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my obligations! and the consciousness of them, Gen. Sav. I am shocked at the brutality of was one motive of my coming here !
the dog! he has no more principle than a suttler, Gen. Sav. Then, you have made your acknow- and no more steadiness than a young recruit up ledgments to Miss Walsingham, I hope ? on drill-But you shall have ample satisfaction:
Miss Wal. He has, indeed, general, said a —this very day I'll cut him off from a possibility great deal more than was necessary.
of succeeding to a shilling of my fortune. He Gen. Suv. That opinion proceeds from the li- shall be as miserable asberality of your temper; for, 'tis impossible he Miss Wal. Dear general, do you think that can ever say enough of your goodness.
.this would give me any satisfaction? Cupt. Sav. So it is; if you knew but all, sir ! Gen. Sav. How he became acquainted with
Gen. Sav. Why, who can know more of the my design, I know not; but I see plainly that matter than myself?
his mutiny proceeds from his aversion to my marMiss Wal. This gentlemen, it seems, has some-rying again. thing, general Savage, very necessary for your Miss Wal. To your marrying again, sir ! why information.
should he object to that? Gen. Sav. How's this?
Gen. Sav. Why, for fear I should have other Capt. Sav. Nay, sir, I only say, that, for some children, to be sure. particular reasons, which I shall communicate to Miss Wal. Indeed, sir, it was not from that you at a more proper time, I must beg leave to motive; and, if I can overlook his folly, you decline the lady whose hand you kindly intended may be prevailed upon to forgive it. for me this morning.
Ġen. Sao. After what you have seen, justice Gen. Sav. O, you must! Why, then, I hope should make you a little more attentive to your you decline, at the same time, all pretension to own interest, my lovely girl! every shilling of my fortune? It is not in my Miss Wal. What! at the expence of his? power to make you fight, you poltroon, but I can Gen. Sao. Io the approaching change of your punish you for cowardice.
situation, there may be a family of your own. Miss Wal. Nay, but, general, let me interpose Miss Wal. Suppose there should, sir; won't here--If he can maintain any charge against there be a family of his too? the lady's reputation, 'twould be very hard that Gen. Sav. I care not what becomes of his he should be disinherited for a necessary atten- family. tion to his honour.
Miss Wal. But, pray, let me think a little about Capt. Sat. And if I don't make the charge it, general. good, I subinit to be disinherited without mur- Gen. Sav. 'Tis hard, indeed, when I was so muring.
desirous of promoting his happiness, that he Gen. Sav. Tis false as bell! the lady is ivfi- should throw any thing in the way of mine. nitely too good for you in every respect; and I Miss Wal. Recollect, sir, his offence was undervalued her worth, when í thought of her wholly confined to me. for your wife.
Gen. Sav. Well, my love, and isn't it throwing Miss Wal. I am sure the lady is much obliged an obstacle in the way of my happiness, when he to your favourable opinion, sir.
abuses you so grossly for your readiness to mare Gen. Sav. Not in the least, madam; I only ry me? do her common justice.
Miss Wal. Sir! Capt. Sav. I cannot bear that you should be Gen. Sav. I see, with all your good nature, displeased a moment, sir; suffer me, therefore, that this is a question you cannot rally against. to render the conversation less equivocal, and a Miss Wal. It is indeed, sir- What will befew words will explain every thing.
come of me! Gen. Sav. Sirrah, I'll hear no explanation
[Aside. ar'n't my orders, that you should mary?
Gen. Sar. You seem suddenly disordered, my Miss Wal. For my sake hear him, general Sa- I love ! vage.
Miss Wal. Why, really, sir, this affair affects Capt. Sao. Madam, I disdain every favour that me strongly ! is to be procured by your interposition.
Gen. Sao. Well, it is possible, that, for your [E.rit Captain Savage. sake, I may not punish him with as much seveMiss Wal. This matter must not be suffered rity as I intended : in about an hour, I shall beg to proceed farther though, provokingly, cruelly leave to beat up your quarters again with Mr as the captain has behaved.
Torrington; for 'tis necessary I should shew you
(Aside. soine proof of my gratitude, since you have been Gen. Sad. What's that you say, my bewitching so kindly pleased to honour me with a proof of girl?
your affection, Miss Wal. I say that you must make it up Miss Wal. (Aside.) So, now indeed, we're in with the captain, and the best way will be to a hopeful situation ! hear his charge patieutly.
SCENE IX.-Changes to TORRINGTON's cham
Leech. Only because you asked for our pabers in the Temple.
