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was the only jewel that could raise the meanness the occasion of it. In spite of the torrent of faof my birth, or support me under my misfor-shion, and the practice of too many others of my tunes; which, instead of relieving, you chose to rank in life, I have a relish for domestic happimake the pandar to your vile inclinations. ness; and have always wished for a wife, who
Lord Fal. Thou most amiable of thy sex, how might render my home a delightful refuge from I adore thee! Even thy resentment renders thee the cares and bustle of the world abroad. These more lovely in my eyes, and makes thee, if pos- were my views with you; but, thank Heaven, sible, dearer to me than ever. Nothing but our your outrageous temper happily betrayed itself union can ever make me happy.
in good time, and convinced me, that my sole Ame. Such an union must not, cannot be. aim in marriage would be frustrated : for I could Lord Fal. Why? What should forbid it? neither have been happy myself, nor have made Ame. My father.
you so. Lord Fal. Your father! where is he? In what- Lady Alt. Paltry evasion! You have abanever part of the world he now resides, I will con- doned me for your Amelia ; you have mcanly vey you to him, and he shall ratify our happi- quitted a person of letters, a woman of rank and ness.
condition, for an illiterate vagabond, a needy ad
venturer. Enter Molly, hastily.
Lord Fal. The person you mention, madam, Mol. Oh Lord, madam! here's the angry lady | is, indeed, the opposite of yourself; she is all coming again; she that made such a racket this meekness, grace, and virtue. morning.
Lady Alt. Provoking traitor! You urgc me Ame. Lady Alton?
past all sufferance. I meant to expostulate, but Mol. Yes, madam.
you oblige me to invective.-But, have a care! Lord Fal. Lady Alton! Confusion ! Stay, ma- | You are not so secure as you suppose yourself; dam!
[TO AMELIA, who is going. and I may revenge myself sooner than you imaAme. No, my lord; I have endured one af- gine. front from her already to-day; why should I ex- | Lord Fal. I am aware of your vindictive dispose myself to a second ? Her ladyship, you position, madam; for I know, that you are more know, has a prior claim to your attention. [Exit. envious than jealous, and rather violent than ten
Lord Fal. Distraction! I had a thousand der; but the present object of my affections shall things to say to her.-Go, my dear Polly, follow be placed above your resentment, and challenge my Amelia ! Plead earnestly in my behalf; urge your respect. all the tenderest things that fancy can suggest, Lady Alt. Away, fond man! I know that oband return to me as soon as lady Alton is de- ject of your affections better than yourself; I parted.
know who she is; I know who the stranger is Mol. I will, my lord. Oh lud! here she is, as that arrived for her this morning; I know all: men I am alive!
[Erit. more powerful than yourself shall be apprised of Lady Fal, Abandoned by Amelia ! and hunted the whole immediately; and within these two by this fury! I shall run wild !
hours, nay, within this hour, you shall see the un
worthy object, for which you have slighted me, Enter Lady Alton.
with all that is dear to her and you, torn away Lady Alt. You may well turn away from me; from you perforce.
Going. at length I have full conviction of your baseness. Lord Fal. Ha! how's this? Stay, madam! I am now assured of my own shame, and your | Explain yourself! But one word; do but hear falsehood. Perfidious monster!
me. Lord Fal. It is unjust to tax me with perfidy, Lady Alt. No; I disdain to hear you : I scorn madam. I have rather acted with too much sin- all explanation. I have discovered the contemptcerity. I long ago frankly declared to you the ible cause of your inconstancy, and know you to utter impossibility of our reconciliation.
be mean, base, false, treacherous, and perfidious. Lady Alt. What! after having made your ad- You have forfeited my tenderness; and, be assudresses to me? After having sworn the most in- | red, you shall feel the effects of my revenge. violable affection for me? Oh, thou arch-decei
Lord Fal. What does she mean! The stranLord Fal. I never deceived you: when I pro- ger that arrived to-day !-That arrived for my fessed a passion, I really entertained one: when Amelia ! Sure it cannot be. [Pausing.) Is it I made my addresses to you, I wished to call you possible thatmy wife. Lady Alt. And what can you allege in excuse
Re-enter Molly. of your "alsehood? Have you not been guilty of the blackest perjury?
Ha, Polly! explain these riddles to me. Lady Lord Fal. The change of my sentiments needs Alton threatens me; she threatens my Amelia : po excuse from me, madam; you were yourself does she know any thing? Her fury will transport her to every extravagance : "how dreadful is but I can't help telling you the whole truth, bejealousy in a woman!
cause I am sure you will do all in your power to Mol. Ay, it is a dreadful thing, indeed, my be of service to us. lord. Well! Heaven send me always to be in Lord Fal. You know my whole soul, Polly : love, and never to be jealous !
this outrageous woman's malice shall be defeatLord Fal. But she talked of tearing Amelia ed. from me perforce- And then soine stranger Mol. Heaven send it may ! She threatens him, too: what is it she means ? | Lord Fal. Be assured it shall : do not alarm
Mol. What! a gentleman that came to ma your mistress; I fly to serve her, and will return dam Amelia ?
