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expected, there couldn't be a greater to do about
BELCOUR enters. him.
Ser. I wish to my heart you had but seen the Stock. Mr Belcour, I'm rejoiced to see you ; loads of trunks, boxes, and portmanteaus he has you're welcome to England. sent hither. An ambassador's baggage, with all Bel. I thank you heartily, good Mr Stockwell : the smuggled goods of his family, does not ex- you and I have long conversed at a distance; ceed it.
now we are met; and the pleasure this meeting House. A fine pickle he'll put the house into! gives me, amply compensates for the perils I had he been master's own son, and a Christian have run through in accomplishing it. Englishman, there couldn't be more rout than Stock. What perils, Mr Belcour? I could not there is about this Creolian, as they call them. have thought you would have made a bad pase
Ser. No matter for that; he's very rich, and sage at this time o' year. that's sufficient. They say he has rum and sugar Bel. Nor did we courier-like, we came postenough belonging to him, to make all the water ing to your shores, upon the pinions of the in the Thames into punch. But I see my mas- swiftest gales that ever blew; 'tis upon English ter's coming.
[Ereunt. ground all my difficulties have arisen ; 'tis the
passage from the river-side I complain of. STOCKWELL enters, followed by a Servant,
Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can
you have met between this and the river-side? Stock. Where Mr Belcour? Who brought Bel, Innumerable! Your town's as full of dethis note from him ?
bles as the island of Corsica; and, I believe, Ser. A waiter from the London tavern, sir; they are as obstinately defended : so much hurhe says the young gentleman is just dressed, and ry, bustle, and confusion on our quays; so many will be with you directly;
sugar-casks, porter-butts, and common-councilStock. Shew him in when he arrives.
men in your streets, that, unless a man marched Ser. I shall, sir. I'll have a peep at him first, with artillery in his front, 'tis more than the lahowever; I've a great mind to see this outland- | bour of a Hercules can effect, to make any toleish spark. The sailor fellow says he'll make rare rable way through your town. doings amongsi us.
[Aside. Stock. I am sorry you have been so incommoStock. You need not wait-leave me. [Erit ded. Servant.] Let me see
[Reads. Bel. Why, faith, 'twas all my own fault. Ac
customed to a land of slaves, and out of patience "Sın,
with the whole tribe of custom-house extortione "I write to you under the hands of the hair-ers, boatmen, tide-waiters, and water-bailiffs, • dresser. As soon as I have made myself decent, that beset me on all sides, worse than a swarm of • and slipped on some fresh clothes, I will have musquetoes, I proceeded a little too roughly to the honour of paying you my devoirs.
brush them away with my rattan : the sturdy • Yours,
rogues took this in dudgeon, and beginning to reBELCOUR.' bel, the mob chose different sides, and a furious
scuffle ensued; in the course of which, my perHe writes at his ease; for he's unconscious to son and apparel suffered so much, that I was whom his letter is addressed; but what a palpi- obliged to step into the first tavern to refit, betation does it throw my heart into! a father's fore I could make my approaches in any decent beart! 'Tis an affecting interview; when my eyes
trim. meet a son, whom yet they never saw, where Stock. All without is as I wish; dear Nature, shall I find constancy to support it ? Should he add the rest, and I am happy! [Aside.) Well, resemble his mother, I am overthrown. All the Mr Belcour, 'tis a rough sample you have had of letters I have had from him (for I industriously my countrymen's spirit; but, I trust, you'll not drew him into a correspondence with me), be-think the worse of them for it. speak him of quick and ready understanding.- Bel. Not at all, not at all; I like them the All the reports I ever received, give me favoura- better. Was ... only a visitor, I might, perhaps, ble impressions of his character; wild, perhaps, wish them a little more tractable; but, as a fel as the manner of his country is; but, I trust, no low subject, and a sharer in their freedom, I apfrantic or unprincipled.
plaud their spirit, though I feel the effects of it in every bone of my skin.
Stock. That's well; I like that well. How
gladly I could fall upon his neck, and own myself Ser. Sir, the foreign gentleman is come. his father!
