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beneath your rank; and practices, so unworthy | Alton.] Do not alarm yourself, my Amelia ! of your sex.
Do not be concerned, sir! (To SIR WILLIAM.) Lady Alt. You talk in riddles, my lord! Your enemies shall still be disappointed. AlLord Fal. This gentleman shall explain them. though ignorant of your arrival, I have, for Here, madam! here is the engine of your ma some time past, exerted all my interest in your lice, the instrument of your vengeance, your favour, and, by the mediation of those still more prime ininister, Mr Spatter.
powerful, I do not despair of success.
Your Lady Alt. What have I to do with Mr Spat-case is truly a compassionate one; and in that ter?
breast, from which alone mercy can proceed, Lord Fal. To do mischief—to intercept let- thank Heaven, there is the greatest reason to csters, and break them open; to overhear private pect it. conversations, and betray them; to
Sir Wil. I am obliged to you for your concert, Lady Alt. Have you laid any thing of this sir. kind to my charge, sir?
Lord Fal. Oh, I owe you all this, and much
[To Spatter. -But this is no time to speak of my offenSpat. I have been obliged to speak the truth, | ces, or repentance. though much against my will, indeed, madam. Lady Alt. This is mere trifling. I thought you
Lady Alt. The truth! thou father of lies, did knew on what occasion you came hither, sir. ever any truth proceed from thee? What! is bis
[To the Ofñcer. lordship your new patron! A fit Mæcenas for Offi
. Your reproof is too just, madam. I atthee, thou scandal to the belles lettres !
tend you, sir.
[ To Sir William. Lord Fal. Your rage at this detection is but a Lord Fal. Hold! Let me prevail on you, sir, fresh conviction of your guilt.
[To the Officer.] to suffer thein to remain here Lady alt. Do not triumph, monster! you shall till to-morrow morning. I will answer for the still feel the superiority I have over you. The consequences. object of your wishes is no longer under your Offi
. Pardon me, my lord! we should be happrotection ; the officers of the government en py to oblige you; but we must discharge the tered the house at the same time with myself, duty of our office. with a warrant to seize 'both Amelia and her Lady Fal. Distraction ! father.
Sir Wil. Come, then! we follow you, sir! Be Lord Fal. Confusion ! Are not they gone comforted, my Amelia! for my sake, be comthen? La France ! villain! run, and bring me forted ! Wretched as I am, your ansiety shocks word !
me more than my own misfortunes. La France. Ig
[Exit. Lady Alt. Do not fatter yourself with any
As they are going out, Enter FREEPORT. hopes; they have not escaped; here they are, Free. Heyday! what now! the officers bere secured in proper hands.
again! I thought we had satisfied you this mornLord Fal. Death and distraction! now I am ing. What is the meaning of all this? completely miserable.
sir. Enter Sir William Douglas, AMELIA, Owen,
[Giving the warrant.
Free. How's this ? Let me see! [Reading.) and Officers.
* This is to require you'—um um_ the bodies Lady Alt. Yes, your misery is complete in- of William Ford and Amelia Walton'um um deed ; and so shall be my revenge. Oh! your - suspected persons'-um-um-Well, well! servant, madam! [Turning to AMELIA] You I see what this is : but you will accept of bail, now sec to what a condition your pride and ob- sir? stinacy have reduced you. Did not I bid you Offi
. No, sir; this case is not bailable, and tremble at the consequences ?
we have already been reprimanded for taking Ame. It was here alone that I was vulnerable. your recognizance this morning. (Holding her father's hand. Oh, madam![Turn Sir Wil. Thou good man! I shall ever retaiu ing to LADY Alton.] by the virtues that should the most lively sense of your behaviour : bat adorn your rank, by the tenderness of your your kind endeavours to preserve the poor resex, i conjure you, pity my distress! do but mainder of my proscribed tife are in vain. We release my father, and there are no concessions, must submit to our destiny.
