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Mol. Oh, lord ! here they are, indeed! I am Sir Wil. How! am I betrayed then! frighted out of my wits !

Free. Betrayed ! no; but you are discovered.

Owen. What! my master discovered ! Enter Mrs GOODMAN, FREEPORT, and Officer.

[Offers to draw. Free. A warrant to seize her ? a harmless Free. [To Owen.) Nay, never clap thy hand voung woman? it is impossible !

to thy sword, old Trusty! your master is in danOffi. Pardon me, sir; if the young lady goes ger, it is true; but not from me, I promise you. by the name of Amelia Walton, I have a warrant Go, and get him a post-chaise, and let him pack to apprehend her.

off this instant; that is the best way of shening Free. On what account?

your attachment to him at present.-- -Twenty Offi. As a dangerous person.

years, sir William, have not made so great an Free. Dangerous !

alteration in you, but I knew you the moment I Offi. Yes, sir; suspected of disaffection and

saw you. treasonable practices.

Mrs Good. Harbour no distrust of Mr FreeAme. I am the unhappy object of your search, port, sir; he is one of the worthiest men livsir; give me leave to know the substance of the ing. accusation.

Ame. I know his worthiness. Ilis behaviour Offi. I cannot tell you particulars, madam; but to the officer but this moment, uncommonly information

upon oath has been made against you, generous as it appeared, is not the first testiand I am ordered to apprehend you.

mony he has given me to day, of his noble disMrs Good. But you will accept of bail, sir? | position. I will be bound for all I am worth in the Free. Noble ! p'shaw! nonsense ! world.

Sir Wil

. [To FREEPORT.] Sir; the kind manOffi. In these cases, madam, bail is not usual; ner in which you have been pleased to interest and, if ever accepted at all, it is excessively high yourself in my affairs, has almost as much overand given by persons of very large property, and powered me, as if you had surprised me with known character.

hostile proceedings. Which way shall I thank Free. Well; my property is large enough, and you for your goodness to me and my Amelia? my character very well known. My name is Free. Don't thank me at all; when you are Freeport.

out of danger, perhaps I may make a proposal Offi . I know you very well, sir.

to you, that will not be disagreeable. At present, Free. I'll answer for her appearance; I'll be think of nothing your escape; for I should bound in a penalty of five hundred pounds, not be surprised, if they were very shortly to a thousand, two thousand, or what sum you make you the same compliment they have paid please.

to Amelia : and, in your case, which is really a Otsi. And will you enter into the recognisance serious one, they might not be in the bumour to immediately?

accept of my recognisance. Free. With all my heart; come along!

Mrs Good. Mr Freeport is in the right, sir;

(Going every moment of delay is hazardous; let us preOffi . And are you in earnest, sir?

vail upon you to depart inmediately! Amelia, Free. Ay, to be sure. Why not?

being wholly innocent, cannot be long detained Offi. Because, sir, I'll venture to say, there are in custody, and as soon as she is released, I will but few people that place their money on such se- bring her to you, wherever you shall appoint. curities.

Free. Ay, ay; you must be gone directly, sir ! Free. So much the worse; he, who can employ and as you may want ready money upon the it in doing good, places it on the best security, road, take my purse ! Offering his purse. and puts it out at the highest interest in the world. Sir Wil. No, thou truest friend, I have no

[Exit FREEMAN, with the Officer. need of it. With what wonderful goodness Sir Wil. I can hardly trust my eyes and cars ! have you acted towards me and my unhappy who is this benevolent gentleman?

family! Mrs Good. I don't wonder you are surprised Free. Wonderful ! why wonderful? Would at Mír Freeport's manner of proceeding, sir; but not you have done the same, it you had been it is his way. He is not a man of compliment; in my place? but he does the most essential service in less time, Sir Wil. I hope I should. than others take in making protestations.

Free. Well, then, where is the wonder of it? Mlol. Flere he is again! Heaven reward bim! Coupe, come, let us see you make ready for your

departure! Re-enter FREEPONT.

Sir Wil. Thou best of men! Free. So ! that matter is dispatched; now to Free. Best of meo? Heaven forbid! I have our other affairs ! this is a busy day with me.- done no more than my duty by you. I am a Look’ye, sir William; we inust be brief; there inan myself; and am bound to be a friend to all is no time to be lost.

mankind, you know.

[Ereunt.

ACT IV.

ers.

sense.

SCENE 1.-SPATTER's apartment.

