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Dud. Why really, sir, mine is an obvious rea turn back, and give over the pursuit. Well, capson for a soldier to have -Want of money; tain Dudley, if that's your name, there's a letter simply that.

Read, man; read it; and I'll have a Bel

. May I beg to know the sum you have oc- word with you after you have done. casion for?

Dud. More miracles on foot! So, sm, from Dud. Truly, sir, I cannot exactly tell you on lady Rusport. a sudden; nor is it, I suppose, of any great con

O'Fla. 'You're right; it's from her ladyship. sequence to you to be informed; but I should Dud. Well, sir, I have cast my eye over it; guess, in the gross, that two hundred pounds 'tis short and peremptory; are you acquainted would serve.

with the contents ? Bel. And do you find a difficulty in raising that O'Fla. Not at all, my dear; not at all. sum upon your pay? 'Tis done every day.

Dud. Have you any message from lady RusDud. The nature of the climate makes it dif- port? ficult; I can get no one to insure my life.

OʻFla. Not a syllable, honey; only, when Bel. Oh! that's a circumstance may make for you've digested the letter, I've a little bit of you, as well as against : in short, captain Dud- a message to deliver you from myself. ley, it so happens, that I can command the sum Dud. And may I beg to know who yourself of two hundred pounds : seek, therefore, no far- is ? ther; I'll accommodate you with it upon easy

OFla. Dennis O'Flaherty, at your service; a terms.

poor major of grenadiers; nothing better. Dud. Sir! do I understand you rightly I Dud. So much for your name and title, sir; beg your pardon; but am I to believe that you now, be so good to favour me with your mesare in earnest ?

sage. Bel. What is your surprise? Is it an uncom O'Fla. Why, then, captain, I must tell you, I mon thing for a gentleman to speak truth? Or is bave promised lady Rusport you shall do whatit incredible that one fellow-creature should as ever it is she bids you to do in that letter there. sist another!

Dud. Ay, indeed? have you undertaken so Dud. I ask your pardon -May I beg to much, major, without knowing either what she know to whom -Do you propose this in the commands, or what I can perform? way of business ?

O'Fla. That's your concern, my dear, not Bel

. Entirely: I have no other business on mine; I must keep my word, you know. earth.

Dud. Or else, I suppose, you and I must meaDud. Indeed! -You are not a broker, I'm sure swords? persuaded ?

O'Fla. Upon my soul, you've hit it! Bel. I am not.

Dud. That would hardly answer to either of Dud. Nor an army agent, I think?

us: you and I have, probably, had enough of Bel. I hope you will not think the worse of me fighting in our time before now. for being neither; in short, sir, if you will peruse

OʻFla. Faith and troth, master Dudley, you this paper, it will explain to you who I am, and may say that : 'tis thirty years, come the time, upon what terms I act. While you read it, I will that I have followed the trade, and in a pretty step home, and fetch the money, and we will many countries. Let me see-In the war before conclude the bargain without loss of time. In last I served in the Irish brigade, d’ye see; there, the mean while, good day to you. [Erit hastily. after bringing off the French monarch, I left his

Dud. Humph ! there's something very odd in service, with a British bullet in my body, and all this let me see what we've got here this ribbon in my button-hole. Last war I folThis paper is to tell me who he is, and what are lowed the fortunes of the German eagle, in the his terins: in the name of wonder, why has he corps of grenadiers; there I had my belly full of sealed it ? --Hey-day! what's here? two bank- fighting, and a plentiful scarcity of every thing notes of a hundred each! I can't comprehend else. After six-and-twenty engagements, great and what this means. Hold; here's a writing ; per- small, I went off, with this gash on my scull, and haps that will shew me. Accept this trifle; a kiss of the empress queen's sweet hand, (Heapursue your fortune, and prosper' Am I in a ven bless it!) for my pains. Since the peace, my dream? Is this a reality?

dear, I took a little turn with the confederates

there in Poland-but such another set of madEnter MAJOR O'FLAHERTY,

caps! by the lord Harry, I never knew what it O'Fla. Save you, my dear! Is it you now that was they were scuffling about ! are captain Dudiey, I would ask? Whuh! Dud. Well, major, I won't add another action what's the hurry the man's in? If 'tis the lad that to the list-you shall keep your promise with laran out of the shop you would overtake, you dy Rusport; she requires me to leave London ; might as well stay where you arc; by my soul, I shall go in a few days, and you may take what he's as nimble as a Croat; you are a full hour's credit you please from my compliance. march in the rear-Ay, faith, you may as well O'Fla. Give me your hand, my dear boy!

