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Cha. The man who wrongs that lady is a vil- , ter you? Yon volatile fellow thinks to give a man lain !-Draw!

the meeting by getting out of his way: by my Bel. Never fear me, young gentleman! Brand soul, 'tis a roundabout method that of his ! But, me for a coward, if I baulk you ! :

I think he called you Dudley. Hark'e, young man, Cha. Yet hold ! Let me not be too hasty : are you the son of my friend the old captain ? your name, I think, is Belcour?

Cha. I am. Help me to convey this lady to Bel. Well, sir?

her chamber, and I shall be more at leisure to Cha. How is it, Mr Belcour, you have done answer your questions. this mean, unmanly wrong; beneath the mask of O'Fla. Ay, will I : come along, pretty one. If generosity, to give this fatal stab to our domestic you've had wrong done you, young man, you peace? You might have had my thanks, my bles- need look no further for a second; Dennis O'Flasing; take my defiance now. 'Tis Dudley speaks herty's your man for that: but never draw your to you; the brother, the protector of that injured sword before a woman, Dudley; damn it, never, lady.

while you live, draw your sword before a woman. Bel. The brother? Give yourself a truer title.

Ereunt. Cha. What is it you mean?

Bel. Come, come, I know both her and you. SCENE V.-LADY RUsport's house. I found you, sir, (but how, or why, I know not) in the good graces of Miss Rusport—(yes, colour

Enter LADY RUSPORT and Servant. at the name!) I gave you no disturbance there, Ser. An elderly gentleman, who says his name never broke in upon you in that rich and plente is Varland, desires leave to wait on your ladyous quarter; but, when I could have blasted all ship. your projects with a word, spared you, in foolish Lady Rus. Shew him in; the very man I wish pity spared you, nor rouzed her from the fond to see! Varland he was sir Oliver's solicitor, and credulity in which your artifice had lulled her. privy to all his affairs. He brings some good

Cha. No, sir, nor boasted to her of the splen- tidings; some fresh mortgage, or another bond did present you had made my poor Louisa—the come to light; they start up every day. diamonds, Mr Belcour! How was that? What can you plead to that arraignment?

Enter VARLAND. Bel. You question me too late; the name of Mr Varland, I'ın glad to see you; you're heartily Belcour, and of villain, never met before; bad welcome, bonest Mr Varland; you and I have you inquired of me before you uttered that rash not met since our late irreparable loss: how have word, you might have saved yourself or me a you passed your time this age? mortal error: now, sir, I neither give nor take Var. Truly, my lady, ill enough: I thought I an explanation; so, come on! (They fight. must have followed good sir Oliver.

Lady Rus. Alack-a-day, poor man! Well, Mr Enter Louisa, and afterwards O'FLAHERTY.

Varland, you find me here, overwhelmed with Lou. Hold, hold ! for Heaven's sake, hold ! trouble and fatigue ; torn to pieces with a multiCharles! Mr Belcour! Help! Sir, sir; make plicity of affairs; a great fortune poured upon haste, they'll murder one another!

me, unsought for and unexpected : 'twas my good O'Fla. Hell and confusion! What's all this father's will and pleasure it should be so, and I uproar for? Can't you leave off cutting one an- must submit. other's throats, and mind what the poor girl says Var. Your ladyship inherits under a will made to you? You've done a notable thing, bave not in the year forty-five, immediately after captain. you both, to put her into such a flurry? I think, Dudley's marriage with your sister. o'my conscience, she's the most frighted of the Lady Rus. I do so, Mr Varland; I do so. three.

