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Mrs. Oak. I have not merited this kindness, but it shall hereafter be my study to deserve it. Away with all idle jealousies! And since my suspicions have hitherto been groundless, I am resolved for the future never to suspect at all.
Scene 1.-A Merchant's Compting House. In an inner room, set off by glass-doors, are discovered
sederal Clerks, employed at their desks. A writing table in the front room.
Stockwell is discovered, reading a letter ;-STUKELY comes gently out of the back room, and observes him some time before he speaks.
Stuke. He seems disordered : something in that letter; and, I'm afraid, of an unpleasant sort.-He has many ventures of great account at sea : a ship richly freighted for Barcelona; another for Lisbon; and others expected from Cadiz, of still greater value. Besides these, I know he has many deep concerns in foreign bottoms, and underwritings to a vast amount. I'll accost him-SirMr. Stockwell!
Scock. Stukely!-Well, have you shipped the cloths ?
Stuke. I have, sir; here's the bill of lading, and copy of the invoice; the assortments are all compared : Mr. Traffic will give you the policy upon 'Change.
Stock. 'Tis very well—lay these papers by; and no more of business for awhile. Shut the door, Stukely ; I have had long proof of your friendship and fidelity to me; a matter of most intimate concern lies on my