[Aude. Bel. Well, Mr Stockwell, for the first time Enter another Servant.
in my life, here am I in England; at the foun
tain head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, of arts, Ser. Mr Belcour,
and elegancies. My happy stars have given me
a good estate, and the conspiring winds have certain young fellow of two and twenty in the blown me hither to spend it.
case; who, by the happy recommendation of a Stock. To use it, not to waste it, I should good person, and the brilliant appointments of hope ; to treat it, Mr Belcour, not as a vassal, over an ensigncy, will, if I am not mistaken, cozen whom you have a wanton and despotic power you out of a fortune of twice twenty thousand but as a subject, which you are bound to govern pounds, as soon as ever you are of age to bestow with a temperate and restrained authority.
it upon him. Bel. True, sir; most truly said! Mine's a Chur. A nephew of your ladyship’s can never Commission, not a right : I am the offspring of want any other recommendation with me; and, distress, and every child of sorrow is my bro if my partiality for Charles Dudley is acquitted ther. While I have hands to hold, therefore, by the rest of the world, I hope lady Rusport will hold them open to mankind: but, sir, my will not condemn me for it. passions are my masters; they take me where Lady Rus. I condemn you! I thank Heaven, they will; and oftentimes they leave to reason Miss Rusport, I am no ways responsible for your and to virtue nothing but my wishes and my conduct; nor is it any concern of mine how you sighs,
dispose of yourself: you are not my daughter; Stock. Come, come; the man, who can accuse, and, when I married your father, poor sir Stecorrects himself.
phen Rusport, I found you a forward, spoiled Bel. Ah! that's an office I am weary of: Iniss of fourteen, far above being instructed by wish a friend would take it up: I would to Heaven you had leisure for the employ! but did Char. Perhaps, your ladyship calls this inyou drive a trade to the four corners of the struction? world, you would not find the task so toilsome as Lady Rus. You're strangely pert; but 'tis no to keep me free from faults. )
wonder. Your mother, I am told, was a fine Stock. Well, I am not d scouraged : this can- lady; and according to the modern style of edudour tells me, I should not have the fault of self-cation you was brought up. It was not so in conceit to combat; that, at least, is not among my young days; there was, then, some decorum the number. put
in the world, some subordination, as the great Bel. No; if I knew that man on earth, whio Locke expresses it. Oh! it was an edifying thought more humbly of me than I do of myself, sight, to see the regular deportment observed in I would take up his opinion, and forego my own. our family: no giggling, no gossiping was going
Stock. And, was I to choose a pupil, it should on there; my good father, sir Oliver Roundhead, be one of your complexion : so, if you will come never was seen to laugh himself, nor ever allowalong with me, we'll agree upon your admission, ed it in his children. and enter on a course of lectures directly.
Char. Ay; those were happy times, indeed! Bel. With all my heart.
Ereunt. Lady Rus. But, in this forward age, we have coquettes in the egg-shell
, and philosophers in SCENE III.—Changes to a room in Lady Rus- the cradle; girls of fifteen, that lead the fashion PORT's house.
in new caps and new opinions; that have their
sentiments and their sensations; and the idle Enter Lady Rosport and CHARLOTTE.
fops encourage them in it. I'my conscience, I Lady Rus. Miss Rusport, I desire to hear no wonder whal it is the men can see in such bamore of captain Dudley and his destitute family: / bies ! not a shilling of mine shall ever cross the hands Cher. True, madam: but all men do not overof any
of them: because my sister chose to mar- look the maturer beauties of your ladyship's age; ry a beggar, am I bound to support him and his witness your admirer, Major Dennis O'Flaherty : posterity?
there's an example of some discernment. I deChar. I think you are.
clare to you, when your ladyship is by, the major Lady Rus. You think I am ? and, pray, where takes no more notice of me, than if I was part do you find the law that tells you so?
of the furniture of your chamber. Char. I am not proficient enough to quote Ludy Rus. The major, child, has travelled chapter and verse; but I take charity to be a through various kingdoms and climates, and has main clause in the great statute of Christianity. more enlarged notions of female merit than falls
Lady Rus. I say charity, indeed! And pray, | to the lot of an English home-bred lover; in most miss, are you sure that it is charity, pure charity, other countries, no woman on your side forty which moves you to plead for captain Dudley? would ever be named in a polite circle. Amongst all your pity, do you find no spice of a Char. Right, madam; I've been told, that in certain anti-spiritual passion, called love? Don't Vienna they have coquettes upon crutches, and mistake yourself; you are no saint, child, believe Venuses in their grand climacteric: a lover me; and, I am apt to think, the distresses of old there celebrates the wrinkles, not the dimples, in Dudley, and of his daugliter into the bargain, bis mistress's face. The major, I think, has would never break your heart, if there was not a served in the Imperial army.
