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ed her about the direction, she owned it imme- conduct has chosen rather to descrve than ask diately; but, when I shewed her that her letter my sister's favour, I bave been as secretly industo the count was within it, and told her how it trious to make her sensible of your merit: and came into my hands, the poor creature was since, on this occasion, you bave opened your amazed, and thought herselt betrayed both by, whole heart to me, 'tis now, with equal pleasure, I the count and my lady--In short, upon this dis- assure you, we have both succeeded-she is as covery, the girl and I grew so gracious, that she firmly yourshas let me into some transactions, in my lady Nlan. Impossible! you flatter me ! Wronghead's family, which, with my having a Lord Town. I'm glad you think it flattery: but careful eye over them, may prevent the ruin of she herself shall prove it none : she dines with us it.

alone: when the servants are withdrawn, I'll open Lord Town. You are very generous, to be so- a conversation, that shall excuse my leaving you licitous for a lady that has given you so much un- together--Oh, Charles ! had I, like thee, been easiness.

cautious in my choice, what melancholy hours Man. But I will be most unmercifully reven- had this heart avoided ! ged of her; for I will do her the greatest friend- Man. No more of that, I beg, my lordship in the world—against her will.

Lord Town. But 'twill,' at least, be some reLord Town. What an uncommon philosophy lief to my anxiety, however barren of content art thou inaster of, to make even thy malice a the state has been to me, to see so near a friend virtue !

and sister happy in it. Your harmony of hie Man. Yet, my lord, I assure you, there is no will be an instance how much the choice of temone action of my life gives me more pleasure per is preferable to beauty. than your approbation of it.

Lord Town. Dear Charles ! my heart's impa- While your soft hours in mutual kindness move, tient 'till thou art nearer to me! and, as a proof You'll reach, by virtue, what I lost by love. that I have long wished thee so, while your daily



to tell you.

SCENE I.-MRS MOTHERLY's house. might be in the note, that I was myself an innoEnter Mrs MOTHERLY, meeting MYRTILLA.

cent abused woman and, as good luck would

have it, in less than half an hour, Sir Manly Moth. So, niece! where is it possible you can came-so, without mincing the matter, I fairly have been these six hours ?

told him

upon what design the count had lodged Ayr. Oh, madam! I have such a terrible story that note in your hands, and, in short, laid open

the whole scheme he had drawn us into, to make Moth. A story! Ods my life! What have you our fortupe. done with the count's note of five hundred pounds, Moth. The devil you did ! I sent you about? Is it safe? Is it good? Is it se- Myr. Why, how do yo'i think it was possible curity

I could any otherwise make Mr Manly my friend, Niyr. Yes, yes, it is safe : but for its goodness to help me out of the scrape I was in? To con

Mercy on us! I have been in a fair way to clude, he soon made Mr Cash easy, and sent be hanged about it!

away the constable: nay, farther, he promised Moth. The dickens ! has the rogue of a count me, if I would trust the note in his bands, he played us another trick, then?

would take care it should be fully paid before it Myr. You shall hear, madam. When I came was due, and, at the same time, would give me to Mr Cash, the banker's, and shewed him his an ample revenge upon the count; so that, ail note for five hundred pounds, payable to the you have to cousider now, madam, is, whether count, or order, in two months-he looked you think yourself safer in the count's hands, or earnestly upon it, and desired me to step into the Mr Manly's. inner room, while he examined his books-after Moth. Nay, nav, child; there is no choice in I had stayed about ten minutes, he came in to the matter! Mr Manly may be a friend, indeed, me--claps to the door, and charges me with a if any thing in our power can make him so. constable for forgery.

Myr. Well, madam, and now, pray, how stand Moth. Ah, poor soul! and how didst thou get matters at home here? What has the count done off?

with the ladies? Myr. While I was ready to sink in this condi- Moth. Why, every thing he has a mind to do, tion, I begged him to have a little patience, 'till by this time, I suppose. He is in high favour I could send for Mr Manly, whom he knew to with miss, as he is with my lady. be a gentlemen of worth and honour, and who, Myr. Pray, where are the ladies ? I was sure, would convince him, whatever fraud Moth. Rattling abroad in their own coach, and the well-bred count along with them: they head off, an he could have got me. Hoh! hoh! have been scouring all the shops in town over, hoh ! buying fine things and new clothes from morning Myr. Well, master, when you and I go abroad, to night: they have made one voyage already, I'll shew you prettier sights than these—there's and have brought home such a cargo of bawbles a masquerade to-morrow. and trumpery-Mercy on the poor man that's to Squire Rich. Oh, laud, ay! they say that's a pay for theni!

pure thing for Merry Andrews, and those sort of Myr. Did not the young 'squire go with them? coinical mummers—and the count tells me, that

Moth. No, no; miss said, truly he would but there lads and lasses may jig their tails, and eat, disgrace their party : so they even left him asleep and drink, without grudging, all night lung. by the kitchen fire.