[All going. however humiliating, which you may not exact Free. Hold, hold! one word, I beseech you, from me.
sir ? [To the Officer.) a minute or two will make Lady Alt. Those concessions now come too no difference --Bail then, it seems, will not do, late, madam. If I were even inclined to relieve sir? you, at present it is not in my power. (Haughti Officer. No, sir. ly.] Lord Falbridye perhaps may have more in Free. Well, well; then I have something here terest. [With a sneer. that will perhaps.
[Feeling in his pocket. Lord Fal. Cruel, insulting woman! [TO LADY Lord Fal. How!
Lady Alt. What does he mean?
Free. Upon hearing that, and perceiving the Free. No, it is not there. It is in tother danger you were in, I went immediately to the pocket, I believe. Here, sir William ! [Produ- present lord Brumpton; who is a very honest cing a parchment.] Ask the gentleman, if that fellow, and one of the oldest acquaintance I will not do.-But, first of all, read it yourself, have in the world. He, at my instance, immediand let us hear how you like the contents. ately made the necessary application; and guess
Sir Wil. What do I see! (Opening and per- how agreeably we were surprised to hear that using it.] My pardon! the full and free pardou the late lord had already been successful, and of my offences! Oh heaven! and is it to you that the pardon had been made out, on the very then, to you, sir, that I owe all this?---Thus, thus morning of the day his lordship died. Away let me shew my gratitude to my henefactor! went I, as fast as a pair of horses could carry me,
[Falling at his feet. to fetch it; and should certainly have prevented Free. Get up, get up, sir William ! Thank this last arrest, it the warrant to apprehend you, Heaven, and the most gracious of monarchs. as dangerous persons, had not issued under your You have very little obligation to me, I proinise assumed names of William Ford and Amelia you.
Walton, against whom the information had been Ame. My father restored! Then I am the hap- | laid. But, however, it has only served to prepiest of women !
vent your running away, when the danger was Lord Fal. A pardon! I am transported. over; for at present, sir William, thank Heaven Lady Alt. How's this? a pardon !
and his majesty, you are a whole man again; and Free. Under the great seal, madam.
you have nothing to do but to make a legal Lady Alt. Contusion! what ! am I baffled at appearance, and to plead the pardon I have last then? Am I disappointed even of my re- brought you, to absolve you from all informavenge ?- Thou officious fool! [To FREEPORT.] tions. May these wretches prove as great a torment to Lord Fal. Thou honest, excellent man! How you, as they have been to me! As for thee, [To happily have you supplied, what I failed to acLord FalerIDGE.] thou perfidious monster, may coinplish! thy guilt prove thy punishment! May you obtain Free. Ay, I heard that your lordship had been the unworthy union you desire! May your wife busy.—You had more friends at court than one, prove as false to you, as you have been to me! | sir William, I promise you. May you be followed, like Orestes, with the Sir Wil. I am overwhelmed with my sudden furies of a guilty conscience; find your error good fortune, and am poor even in thanks. when it is too late; and die in all the horrors Teach me, Mr Freeport, teach me how to make of despair !
[Erit. some acknowledgement for your extraordinary Free. There goes a woman of quality for you! generosity ! what little actions ! and what a great soul ! Free. I'll tell you what, sir William. NotHa! Master Spatter! where are you going? withstanding your daughter's pride, I took a
[To SPAtter, who is sneuking off liking to her, the moment I saw her. Spat. Following the Muse, sir! [Pointing Lord Fal. Ha ! What's this! after Lady Alton.) But if you
have any fur Free. What's the matter, my lord? ther commands, or bis lordship should have oc Lord Fal. Nothing. Go on, sir ! casion for me to write his epithalamiuin- Free. Why, then, to confess the truth, I am
Lord Fal. Peace, wretch! sleep in a whole afraid that my benevolence, which you have all skin, and be thankful! I would solicit mercy been pleased to praise so highly, had some little myself, and have not leisure to punish you. Be leaven of self-interest in it; and I was desirous
to promote Amelia's happiness more ways than Spat. I am obliged to your lordship—This af- one. fair will make a good article for the Evening
Lord Fal. Then I am the veriest wretch that Post to-night, however, (Aside, and Erit. ever existed.—But take her, sir! for I must
Sir Wil. How happy has this reverse of for- confess that you have deserved her by your tune made me !—But my surprise is almost equal proceedings ; and that I, fool and villain that to my joy. May we beg you, sir, (To FREEPORT.] I was, have forfeited her by mine. [Going. to inform us how your benevolence has effected Frée. Hold, hold ! one word before you go, if what seems almost a miracle, in my favour? you please, my lord ! You may kill yourself for
Free. In two words then, sir William, this aught I know, but you shan't lay your death at happy event is chiefly owing to your old friend, my door, I promise you.