Tor. Why, what has this to do with them? Enter TORRINGTON, LEECH, Crow, and WOLF.
Crow. Why, that's the warrant for arresting
the young gentleman. Tor. Walk in, gentlemen-A good pretty
Tor. What young gentleman? young man, that we parted with just now-Pray, Wolf. Lord bless your heart, sir! that stopped gentlemen, be seated
you in the street, and that you bailed for the Leech. He is indeed a very pretty young man,
hundred and seventy pounds. Crow. And knows how to do a genteel thing- Tor. I bailed for an hundred and seventy Wolf. As handsome as any body.
pounds! Tor. There is a rectitude, besides, in his pole- Leech. Sure, sir, you told me to follow you to mical principles
your chambers, and you would satisfy us. Leech. In what, sir?
Tor. Pray hear me, sir-ar'n't you a trader of Tor. His polémical principles.
Dantzick? Crow. What are they, sir?
Leech. I a trader! I am no trader, nor did I Tor. I beg pardon, gentlemen; you are not ever before hear of any such place. sufficiently intimate with the English language, Tor. Perbaps this gentleman isto carry on a conversation in it.
Crow. Lord help your head, I was born in Wolf. Yes, we are, sir.
Claremarket, and never was farther out of town Tor. Because, if it is more agreeable to you, in my life than Brentford, to attend the Sheriff we'll talk in Latin?
at the Middlesex election ! Leech. We don't understand Latin, sir.
Tor. And it may be that you don't want to Tor. I thought you generally conversed in that be naturalized ?
[To Wolf. language abroad.
Wolf. For what, my master? I am a liveryCrow. No, nor at home neither, sir: there is a man of London already, and have a vote, belanguage we sometimes talk in, called slang. sides, for the four counties,
Tor. A species of the ancient Sclavonic, I sup- Tor. Well, gentlemen, having been so good as pose?
to tell me what you are not, add a little to the Leech. No, its a little rum tongue, that we un obligation, and tell me what you are? derstand anong von another
Leech. Why, sir, the warrant that we have Tor. I never heard of it before—but to busi- shewed you, tells that ve are sheriff's officers. ness, gentlemen—the constitution of your coun- Tor. Sheriff's officers are you?-O-ho !-Shertry is at present very deplorable, I hear? iff's officers !—then I suppose you must be three
Wolf. Why, indeed, sir, there never was a very honest gentlemen? greater cry against people in our way.
Crow. Sir!--we are as honestTor. But you have laws, I suppose, for the re- Tor. As sherit's officers usually are -Yet gulation of your trade?
could you think of nobody, but a man of the law, Leech. To be sure we have, sir: nevertheless, for the object of your conspiracy? ve find it very difficult to carry it on.
Leech. Sir, we don't understand what you Crow. We are harassed by so many oppres- niean? sions
Tor. But I understand what you mean, and Tor. What, by the Prussian troops ?
therefore I'll deal with you properly. Crow. The Prussian troops, sir !Lord bless Wolf. I hope, sir, you'll pay us the money, you, no ! by the courts of law; if ve make never for we can't go till the affair is certainly settled so small a mistake in our duties.
in some manner. Tor. Then your duties are very high, or very Tor. O, you can't?—why, then, I will pay younumerous
But it shall be in a coin you won't like, depend Leech. I am afraid we don't understand one upon it-Here, Mr Molesworthanother, sirlor. I am afraid so, tno—Pray, whicie are your
Enter MOLESWORTH. papers, gentlemen ?
Leech. Here's all the papers we have, sir- Make out mittimusses for the commitYou'll find every thing right
ment of these three fellows; they are disguised Tor. I dare say I shall. [Reads.] · Middlesex, to defraud people; but I am in the commission to wit-Why, this is a warrant from the Sheriff's for Middlesex, and I'll have you all brought to office to arrest some body!
justice-I'll teach you to go masquerading about Crow. To be sure it is, sir
the streets. So, take them along, Mr MolesTor. And what do you give it to me for? worth.
Wolf. To show that we have done nothing Leech. Ve don't fear your mittimus. contrary to law, sir.
Crow. We'll put in bail directly, and try it“ Tor. Who supposes that you have?
with you, though you are a great lawyer. Vol. II.
Wolf. He'll make a fat of himself in this barrister, he may, perhaps, take a trip to the Nantzick affair.
barbarous borders of the Ohio, from the beautiTor. Mighty well !-And if I find the young | ful banks of the Thames.