Lady Alt. Planned like a wise general ! Do LADY ALTON with a letter in her hand, and lie here in ambush to reinforce you as soon as

you then go, and reconnoitre the enemy, while I SPATTER.

there shall be occasion. Do but give the word, Lady Alt. Thanks, my good Spatter! many we'll make a vigorous sally, put their whole lindy thanks for this precious epistle! more precious to rout, and take Amelia and her father prisonat present than one of Ovid, Pliny, or Cicero.

[E.reunt scverally. It is at once a billet-doux and a state paper; and serves at the same time to convict her of

SCENE II.-d hall. conspiring against me, and the public. Spat. It is a valuable manuscript, to be sure,

Enter FREEPORT. madam; and yet that is but the least half of my discoveries, since I left your ladyship.

Free. I don't know how it is; but this Ames Lady Alt. But is not this half, according to lia, here, runs in my head strangely. Ever since the Grecian axiom, more than the whole, Mr I saw her, I think of nothing else. I am not in Spatter?

love with her? in love with her ! that's nonSpat. When you know the whole, I believe

But I feel a kind of uneasiness, a sort of you will think not, madam.

pain that–I don't know what to make of itLady Alt. Out with it then! I am impatient I'll speak to her father about her. to be inistress of it. Spat. By intercepting this letter of lord Fal

Enter Owen. bridge's, your ladyship sees that we bave discovered Amelia to be the daughter of sir William Well, old truc-penny! Have you prepared every Douglas.

thing for sir William's departure? Lady Alt. True.

Owen. We had need be going, indeed, sir; Spat. But what would you say, madam, if I we are in continual danger while we stay here; had found out the father himseli, too?

who d’ye think lodged the information agaiust Lady Alt. Sir Williain Douglas !

Madam Amelia? Spat, Is now in this house, madam,

Free. Who? Lady Alt. Impossible !

bacn.

A person who lodges in this very Spat. Nothing more certain. He arrived this house, it seems : one Mr Spatter, sir. morning under a feigned naine. I saw him coli- Free. Spatter! how d'ye know? ducted in Amelia’s apartment. This raised my Owen. I had it from one of the officers, who suspicion, and I planted myself at her door, with came to apprehend her. all the circumspection of a spy, and address of a Free. A dog! I could find in my heart to cut chambermaid. "There I overheard their mutual off his ears with my own hands, and save him acknowledgments of each other; and a curious the disgrace of the pillory. juterview it was. First they wept for grief; and Owen. My poor master is always unfortunate. then they wept for jov; and then they wept for If lord Brumpton had lived a week longer, sir grief again. Their tears, however, were soon in. William might perhaps have been out of the terrupted by the arrival of the officer, whose pur- rea of eir malice. pose was partly defeated, as you have already Free. Lord Brumpton? heard, by the intervention of Freeport.

Owen. Yes, sir. .lle was soliciting my masLady dll. Yes, the brute! But that delay was ter's pardon; but died before he had accomplistinot half so unfortunate, as your discoveries have ed his benevolent intentions. heen happy, Spatter; for iny revenge shall now Free. Ha! A thought strikes me! [Apart.}return on them with reduubled fury.--Issue out Hark ye, friend, (To OWEN ) does sir William upon them once more; see what they are about; know the present lord Brumpton ? and be sure to give me iminediate notice, if lord Owen. No, sir. The late lord had no chilFalbridge should come.

(Going. dren, or near relations, living; and, indeed, he Spat. Stay, madam.

After intercepting the was the only surviving friend of my poor master letter, I sent for your ladyship, that, at so critical in the kingdom. a juncture, you might be present on the spot : Free. Is the cbaise at the door? anit if you go home again, we shall lose time, Quen. Not yet, sir ; but I expect it every mowhich perhaps may be precious, in running to and fro. Suppose you step into the study, till I Free. Run to your master, and desire him not

You will find my own answer to my last to go till I see him. Tell him I am going out pamphlet, and the two first sheets of the next upon his business, and will be back within this amonth's Magazine to amuse you.

ment.

hour,

return.