I had a kindness for the late lord Brumpton.
Amelia, I must confess; but, in the course of Sir Wil. Lord Brumpton!
my late negotiation for sir William, hearing of Free. Yes; honest Owen there told me, that your lordship's pretensions, I dropt all thoughts his lordship had been employed in soliciting your of her. It is a maxim with me, to do good pardon. Did not you, Owen?
wherever I can, but always to abstain from doQuen I did, sir.
ing mischief.–Now, as I can't make the lady
happy myself, I would fain put her into the fess, that I had conceived a partiality for you, till hands of those that can.—So, if you would oblige your own conduct turned my heart against you; me, sir William, let me join these two young and if my resentment has given you any pain, folks together, [Joining their hands.] and do you when I consider the occasion, I must own that I say Amen to it.
cannot repent it. Sir Wil. With all my heart !-You can have Lord Fal. Mention it no more, my love, I beno objection, Amelia ? [Amelia bursts into tears. seech you! You may justly blame your lover, I
Lord Fal. How bitterly do those tears re confess; but I will never give you cause to comproach me! It shall be the whole business of my plain of your husband. future life to atone for them.
Free. I don't believe you will. I give you Ame. Your actions this day, and your solici-joy, my lord! I give you all joy! As for you, tude for my father, have redeemed you in my madam, (To Amelia.) do but shew the world good opinion; and the consent of sír William, that you can bear prosperity, as well as you have seconded by so powerful an advocate as Mr sustained the shocks of adversity, and there are Freeport, cannot be contended with. Take my few women, who may not wish to be an Amelia. hand, my lord! a virtuous passion may inhabit
[Ereunt omnes. the purest breast; and I am not ashamed to con
Belfield jun. } the Brothers
Sophia, Sır BENJAMIN's daughter,
VIOLETTA, wife to BELFIELD sen. CAPTAIN IRONSIDEs, uncle to BELFIELD sen. and Fanny Goodwin. jun.
KITTY, LADY Dove's maid:
Scene—The sea coast of Cornwall.
SCENE I.-A rocky shore, with a fisherman's Phi. To my thoughts, now, we live as happily
cabin in the cliff*: a violent tempest, with thun- in this poor hut, as we did yonder in the great der and lightning : a ship discovered stranded house, when you was 'squire Belfield's principal on the coast. The characters enter, after ha- tenant, and as topping a farmer as any in the ving looked out of their cabin, as if waiting whole county of Cornwall. for the abatement of the storm.
Good. Ah, child !
Phi. Nay, never droop; to be sure, father, Goodwin, Purlip, and Fanny.
the 'squire has dealt hardly with you, and a mighty Phi. It blows a rank storm; 'tis well, father, point, truly, he has gained ! the ruin of an howe hauled the boat ashore before the weather
If those are to be the uses of a great came on; she's safe bestowed, however, let wharestate, Heaven continue me what I am ! will happen
Fun. Ay, ay, brother, a good conscience in a Good. Ay, Philip, we had need be provident : coarse drugget, is better than an aching heart in except that poor skilf, my child, what have we
a silken gown. left in this world that we can call our own? Good. Well, children, well, if you can bear
misfortunes patiently, 'twere an ill office for me , well, there's an end of her - The Charming Sally to repine; we have long tilled the earth for a privateer !-Poor soul; a better sea boat never subsistence; now, Philip, we must plough the swam upon the salt sea. ocean; in those waves lies our harvest; there, 3d Sai. I knew we should have no luck after my brave lad, we have an equal inheritance with we took up that wonnan there from the packet the best.
that sunk along side us. Phi. True, father; the sea, that feeds us, pro 1st Sai. What, madam Violetta, as they call vides us an habitation here in the hollow of the her? Why, 'tis like enough—But hush, here cliff. I trust, the 'squire will exact no rent for this comes our captain's nephew; he's a brave lad, and dwelling—Alas ! 'that ever two brothers should a seaman's friend, and, between you and me have been so opposite as our merciless landlord, [Boatswain's whistle.]— But hark, we are called and the poor young gentleman, they say, is now -Come along!
