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Why, why then, will you not tell me all? Why ment that you remain in it, is at the hazard of do you endeavour to conceal your name and fa- your life; I am ready to accompany you to any mily?
part of the world. Ame. My duty to my family obliges me to si- Sir Wil. My dear child! how I grieve that lence. My father's life is forfeited by the sen- your youth and virtue should be involved in my tence of the law; and he owes his existence, at misfortunes! Yes, we will quit this kingdom; this hour, to flight is secrecy. He may be in prepare for your departure, and we may leave England; he may, for aught I know, be in Lun- London this evening. don; and the divulging my name and family might create a fresh search after him, and ex
Enter Owen, hastily. pose bim to new perils. Your conversation, it is Ha! Owen ! thou art come at a happy moment. true, has inspired me with respect and tender. I have found my daughter. This is your young ness; but yet, you are a stranger to me: I have mistress, the paragon of her sex, my dear, my reason to fear every thing, and one word may amiable Amelia. undo me.
Owen. Oh, sir, this is no time for congratulaSir Wil. Alas! one word may make us both tion. You are in the most imminent danger. happy. Tell me; of what age were you when Sir Wil. What is the matter? your cruel fortune separated you from your fa- Owen. The officers of government are, at this ther?
instant, in the house. I saw them enter; I heard Ame. An infant; so young, that I have not them say they bad authority to apprebend some the least traces of him in my memory.
suspected person, and I ran immediately to inSir Wil. And your mother; what became of her form you of your danger.
Ame. She, as I have often heard, was carried Ame. Oh, Heaven ! My father, what will you off by a fever, while she was preparing to em- do? bark with me, to follow the fortunes of my fa- Owen. Do not be alarmed, sir; we are two; ther. He, driven almost to despair by this last we are armed; and we may, perhaps, be able stroke of ill fortune, continually shifted his place to make our way through them; I will stand by of residence abroad; but, for some years past, you to the last drop of my blood. whether by his death, the miscarriage of letters, Sir Wil. Thou faithful creature ! Stay, Owen; the intidelity of friends, or other accidents, I have our fears may betray us : till we are sure we are not received the least intelligence of him; and attacked, let us shew no signs of opposition. now, I almost begin to despair of hearing of him again, though I still persist in my inquiries,
Enter Molly, hastily. Sir Wil. [Rising.) It must be so; it is as I Mol. My dear mistress! we are ruined; we imagined. All these touching circumstances are
are undone for ever. melancholy witnesses of the truth of it. Yes, my Ame. There are officers of justice in the house; child! I am that unhappy father whom you lost I have heard it; tell me, tell me this instant, so early; I am that unfortunate husband, whom whom do they seek for? death, and my unhappy fate, almost at the very Mol. For you, madam, for you; they have a same period, divorced from the best of wives; í warrant to apprehend you, they say. am-I am sir William Douglas.
Ame. But they have no warrant to apprehend Ame. Sir William Douglas ! have I lived to any body else? see my father! then Heaven has heard my pray- Mol." No, madam; nobody else; but I will ers; this is the first bappy moment of my unfor- follow you to the end of the world. tunate life.—[Embracing.)- And yet, your pre- Ame. My dear Polly, I did not mean you. Resence here fills me with apprehensions; I tren- tire, sir! (To Sir William.] For Heaven's sake, ble for your safety, for your life; how durst you leave me to their mercy! they can have no facts venture your person in this kingdom? how can you against me; my life has been as innocent as unexpose yourself to the danger of discovery in this fortunate, and I must soon be released. town? My whole soul is in a tumult of fear and Sir Wil. No, my child; I will not leave thee. joy.
Mol. My child? This is sir William Douglas, Sir Wil. Do not be alarmed, my Amelia; fear then, as sure as I am alive! nothing ; Heaven begins to smile upon my for- Sir Wil. Besides, retiring at such a time might tine. To find thee so unexpectedly, to find thee create suspicion, and incur the danger we would with a mind so superior to distress, softens the wish to avoid. anguish of iny past life, and gives me happy
Mol. They will be in the room in a moment; omens of the future.
I think I hear them upon the stairs; they would Ame. Oh, sir! hy the joy I receive from the have been here before me, if Mr Freeport had embraces of a father, let me conjure you to pro- not come in and stopt them. vide for your safety! do not expose me to the Sir Wil. Courage, my dear Amelia ! horror of losing you again; of losing you for Ame. Alas, sir! I have no terrors but for you. ever! Quit this town iinmediately; every mo- Oven. They are here, sir!
