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THE

CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE.

BY

COLMAN & GARRICK.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

MEN.

GANTON, }ralets to Lord OGLEBY. LORD OGLEBY, an old peer, ridiculously aping BRUSH, S the graces of youth, but kind-hearted and be

WOMEN. nevolent, withal. Sir Joun Melvil, nephew to LORD OGLEBY. Mrs HEIDELBERG, sister to STERLING. STERLING, a merchant retired from business. Miss STERLING, her favourite niece. “LOVEWELL, privately married to Fanny. Fanny, privately married to LOVEWELL. SERJEANT FLOWER,

BETTY, maid to FANNY. TRAVERSE, lawyers.

TRUSTY, maid to Mrs HEIDELBERG. TRUEMAN,

Chambermeid.

Scene-MR STERLING's country house.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-A room in STERLING's house. Bet. Yes, indeed and indeed, ma'am, he is. I

saw him crossing the court-yard in his boots. Miss Fanny and BETTY meeting.

Fan. I am glad to hear it. But pray now, my Bet. [Running in.] Ma'am! Miss Fanny ! dear Betty, be cautious. Don't mention that ma'am!

word again, on any account. You know, we have Fan. What's the matter, Betty?

agreed never to drop any expressions of that sort, Bet. Oh la! ma'am! as sure as I am alive, for fear of any accident. here is your husband

Bet. Dear ma'am, you may depend upon me. Fan. Hush! my dear Betty! if any body in There is not a more trustier creature on the face the house should hear

you,
I am ruined.

of the earth, than I am. Though I say it, I am Bet. Mercy on me! it has frightened me to as secret as the grave--and if it is never told till such a degree, that my heart is come up to my I tell it, it may remain untold till doom's-day for mouth. But, as I was saying, ma'am, here's that Betty. dear, sweet

Fan. I know you are faithful--but, in our cirFan. Have a care, Betty !

cuinstances, we cannot be too careful. Bet. Lord! I am bewitched, I think. But, as Bet. Very true, ma'am! and yet I vow and I was a saying, ma'am, here's Mr Lovewell just protest, there's more plague than pleasure with a come from London.

secret; especially if a body may'nt mention it to Fan. Indeed!

four or five of one's particular acquaintance.

more

Fan. Do but keep this secret a little while for your own, he comforted! Why will you study longer, and then, I hope, you may mention it to to add to our uneasiness and perplexity? any body. Mr Lovewell will acquaint the family Fan. Oh, Mr Lovewell! the indelicacy of a with the nature of our situation as soon as pos secret marriage grows every day more

and sible.

shocking to me. I walk about the house like a Bet. The sooner the better, I believe: for if guilty wretch : I imagine myself the object of the he does not tell it, there's a little tell-tale, I know suspicion of the whole family; and am under the of, will come and tell it for him.

perpetual terrors of a shameful detection. Fan. Fy, Betty !

[Blushing. Love. Indeed, indeed, you are to blame. The Bet. Ah! you may well blush. But you're amiable delicacy of your temper, and your quick not so sick, and so pale, and so wan, and so many sensibility, only serve to make you unhappy.qualis

To clear up this affair properly to Mr Sterling, Fan. Have done! I shall be quite angry with is the continual employment of my thoughts. you.

Every thing now is in a fair train. It begins Bet. Angry!-Bless the dear puppet! I am to grow ripe for a discovery; and I have no sure I shall love it as much as if it was my own. doubt of its concluding to the satisfaction of I meant no harm, Heaven knows.

ourselves, of your father, and the whole family. Fans. Well, say no more of this-It makes me Fan. End how it will, I am resolved it shall uneasy-All I have to ask of you, is to be faith-end soon--very soon. I would not live another ful and secret, and not to reveal this matter, till week in this agony of mind to be inistress of the we disclose it to the family of ourselves. universe.