Myr. What would you say now, if I should Myr. Has not he asked after me all this while? get you a ticket, and go along with you? for I had a sort of an assignation with biin. Squire Rich. Ah, dear!

Moth. Oh, yes; he has been in a bitter taking Myr. But have a care, 'squire; the fine ladies about it. At last, bis disappointment grew so there are terribly tempting; look well to your uneasy, that he fairly fell a crying; so, to quiet heart, or, ads me! they'll whip it up in the trip him, I sent one of the maids and John Moody of a minute. abroad with him, to shew him the lions, and the Squire Rich. Ay, but they cawnt thoa-soa monument. Ods ine! there he is just come | let 'um look to themselves, an' ony of 'um falls home again—You may have business with hiin-in love with me-mayhap they had as good be so I'll even turn you together, (Erit MOTH. / quiet.

Myr. Why, sure you would not refuse a fine Enter SQUIRE RICHARD.

lady, would you?

Squire Rich. Ay, but I would though, unless Squire Rich. Soah, soah, Mrs Myrtilla, where it were—one as I know of. han vaw been aw this day, forsooth?

Mlyr. Oh, oh! then you have left your heart dlyr. Nay, if you go to that, 'squire, where in the country, I find ! have you been, pray?

Squire Rich. Noa, noa, my heart-eh--my heart Squire Rich. Why, when I fun' at yow were no e'nt awt o' this room. Jokiy to come whoam, I were ready to hong my Myr. I am glad you have it about you, how#—so John Moody, and I, and one o' your ever. lasses, have been- Lord knows where- Squire Rich. Nay, maybap not soa, noather ; seeing o' the soights.

somebody else may have it, 'at you little think Myr. Well, and pray what have you seen, sir? | of.

Squire Rich. Flesh! I cawnt tell, not I-seen Myr. I can't imagine what you mean! every thing, I think. First, there we went o'top Squire Rich. Noa! why doan't you know how o' the what-d'ye-call-it? there, the great huge many folks there is in this room, naw? stone post, up the rawnd and rawnd stairs, that Myr. Very fine, master; I see you have learnt inine and twine about just an as thof it was a the town gallantry already. cork-screw.

Squire Rich. Why, doan't you believe 'at I Myr. Oh, the monument; well, and was it have a kindness for not a fine sight from the top of it?

Myr. Fy, fy, master, how you talk! beside, Squire Rich. Sight, miss ! I know no'-I saw you are too young to think of a wife. Dought but smoak and brick housen, and steeple Squire Rich. Ay! but I caunt help thinking tops- then there was such a mortal ting- o'you, for all that. tang of bells, and rumbling of carts and coaches ; Myr. How! why sure, sir, you don't pretend and then the folks under one looked so sinall, to think of me in a dishonourable way? and made such a hum, and a buz, it put me in Squire Rich. Nay, that's as you see good-I mind of my mother's great glass bec-hive in our did no' think ’at you would ha' thowght of me for garden in the country.

a husband, mayhap; unless I had means in my Myr. I think, master, you give a very good own hands; and feyther allows me but haulf a account of it.

crown a-week, as yet awhile. Squire Rich. Ay; but I did not like it : for iny Myr. Oh, when I like any body, 'tis not want head-my head—began to turn---so, I trundied of money will make me refuse them. me down stairs agen, like a round trencher. Squire Rich. Well, that's just my mind now;

Myr. Well, but this was not all you saw, Ifor an I like a girl, miss, I would take her in her suppose?

smock. Squire Rich. Noa, noa; we went, after that, Myr. Ay, master, now you speak like a mau and saw the lions, and I liked them better by of honour; this shews something of a true heart bawlf; they are pure grim devils; hoh, hoh! 1 in you. touke a stick, and gave one of them such a poke Squire Rich. Ay, and a true heart you'll find o'the noase-I believe he would ha' snapt my me, try when you will. VOL. II.



you, then

on here.

Myr. Hush, hush, here's your papa come home, Moth. It shall be done in a moment, sir. and my aunt with him.