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This will make her my own : when that's the break down again with her at least, till she gets case, we shall be brothers, you know, and we'll to her journey's end ! But where's Charles Dudshare her fortune between us.

ley? Run down, dear girl, and be ready to let Dud. Not so, major: the man who marries him in; I think he's as long in coming as she lady Rusport will have a fair title to her whole was in going. fortune without division. But, I hope, your ex Lucy. Why, indeed, madam, you seem the more pectations of prevailing are founded upon good alert of the two, I must say.

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Char. Now, the deuce take the girl for putO'Fla. Upon the best grounds in the world.ting that notion into my head! I'm sadly afraid First, I think she will comply, because she is a Dudley does not like me : so much encouragewoman : secondly, I am persuaded she won't ment as I have given him to declare himself, I bold out long, because she's a widow : and third vever could get a word from him on the subject, ly, I make sure of her, because I've married five This may be very honourable, but upon my life wives (en militaire captain), and never failed it's very provoking. By the way, I wonder how yet; and, for what I know, they're all alive and I look to-day: Oh, shockingly! hideously pale ! merry at this very hour.

like a witch! This is the old lady's glass; and Dud. Well, sir, go on and prosper : if you can

she has left some of her wrinkles on it. How inspire lady Rusport with half your charity, I frightfully have I put on my cap! all awry! and shall think you deserve all her fortune: at pre- my hair dressed so unbecomingly ! altogether, I sent, I must beg your excuse : good morning to am a must complete fright. you.

[Exit. O'Fla. A good sensible man, and very much CHARLES DUDLEY comes in, unobserved. of a soldier! I did not care if I was better acquainted with him: but 'tis an awkward kind of Cha. That I deny. country for that; the English, I observe, are Char. Ah! close friends, but distant acquaintance. I sus Cha. Quarrelling with your glass, cousin:pect the old lady has not been over generous to Make it up; make it up, and be friends : it canpoor Dudley; I shall give her a little touch a not compliment you more, than by reflecting you bout that: upon my soul, I know but one excuse as you are. a person can have for giving nothing -and Char. Well, I vow, my dear Charles, that is that is, like myself, having nothing to give. delightfully said, and deserves my very best curt

[Exit. sey: your flattery, like a rich jewel, has a value

not only from its superior lustre, but from its esSCENE IV.-Changes to LADY RUSPORT'S traordinary scarcevess: I verily think this is the house. A dressing room.

only civil speech you ever directed to my person

in your life. Enter Miss RUSPORT and Lucy.

Cha. And I ought to ask pardon of your good Char. Well, Lucy, you've dislodged the old sense for having done it now. lady at last; but methought you was a tedious Char. Nay, now you relapse again: don't time about it.

you know, if you keep well with a woman on the : Lucy. A tedious time, indeed; I think they, great score of beauty, she'll never quarrel with who have least to spare, contrive to throw the you on the trifling article of good sense? But most away. I thought I should never bave got any thing serves to fill up a dull yawoing hour her out of the house.

with an insipid cousin; you have brighter moChur. Why, she's as deliberate in canvassing ments, and warmer spirits, for the dear girl of every article of her dress, as an ambassador your heart. would be in settling the preliminaries of a treaty. Cha. Oh, fie upon you ! fie upon you !

Lucy. There was a new hood and handker Chur. You blush, and the reason is apparent : chiet, chat had come express from Holborn-hill you are a povice in hypocrisy; but no practice can

on the occasion, that took as much time in adjus- make a visit of ceremony pass for a visit of choice. iting

Love is ever before its time; friendship is apt to Char. As they did in making, and she was as lag a little after it: pray, Charles, did you vain of them as an old maid of a young lover. make any extraordinary haste bither?

Lucy. Or a young lover of himself. Then, Cha. By your question, I see you acquit me madam, this being a visit of great ceremony to a of the impertinence of being in love. • person of distinction, at the west end of the Char. But why impertinence? Why the inntown, the old chariot was dragged forth on the tinence of being in love? You have one language occasion, with strict charges to dress out the box for me, Charles, and another for the woman of with the leopard-skin hammer-cloth.

your affection. Char. Yes, and to hang the false tails on the Cha. You are mistaken ; the woman of my miserable stumps of the old crawling cattle.--- affection shall never hear any other language Well, well, pray Heaven the crazy affair don't from me, than what I use to you.

more.

one.