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. Enter Mrs GOODMAN, FREEPORT, and Officer,
Owen. What! my master discovered !
[Offers to draw. Free. A warrant to seize her ? a harmless Free. [To Owen.) Nay, never clap thy hand young woman? it is impossible !
to thy sword, old Trusty! your master is in danoff. 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 shewing 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 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 live sir; give me leave to know the substance of the ing. accusation.
Ame. I know his worthiness. His behaviour Off. 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 Off. 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 but 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 Off. And will you enter into the recognisance serious one, they might not be in the humour 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 immediately! 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
[Erit Freeman, with the Officer. need of it. With what wonderful goodness Sir Wil. I can hardly trust my eyes and ears!) 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 Mr Freeport's manner of proceeding, sir; but not you have done the same, if 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? Mol. Here he is again ! Heaven reward him! Come, come, let us see you make ready for your
departure ! Re-enter FREEPORT.
Sir Wil. Thou best of men! Free. So ! that matter is dispatched ; now to Free. Best of men? 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 must be brief; there man myself; and am bound to be a friend to all is no time to be lost,
mankind, you know.
SCENE I.-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 body thanks for this precious epistle! more precious to rout, and take Amelia and her father prisonat present than one of Ovid, Pliny, or Cicero. ers.
[E.reunt seterally. 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 AmeLady 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 sense. 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 mistress of it. Spat. By intercepting this letter of lord Fal
Enter Owen. bridge's, your ladyship sees that we have discovered Amelia to be the daughter of sir William Well, old true-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 against Lady Alt. Sir William Douglas !
Madam Amelia? Spat. Is now in this house, madam.
Free. Who? Lady Alt. Impossible !
Owen. 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 name. I saw bim con- Free. Spatter! how: d'ye know? ducted to Amelia's apartment. This raised my Owen. I had it from one of the officers, who snspicion, 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. interview it was. First they wept for grief; and Owen. My poor master is always unfortunate. then they wept for joy; 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- reach of their malice. pose was partly defeated, as you have already Free. Lord Brumpton? heard, by the intervention of Freeport.
Owen. Yes, sir. "He was soliciting my masLady alt. Yes, the brute! But that delay was ter's pardon; but died before he had accomplishnot half so unfortunate, as your discoveries have ed his benevolent intentions. been happy, Spatter; for my revenge shall now Free. Ha! A thought strikes me! (Apart.] return on them with redoubled 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 immediate 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 inight be present on the spot : Free. Is the chaise at the door? and if you go home again, we shall lose time, Owen. Not yet, sir; but I expect it every mowhich perhaps may be precious, in running to ment. and fro. Suppose you step into the study, till I Free. Run to your master, and desire him not return. 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 juonth's Magazine to amuse you,
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 [Shaking 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. Done, 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 í 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, sirrah. 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? Tor for a title to corrupt it. I know he is in town; shame, Mr Spatter ! so I'll go to him immediately, acquaint him 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 see volence of his predecessor, as well as his wealth you. Tell me, how does my Amelia ? I bave and dignity. [Going, stops.] Who's here? Mrs heard of her distress, and few 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 give 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. What 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 aSpat. The woman is certainly out of her sen-mony 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 Ful. You have been of great service to crets of families, merely to betray them. me already, sir. It was you, I find, lodged the Free. An informer !
information against this young lady. Mrs Good. An eaves-dropper!
Spat. I did no more than my duty, my lord. Free, A liar !
Lord Fal. Yes; you did me a favour, sir. Spat. Right-band 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 Good. 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- is for the good you have done, while you meant pretation, rascal; by means of which, you made to make mischief. [Giving him a few guineas.] it the ground of an inforination 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 her, or her released; every man in his way, Mr Freeport ! affairs, I'll–
Spat. I am obliged to your lordship.
[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, was.
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? Why did not you tell me, that you were the vour again, by my zeal to serve her, though a- daughter of the unhappy sir William Douglas? gainst her will.
Ame. 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 Fal. Not received any! I sent it this information lodged against her.
very morning. My owu servant was the messenMol. I will let her know your anxiety, myger. 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: reLord Fal. She must, Polly; she must. The ceive my hand and heart, and let an honourable agonies of my mind are intolerable. 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, who 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 Fal. Your justice must acquit me of the till I hear her resolution. [Exit Molly. intention of that offence, 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 but 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 supposensibly 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 that virtue, which