[Alarmed. as soon as possible. Lord Ful. Yes, to Amelia; and arrived this Mol. I shall be miserable till we see you again, very day, she says.
Eril. Mol. We are ruined for ever! she means sir Lord Fal. And now, good Heaven! that art William Douglas!
the protection of innocence, second my endeaLoru Fal. The father of my Amelia! Is he vours! enable me to repair the affront I hare ofhere?
fered to injured virtue, and let me relieve the Mol. Yes, my lord; I was bound to secrecy; / unhappy from their distresses.
· SCENE I.-Continues.
Enter LA FRANCE, Enter Lord FALBRIDGE and Molly, meeting. La France. Milor, mons. le duc de
Mol. Oh, my lord ! I am glad to see you re- Lord Fal. Sirrah! villain! You have been the turned.
occasion of all this mischief. By your carelessLord Fal. Where is your mistress? (Eagerly. ness, or treachery, lady Alton has intercepted my Mol. In her own chamber.
letter to Amelia. Lord Fal. And where is sir William Douglas? La France. Ladi Alton? Mol. With my mistress.
Lord Fal. Yes, dog ; did not I send you here Lord Fal. And have there been no officers this morning with a letter? here to apprehend them?
La France. Oui, milor. Mol. Officers! No, my lord. Officers ! you Lord Fal. And did you bring it here, rascal? frighten me! I was in hopes, by seeing your La France. Oui, milor. lordship so soon again, that there were some Lord Fal. No, sirrah. You did not bring it; good news for us.
the lady never received any letter from me; she Lord Fal. Never was any thing so unfortu- told me so herself: whom did you give it to? nate. The noble persons, to whom I meant to |LA FRANCE hesitates.] Speak, sirrah! or I'll make application, were out of town; nor could shake your soul out of your body. (Shaking him. by any means be seen or spoken with, till to- ! La France. I giv it to morrow morning: and, to add to my distraction, I Lord Fal, Who, rascal ? I learnt that a new information had been made, La France. Monsieur Spatter. and a new warrant issued to apprehend sir Wil Lord Fal. Mr Spatter? liam Douglas aud Amelia.
La France. Oui, milor; he promis to giv it to Mol. Oh dear! What can we do then? Mademoiselle Amelie, vid bis own hand.
Lord Fal. Do! I shall run mad. Go, my Lord Fal. I shall soon know the truth of that, dear Polly, go to your mistress, and sir William, sir, for yonder is Mr Spatter himself: run, and and inform them of their danger. Every mo- tell him I desire to speak with him! inent is precious, but perhaps they may yet have La France. Oui, milor; ina foi, I vas very time to escape.
near kesh; I never was in more vilain embarras Mol. I will, my lord !
in all my life.
[Erit LA FRANCE. [Going. Lord Fal. My letter's falling into the hands of Lord Fal. Stay! Molly returns.) My cha- that fellow, accounts for every thing. The conriot is at the door; tell them not to wait for any tents instructed him concerning Amelia. What other carriage, but to get into that, and drive a wretch I am! Destined every way to be of away immediately.
| prejudice to that virtue, which I am bound to Mol. I will, my lord. Oh dear! I never was adore. so terrified in all my life!
Re-enter La France with SPATTER. Lord Fal. If I can but save them now, we Spat. Monsieur la France tells me, that your may gain time for mediation. Ha! what noise ? lordship desires to speak with me-what are Are the officers coming? Who's here?
your commands, my lord ?
Lord Fal. The easy impudence of the rascal La France. Ayez pitiè de moi ! puts me out of all patience!
[Holding up his hands. Spat. My lord !
Lord Fal. Betray the confidence I reposed in Lord Fal. The last time I saw you, sir, you you? were rewarded for the good you had done; you Spat. He offered me the letter of his own acmust expect now to be chastised for your mis cord, my lord. chief.
La France. No such ting, en veritè, milor! Spat. Mischief, my lord ?
Spat. Very true, I can assure your lordship. Lord Fal. Yes, sir—where is that letter of Lord Fal. Well, well; I shall chastise him at mine, which La France tells me he gave you to my leisure. At present, sir, do you return me deliver to a young lady of this house?
my letter. Spat. Oh the devil ! [Apart.] Letter, my lord? | Spat. I-I have it not about me, my lord.
[Hesitates. Lord Fal. Where is it, rascal? tell me this Lord Fal. Yes, letter, sir; did not you give it instant, or— him, La France ?
La France. Ledy AltónLu France. Oui, milor !