Bet. Me reveal it !- If I say a word, I wish I Love. Do not be too violent neither. Do not may be burned. I would not do you any harm let us disturb the joy of your sister's marriage for the world-And as for Mr Lovewell, I am with the tumult this matter may occasion-I sure I hare loved the dear gentleman ever since have brought letters from lord Ogleby and sir he got a tide-waiter's place for my brother-But John Melvil to Mr Sterling. They will be here let me tell you both, you must leave off your soft this evening-and, I dare say, within this hour. looks to each other, and your whispers, and your Fan. I am sorry for it. glances, and your always sitting next to one an Love. Why so? other at dinner, and your long walks together in Fan. No matter-Only let us disclose our the evening.-or my part, if I had not been in marriage immediately! the secret, I should have know

you were a Love. As soon as possible. pair of lovers at least, if not man and wife, as, Fan. But directly.

Fun. See there now again ! Pray, be careful. Love. In a few days, you may depend on it.

Bet. Well-well-nobody hears me.-Man Fan. To-night-or to-morrow morning. and wile.- I'll say no more-w

-what I tell you is Love. That, I fear, will be impracticable. very true for all that

Fun. Nay, but you must. Love. (Calling within.] William !

Love. Must! Why? Bet. Hark! I hear your husband

Fan. Indeed you must.--I have the most alFan. What!

arming reasons for it. Bet. I say, here comes Mr Lovewell-Mind Love. Alarming, indeed! for they alarm me, the caution I give you—I'll be whipped now, if even before I am acquainted with them—What you are not the first person he sees or speaks to are they? in the family! However, if you choose it, it's Fan. I cannot tell you. nothing at all to me--as you sow, so you must

Love. Not tell me? reap-as you brew, so you must bake. — I'll e'en Fan. Not at present. When all is settled, you slip down the back-stairs and leave you together. shall be acquainted with every thing.

TErit. Love. Sorry they are coming ! - Must be disFun. I see, I see I shall never have à mo covered !-What can this inean? Is it possible ment's ease, till our marriage is made public. you can have any reasons that need be conccalNew distresses crowd in upon me every day. ed from me? The solicitude of my mind sinks my spirits, preys Fan. Do not disturb yourself with conjectures upon my health, and destroys every comfort of —but rest assured, that though you are unable my life.' It shall be revealed, let what will be to divine the cause, the consequence of a disthe consequence.

covery, be it what it will, cannot be attended

with half the miseries of the present interval. Enter LOVEWELL.

Love. You put me upon the rack.-I would do

any thing to make you easy. -But you know Love. My love !-How's this ?-In tears ?- your father's temper.-Money (you will excuse Indeed, this is too much. You promised me to my frankness) is the spring of all bis actions, support your spirits, and to wait the determina- which nothing but the idea of acquiring nobility tion of our fortune with patience. For my sake, or magnificence, can ever make him forego

Vol. II.

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and these he thinks his money will purchase.- Love. Would to Heaven, sir, you would proYou know, too, your aunt's, Mrs Heidelberg's, no vide her one of my recommendation! tions of the splendour of high life; her contempt Ster. Yourself! eh, Lovewell ? for every thing that does not relish of what she Love. With your pleasure, sir, calls quality; and that, from the vast fortune in Ster. Mighty well! her hands, by her late husband, she absolutely Love. And I Aatter myself, that such a progoverns Mr Sterling and the whole family: now, posal would not be very disagreeable to Miss if they should come to the knowledge of this af- Fanny. fair too abruptly, they might, perhaps, be incen Ster. Better and better! sed beyond ali hopes of reconciliation.

Love. And if I could but obtain your consent, Fan. But if they are made acquainted with it sirotherwise than by ourselves, it will be ten times Ster. What! you marry Fanny !-19-10worse : and a discovery grows every day more that will never do, Lovewell!- You're a good probable. The whole family have long suspect. boy, to be sure I have a great value for youed our affection. We are also in the power of but can't think of you for a son-in-law.- There's a foolish maid-servant; and if we may even de no stuff in the case; no money, Lovewell! pend on her fidelity, we cannot answer for her Lode. My pretensions to fortune, indeed, are discretion.—Discover it therefore, immediately, but moderate; but, though not equal to splenlest some accident should bring it to light, and in- dour, sufficient to keep us abore distress. --Add volve us in additional disgrace.