SCENE I.-An apartment at Belville's. her so! for, if she was not greatly distressed, it
would be monstrously unnatural ! Enter Mrs Belville, and CAPTAIN SAVAGE.
Mrs Bel. O, Matilda –my husband !
bus band! my children ! my
children! Mrs Bel. Don't argue with me, captain Sa- Miss Wal. Don't weep, my dear! don't weep! vage; but consider that I am a wife, and pity pray, be comforted; all may end happily! Lady my distraction.
Rachel, beg of her not to cry so. Capt. Sav. Dear madam, there is no occasion Lady Rach. Why, you are crying yourself, to be so much alarmed. Mr Belville has very Miss Walsingham; and, though I think it out of properly determined not to fight; he told me so character to encourage her tears, I can't help himself, and should have been effectually pre- keeping you company. vented, if I hadn't known his resolution.
Mrs Bel. O, why is not some effectual method Mrs Bel. There is no knowing to what extre- contrived to prevent this horrible practice of duelmities be may be provoked, if he meets Mr | ling! Leeson. I have sent for you, therefore, to beg, Lady Rach. I'll expose it on the stage, since that you will save him from the possibility, ci- the law, now-a-days, kindly leaves the whole coyther of exposing himself to any danger, or of nizance of it to the theatre. doing an injury to his adversary.
Miss Wal. And yet, if the laws against it were Capt. Sav. What would you have me do, ma- as well enforced as the laws against destroying dam
the game, perhaps, it would be equally for the Mrs Bel. Fly to Hyde Park, and prevent, if benefit of the kingdom. yet possible, his meeting with Mr Leeson : do it, Mrs Bel. No law will ever be effectual till I conjure you, if you'd save me from desperation. the custom is rendered infamous.-Wives must
Capt. Sav. Though you have no reason what- shriek !--mothers must agonize !-orphans must ever to be apprehensive for his safety, madam, multiply! unless some blessed band strips the yet, since you are so very much affected, I'll im- fascinating glare from honourable murder, and mediately execute your commands.
bravely exposes the idol who is worshipped thus [Erit Captain Savage. in blood! While it is disreputable to obey the Mrs Bel. Merciful Heaven! where is the ge- laws, we cannot look for reformation :-But, if nerosity, where is the sense, where is the shame the duelist is once banished from the presence of of men, to find a pleasure in pursuits, which they his sovereign ;-if he is for life excluded the concannot remember without the deepest horror, fidence of his country ;-if a mark of indelible which they cannot follow without the meanest disgrace is stamped upon him, the sword of pubfraud, and which they cannot effect, without lic justice will be the sole chastiser of wrongs; consequences the most dreadful? The single trifles will not be punished with death; and ofword, Pleasure, in a masculine sense, compre- fences, really meriting such a punishment, will be hends every thing that is cruel! every thing that reserved for the only proper avenger, the commou is base! and every thing that is desperate! Yet executioner. men, in other respects, the noblest of their spe- Lady Rach. I could not have expressed myself cies, make it the principal business of their lives, better on the subject, my dear : but, till such a and do not hesitate to break in upon the peace hand as you talk of is found, the best will fall of the happiest families, though their own must into the error of the times. be necessarily exposed to destruction—0) Bel- Miss Wal. Yes; and butcher each other like ville ! Belville !-my life! my love !—The great- madmen, for fear their courage should be suse est crime which a libertine can ever experience, pected by fools. is too despicable to be envied—'tis at best no- Mrs Bel. No news yet from captain Savage ? thing but a victory over his own humanity; and, Lady Rach. He can't have reached Hyde-park if he is a husband, he must be dead, indeed, if yet, my dear. he is not doubly tortured upon the wheel of re- Miss Wul. Let us lead you to your chamber, collection.
my dear; vou'll be better there. Enter Miss WalsiNGHAM and Lady Rachel where; but I'll attend you.
Mrs Bel. Matilda, I must be wretched ang MILDEW,
Lady Rach. Thank Heaven I have no husband Miss Wal. My dear Mrs Belville, I am ex- to plunge me into such a situation ! tremely unhappy to see you so distressed ! Miss Wal. And, if I thought I could keep my
Lady Rach. Now, I am extremely glad to see fresolution, I'd determine this moment on living single all the days of my life. Pray, don't spare | is too palpable to disarm my resentment; though my arm, my dear.