Owen. I will let him know immediately. Ah, Free. Look you, sirrah! you are one of those you're a true friend, indeed, sir.

wretches, who miscall themselves authors; a (Shuking him earnestly by the hand. fellow, whose heart, and tongue, and pen, are Free. Pooh! prithee !

equally scandalous; who try to insinuate yourOwen. Ah! Heaven preserve you!

self every where, to make mischief, if there is

[Erit Owen. none, and to increase it, if you find any. But if Free. Fare thee well, old honesty! By the you fetch and carry like a spaniel, you must be death of lord Brumpton, without children or treated like one. I have observed that you are near relations living, as Owen says, the title always loitering in the passages; but if I catch and estate come to my old friend Jack Brump you within the wind of a door again, I'll beat you ton, of Liverpool, who is of a distant branch, till you are as black as your own ink, sir rah.a fourth cousin, for aught I know, who has past Now, you know my mind.

Erit. his whole life in a compting-house; and who, a Spat. Very civil, and very polite, indeed, Mr few years ago, no more dreamt of being a lord, Freeport. Ha! here comes my friend, lord Falthan grand signior, or great mogul. He has so bridge. good a heart, that I believe it is impossible even Mrs Good. Lord Falbridge your friend ? For for a title to corrupt it. I know he is in town; shame, Mr Spatter! so I'll go to him immediately, acquaint hin with the obligation entailed on him, to be of service

Enter Lord FALBRIDGE, hastily. to sir William, and make him heir to the bene- Lord Fal. Mrs Goodman, I rejoice to sce volence of his predecessor, as well as his wealth you. Tell me, how does my Amelia? I have and dignity. [Going, stops.] Who's here? Mrs heard of her distress, and flew to her relief. Goodman and Spatter, as I live ! Oh the dog! Was she alarmed? Was she terrified ? my blood rises at the villain. If I don't take Mrs Good. Not much, my lord: she sustained care, I shall incur an action of battery for cane- the shock with the same constancy that she ening the rascal.

dures every affliction.

Lord Fal. I know her merit; I am too well Enter Mrs Goodman and SPATTER.

acquainted with her greatness of soul; and hope Mrs Good. In short, Mr Spatter, I must beg it is not yet too late for me to do justice to her leave to gire you warning, and desire that you virtue. Go to her, my dear Mrs Goodman, and would provide yourself with another lodging as tell her, I beg to see her: I have something soon as possible.

that concerns her very nearly, to impart to her. Spat, Wbat now? What the deuce is the mat- Mrs Good. I will, my lord.

Erit. ter with you, Mrs Goodman?

Lord Fal. Oh, Mr Spatter! I did not see you. Mrs Good. I see now the meaning of lady What have you got there, sir? Alton's recommendation of such a lodger to my

[Seeing a paper in his hand. house, as well as of her visits to Amelia, and her Spat. Proposals for a new work, my lord !frequent conferences with you, sir.

May I beg the honour of your lordship's name aSput. The woman is certainly out of her sen-nong my list of subscribers ?

Lord Fal. With all my heart, sir. I am alFree. What has been laid to your charge is no ready in your debt on another account. joke, sir.

[Pulling out his purse. Spat. What! are you there to keep up her Spat. To me, my lord? You do me a great backhand, Mr Freeport ! What is all this? deal of honour; I should be very proud to be of Free. You are found out to be a spy, sir.

the least service to your lordship. Mrs Good. A person who pries into the se- Lord Fal. You have been of great service to crets of families, merely to betray them. ine already, sir. It was you, I tind, lodged the Free. An informer !

information against this young lady. Mrs Good. An eaves-dropper !

Spat. I did no more than

iny duty, my lord. Free. A liar !

Lord Fal. Yes; you did me a favour, sir. Sput. Right-hand and left! this is too much : I consider only the deed, and put the intention what the plague is the matter with you both ? quite out of the question. You meant to do

Mrs Gond. Did not you go and tell that Ame- Amelia a prejudice, and you have done me a lia was a native of Scotland ?

service : for, by endeavouring to bring her into Spat. Well; and where's the harm of being distress, you gave me an opportunity of shewing born in Scotland ?

my eagerness to relieve her. There, sir! there Free. None; except by your malicious inter- jis for the good you have done, while you meant pretation, rascal; by means of which, you made to make mischief. [Giving him a fero guineas.] it the ground of an information against her, and But take this along with it; if you ever presume were the cause of her being apprehended.

to mention the name of Amelia any more, or Spat. And you were the cause of her being give yourself the least concern about laer, or her released; every man in his way, Mr Freeport ! Jaifairs, I'll

ses.

was.

Spat. I am obliged to your lordship.

Enter AMELIA.

[Bowing Lord Fal. Be gone, sir; leave me.