Var. I well remember it; I engrossed every Cha. Dear Louisa, recollect yourself; why did syllable ; but I am surprised to find your ladyship you interfere? 'Tis in your cause.

set so little store by this vast accession. Bel. Now could I kill him for caressing ber! Lady Rus. Why, you know, Mr Varland, I

O'Fla. O sir, your most obedient! You are am a moderate woman; I had enough before; a the gentleman I had the honour of meeting here sınall matter satisfies ine; and sir Stephen Ruisbefore ; you was then running off at full speed port (Heaven be his portion !) took care I should like a Calmuck; now you are tilting and driving not want that. like a Bedlamite with this lad here, that seems as Var. Very truc; very true, he did so; and I mad as yourself : 'tis pity but your country had am overjoyed at finding your ladyship in this disa little more employment for you both.

position ; for, truth to say, I was not without Bel. Mr Dudley, when you've recovered the apprehension the news I have to comınunicate lady, you know where I am to be found. would have been of some prejudice to your lady

(Erit Brr. ship's tranquillity. O'Fla. Well, theo, can't you stay where you Lady Rus. News, sir ! What news have your are, and that will save the trouble of looking af- for me? Vol. II.

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Var: Nay, nothing to alarm you: a trife, in should attempt a sally, stop their march a moyour present way of thinking : I have a will of ment, till your friend here can make good his resir Oliver's you have never seen.

treat down the back-stairs. Lady Rus. A will! Impossible! How came O'Fla. A word to the wise! I'm an old camyou by it, pray?

paigner; make the best use of your time; arid Var. I drew it up, at his command, in his last trust me for tying the old cat up to the picket. illness : it will save you a world of trouble; it Char. Hush ! hush! not so loud gives his whole estate from you to his gras on, Cha. 'Tis the office of a centinel, major, you Charies Dudley.

bave undertaken, rather than that of a ħeld-offiLady Rus. To Dudley! His estate to Charles Dudley! I can't support it! I shall faint ! You've O'Fla. "Tis the office of a friend, my dear boy; killed me, you vile man! I never shall survive and, therefore, no disgrace to a general. it!

[Ereunt. Var. Look'e there, now! I protest, I thought

SCENE VII. you would have rejoiced at being clear of the incumbrance.

Enter CHARCES and CHARLOTTE. Lady Rus. 'Tis false; 'tis all a forgery, con- Char. Well, Charles, will you commit yourcerted between you and Dudley; why, else, did I self to me for a few minutes ? never hear of it before?

Cha. Most readily; and let me, before one Var. Have patience, my lady, and I'll tell you. goes by, tender you the only payment I can ever ---By sir Oliver's direction, I was to deliver this make for your abundant generosity. will into no hands but his grandson, Dudley's: Char. Hold, hold ! so vile a thing as money the young gentleman happened to be then in must not come between us. What shall I say? Scotland; I was dispatched thither in search of Charles ! O Dudley! What difficulties have him : the hurry and fatigue of my journey brought you thrown upon me! Familiarly as we have on a fever by the way, which confined me in ex-lived, I shrink now at what l'ni doing; and, treme danger for several days : upon my reco- anxiously as I have sought this opportunity, my very, I pursued my journey, found young Dudley fears almost persnade me to abandon it. had left Scotland in the interim, and am now di- Cha. You alarm me. rected hither; where, as soon as I can find him, Char. Your looks and actions have been so doubtless, I shall discharge my conscience, and distant, and, at this moment, are so deterring, full my commission.

that, was it not for the hope that delicacy, and Lady Rus. Dudley, then, as yet, knows no- not disgust, inspires this conduct in you, I should thing of this will ?

sink with shame and apprehension : but time Var. Nothing; that secret rests with me. presses, and I must speak--and plainly too

Lady Rus. A thought occurs ! by this fellow's Was you now in possession of your grandfather's talking of his conscience, I should guess it was estate, as justly you ought to be ; and was upon sale.—[Aside.]—Come, Mr Varland, if 'tis you inclined to seek a companion for life, as you say, I must subniit

. I was somewhat should you, or should you not, in that case, furried at first, and forgot myself; I ask your honour your unworthy Charlotte with your pardon: this is no place to talk of business; step choice? with me into my room; we will there compare Cha. My unworthy Charlotte ! So judge me the will, and resolve accordingly-Oh! would leaven, there is not a circumstance on earth so your fever had you, and I had your paper! valuable as your happiness, so dear to me as

[Exeunt your person; but, to bring poverty, disgrace, reSCENE VI.