[Erit MOTHERLY. Squire Rich. A devil rive 'em! what do they

Enter MANLY. come naw for?

Myr. When you and I get to the masquerade, Man. Sir Francis, your servant. you shall see what I'll say to you.

Sir Fran. Cousin Manly! Squire Rich. Well, hands upon't, then- Man. I am come to see how the family goes Myr. There

Squire Rich. One buss, and a bargain. (Kisses Sir Fran. Troth! all as husy as bees. I have her.] Ads wauntlikins! as soft and plump as a been upon the wing ever since eight o'clock this marrow-pudding.

[Exeunt severally. morning!

Man. By your early hour, then, I suppose you Enter Sir Francis WRONGHEAD, and Mrs have been making your court to some of the MOTHERLY.

great men. Sir Fran. What! my wife and daughter abroad, Sir Fran. Why, faith! you have hit it, sir say you?

I was advised to lose no time: so I went e'en Moth. Oh, dear sir, they have been mighty straight forward to one great man I had never busy all the day long; they just came home to seen in my life before. snap up a short dinner, and so went out again. Man. Right! that was doing business : but

Sir Fran. Well, well; I shan't stay supper for who had you got to introduce you? them, I can tell them that : for, ods-heart, I have Sir Fron. Why, nobody- I remember I had nothing in me but a toast and tankard since heard a wise man say-My son, bc bold—so, morning

troth, I introduced myself ! Moth. I am afraid, sir, these late parliament Man. As how, pray? hours won't agree with you.

Sir Fran. Why, thus--Look ye- -Please Sir Frun. Why, truly, Mrs Motherly, they your lordship, says I, I am sir Francis Wrongdon't do right with us country gentlemen ; to lose head, of Bumper-hall, and member of parliament one meal out of three, is a hard tax upon a good for the borough of Guzzledown

Sir, your stomach.

humble servant, says my lord; thof I have not the Moth. It is so, indeed, sir.

honour to know your person, I have heard you Sir Fran. But howsomever, Mrs Motherly, are a very honest gentleman, and I am glad your when we consider, that wh we suffer is for the borough has made choice of so worthy a repregood of our country

sentative; and so, says he, Sir Francis, have you Moth. Why, truly, sir, that is something. any service to command me? Naw, cousin,

Sir Frun. Oh, there's a great deal to be said those last words, you may be sure, gave me no for't--the good of one's country is above all snall encouragement. And thof I know, sir, things-A true-hearted Englishman thinks no- you have no extraordinary opinion of my parts, thing too much for it-I have heard of some ho- yet, I believe, you won't say I' mist it naw! nest gentlemen so very zealous, that, for the good Man. Well, I hope I shall have no cause. of their country—they would sometimes go to Sir Fran. So, when I found him so courteous dinner at midnight.

-My lord, says I, I did not think to ha' trouMoth. Oh, that goodness of them ! sure their bled your lordship with business upon my first country must have a vast esteem for them! visit; but, since your lordship is pleased not to

Sir Fran. So they have, Mrs Motherly; they stand upon ceremony,--why truly, says I, I think are so respected when they come home to their naw is as good as another time. boroughs after a session, and so beloved—that Man. Right! there you pushed him home. their country will come and dine with them every Sir Fran. Ay, ay; I had a mind to let hiin dav in the week.

see that I was none of your mealy-mouthed Moth. Dear me! What a fine thing 'tis to be ones. so populous !

Mian. Very good. Sir Fran. It is a great comfort, indeed! and, Sir Fran. So, in short, my lord, says I, I have I can assure you, you are a good sensible woman, a good estate--- -but-a-it's a little awt at elMrs Motherly.

bows : and, as I desire to serve my king, as well Moth. Oh; dear sir, your honour's pleased to as my country, I shall be very willing to accept compliment !

of a place at court. Sir Fran. No, no; I see you know how to va- Man. So, this was making short work on't. lue people of consequence.

Sir Fran. I'cod! I shot him flying, cousin ! Nloth. Good lack! here's company, sir. Will some of your hawf-witted ones, naw, would ha" you give me leave to get you a little something hummed and hawed, and dangled a month or till the ladies come home, sir?

two after him, before they durst open their Sir Fran. Why, troth, I don't think it would mouths about a place, and, mayhap, not ha' got be amiss.

it at last neither.