to which, that I bope, by diligence, to increase it Love. Well-well-I mean to discover it soon, --and have love, honourbut would not do it too precipitately, I have Ster. But not the stuff, Lovewell !- Add one more than once sounded Mr Sterling about it, and little round 0 to the sum total of your fortune, will attempt him more seriously the next oppor- and that will be the finest thing you can say to tunity. But iny principal hopes are these : My me. You know I've a regard for you-would do relationship to lord Ogleby, and his having placed any thing to serve you-any thing on the footing me with your father, have been, you know, the of friendship-butfirst links in the chain of this connection between Love. If you think me worthy of your friendthe two families; in consequence of which, I am ship, sir, be assured, that there is no instance in at present in high favour with all parties. While which I should rate your friendship so highly. they all remain thus well affected to me, I pro Ster. Psha! psha! that's another thing, you pose to lay our case before the old lord ; and, if know. Where money or interest is concerned, 1 can prevail on him to mediate in this affair, I friendship is quite out of the question. make no doubt but he will be able to appease

Love. But where the happiness of a daughter your father; and, being a lord, and a man of qua- is at stake, you would not scruple, sure, to sasity, I am sure he may bring Mrs Heidelberg into crifice a little to her inclinations good humour at any time. Let me beg you, there Ster. Inclinations ! why, you would not perfore, to have but a little patience, as, you see, suade me that the girl is in love with you-eh, we are upon the very eve of a discovery, that Lovewell? must probably be to our advantage.

Love. I cannot absolutely answer for Miss Fan. Manage it your own way. I am per- Fanny, sir; but am sure that the chief happiness suaded.

or misery of my life depends entirely upou her. Love. But, in the mean time, make yourself Ster. Why, indeed, now, if your kinsman, lord easy.

Ogleby, would come down håndsomely for you Fan. As easy as I can, I will. We had bet but that's impossible-No, no

10—'twill ter not remain together any longer at present. -I must hear no more of this Come, LoveThink of this business, and let me know how you well, promise me that I shall hear no more of proceed.

this. Love. Depend on my care! But, pray, be Love. (Hesitating,] I am afraid, sir, I should cheerful.

not be able to keep my word with you, if I did Fan. I will.

promise you.

Ster. Why, you would not offer to marry her As she is going out, enter STERLING.

without my consent ! would you, Lovewell? Ster. Hey day! who have we got here?

Love. Marry her, sir !

(Confused. Fan. [Confused.] Mr Lovewell, sir !

Ster. Ay, marry her, sir !—I know very well Ster. And where are you going, hussy? that a warm speech or two froin such a dangeFan. To my sister's chamber, sir. [Erit Fan. rous young spark as you are, would go much far

Ster. Ah, Lovewell! What! always getting ther towards persuading a silly girl to do what my foolish girl, yonder, into a corner-Well she has more than a monthi's inind to do, than well-let us but once see her e!dest sister fast

twenty grave lectures from fathers or mothers, married to sir Juhu Melvil, we'll soon provide or uncles or aunts, to prevent her. But you a good husband for Fanny, I warrant you. would not, sure, be such a base fellow, such a

never do

sent.

LAFTE!

treacherous young rogue, as to seduce my daugh- chant is the most respectable character in the ter's affections, and destroy the peace of my fa- universe. —Slife, man, a rich English mermily in that manner? I must insist on it, that chant may make biniself a match for the daughter you give me your word not to marry her without of a nabob. -Where are all my rascals? Here, my consent.

William !

(Exit Ster, calling. Love. Sir-1-1-as to that-1-1-beg, sir, Love. So---as I suspected. -Quite averse to -Pray, sir, excuse me on this subject at pre- the match, and likely to receive the news of it

with great displeasure. What's best to be Ster. Promise, then, that you will carry this done? -Let me see !--Suppose I get sir John matter no farther without my approbation. Melvil tò interest himself in this affair. He may

Love. You may depend on it, sir, that it shall mention it to lord Ogleby with a better grace than go no further.

I can, and more probably prevail on him to interSter. Well-well—that's enough—I'll take care fere in it. I can open my mind also more freely to of the rest, I warrant you. Come, come; let's sir John. He told me, when I left him in town, have done with this nonsense !-What's doing in that he had something of consequence to commutown ? Any news upon 'Change?

nicate, and that I could be of use to him. I am Love. Nothing material.

glad of it: for the confidence he reposes in me, Ster. Have you seen the currants, the soap, and the service I may do him, will ensure me his and Madeira safe in the warehouses? Have you good offices.---Poor Fanny! It hurts me to see compared the goods with the invoice and bills of her so uneasy, and her making a mystery of the lading, and are they all right?

cause adds to my anxiety.---Something must be Love. They are, sir.

done upon her account; for, at all events, her Ster. And how are stocks?

solicitude shall be removed.