Ame. I understand, my lord, that, by your apSpat. Your most humble servant, my lord !- plication, I am held free of the charge laid So! I am abused by every body; and yet I get against me; and that I am once more entirely at money by every body; egad, I believe I am a liberty. I am truly sensible of your good offices, much cleverer tellow than I thought I was ! and thank you for the trouble you have taken. [Erit.

[Going. Lord Fal. Alas! I am afraid that Amelia will Lord Fal. Stay, madam! do not leave me in not see me. What would I not suffer to repair still greater distraction than you found me. If the affront that I have offered her?

my zeal to serve you has had any weight with

you, it must have inspired you with more favourEnter Molly.

able dispositions towards me. Ha! Polly ! how much am I obliged to you for Ame. You must pardon me, my lord, if I cansending me notice of Amelia's distress ?

not so soon forget a very late transaction. After Mol. Hush, my lord ! Speak lower, for Hea- that, all your proceedings alarm me: nay, even ven's sake! My mistress has so often forbade me your present zeal to serve me, creates new suspito tell any thing about her, that I tremble still at cions, while I cannot but be doubtful of the mothe thoughts of the confidence I have put in you. tives from which it proceeds. I was bewitched, I think, to let you know who she Lord Fal. Cruel Amelia! for, guilty as I am,

I must complain, since it was your own diffidence Lord Fal. You were inspired, Polly! Heaven that was in part the occasion of my crime. Why inspired you to acquaint me with all her distres- did you conceal your rank and condition from ses, that I might recommend myself to her fa- me? Wby did not you tell me, that you were the vour again, by my zeal to serve her, though a- daughter of the unhappy sir Williain Douglas? gainst her will.

Åme. Who told you that I was so, my lord? Mol. That was the reason I told you; for else, Lord Fal. Nay, do not deny it now: it is in I am sure, I should die with grief to give her the vain to attempt to conceal it any longer; it was least uneasiness.

the main purport of my letter to apprize you of Lord Fal. But may I hope to see Amelia ? my knowledge of it. Will she let me speak with her?

Ame. Your letter, my lord ! Mol. No, indeed, my lord; she is so offended at Lord Fal. Yes; wild as it was, it was the offyour late behaviour, that she will not even suffer spring of compunction and remorse; and if it us to mention your name to her.

conveyed the dictates of my soul, it spoke me the Lord Fal. Death and confusion! What a truest of penitents. You did not disdain to read wretch have I made myself! Go, Polly; go and it, sure ! let her know, that I must speak with her; in- Ame. Indeed, my lord, I never received any form her, that I have been active for her wel letter from you. fare; and have authority to release her from the Lord Fai. Not received any! I sent it this information lodged against her.

very morning. My own servant was the messenMol. I will let her know your anxiety, my ger. What can this mean? Has he betrayed me? lord; but, indeed, I am afraid she will not see At present, suffer me to compensate, as far as you.

possible, for the wrongs I have done you : se Lord Fal. She must, Polly; she must. The ceive my hand and heart, and let an honourable agonies of my mind are intolerabie. Tell her, marriage obliterate the very idea of my past conshe must come, if it be but for a moment; or duct. else, in the bitterness of despair, I fear I shall Ame. No, my lord; you have discovered me, break into her apartment, and throw myself at it is true: I am the daughter of sir William her feet.

Douglas. Judge for yourself, then; and think Mol. Lud! you frighten me out of my wits. how I ought to look upon a man, wbo has inHave a little patience, and I'll tell my mistress sulted my distress, and endeavoured to tempt me what a taking you are in.

to dishonour my family. Lord Fal. Fly, then! I can taste no comfort, Lord Ful, Your justice must acquit me of the till I hear her resolution, [Erit Molly. intention of that offente, since, at that time, I

How culpably have I acted towards the most was ignorant of your illustrious extraction. amiable of her sex! But I will make her every Ame. It may be so; yet your excuse is byt an reparation in my power. The warmth and sin- aggravation of the crime.' You imagined' me, cerity of my repentance shall extort forgiveness perhaps, to be of as low and mean an origin, as from her. By Heaven, she comes !-Death! how you thought me poor and unhappy.