Char. I am afraid, then, you'll never make Cha. Pooh! pooh! all this is nothing; don't yourself understood by her.

I know you never play? Cha. It is not fit I should; there is no need of Char. You mistake; I have a spirit to set not love to make me miserable; 'tis wretchedness only this trifle, but my whole fortune, upon a enough to be a beggar.

stake; therefore, make no wry faces, but do as Char. A beggar, do you call yourself? I bid you : you will find Mr Stockwell a very hoCharles, Charles ! rich in every merit and accom- pourable gentleman. plishment, whom may you not aspire to ? And why think you so unworthily of our sex, as to

Enter Lucy in haste. conclude there is not one to be found with sense Lucy. Dear madam, as I live, here comes the to discern your virtue, and generosity to reward old lady in a hackney-coach. it?

Char. The old chariot has given her a second Cka. You distress me; I must beg to hear no tumble: away with you! you know your way

out without meeting her: take the box, and do as Char. Well, I can be silent. Thus does he I desire you. always serve me, whenever I am about to dis Cha. Í must not dispute your orders. Fareclose myself to bim.

[ Aside. well! Cha. Why do you not banish me and my mis

[Exeunt CHARLES and CHARLOTTE. fortunes for ever from your thoughts? Char. Ay, wherefore do I not, since you never

SCENE V: allowed me a place in yours? But go, sir; I have no right to stay you; go where your heart di- Enter Lady Rusport, leaning on MAJOR O'FLA

HERTY's arm. rects you; go to the happy, the distinguished fair

O'Fla. Rest yourself upon my arm; never Cha. Now, by all that's good, you do me spare it; 'tis strong enough: it has stood harder wrong: there is no such fair one for me to go service than you can put it to. to; nor have I an acquaintance among the sex, Lucy. Mercy upon me, what is the matter! I yourself excepted, which answers to that descrip-am frightened out of my wits : has your ladyship tion,

had an accident? Char. Indeed !

Lady Rus. O, Lucy! the most untoward one Chu. In very truth: there, then, let us drop in nature! I know not how I shall repair it. the subject. May you be happy, though I never OʻFla. Never go about to repair it, my lady;

even build a new one; 'twas but a crazy piece Char. O, Charles ! give me your hand : if I of business at best. have offended you, I ask your pardon : you have Lucy. Bless me! is the old chariot broke down been long acquainted with my temper, and know with you again? how to bear with its infirmities.

Lady Rus. Broke, child? I don't know what Cha. Thus, my dear Charlotte, let us seal our might have been broke, if, by great good fortune, reconciliation. (Kissing her hand.] Bear with this obliging gentleman had not been at hand to thy infirmities! By Heaven, I know not any one

assist me. failing in thy whole composition, except that Lucy. Dear madam, let me run and fetch you of too great a partiality for an undeserving man. a cup of the cordial drops.

Char. And you are now taking the very course Lady Rus. Do, Lucy. Alas, sir ! ever since to augment that failing. A thought strikes me : I lost my husband, my poor nerves have been I have a commission that you must absolutely shook to pieces: there hangs his beloved picexecute for me; I have immediate occasion for ture: that precious relic, and a plentiful jointhe sum of two hundred pounds : you know my ture, is all that remains to console me for the fortune is shut up till I am of age; take this best of men. paltry box (it contains my ear-rings, and some O'Fla. Let me see: i'faith a comely personother baubles I have no use for), carry it to our age! by his fur cloak, I suppose he was in the opposite neighbour, Mr Stockwell (I don't know Russian service; and, by the gold chain round where else to apply), leave it as a deposit in his his neck, I should guess he had been honoured hands, and beg him to accommodate me with with the order of St Catharine.

Lady Rus. No, no; he meddled with no St Cha. Dear Charlotte, what are you about to Catharines : that's the habit he wore in his mast do? How can you possibly want two hundred oralty; sir Stephen was lord-mayor of London pounds?

but he is gone, and has left me a poor, weak, soChar. How can I possibly do without it, you litary widow behind him. mean? Doesn't every lady want two hundred Fla. By all means, then, take a strong, able, pounds? Perhaps, I have lost it at play; perhaps, hearty man to repair his loss. If such a plain I mean to win as much to it; perhaps, I want it fellow as one Dennis O'Flaherty can please you for two hundred different uses.