[Ereunt. held you to be a man of profligate principles, I
nevertheless considered you as a man of courage; SCENE II.- Hyde-park.
but, if you hesitate a moment longer, by Heaven
I'll chastise you on the spot ! [Draws.]
Bel. I must defend my life; though, if it did Bel. I fancy I am rather before the time of not look like timidity, I would inform you—[They appointment; engagements of this kind are the fight; Leeson is disurmed.] – Mr Leeson, there only ones, in which, now-a-days, people pretend is your sword again. to any punctuality :-a man is allowed half an Lee. Srike it through my bosom, sir !-I don't hour's law to dinner; but a thrust through the desire to out-live this instant ! body must be given within a second of the clock. Bel. I hope, my dear sir, that you will long
live happy!-as your sister, though, to my shame, Enter LEESON.
I can claim no merit on that account, is recoverLee. Your servant, sir.—Your name, I sup-ed, unpolluted, by her family: but, let me beg, pose, is Belville ?
that you will now see the folly of decisions by the Bel. Your supposition is very right, sir; and, sword, when success is not fortunately chained to I fancy, I am not much in the wrong, when I sup- the side of justice. Before I leave you, receive pose your name to be Leeson.
my sincerest apologies for the injuries I have done Lee. It is, sir : I am sorry I should keep you you; and, be assured, no occurrence will ever here a moment.
give me greater pleasure, than an opportunity of Bel. I am very sorry, sir, you should bring me serving you, if, after what is past, you shall, at here at all!
any time, condescend to use me as a friend. Lee. I regret the occasion, be assured, sir;
(E.rit Bel. but, 'tis not now a time for talking; we must pro- Lee. Very well-very well—very well.ceed to action.
Enter CONNOLLY. Bel. And yet, talking is all the action I shall proceed to, depend upon it.
What ! you have been within hearing, I supposer Lee. What do you mean, sir? Where are your Con. You may say that. pistols?
Lee. And is not this
fine ? Bel. Where I intend they shall remain, till my Con. Why, I can't say much as to the finery next journey into the country; very quietly over of it, sir ; but it is very
foolish. the chimney in my dressing-room.
Lee. And so this is my satisfaction, after all ! Lee. You treat this matter with too much le- Con. Yes; and pretty satisfaction it is! When vity, Mr Belville; take your choice of mine, sir. Mr Belville did you but one injury, he was the
Bel. I'd rather take them both, if you please; greatest villain in the world; but, now, that he for, then, no mischief shall be done with either has done you two, in drawing his sword upon of them.
you, I suppose he is a very worthy gentleman. Lee. Sir, this trifling is adding insult to injury; Lee. To be foiled, baffled, disappointed in my and shall be resented accordingly. Did not you revenge S-What though my sister is by accident come here to give me satisfaction?
unstained, bis intentions are as criminal as if her Bel. Yes; every satisfaction in my power. ruin was actually perpetrated; there is no possiLee. Take one of these pistols, then.
bility of enduring this reflection !-i wish not for Bel. Come, Mr Leeson, your bravery will not the blood of my enemy, but I would, at least, at all be lessened by the exercise of a little un- have the credit of giving him life. derstanding: If nothing less than my life can Con. Arrah, my dear, if you have any regard atone for the injury I have unconsciously done for the life of your enemy, you should not put you, fire at me instantly, but don't be offended bim in the way of death. because I decline to do you an additional wrong. Lee. No more of these reflections, my dear
Lee. 'Sdeath, sir, do you think I come here Connolly; my own feelings are painful enough. with an intention to murder?
Will you be so good as to take these damned Bel. You come to arm the guilty against the pistols, and go with me to the coach? innocent, sir; and that, in my opinion, is the Con. Troth, and that I will ! but don't make most atrocious intention of murder!
yourself uneasy; consider that you have done Lee. How's this !
every thing which honour required at your hands. Bel. Look'e, Mr Leeson, there's your pistol- Lee. I hope so. [Throws it on the ground.) I have already acted Con. Why, you know so : you have broke the very wrongly with respect to your sister; but, sir, laws of Heaven and earth, as nobly as the first I have some character (though, perhaps, little lord in the land; and you have convinced the enough) to maintain, and I will not do a still world, that wheu any body has done your family worse action, in raising my hand against your one injury, you have courage enough to do it anlife.