You suppo sensibly does an ungenerous action abase us! 1 sed that I had no title to any dowry but my hoam conscious of the superiority of her virtue, and nour, no dependance but on my virtue; and yet, almost dread the encounter,

you attempted to rob me of what virtue, which

you so.

ness.

was the only jewel that could raise the meanness the occasion of it. In spite of the torrent of faof my birth, or support me under my misfor-shion, and the practice of too many others of my tunes; which, instead of relieving, you chose to rank in life, I have a relish for domestic happimake the pandar to your vile inclinations. ness; and have always wished for a wife, who

Lord Fal. Thou most amiable of thy sex, how night render my bome a delightful refuge from I adore thee! Even thy resentment renders thee the cares and bustle of the world abroad. These more lovely in my eyes, and makes thee, if pos- were my views with you; but, thank Heaven, sible, dearer to me than ever. Nothing but our your outrageous temper happily betrayed itself union can ever make me happy.

in good time, and convinced me, that my sole Ame. Such an union must not, cannot be. aim in marriage would be frustrated : for I could Lord Fal. Why? What should forbid it? neither have been happy myself, nor have made Ame. My father.

Lord Fai. Your father! where is he? In what- Lady Alt. Paltry evasion! You have abanever part of the world he now resides, I will con- doned me for your Amelia ; you have meanly vey you to him, and he shall ratify our happi- quitted a person of letters, a woman of rank and

condition, for an illiterate vagabond, a needy ad

venturer. Enter Molly, hustily.

Lord Fal. The person you mention, madam, Mol. Oh Lord, madam ! here's the angry lady is, indeed, the opposite of yourself; she is all coming again; she that made such a racket this meekness, grace, and virtuc. morning.

Ludy Alt. Provoking traitor! You urge me Ame. Lady Alton?

past all sufferance. I meant to expostulate, but Mol. Yes, madam.

you oblige me to invective.-But, have a care! Lord Fal. Lady Alton! Confusion! Stay, ma- | You are not so secure as you suppose yourself; dam!

[To Amelia, who is going and I may revenge myself sooner than you imaAme. No, my lord; I have endured one af- gine. front from her already to-day; why should I ex- Lord Fal. I am aware of your vindictive dispose myself to a second ? Her ladyship, you position, madam; for I know, that you are more know, has a prior claim to your attention. (Erit. envious than jealous, and rather violent than ten

Lord Fal. Distraction! I had a thousand der; but the present object of my atfections shall things to say to her.-Go, my dear Polly, follow be placed above your resentment, and challenge my Amelia! Plead earnestly in my behalf; urge your respect. all the tenderest things that fancy can suggest, Lady Alt. Away, fond man! I know that oband return to me as soon as lady Alton is deject of your affections better than yourself; I parted.

know who she is; I know who the stranger is Mol. I will, my lord. Oh lud! here she is, as that arrived for her this morning; I know all: men I am alive!

[Erit. more powerful than yourself shall be apprised of Lady Fal. Abandoned by Amelia! and hunted the whole immediately; and within these two by this fury! I shall run wild !

hours, nay, within this hour, you shall see the un

worthy object, for which you have slighted me, Enter LADY ALTON.

with all that is dear to her and you, torn away Lady Alt. You may well turn away from me; from you perforce.

(Going at length I have full conviction of your baseness. Lord Fal. Ha! how's this? Stay, madam! I am now assured of my own shame, and your Explain yourself! But one word; do but hear falsehood. Perfidious monster!

Lord Fal. It is unjust to tax me with perfidy, Lady Alt. No; I disdain to hear you : I scorn madam. I have rather acted with too much sin- all explanation. I have discovered the contemptcerity. I long ago frankly declared to you the ible cause of your inconstancy, and know you to utter impossibility of our reconciliation, be mean, base, false, treacherous, and perfidious.

Lady Alt. What! after having made your ad- You have forfeited my tenderness; and, be assudresses to me? After having sworn the most in- red, you shall feel the effects of my revenge. violable affection for me? Oh, thou arch-decei

[Erit.

Lord Fal. What does she mean! The stranLord Fal. I never deceived you: when I pro- ger that arrived to-day !—That arrived for my fessed a passion, I really entertained one: when Amelia ! Sure it cannot be. [Pausing.] Is it I made my addresses to you, I wished to call you possible thatLady Alt. And what can you allege in excuse

Re-enter Molly. of your falsehood? Have you not been guilty of the blackest perjury?

Ha, Polly! explain these riddles to me. Lady Lord Fal. The change of my sentiments needs Alton threatens me; she threatens my Amelia : no excuse from me, madam; you were yourself does she know any thing? Her fury will trans

me.

ver!

my wife.

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