-I'll do your

Man. Oh, I'm glad you're so sure on't- sat next me, as soon as I had cried Ay, gives me a

Sir Fran. You shall hear, cousin—Sir Francis, hearty shake by the hand. Sir, says hc, you are says my lord, pray what sort of a place may you a man of honour, and a true Englishman! and I ha' turned your thoughts upon ? My lord, says I, should be proud to be better acquainted with beggars must not be chusers; but ony place, says you—and so, with that, he takes me by the sleeve I, about a thousand a-year, will be well enough | along with the crowd into the lobby—so, I knew to be doing with, till something better falls in- nowght—but, ods flesh! I was got o' the wrung for I thowght it would not look well to stond side the post, for I were told afterwards I should haggling with him at first.

have staid where I was. Man. No, no; your business was to get foot- Man. And so, if you had not quite made your ing any way.

fortune before, you have clinched it now !Ah Sir Fran. Right! there's it! Ay, cousin, I see thou head of the Wrongheads! [.1 side. you know the world.

Sir Fran. Odso! here's my lady come home Man. Yes, yes; one sees more of it every at last-I hope, cousin, you will be so kind as to day

-Well, but what said my lord to all take a family supper with us? this?

Man. Another time, Sir Francis; but tv-night Sir Fran. Sir Francis, says he, I shall be glad I ain engaged. to serve you any way that lies in my power; so

Enter Lady WRONGHEAD, Miss Jenny, and he gave me a squeeze by the hand, as much as to

Count BASSET. say, give yourself nu troublebusiness. With that he turned him abawt to Lady Wrong. Cousin, your servant; I hope somebody with a coloured ribbon across here, you will pardon my rudeness ; but we have realthat looked in my thoughts, as if he came for a ly been in such a continual hurry here, that we place, too.

have not had a leisure monient to return your

last Man. Ha! ha! so, upon these hopes, you are visit. to make your fortune!

Man. Oh, madani, I am a man of no ceremoSir Fran. Why! do you think there's any ny; you see that has not hindered my coming doubt of it, sir?

again. Man. Oh, no; I have not the least doubt Lady Wrong. You are infinitely obliging ; about it-for, just as you have done, I made iny but I'll redeem my credit with you. fortune ten years ago.

Man. At your own time, madam. Sir Fran. Why, I never knew you had a place, Count Bas. I must say that for Mr Manly, cousin !

madam, if making people easy is the rule of Man. Nor I, neither, upon my faith, cousin. good-breeding, he is certainly the best-bred man But you, perhaps, may have better fortune : for in the world. I suppose my lord has heard of what importance Man. Soh! I am not to drop my acquaintance, you were in the debate to-day—-You have I find—[ Aside.] I am afraid, sir, I shall grow been since down at the house, I presume? vain upon your good opinion.

Sir Fran. Oh, yes! I would not neglect the Count Bas. I don't know that, sir; but I am house for ever so much.

sure what you are pleased to say makes me so. Man. Well, and pray what have they done Man. The most impudent modesty that ever I there?

met with!

(Aside. Sir Fran. Why, troth, I can't well tell you Lady Wrong. Lard ! how ready his wit is! what they have done; but I can tell you what

[Aside. I did: and I think pretty well in the main ; only Sir Fran. Don't you think, sir, the count's a I happened to make a little mistake at last, in- very fine gentleman?

[Apart. deed.

Mun. Oh, among the ladies, certainly. Man. How was that?

[Apart. Sir Fran. Why, they were all got there into a Sir Fran. And yet he's as stout as a lion. sort of a puzzling debate about the good of the Waund, he'll storin any thing! [Apart. nation—and I were always for that, you know- Man. Will he so? why, then, sir, take care of but, in short, the arguments were so long-winded your citadel.

[ Apart. on both sides, that, waunds! I did not well un- Sir Fran. Ah, you are a wag, cousin! (Apart. derstand 'um: bawsomever, I was convinced, Man. I hope, ladies, the town air continues to and so resolved to vote right, according to my con- agree with you? scienceso, when they came to put the ques- Jenny. Ob, perfectly well, sir! We have been tion, as they call it,—I don't know haw 'twas--but abroad in our new coach all day long-and we I doubt I cried Ay! when I should ha' cried No! have bought an ocean of fine things. And toMan. How came that about?

morrow we go to the masquerade; and on Friday Sir Fran. Why, by a mistake, as I tell you to the play; and on Saturday to the opera ; and for there was a good-humoured sort of a gentle on Sunday we are to be at the what-d'ye-call-it man, one Mr Totherside, I think they call hiin, that -assembly, and see the ladies play at quad

rille, and piquet, and ombre, and hazard, and | You must not be so hasty, my dear-I only adbasset; and on Monday we are to see the king; vise you for your good. and so on Tuesday

Jenny. Yes, mamma; but when I am told of Lady Wrong. Hold, hold, miss! You must a thing before company, it always makes me not let your tongue run so fast, child—you for worse, you know, get; you know I brought you hither to learn mo- Man. If I have any skill in the fair sex, miss desty.

and her mamma have only quarrelled, because Mun. Yes, yes! and she is improved with a they are both of a mind. This facetious count vengeance

(Aside. seems to have made a very genteel step into the Jenny. Lawrd! Mamma, I am sure I did not family.