Lady Rus. Are you piqued, my young ma-1 your nephew; how can you oppress a youth of danı? 11:1d my sister, Louisa, yielded to the ad- his sensibility? dresses of one of Major O'Flaherty's person and Lady Rus. Miss Rusport, I insist upon your appearance, she would have had some excuse : retiring to your apartment: when I want your but to run away, as she did, at the age of sixteen advice, I'll send to you. (Erit CHARLOTTC.] So, too, with a man of old Dudley's sort
you have put on a red coat, too, as well as your Chur. Was, in my opinion, the most venial father?, 'tis plain what value you set upon the trespass that ever girl of sixteen committed; of good advice sir Oliver used to give you: how a noble family, an engaging person, strict honour, often has he cautioned you against the army? and sound understanding, what accomplishment Charles. Had it pleased my grandfather to was there wanting in Captain Dudley, but that enable me to have obeyed his caution, I would which the prodigality of his ancestors had depri- bave done it; but you well know how destitute ved him of?
I am; and 'tis not to be wondered at, if I prefer Lady Rus. They left him as much as he de- the service of my king to that of any other mas scrves : Hasn't the old man captain's half pay? | ter. And is not the son an ensign?
Lady Rus. Well, well; take your own course; Char. An ensign! Alas, poor Charles! Would | 'tis no concern of mine : you never consulted me. to Hcaven he knew what my heart feels and suf- Charles. I frequently wrote to your ladyship, fors, for his sake!
but could obtain no answer; and, since my
grandfather's death, this is the first opportunity Enter Servant.
I have had of waiting upon you. Sur. Ensign Dudley, to wait upon your lady- Lady Rus. I must desire you not to mention ship.
the death of that dear good man in my hearing; Lady Rus. Who? Dudley? What can have my spirits cannot support it. brought him to town?
Charles. I shall obey you : permit me to say, Char. Dear madam, 'tis Charles Dudley; 'tis that, as that event has richly supplied you with your nephew.
the materials of bounty, the distresses of my faLady Rus. Nephew! I renounce him as my mily can furnish you with objects of it. neplicw ! Sir Oliver renounced him as his grand- Lady Rus. The distresses of your family,
Wasn't be son of the eldest daughter, and child, are quite out of the question at present: only male descendant of sir Oliver and didn't had sir Oliver been pleased to consider them, I he cut him off with a shilling? Didn't the poor, should have been well content; but he has also. dear, good man leave liis whole fortune to me, lutely taken no notice of you in his will, and that, cxcept a small annuity to my maiden sister, to me, must and shall be a law. Tell your father who spoiled her constitution with nursing him? and your sister I totally disapprove of their coAnd, depend upon it, not a penny of that for- ming up to town. tune shall ever be disposed of otherwise, thau Charles. Must I tell my father that, before according to the will of the donor.
your ladyship knows the motive that brought him hither!
-Allured by the offer of exchanEnter CHARLES DUDLEY.
ging for a commission on full pay, the veteran,
after thirty years service, prepares to encounter So, young man, whence come you? What brings the fatal heats of Senegambia; but wants a small
supply to equip him for the expedition. Charles. If there is
Enter Servant. to town, your ladyship is in some degree responsible for it; for part of my errand was to pay my Ser. Major O'Flaherty, to wait on your lady. duty here,
ship. Lady Rus. I hope you have some better ex
Enter Major O'FLAHERTY. cuse than all this.
Charles. 'I'is true, madamn, I have other mo- O'Fla. Spare your speeches, young man; don't tives; but, if I consider my trouble repaid by you think her ladyship can take my word for that? the pleasure I now enjoy, I should hope my aunt i hope, madan, 'tis evidence enough of my being would not think my company the less welcome present, when I've the honour of telling you so for the value I set upon hers.
myself. Lady Rus. Coscomb! And where is vour fa- Lady Rus. Major O'Flaherty, I am rejoiced ther, child? and your sister? Are they in town, to see you. Nephew Dudley, you perceive I'm too?
engaged. Charles. They are.
Charles. I shall not intrude upon your lads. Lady Rus. Ridiculous! I don't know what ship’s more agreeable engagements. i presume people do in London, who have no money to I have my answer. spend in it.
