
His dress had fallen to rags, his feet were thrust into two worn-
out slippers, his face was pale with disease, and squalid with
dirt and want, and he was steeped in degradation. The man.
who might have earned with ease, with comfort, and respecta-
bility, from six to seven hundred pounds a year, and have raised
himself to far greater gains by common providence and care,
was reduced to such a dreadful state of destitution and filth,
that even his own parents could scarcely recognise him.

He was again received, and again found a home with his siek
father. At Christmas, 1829, he obtained a situation at fee
Cobixrg, through the Madness of Davidge, and there he remained
until Easter, 1830, when he took the benefit of ihe Insolvent
Debtors' Act, to relieve himself from the creditors who were
hunting him down. His support in prison and coEtingeat
expenses, amounting to forty pounds, were all paid by his

He next accepted an engagement at Edinburgh, which turned
out a failure; and another at Manchester, at Christmas, 1830,
by which he gained a few pounds. He then returned to the
Coburg, where he might have almost permanently remained,
but for his own misconduct, which once again cast him on the

In the following autumn, the son again presented himself at
his father's door, reduced to a state of beggary and want not to
be described. His mother, who had suffered greatly from Msdrollery—this comical reminiscence of ' Me and