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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH

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"but all was quiet: she went in again later in the night, and
found him dead. The body was cold, for he had been dead some
hours.

A coroner's inquest was held on the following day. The
testimony of the medical gentlemen who had teen promptly
called in, fully established the fact that Ms death had arisen
from causes purely natural; and the jury at once returned a
verdict that he had died by the visitation of God.

He was buried on the ensuing Monday, June the 6th, in the
biirying-ground of St. James's Chapel, on Pentonville Hall. In
the next grave lie the bones of his friend, Mr. Charles Dibdin,
—so frequently mentioned in these volumes; the author of
many of the pieces in wMch he shone in Ms best days, and of
many of ihe songs with wMch he was wont to set Ms audience
in a roar.*

Any attempted summary of Grrimaldi's peculiarities in fMs
place would be an impertinence. There are many who re-
member him, and they need not he told how rich Ms humour
was: to those who do not recollect him in Ms great days, it
would be impossible to convey any adequate idea of Ms extraor-
dinary performances. There are no standards to compare Mm
with, or models to judge Tifm by; aH Ms excellences were Ms
own, and there are none resemblingthem among the pantomime
actors of the present day.

TMs is not said with any view of depreciating the abilities of
the many clever actors we have in this peculiar department.
Among a variety of others, Smith and Payne of Covent Crardea,

* The following inscription is-on his girawe-stoae :—
SACKED

TO   THE   KEKOBT   Off

ME.   JOSEPH   GBI3CALDI,

TOO DEFAMED KEIS WWS,

MAT 31st, 1837,

A6BD   IWTT-EIffHT XEAES.

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