[Erit. Love. Fell one and a half this morning.

Ster. Well, well-some good news froin Ame SCENE II.-Changes to another apartment. rica, and they'll be up again. But how are

Enter Miss STERLING and Miss FANNY. lord Ogleby and sir John Melvil? When are we to expect them?

Miss Ster. Oh, my dear sister, say no more! Love. Very soon, sir. I came on purpose to This is downright hypocrisy. You shall never bring you their commands. Here are letters from convince me that you don't envy me beyond meaboth of them.

[Giving letters. sure. Well, after all, it is extremely natural Ster. Let me seem let me see—'Slife, how his It is impossible to be angry with you. lordship's letter is perfumed !—It takes my breath Fan. Indeed, sister, you have no cause. away. [Opening it.] And French paper, too! with Miss Ster. And you really pretend not to envy a fine border of Aowers and flourishes and a slippery gloss on it that dazzles one's eyes.

Fan. Not in the least. · dear Mr Sterling.' [Reading:] Mercy on me! Miss Ster. And you don't in the least wish his lordship writes a worse hand than a boy at his that you was just in my situation? exercise. -But how's this ?- Eh !-'with you to Fan. No, indeed, I don't. Why should I?

night'— [Reading.)– Lawyers to morrow morn Miss Ster. Why should you! What! on the ing--To night! -that's sudden, indeed brink of marriage, fortune, title ! But I had forWhere's my sister Heidelberg? she should know got—There's that dear sweet creature, Mr Loveof this immediately. Here, John! Harry! well, in the case. You would not break your Thomas! [Calling the servants.] Hark ye, Love- faith with your true love now, for the world, I. well!

warrant you. Love. Sir!

Fan. Mr Lovewell !-Always Mr Lovewell! Ster. Mind now, how I'll entertain his lord- | Lord, what signifies Mr Lovewell, sister? ship and sir John-We'll shew your fellows at Miss Ster. Pretty pecvish soul! Oh, my dear, the other end of the town how we live in the grave, romantic sister !-A perfect philosopher city-They shall eat gold-and drink gold—and in petticoats !-Love and a cottage !- Eh, Fanny? lie in gold, Here, cook! butler! (Calling.] What -Ah, give me indifference, and a coach and signifies your birth, and education, and titles! six !

-Money, money !--that's the stuff that makes Fan. And why not the coach and six, without the great man in this country.

the indifference? But, pray, when is this happy Love. Very true, sir.

marriage of yours to be celebrated ? long to Ster. True, sir Why, then, have done give you joy. with your nonsense of love and matrimony. You're Miss Šter. In a day or two, I cannot tell exnot rich enough to think of a wife yet. A man actly-Oh, my dear sister! I must mortify her a of business should mind nothing but his business. little.-[Aside.]—I know you have a pretty taste.

Where are these fellows?---John! Thomas! Pray, give me your opinion of my jewels. How (Calling.) - Get an estate, and a wife will fol- do you like the style of this esclavage ? fow of course. Ah, Lovewell! an Englis.. mer

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Fun. Extremely handsome, indeed; and well, you call in at lady Thunder's? In the immensity fancied.

of crowd, I swear I did not see you-scarce a Miss Ster. What d'ye think of these brace- soul at the opera last Saturday-shall I see you lets? I shall have a miniature of my father set at Carlisle house next Thursday?-Oh, the dear round with diamonds, to one, and sir John's to beau monde ! I was born to move in the sphere the other. And this pair of ear-rings ! set trans- of the great world. parent! here, the tops, you see, will shake off to Fan. And so, in the midst of all this happiwear in a morning, or in an undress--how d'ye ness, you have no compassion for me—no pity like shem?

(Sheus jewels. for us poor mortals in common life. Fan. Very much, I assure you-Bless me, sis Aliss Ster. (Affectedly.}-You? You're abore ter, you have a prodigious quantity of jewels ! pity. You would not change conditions with You'll be the very queen of diamonds !