[Aside. say any harm; and, if one must not speak in one's turn, one may be kept under as long as one

Enier MYRTILLA. Manly talks apart with her, lives, for aught I see.

Lady Irong: Well, sir Francis, and what news Lady Wrong. O'my conscience, this girl grows have you brought us from Westininster to-day? so headstrong

Sir Fran. News, madam, I'cod! I have some Sir Fran. Ay, ay; there's your fine growing spi- --and such as does not come every day, I can rit for you ! Now, tack it down an' you can. tell you a word in your ear-I have got a pro

Jenny. All I said, papa, was only to entertain mise of a place at court of a thousand pawnd amy cousin Manly.

year already. Man. My pretty dear, I am mightily obliged Ludy II'rong. Have you so, sir? And pray to you !

who may you thank fort? Now! Who is in the Jenny. Look you there, now, madam.

right? is not this better than throwing so much Lady Wrong. Hold your tongue, I say, away after a stinking pack of fox-hounds in the

Jenny. [Turning away, and glorting:)-1 de- country? Now your family may be the better clare it, I won't bear it: she is always snubbing for it. me before you, sir! I know why she does it, well Sir Fran. Nay, that's what persuaded me to enough

[Aside to the Count. come up, iv dove! Count Bas. Hush, hush, my dear! Don't be Lady Wrong. Mighty well-come-let me uneasy at that; she'll suspect us. [ Aside. have another hundred pound, then.

Jenny. Let her suspect; what do I care- -I Sir Fran. Another! child? waunds! you have don't know but I have as much reason to suspect had one hundred this morning; pray what's be as shc--though, perhaps, I am not so afraid of come of that, my dear? her.

Ludy Wrong. What's become of it? Why, I'll Count Bas. [Aside.]-'Egad, if I don't keep a shew you, my love : Jenny, hare you the bills tight hand on my tit, here, she'll run away with about you? my project before I can bring it to bear.

Jenny. Yes, mamma. Lady I'rong. [Aside.}-Perpetually hanging Lady Wrong. What's become of it? Why, laid upon him! The young harlot is certainly in love out, my dear, with fifty more to it, that I was with hiin; but I must not let them see I think I forced to borrow of the count, here. so-and yet I cannot bear it. Upon my life, Jenny. Yes, indeed, papa; and that would count, you'll spoil that forward girl-you should hardly do, neither----There's the account. not encourage her so.

Sir Fran. (Turning over the bills.]—Let's see ! Count Bas. Pardon me, madam; I was only Let's see! What the devil have we got here? advising her to observe what your ladyship said Man. Then you have sounded your aunt, you to her.

say, and she readily comes into all

' I proposed to Man. Yes, truly, her observations have been you?

(Apart. something particular.

Aside. Niyr. Sir, I'll answer, with my life, she is most Count Bus. In one word, madam, she has a thaus tully yours, in every article. She mightily jealousy of your ladyship, and I am forced to en-desires to see you, sir.

[Apart. courage her, to blind it; 'twill be better to take

jilan. I am going home directly; bring her to no notice of her behaviour to ine. {Apart. my house in half an hour; and, if she makes good

Lady Wrong. You are right; I will be more what you tell ine, you shall both fiud your accautious. [ Apart. count in it.

[Apart. Count Bas. To-morrow, at the masquerade, Myr. Sir, she shall not fail you. [Apart. we may lose her.

[ Apart. Sir Fran. Od’s-life! Madam, here's nothing Lady Wrong. We shall be observed; I'll send but tovs, and trinkets, and fans, and clock stockyou a note, and settle that affair-go on with the inas, by wholesale ! girl, and don't mind me.

[Apart. Lady Ilrong. There's nothing but what's proCount Bas. I have been taking your part, my per, and for your credit, sir Francis–Nay, you little angel.

see I am so good a housewife, that, in necessaries Lady 1'rong. Jenny! Come bither, child for myself, 1 hare scarce laid out a shilling.

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