352 MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH Q-KIMALDI.
without more delay. Many of his old friends came from time to
time to cheer him with a few minutes' conversation, and he
experienced the warmest and kindest treatment from his neigh-
bours, and from Mr. Eichard Hughes, who bore in mind his
promise to his dying sister, to the last moment of Grimaldi's life.
He concludes his Memoirs by taking a more cheerful view of
his condition than could well have been expected of a man
suffering so much, and ends in these words:—
" My histrionic acquaintance frequently favour me with their
company, when we together review past scenes, and contrast
them with those of the present time. My esteemed friend,
Alfred Bram, has been with me this very day, and I expect to
see my amiable patroness, if she will permit me to call her so,
Miss Kelly, to-morrow.
" In my solitary hours—and in spite of all the kindness of my
friends I have many of them—my thoughts often dwell upon
the past: and there is one circumstance which always Affords
me unmitigated satisfaction; it is simply that I cannot recol-
lect one single instance in which I have intentionally wronged
man, woman,, or child, and this gives me great satisfaction and
" This is the 18th of December, 1836. I was born on the 18th
of December, 1779, and consequently have completed my 57th
" Life is a game we are bound to play—
The wise enjoy it, fools grow sick of it;
Losers, we find, have the stakes to pay,
That winners may laugh, for that's the trick of it.
" J. GrEIMALDI."Highbury Park, Islagton.