[Ereunt Sailors dead. Good. Sirrah, I charge you, name not that un
SCENE IV. happy youth to me any more; I was endeavouring to forget bim and his misfortunes, when the sight
BELFIELD jun. and FRANCIS. of that vessel in distress brought him afresh to Bel. jun. That ever fortune should cast us upon my remembrance; for, it seems, he perished by this coast !- Francis ! sea : the more shame upon him, whose cruelty Fran. Sir! and injustice drove him thither. But come, the Bel. jun. Have the people landed those chests wind lulls apace; let us launch the boat, and we brought off with us in the boat? make a trip to yonder vessel : if we can assist in Fran. They have, sir; an old fisherman, whom lightening her, perhaps she may ride it out. we met, has shewn us here to a cavern in the
Phi. 'Tis to no puipose; the crew are coming cliff, where we have stowed them all in safety. ashore in their boat; I saw them enter the creek. Bel. jun. That's well. Where's any uncle? Good. Did you so ? Then, do you
your Fran. On board; no persuasions can prevail sister step into the cabin; make a good fire, and on him to quit the ship, which, he swears, will provide such fish and other stores as you have lift with the tide; his old crony, the master, is within : I will go down, and meet them: who with him, and they ply the casks so briskly, that ever they may be, that have suffered this misfor- it seems a moot point, which fills the fastest, tune on our coasts, let us remember, children, they, or the wreck. never to regard any man as an enemy, who stands Bel. jun. Strange insensibility! but you must in need of our protection. [Erit Good. bring him off by force, then, if there is no other
Phi. I am strongly tempted to go down to the way of saving him. I think, on my conscience, creek, too; if father should light on any mischief he is as indifferent to danger as the plank he
--well, for once in my life, I'll disobey him; treads on. We are now thrown upon my unnatusister, you can look to matters within doors; ral brother's estate ; that house, Francis, which I'll go round by the point, and be there as soon you see to the left, is his; and what may be the
consequence if he and my uncle should meet, I Fun. Do so, Philip; 'twill be best.
know not; for such has been captain Ironsides [Exeunt severally. resentment on my account, that he has declared
war against the very name of Belfield; and, in SCENE II.-Continues.
one of his whimsical passions, you know, insisted Goodwin re-enters, followed by Francis, and have been known on board by no other name
on my laying it aside for ever; so that hitherto I several sailors carrying goods and chests from than that of Lewson. the wreck.
Fran. 'Tis true, sir; and, I think, 'twill be adGood. This way, my friends, this way! there's viseable to continue the disguise as long as you stowage enough within for all your goods.
As for the old captain, from the life he alFran. Coine, bear a hand, my brave lads, ways leads on shore, and his impatience to get there's no time to lose; follow that honest man, on board again, I think, 'tis very possible an inand set down your chests where he directs you. terview between him and your brother may be
Sai. Troth, I care not how soon I'm quit of prevented. mine; 'tis plaguy heavy. [Ereunt. Bel. jun. I think so, too.
Go then, Francis,
and conduct the old gentleman hither ; I see l'ioSCENE III.-Continues.
letta coming: Enter other Sailors.
Sure there is something in that woman's story
uncommonly mysterious—of English parents, 1st Sai. Here's a pretty spot of work ! plague | born in Lisbon-her family and fortune buried on't, what a night has this been! I thought this in the carthquake—so much she freely tells; but damped lee-shore would catch us at last. more, I am convinced, remains untold, and of a 2d Sai. Why, 'twas impossible to claw her off; melancholy sort : she has once or twice, as I