Lady Rus. Your answer, child! What answer Char. Dear madam, speak more kindly to can you possibly expect? or how can your rue
you to town?
mantic father suppose that 'I am to abet him Charles. Madam! Miss Rusport! what are in all his idle and extravagant undertakings ? your commands ? Come, major, let me shew you the way into my Char. Why so reserved? We had used to andressing-room, and let us leave this young adven- swer to no other names than those of Charles turer to his meditation.
[Erit. and Charlotte. O'Fla. I follow you, my lady. Young gentle- Charles. What ails you? You have been weepman, your obedient! Upon my conscience, as ing. fine a young fellow as I would wish to clap my Char. No, no; or if I have
-your eyes are eyes on : he might have answered my salute, full, tvo. But I have a thousand things to say however-well, let it pass : fortune, perhaps, to you. Before you go, tell me, I conjure you, frowns upon the poor lad; she's a damped slip where you are to be found; here, write me your pery lady, and very apt to jilt us poor fellows, direction; write it upon the back of this visitingthat wear cockades in our hats. Fare thee well, ticket- -Have you a pencil ? honey, whoever thou art.
[Exit. Charles. I have: but why should you desire to Charles. So much for the virtues of a puritan! find us out? 'tis a poor, little, inconvenient Out upon it! her heart is flint; yet that woman, place; my sister has no apartment fit to receive that aunt of mine, without one worthy particle in you in. her composition, would, I dare be sworn, as soon
Enter Servant. set her foot in a pest house as in a play-house.
[Going Ser. Madam, my lady desires your company
directly. Miss RUSPORT enters to him.
Char. I am coming-well, have you wrote it? Char. Stop, stay a little, Charles; whither areGive it me. O Charles ! either you do not, or you going in such haste?
you will not, understand me. [Ereunt severally.
SCENE I.-A room in FuLMER's house. a master-stroke, Mr Fulmer, if you wish to make
any figure in this country. Enter FULMER and Mrs FULMER.
Ful. But where, how, and what? I have blusMrs Ful. Why, how you sit, musing and tered for prerogative; I have bellowed for freemoping, sighing and desponding! I'm ashamed dom; I have offered to serve my country; I have of you, Mr Fulmer: is this the country you de- engaged to betray it. A master-stroke, truly ! scribed to me, a second Eldorado, rivers of gold why, I have talked treason, writ treason; and, if and rocks of diamonds ? You found me in a a man can't live by that, he can live by nothing, pretty snug retired way of life at Boulogne, out of Here I set up as a bookseller, why men left off the noise and bustle of the world, and wholly at reading; and, if I was to turn butcher, I believe, my ease; you, indeed, was upon the wing, with on my couscience, they'd leave off eating. a fiery persecution at your back: but, like a true son of Loyola, you had then a thousand ingenious
CAPTAIN DUDLEY crosses the stage. devices to repair your fortune: and this, your native country, was to be the scene of your per- Mrs Ful. Why, there now's your lodger, old formances: fool that I was, to be inveigled into captain Dudley, as he calls himself; there's no it by you! but, thank Heaven, our partnership fint without fire; something might be struck out is revocable. I am not your wedded wife, praised of him, if you had the wit to find the way. be my stars! for what have we got, whom have Ful. Hang him, an old dry-skinned curinudwe gulled, but ourselves ? which of all your trains | geon! you may as well think to get truth out of has taken fire ? even this poor expedient of your a courtier, or candour out of a critic: I can make bookseller's shop seems abandoned; for if a chance nothing of him; besides, he's poor, and therefore customer drops in, who is there, pray, to help not for our purpose. him to what he wants ?
Mrs Ful. The more fool he! Would any man Ful. Patty, you know it is not upon slight be poor that had such a prodigy in his possesgrounds that I despair; there had used to be a sion? livelihood to be picked up in this country, both Ful. His daughter, you mean? she is, indeed, for the honest and dishonest: I have tried each uncommonly beautiful. walk, and am likely to starve at last: there is Mrs Ful. Beautiful! Why, she need only be not a point to which the wit and faculty of mau seen, to have the first men in the kingdom at her can turn, that I have not set mine to; but in feet. Egad, I wish I had the leasing of her vain, I am beat through every quarter of the beauty; what would some of our young nabobs compass.
gireMrs Ful. Ah! common efforts all: strike me Ful. - Hush! here comes the captain ; good VOL. II.
girX leave us to ourselves, and let me try what 11 to á profession, fit only for a patriarch. But precan make of him.
ferment must be closely followed : you never Mrs Ful. Captain, truly ! i'faith, I'd have a could have been so far behind-hand in the chase, regiment, had I such a daughter, before I was unless you had palpably mistaken your way. three months older.
