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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. 1807 to 1808. Bradbury, the Clown.--His voluntary confinement in a Madhouse, to screen an "Honourable" Thief.--His release, strange conduct, subsequent career, and death.--Dreadful Accident at Sadlers Wells.--The Night-drives to Finchley. --Trip to Birmingham.--Mr. Macready, the Manager, and his curious Stage-properties.--Sudden recall to Town. On his return to town, of course, he went immediately to Sadlers Wells; where, however, to his great surprise, he was informed by Mr. Dibdin that he was not wanted just yet, inasmuch as Bradbury had been engaged for a fortnight, and had not been there above half the time. He added, too, that Bradbury had made a great hit, and become very popular. This intelligence vexed Grimaldi not a little, as he naturally feared that the sudden popularity of the new favourite might affect that of the old one; but his annoyance was much increased when he was informed that the proprietors were anxious that on the night of Bradbury's benefit they should both play in the same pantomime. He yielded his consent with a very ill grace, and with the conviction that it would end in his entire loss of favour with the audience. When the proposition was made to Bradbury in his presence, it was easy to see that he liked it as little as himself; which was natural enough. It was not for him, however, to oppose the suggestion, as the combination of strength would very likely draw a great house, and he had only taken half of it with the proprietors for that night. It was accordingly arranged that they should appear together on the following Saturday ; Bradbury sustaining the part of the Clown for the first three scenes in the pantomime, then Grimaldi taking it for the next three scenes, and Bradbury coming in again...
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