I think I may venture to say, without any dis

can.

that sum.

paragement to the gentleman in the fur-gown sent a-begging to me for money to fit him out there

upon some wild-goose expedition to the coast of Lady Rus. What are you going to say? Don't Africa, I know not where? shock my ears with any comparisons, I desire. OʻFla. Well, you sent him what he wanted ?

O'Fla. Not I, by my soul! I don't believe Lady Rus. I sent him what he deserved, a flat there's any comparison in the case.

refusal. Lady Rus. Oh, are you come? Give me the O'Fla. You refused him ? drops; I'm all in a flutter!

Lady Rus. Most undoubtedly. O'Fla. Hark'e, sweetheart, what are those O'Fla. You sent him nothing? same drops ? have you any more left in the bot Lady Rus. Not a shilling. tle? I didn't care if I took a little sip of them O Fla. Good morning to you—Your servantmyself.

(Going. Lucy. Oh, sir, they are called the cordial res. Lady Rus. Hey-day! what ails the man? torative elixir, or the nervous golden drops ; where are you going? they are only for ladies' cases.

O'Fla. Out of your house, before the roof falls ÖFla. Yes, yes, my dear, there are gentlemen on my head—to poor Dudley, to share the lite as well as ladies that stand in need of those modicum that thirty years hard service has left same golden drops: they'd suit my case to a tit- me. I wish it was more for his sake. tle.

[Drinks. Lady Rus. Very well, sir ; take your course; Lady Rus. Well, major, did you give old I shan't attempt to stop you: I shall survive Dudley my letter? and will the silly man do as I it; it will not break my heart, if I never see you bid him, and be gone?

more O'Fla. You are obeyed; he's on his march. Ő Fla. Break your heart! No, o' my conscience

Lady Rus. That's well; you have managed will it not. You preach, and you pray, and you this matter to perfection. I did'nt think he turn up your eyes, and all the while you're as would have been so easily prevailed upon.

hard-hearted as an hyena! An hyena, truly! O'Fla. At the first word; no difficulty in life ; \ By my soul, there isn't, in the whole creation, so 'twas the very thing he was determined to do, savage an animal as a huwan creature without before I came : I never met a more obliging gen pity ?

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Lady Rus. A hyena, truly! Where did the Lady Rus. Well, 'tis no matter; so I am but fellow blunder upon that word? Now the deuce rid of him, and his distresses: would you believe take him for using it, and the Macaronies for init, major O'Flaherty, it was but this morning he I venting it!

[Erit.

ACT III. .

SCENE I.-A room in STOCKWELL's house. marry, it must be a staid, sober, considerate dam

se), with blood in her veins as cold as a turtle's; Enter STOCKWELL and BELCOUR.

quick of scent as a vulture, when danger's in the Stock. Gratify me so far, however, Mr Bel- wind; wary and sharp-sighted as a hawh, when cour, as to see Miss Rusport; carry her the sum treachery is on foot : with such a companion at she wants, and return the poor girl her box of my elbow, for ever whispering in my ear-have diamonds, which Dudley left in my hands; you a care of this man, he's a cheat! don't go bear know what to say on the occasion better than I that woman, she's a jilt! over head there's a scafdo : that part of your commission I leave to your fold ! under foot there's a well! Oh! sir, such a own discretion, and you may season it with what woman might lead me up and down this great gallantry you think fit.

city without difficulty or danger; but, with a girl Bel. You could not have pitched upon a greater of Miss Rusport's complexion! heaven and earth, bungler at gallantry than myself, if you had rum- sir! we should be duped, undone, and distracted, maged every company in the city, and the whole in a fortnight. court of aldermen into the bargain. Part of your Stock. Ha, ha, ha! Why, you are become wonerrand, however, I will do; but whether it shall drous circumspect of a sudden, popil; and if you be with an ill grace or a good one, depends upon can find such a prudent damsel as you describe, the caprice of a moment, the humour of the la- you have my consent-only beware how you dy, the mode of our meeting, and a thousand un-chuse! Discretion is not the reigning quality definable small circumstances, that nevertheless amongst the fine ladies of the present time; and determine us upon all the great occasions of life. I think, in Miss Rusport's particular, I have given

Stock. I persuade myself you will find Miss you no bad counsel. Rusport an ingenious, worthy, animated girl. Bel. Well, well, if you'll fetch me the jewels,

Bel. Why, I like her the better, as a woman; I believe I can undertake to carry them to ber; but name hier not to me as a wife! No, if ever I but as for the money, I'll have nothing to do witb

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that; Dudley would be your fittest ambassador | us, 'tis true; but we are the responsible creators on that occasion, and, if I mistake not, the most of our own faults and follies. agreeable to the lady.

