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“ fore, for the good of the public, they would have « a draught made once a quarter, send the decaying “ beauties for breeders into the country, to make “ room for new faces to appear, to countenance the “ pleasures of the town.

Luc. 'Tis very hard, the men must be young as “ long as they live, and poor women be thought de“ caying and unfit for the town at one and twenty. " I'm sure we were not seven years in London.

" Well. Not half the time taken notice of, sister. “ The two or three last years we could make nothing “ of it, even in a vizard-mask; not in a vizard. “ mask, that has cheated many a man into an old ac" quaintance. Our faces began to be as familiar to " the men of intrigue as their duns, and as much « avoided. We durst not appear in public places, " and were almost grudged a gallery in the churches: “ even there they had their jests upon us, and cry'd, “ she's in the right on't, good gentlewoman, since no “ man considers her body, she does very well indeed " to take care of her soul.

Luc. Such unmannerly fellows there will always " be.

" Well. Then you may remember we were reduced “ to the last necessity, the necessity of making silly " visits to our civil acquaintance, to bring us into “ tolerable company. Nay, the young inns of court " beaus, of but one term's standing in the fashion, “who knew nobody, but as they were shewn them by " the orange woman, had nick names for us : how

“ often they laughed out, there goes my landlady; is ." she not come to let lodgings yet ?

Luc. Young coxcombs that knew no better.

« Well. And that we must have come to. For " your part, what trade could you set up in ? You “ would never arrive at the trust and credit of a “ guinea-bawd; you would have too much business “ of your own ever to mind other people's.

" Luc. That is true, indeed.

Well. Then as a certain sign that there was no“ thing more to be hoped for, the maids of the os chocolate-houses found us out, and laughed at us : “ our billet-doux lay there neglected for waste-paper : “ we were cry'd down so low, we could not pass upon “ the city; and became so notorious in our galloping “ way, from one end of the town to t'other, that at “ last we could hardly compass a competent change “ of petticoats to disguise us to the hackney coach“ men: and then it was near walking a foot indeed.

" Luc. Nay, that I began to be afraid of.

Well.To prevent which, with what youth and beauty were left, some experience, and the small remainder of fifteen hundred pounds a-piece, which amounted to bare two hundred between us both, I persuaded you to bring your person for a venture to the Indies. Every thing has succeeded in our voyage : I pass for your brother; one of the richest planters here happening to die just as we landed, I have claimed kindred with him : so without making his will, he has left us the credit of his relation to

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trade upon : “ we pass for his cousins, coming here
“ to Surinani chiefly upon his invitation;" we live in
reputation; have the best acquaintance in the place;
and we shall find our account in't, I warrant you,
Luc. I must rely upon you.-

Enter Widow LACKITT.
Wid. Mr. Welldon, your servant. Your servant,
Mrs. Lucy, I am an ill visitor, but 'tis not too late, I
hope, to bid you welcome to this side of the world.

[Salutes Lucy. Well. Gad so, I beg your pardon, widow, I should have done the civilities of. my house before; but, as you say, 'tis not too late, I hope [Going to kiss her.

Wid. What! you think now this was a civil way of begging a kiss; and, by my troth, if it were, I see no harm in it; 'tis a pitiful favour indeed that is not worth asking for : though I have known a woman speak plainer before now, and not understood neither.

Well. Not under my roof. Have at you, widow.

Wid. Why that's well said, spoke like a younger brother, that deserves to have a widow.-[He kisses her.] You're a younger brother I know by your kissing.

Well. How so, pray ?

Wid. Why, you kiss as if you expected to be paid for't. You have birdlime upon your lips. You stick so close, there's no getting rid of you.

Well. I am a-kin to a younger brother.

Wid. So much the better : we widows are commonly the better for younger brothers.

Luc. Better or worse, most of you. But you won't be much the better for him, I can tell you.— [ Aside.

Well. I was a younger brother; but an uncle of my mother's has maliciously left me an estate, and, I'm afraid, spoiled my fortune.

Wid. No, no; an estate will never spoil your fortune ; I have a good estate myself, thank heaven, and a kind husband that left it behind him.

Well. Thank heaven that took him away from it, widow, and left you behind him.

Wid. Nay, Heaven's will must be done ; he's in a better place.

Well. A better place for you, no doubt ont: now you may look about you; choose for yourself, Mrs. Lackitt, that's your business; for I know you design to marry again.

Wid. Oh, dear! not I, I protest and swear; I don't design it : but I won't swear neither; one does not know what may happen to tempt one.

Well. Why a lusty young fellow, may happen to tempt you.

Wid. Nay, I'll do nothing rashly: I'll resolve against nothing. The devil, they say, is very busy upon these occasions, especially with the widows. But, if I am to be tempted, it must be with a young man, I promise you-Mrs. Lucy, your brother is a very pleasant gentleman : I came about business to him, but he turns every thing into merriment. '

Well. Business, Mrs. Lackitt ? then I know, you would have me to yourself. Pray, leave us together,

sister. [Exit Lucy.! What am I drawing upon myself here?

[ Aside. · Wid. You have taken a very pretty house here; every thing so neat about you already. I hear you are laying out for a plantation.

Well. Why, yes truly, I like the country, and would buy a plantation, if I could reasonably.

Wid. Oh, by all means reasonably.

Well. If I could have one to my mind, I would think of settling among you.

Wid. Oh, you can't do better. Indeed we can't pretend to have so good company for you, as you had in England; but we shall make very much of you. For my own part, I assure you, I shall think myself very happy to be more particularly known to you.

Well. Dear Mrs. Lackitt, you do me too much ho.

nour.

Wid. Then as to a plantation, Mr. Welldon, you know I have several to dispose of. Mr. Lackitt, I thank him, has left, though I say it, the richest widow upon the place; therefore I may afford to use you bet. ter than other people can. You shall have one upon any reasonable terms.

Well. That's a fair offer, indeed.

Wid. You shall find me as easy as any body you can have to do with, I assure you. Pray try me; I would have you try me, Mr. Welldon. Well, I like that name of yours exceedingly, Mr. Welldon.

Well. My name !

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