You're over head and ears in love, you Aliss Ster. Ha, ha, ha! Very well, my dear! know. Nay, for that matter, if Mr Lovewell I shall be as tine as a little queen, indeed. and you come together, as I doubt not you will, have a bouquet to come home to-morrow-made you will live very comfortably, I dare say. He up oi diamouds, and rubies, and emeralds, and I will mind his business--you'll employ yourself in topazes, and amethysts-jewels of all colours, the delightful care of your family-and once in a green, red, blue, yellow, intermixt, the prettiest season, perhaps, you'll sit together in a front box thing you ever saw in your life! The jeweller at a benefit play, as we used to do at our dancing. says, I shall set out with as many diainunds as master's, you know—and, perhaps, I may mcet any body in town, except lady Brilliant, and Pol you in the summer, with some other citizens, at ly What-d'ye call it, lord Squander's kept mis- Tunbridge. For my part, I shall always entertress.

tain a proper regard for my relations. You shan't Fan. But what are your wedding-clothes, sis want my countenance, I assure you, ter?

Fan. Oh, you're too kind, sister ! Miss Ster. Oh, white and silver, to be sure,

Enter Mrs HEIDELBERG. you know. I bought them at sir Joseph Lutestring's, and sat above an hour in the parlour be Mrs Heid. [At entering:)-Here this evening! hind the shop, consulting lady Lutestring about I vow and protest we shall scarce have time to gold and silver stuffs, on purpose to mortify her. provide for them—Oh, my dear!

-70 Miss Fan. Fie, sister! How could you be so abo- Ster.)--I am glad to see you're not quite in a minably provoking ?

dishabille. Lord Ogleby and sir John Melvil Miss Šter. Oh, I have no patience with the will be here to-night. pride of your city-knights' ladies. Did

Miss Ster. To-night, madam? observe the airs of lady Lutestring, drest in the Mrs Heid. Yes, my dear, to-night. Oh, pot richest brocade out of her husband's shop, play on a sinarter cap, and change those ordinary rufing crown whist at Haberdasher's Hall-Whilst des !-Lord, I have such a deal to do, I shall the civil smirking sir Joseph, with a snug wig scarce have time to slip on my italian lutestring. trimmed round bis broad face, as close as a new Where is this dawdle of a house-beeper? cut yew-hedge, and his shoes so black that they

Enter Mrs TRUSTY. shine again, stands all day in his shop, fastened to his counter like a bad shilling!

Oh, here, Trusty! Do you know that people of Fan. Indeed, indeed, sister, this is too much-qualaty are expected here this evening? If you talk at this rate, you will be absolutely a Trus. Yes, madam. by-word in the city -You must never venture Mrs Heid. Well-Do you be sure, now, that on the inside of Temple-bar again.

every thing is done in the most genteelest manMiss Ster. Never do I desire it-never, my ner--and to the honour of the famaly. dear Fanny, I promise you. Oh, how I long w Trus. Yes, madam. be iransported to the dear regions of Grosvenor Mrs Heid. Well--but mind what I say to square-far--far from the dull districts of Al-you. dersgate, Cheap, Candlewick, and Farringdon Trus. Yes, madam. Without and within !- My heart goes pit-a-pat Mirs Heid. His lordship is to lie in the chintz at the very idea of being introduced at court bed-chamber---d'ye hear and sir John in the Gilt chariot !-Pyebald horses !-Laced hiver blue damask-room---his lordship’s valei-de-shamb ries !-and then the whispers buzzing round the in the opposite circle- Who is that young lady? Who is she?' Trus. Bit Mr Lovewell is come down and - Lady Melvil, madanı !--Lady Melvil! My you know that's his room, madam. ears tingle at the sound. And then at dinner, Mirs Heid. Well---well----Mr Lovewell may instead of my father perpetually asking

... make shift---or get a bed at the George. But 'Change?'_To cry- Well, sir John, hark ye, Trusty ! any thing new from Arthur'3?_Or, to say to Trus. Madam! some other woman of quality- Was your lady Mrs Heid. Get the great dining-room in ore ship at the duchess of Rubber's last night! Did) der, as soon as possable. Unpaper the curtains;

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