Bel. Sir! Stock. Why, indeed, from what I know of the Stock. Slave of every face you meet, soine matter, it may not improbably be destined to find hussy has inveigled you, some handsome profliits way into his pockets.

[Exit.gate (the town is full of them); and, when once Bel. Then, depend upon it, these are not the fairly bankrupt in constitution, as well as foronly trinkets she means to dedicate to captain tune, nature no longer serves as your excuse for Dudley. As for me, Stockwell indeed wants me being vicious, necessity, perhaps, will stand your to marry; but till I can get this bewitching girlfriend, and you'll reform. this incognita, out of my head, I can never think Bel. You are severe. of any other woman.

Stock. It fits me to be somit well becomes a

father I would say a friend — How strangeEnter Servant, and delivers a letter.

ly I forget myself—How difficult it is to counterHey-day! Where can I have picked up a cor- feit indifference, and put a mask upon the heart ! respondent already! 'Tis a most execrable ma I've struck him hard; he reddens ! nuscript-Let me see-Martha Fulmer-Who is Bel. How could you tempt me so ? Had you Martha Fulmer? Pshaw! I won't be at the not inadvertently dropped the name of father, I trouble of decyphering her damned pot-hooks. fear our friendship, short as it has been, would Hold, hold, hold! what have we got here? scarce have held me -But even your mistake

I reverence -Give me your hand—'tis over. Dear sir,

Stock. Generous young

!-let me embrace • I've discovered the lady you was so much you—How shall I hide my tears? I have been to • smitten with, and can procure you an interview blame; because I bore you the affection of ata

with her. If you can be as generous to a pretty ther, I rashly took up the authority of one. I ask 'girl, as you was to a paltry old captain,' —how your pardon -pursue your course; I have no did she find that out ! you need not despair. right to stop it—What would you have me do • Come to me immediately; the lady is now in my with these things? • house, and expects you.

Bel. This, if I might advise; carry the money Yours,

to Miss Rusport immediately: never let genero• Martha FULMER.' sity wait for its materials; that part of the busi

ness presses. Give me the jewels; I'll find an O thou dear, lovely, and enchanting paper, opportunity of delivering thein into her hands ; which I was about to tear into a thousand scraps, and your visit may pave the way for my recepdevoutly I entreat thy pardon! I have slighted tion.

Erit. thy contents, which are delicious; slandered thy Stock. Be it so: good morning to you. Fare. characters, which are divine; and all the atone- well advice ! Away goes he upon the wing for ment I can make, is implicitly to obey thy man- pleasure! What various passions he awakens in dates.

ine! He pains, yet pleases me; affrights, offends, STOCKWELL returns.

yet grows upon my heart. His very failings set

him off-for ever trespassing, for ever atoning, I Stock. Mr Belcour, here are the jewels; this almost think he would not be so perfect, were he letter incloses bills for the money; and, if you free from fault: I must dissemble longer; and will deliver it to Miss Rusport, you'll have no yet how painful the experiment !- Even now farther trouble on that score.

he's gone upon some wild adventure; and who Bel. Ah, sir! the letter which I have been can tell what mischief may befal him? O nature, reading disqualifies me for delivering the letter what it is to be a father! Just such a thoughtless which you have been writing : I have other game headlong thing was I, when I beguiled his mother on foot; the loveliest girl my eyes ever feasted into love.

[Erit. upon, is started in view, and the world cannot now divert me from pursuing her.

SCENE II.-Changes to Fulmer's house. Stock. Hey-day! what has turned

you a sudden?

Enter Fulmer and his wife. Bel. A woman : one that can turn, and over Ful. I tell you, Patty, you are a fool to think turn ine and my tottering resolutions every way of bringing himn and Miss Dudley together; 'twill she will. Oh, sir, if this is folly in me, you must ruin every thing, and blow your whole scheme up rail at nature : you must chide the sun, that was to the moon at once. vertical at my birth, and would not wink upon my Mrs Ful. Why, sure, Mr Fulmer, I may be nakedness, but swaddled me in the broadest, hot allowed to rear a chicken of my own hatching, test glare of his meridian beams.

as they say! Who first sprung the thought but I, Stock. Mere rhapsody! mere childish rhapso pray? Who first contrived the plot? Who prody! the libertine's familiar plea-Nature made posed the letter, but I, I ?

VOL. II

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