Lord Fal. [To SPATTER.] What! has she got Spat, Y-e-e-s, ves, my lord; I had the it? speak, sirrah ! letter of Monsieur La France, to be suie, iny Spat. She has, indeed, my lord. lord; but- but
Lord Fal. Are not you a couple of villains? Lord Fal. But what, sirrah? give me the let
La France. Oui, milor.} both speak at once. ter immediately; and if I find that the seal has Spat. Yes, my lord ! " been broken, I will break every bone in your Lord Fal. [To SPAT.) But hold, sir! a word skin.
more with you! As you seem to be lady Alton's Spat. For Heaven's sake, my lord ! | Feeling in chief agent, I must desire some further inforinahis pockets.] 1-1-I have not got the letter tion from you. about me at present, my lord; but if you will | Sput. Any thing in my power, my lord. give me leave to step to my apartment, I'll bring I Lord Fal. I can account for her knowledge of it you immediately.
Amelia, by means of my letter; but how did she
soffering to go. discover sir William Douglas ? Lord Fal. [Stopping him.] No, no; that will Spat. I told her, my lord. not do, sir; you shall not stir, I promise you Lord Fal. But how did you discover him Look ye, rascal! tell me, what is become of my yourself? letter, or I will be the death of you this instant. Spat. By listening, my lord.
[Drawing. Lord Fal. By listening? Spat. [Kneeling.] Put up your sword, my lord; Spat. Yes, by listening, my lord! let me but put up your sword; and I will tell you every once be about a house, and I'll engage to clear thing in the world. Indeed, I will.
it, like a ventilator, my lord. There is not a Lord Fal. Well, sir; be quick then!
door to a single apartment in this house, but I [Putting up his sword. have planted my ear at the key-hole. Spat. Lady Alton
Lord Fal. And were these the means by which Lord Fal. Lady Alton! I thought so; go on, you procured your intelligence ?
Spat. Yes, iny lord. Spat, Lady Alton, my lord, desired me to pro-1 Lord Fal. Impossible ! cure her all the intelligence in my power, con | Spat. Oh dear! nothing so easy; this is nocerning every thing that past between your lord- thing at all, my lord! I have given an account ship and Amelia.
of the plays in our journal, for three months toLord Fal. Well, sir; what then ?
gether, without being nearer the stage than the Spat. A little patience, I entreat your lordship. pit-passage; and I have collected the debates of Accordingly, to oblige her ladyship- one must a whole session, for the magazine, only by atoblige the ladies, you know, my lord—I did keep tending in the lobby. a pretty sharp look-out, I must confess : and this Lord Fal. Precious rascal !-Ha! who comes morning, meeting Monsieur La France, with a here? Lady Alton herself again, as I live! letter from your lordship in his charge, I very Spat. [ Åpart. The devil she is ! I wish I was readily gave him five guineas of her ladyship's out of the house. bounty-money, to put it into iny hands. La France. Oh diable! me voila perdu !
Enter Lady ALTON.
[Aside. Lady Alt. What! still here, my lord ? still Lord Fal. How! A bribe, rascal ?
witnessing to your own shame, and the justice of
(To La France. my resentinent! La France. Ab, milor! [On his knees.' 'Lord Fal. Yes, I am still here, madam; and
Spat. At the same price for every letter, he sorry to be made a witness of your cruelty and would have sold a whole mail, my lord.
meanness: of your descending to arts, so much Vo4. II.
beneath your rank; and practices, so unworthy | Alton.) Do not alarm yourself, ny 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. AF
Lord 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 minister, 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 exters, and break them open; to overhear private pect it. conversations, and betray them; to
Sir Wil. I am obliged to you for your concern, 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. more-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. 1 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 his
(To the Officer. 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 them 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 che 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 anxiety shocks word !
me more than my own misfortunes. La France. I go, milor!
[Erit. Lady Alt. Do not flatter yourself with any
As they are going out, Enter FREEPORT. hopes; they have not escaped; here they are, Free. Heyday! what now! the officers here 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.
Offi. This will inform you, 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 Williain Ford and Amelia Walton'-um om deed; and so shall be my revenge. Oh! your suspected persons'-un-um-Well, well! servant, madam! [Turning to AMELIA] You I see what this is : but you will accept of bail, now see 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, madamn! [Turn- Sir Wil. Thou good man! I shall ever retain ing to LADY ALTON.] by the virtues that should the most lively sense of your behaviour: but 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 life 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? vou, at present it is not in my power. (Haught:-) Officer. No, sir. ly.] Lord Falbridge perhaps may have more in- Free. Well, well; then I have something bere 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?
1. Free. Upon hearing that, and perceiving the Free. No, it is not there. It is in t'other 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 pardon 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, if 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 promise 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. Confusion! 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 FALBRIDGE.] thou perfidious monster, may complish! 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 sneaking 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 his lordship should have oc Lord Fal. Nothing. Go on, sir ! casion for me to write his epithalamium-
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 gone, sir!
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 tuoe 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 Free. Hold, hold ! one word before you go, if what seems almost a miracle, in my farour? 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 pretensious, 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 doOwen. I did, sir,
ing mischief.–Now, as I can't make the lady