[Erit Mrs Ful. You'll pardon me; but I begin to perceive yot
have lived in the world, not with it. Enter Captain DUDLEY.
Dud. It may be so; and you, perhaps, can Ful. Captain Dudley, good morning to you ! give me better council. I'm now soliciting a fa
Dud. Mr Fulmer, I have borrowed å book vour; an exchange to a company on full pay; from your shop; 'tis the sixth volume of my de- nothing more; and yet I meet a thousand tars ceased friend Tristram : he is a flattering writer to that; though, without boasting, I should think to us poor soldiers; and the divine story of Le the certificate of services, which I sent in, might Fevre, which makes part of this book, in my opi- have purchased that indulgence to me. nion of it, does honour, not to its author only, but Ful. Who thinks or cares about them? Cero to human nature.
tificate of services, indeed! Send in a certificate Ful. He's an author I keep in the way of trade, of your fair daughter; carry her in your hand but one I never relished : he is much too loose with
you. and profligate for my taste.
Düd. What! Who? My daughter ! Carry my Dud. That's being too severe : I hold him to daughter! Well, and what then? be a moralist in the noblest sense : he plays, in- Ful. Why, then your fortune's made, that's deed, with the fancy, and soinetimes, perhaps, all. too wantonly; but, while he thus designedly Dud. I understand you : and this you call masks his main attack, he comes at once upon knowledge of the world? Despicable knowledge! the heart; refines, amends it, softens it; beats but, sirrah, I will have you knowdown each selfish barrier from about it, and opens
[Threatening him. every sluice of pity and benevolence.
Ful. Help! Who's within? Would you strike Ful. We of the catholic persuasion are not me, sir? Would you lift your hand against a man much bound to him.-Well
, sir, I shall not op- in his own house? pose your opinion; a favourite author is like a Dud. In a church, if he dare insult the po favourite mistress; and there, you know, captain, verty of a man of honour. no man likes to have his taste arraigned.
Ful. Have a care what you do! remember Dud. Upon my word, sir, I don't know what a there is such a thing in law as an assault and batman likes in that case; 'tis an experiment I never tery; ay, and such trifling forms as warrants and made.
indictments. Ful. Sir !-Are you serious ?
Dud. Go, sir; you are too mean for my reDud. 'Tis of little consequence whether you sentment: 'tis that, and not the law, protects you.
Hence! Ful. What a formal old prig it is! (Aside.] I Ful. An old, absurd, incorrigible blockhead! apprehend you, sir; you speak with caution; you I'll be revenged of him.
[Aside. are married?
[Erit Ful. Dud. I have been. Ful. And this young lady, which accompanies
Enter CHARLES DUDLEY. you-
Cha. What is the matter, sir? Sure I heard an Duu. Passes for my daughter.
outcry as I entered the house? Ful. Passes for his daughter! humph—[Aside.] Dud. Not unlikely; our landlord and his wife She is exceedingly beautiful, finely accomplished, are for ever wrangling.–Did you find your aunt of a most enchanting shape and air.
Dudley at home? Büd. You are much too partial; she has the Cha. I did. greatest defect a woman can have.
Dud. And what was your re
reception? Ful. How so, pray?
Cha. Cold as our poverty, and her pride, could Dud. She has no fortune.
make it. Ful. Rather say that you have none; and that's Dud. You told her the pressing occasion I had a sore defect in one of your years, Captain Dud- for a small supply to equip me for this exchange; ley: you've served, no doubt?
has she granted me the relief I asked? Düd. Familiar coxcomb! But I'll humour him. Chu. Alas, sir, she has peremptorily refused
[Aside. I it. Ful. A close old fox! But I'll unkennel bim. Dud. That's hard: that's hard, indeed! My
[Aside. petition was for a small sum; she has refused it, Dud. Above thirty years I've been in the ser- you say? well, be it so; I must not complai. vice, Mr Fulmer.
Did you see the broker about the insurance on Ful. I guessed as much; I laid it at no less : my life? why, 'tis a wearisome time ; 'tis an apprenticeship Cha. There, again, I am the messenger of ill