other yourself, by hazarding your life. Lee. This hypocritical cant of cowardice, sir, Lee. Those, Conolly, who would live reputably in any country, must regulate their conduct,
Enter Miss WalSINGHAM. in many cases, by its very prejudices.-Custom, with respect to duelling, is a tyrant, whose des- Miss Wal. Gentlemen, your most obedient; potisın no body ventures to attack, though every --general, I intended writing to you about a body detests its cruelty:
triling mistake; but, poor Mrs Belville has been Con. I did not imagine that a tyrant of any so very ill, that I could not find an opportunity. kind would be tolerated in England. But where Gen. Sav. I am very sorry for Mrs Belville's do you think of going now? For chambers, you illness; but I am happy, madam, to be personknow, will be most delightfully dangerous, till ally in the way of receiving your commands; and you have come to an explanation with Mr Tor- I wait upon you with Mr Torrington, to talk rington,
about a marriage-settlement. Lee. I shall go to Mrs Crayons.
Miss Wal. Heavens, how shall I undeceive Con. What the gentlewoman that paints all him!
Aside. manner of colours in red chalk?
Tor. 'Tis rather an aukward business, Miss Lee, Yes; where I first became acquainted Walsingham, to trouble you upon; but as the with Emily.
general wishes that the affair may be as private Con. And where the sweet creature has met as possible, he thought it better to speak to youryou two or three times, under pretence of sitting self, than to treat with any other person. for her picture?
Gen. Sav. Yes, my lovely girl; and, to conLee. Mrs Crayons will, I dare say, oblige me, vince you that I intended to carry on an honourin this exigency, with an apartment for a few able war, not to pillage like a free-booter, Mr days. I shall write, from her house, a full ex- Torrington will be a trustee. planation of my conduct to Mr Torrington, and Miss Wal. I am infinitely obliged to your inlet him know where I am; for the honest old tention, but there's no necessity to talk about my man must not be the smallest sufferer, though a settlement-forthousand prisons were to stare me in the face.- Gen. Sav. Pardon, me, madam Spardon me, But come, Connolly, we have no time to lose there is-besides, I have determined that there -Yet, if you had any prudence, you would aban- shall be one, and what I once determine, is abdon me in my present situation.
solute.-A tolerable hint for her own behaviour, Con. Ah, sir, is this your opinion of my friend when I have married her, Torrington. ship? Do you think that any thing can ever give
(Aside to Tor. me half so much pleasure in serving you, as sce- Miss Wal. I must not shock him before Mr ing you surrounded by misfortunes? [Exeunt. | Torrington. [Aside.] General Savage, will you
give me leave to speak a few words in private to you? SCENE III.-Changes to an apartment at Bel- Gen. Sav. There's no occasion för sounding a VILLE's.
retreat, madam. Mr Torrington is acquainted
with the whole business; and I am determined, Enter General Savage, Mr Torrington, and for your sake, that nothing shall be done without SPRUCE.
him. Spruce. Miss Walsingham will wait on you im- Tor. I can have no objection to your hearing mediately, gentlemen.
the lady ex parte, general. Gen. Sav. Very well.
Miss Wal. What I have to say, sir, is of a very Spruce. [Aside.] What can old Holofernes particular nature. want so continually with Miss Walsingham? Tor. (Rising.) I'll leave the room, then.
[Erit SPRUCE. Gen. Sav. (Opposing him.] You shan't leave Gen. Sar. When I bring this sweet mild crea- the room, Torrington. Miss Walsingham shall sr-sture home, I shall be able to break her spirit to have a specimen of my command, even before my own wishes-I'll inure her to proper disci- marriage, and you shall see, that every woman pline from the first moment, and make her trem- is not to bully me out of my determination. ble at the very thought of mutiny.
[Aside to TOR, Tor. Ah, general, you are wonderfully brave, Miss Wal. Well, general, you must have your when you know the meekness of your adversary. own way.
Gen. Suv. Envy, Torrington-stark, staring Gen Sao. (To Tor.] Don't you see that 'tis envy : -Few fellows, on the borders of fifty, only fighting the battle stoutly at first, with one have so much reason as myself, to boast of a of these gentle creatures? blooming young woman's partiality.
Tor. (Significantly.] Ah, general ! Tor. On the borders of fifty, man!-beyond Gen. Sav. I own, niadam, your situation is a the confines of threescore.
distressing one; let us sit down let us sit downGen, Sav. The more reason I have to boast of Miss Wal. It is unspeakably distressing, indeed, my victory, then; but don't grumble at my tri- sir. umph: you shall have a kiss of the bride : let that Tor. Distressing, however, as it may be, we content you, Torrington,
must proceed to issue, madam; the general pro