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LOPTY. My dear madam, what can a private man like me do? One man can't do every thing; and then, I do so much in this way every day: let me fee ; something considerable might be done for him by fubfeription; it could not fail if I carried the lift. I'll undertake to set down a brace of dukes, two dozen lords, and half the lower house, at my own peril.
Sir WILLIAM. And, after all, it's more than probable, Sir, he might reject the offer of such powerful patronage.
Lofty. Then, madam, what can we do? You know I never make promises. In truth, I once or twice tried to do something with him in the way of business; but, as I often told his uncle, Sir William Honeywood, the man was utterly impracticable,
Sir WILLIAM. His uncle! Then that gentleman, I suppose, is a particular friend of yours,
Lofty. Meaning me, Sir Yes, madam, as I often said, my dear Sir William, you are sensible I would do any thing, as far as my poor interest
to serve your family: but what can be done? there's no procuring first-rate places for ninth-rate abilities,
Miss RICHLAND. I have heard of Sir William Honeywood; he's abroad in employment: he confided in your judgment, I suppose.
Lofty. Why, yes, madam, I believe Sir William had some reason to confide in my Judgment; one little reason, perhaps.
Miss RichLAND. Pray, Sir, What was it?
Lofty. Why, madam—but let it go no further-it was I procured him his place.
Sir WILLIAM. Did you, Sir ?
Lofty. I did love him, to be sure ; he had some amusing qualities; no man was fitter to be toast-mafter to a club, or had a better head.
Miss RICHLAND. A better head ?
LOFTY. Ay, at a bottle. To be fure, he was as dull as a choice fpirit: but hang it, he was grateful, very grateful; and gratitude hides a multitude of faults.
Sir WILLIAM. He might have reason, perhaps. His place is pretty considerable, I'm told.
Lofty. A trifle, a mere trifle, among us men of business. The truth is, he wanted dignity to fill up a greater.
Sir WILLIAM. Dignity of perfon, do you mean, Sir? I'm told he's much about my size and figure, Sir.
Lorry. Ay, tall enough for a marching regiment; but then he wanted a fomething-a consequence of form-a kind of a-I believe the lady perceives my meaning
Miss Richland. O, perfectly: you courtiers can do any thing, I see.
Lofty. My dear madam, all this is but a meer exchange: we do greater things for one another every day. Why, as thus, now : let me suppose you the first lord of the treasury; you have an employment in you that I want; I have a place in me that you want! do me here, do you there : interest of both fides, few words, flat, done and done, and its over.
Sir WILLIAM. A thought strikes me. (Afide.) Now you mention Sir William Honeywood, madam ; and as he seems, Sir, an acquaintance of yours; you'll be glad to hear he's arrived from Italy ; I had it from a friend F 3
who knows him as well as he does me, and you may depend on my information.
LOFTY. The devil he is ! If I had known that, we should not have been quite so well acquainted. (Aside.)
Sir WILLIAM. He is certainly return'd; and, as this gentleman is a friend of yours, he can be of signal service to us, by introducing me to him ; there are some papers relative to your affairs, that require dispatch and his inspection.
Miss RICHLAND. This gentleman, Mr. Lofty, is a person employed in my affairs : I know you'll serve us.
LOFTY. Well, we must introduce you then. Call upon me-let me see-ay, in two days,
LOFTY. Well, if it must be now, now let it be. But damn it, that's unfortunate; my lord Grig's curfed Pen
facola bufiness comes on this very hour, and I'm engaged to attend-another time
Lofty. You shall have it; yet, in my opinion, a letter is a very bad way of going to work; face to face, that's my way.
Miss Richland. Dear Mr. Lofty, this request is not so much his as mine ; if my commands—but you despise my power.
Lofty. Delicate creature! your commands could even controul a debate at midnight: to a power fo conftitutional, I am all obedience and tranquillity. He fhall have a letter; where is my secretary! Dubardieu!. And yet, I proteft I don't like this way of doing business. I think if I spoke first to Sir William-But you will have it so.
[Exit with Miss Richland. Sir WILLIAM, alone. Ha, ha, ha! This too is one of my nephew's hopeful associates. O vanity, thou constant deceiver,