proach from friends, ridicule from all the world, Enter Miss Rusport, Charles, and O'FLA- into an open, unreserved, ingenuous heart,

upon a generous benefactress; thievishly to steal

Charlotte! dear, unhappy girl, it is not to be Char. So, so! My lady and her lawyer have done. retired to close confabulation : now, major, if Char. Nay, now you rate too highly the poor you are the generous man I take you for, grant avantages fortune alone has given me over you; mc one favour.

how otherwise could we bring our merits to any O'Fla. Faith will I, and not think much of my | balance ? Come, my dear Charles, I have generosity neither; for, though it may not be in enough ; make that enough still more, by shariny power to do the favour you ask, look you, it ing it with me : sole heiress of my father's forcan never be in my heart to refuse it.

tune, a short time will put it in my disposal; in Cha. Could this man's tongue do justice to his | the mean while, you will be sent to join your thoughts, how eloquent would be be ! [Aside. ( regiment: let us prevent a separation, by setting

Char. Plant yourself, then, in that room : out this very night for that happy country, where keep guard, for a few moments, upon the enemy's marriage still is free : carry me this moment to motions, in the chamber beyond; and, if they Belcour's lodgings,




Cha. Belcours !

-The name is ominous ! never reproach me with it : and 'tis robbing there's murder in it: bloody inexorable honour! young Dudley of his lawful patrimony; that's a

[Aside. hard case: but he's alive, and knows nothing of Char. D'ye pause ? Put me into his hands, the matter. while you provide the means for our escape : he O'Fla. These lawyers are so used to bring off is the most generous, the most honourable of the rogueries of others, that they are never with

out an excuse for their own.

[Aside. Cha. Honourable ! most honourable !

Var. Were I assured now, that Dudley would Char. Can you doubt it? Do you demur? give me half the money for producing this will, Have you forgot your letter? Why, Belcour 'twas that lady Rusport does for concealing it, I would that prompted me to this proposal, that promis- deal with him, and be an honest man at half ed to supply the means, that nobly offered his price. I wish every gentleman of my profession unasked assistance

could lay his hand on his heart, and say the same

thing. Enter O'Flaherty, hustily.

O Fla. A bargain, old gentleman! Nay, never OʻFla. Run, run! for holy St Antony's sake, start nor stare ! you wasn't afraid of your own to horse and away! The conference is broke up, conscience, never be afraid of me. and the old lady advances upon a full Pied- Var. Of you, sir! who are you, pray? montese trot, within pistol-shot of your encamp- O'Fla. I'll tell you who I am: you seem to

wish to be honest, but want the heart to set Char. Here, here! down the back-stairs! 0 about it. Now, I am the very man in the world Charles, remember me !

to make you so; for, if you do not give me up Cha. Farewell! Now, now I feel myself a that paper this very instant, by the soul of me, coward.

[Exit. fellow, I will not leave one whole bone in your Char. What does he mean?

skin that shan't be broken. O'Fla. Ask no questions, but be gone : she Var. What right have you, pray, to take this has cooled the lad's courage, and wonders he paper from me? feels like a coward. There's a damned deal of O'Fla. What right have you, pray, to keep it mischief brewing between this hyena and her from young Dudley? I don't know what it conlawyer : egad, I'll step behind this screen and tains, but I am apt to think it will be safer in my listen : : a good soldier must sometimes fight in hands than in yours; therefore, give it me withambush, as well as open field. [Retires. out more words, and save yourself a beating : do

now; you had best. Enter LADY RUSPORT and VARLAND.

Var. Well, sir, I may as well make a grace Lady Rus. Sure I heard somebody. Hark! | of necessity. There! I have acquitted my conNo; only the servants going down the back-stairs. science, at the expence of five thousand pounds. Well, Mr Varland, I think then we are agreed : O'Fla. Five thousand pounds ! Mercy upon you'll take my money; and your conscience no me !-When there are such temptations in the longer stands in your way.

law, can we wonder if some of the corps are a Var. Your father was my benefactor ; his disgrace to it? will ought to be sacred; but, if I commit it to Var. Well, you have got the paper;

if the flames, how will he be the wiser? Dudley, an honest man, give it to Charles Dudley 'tis true, has done me no harm; but five thou- O'Fla. An honest man ! look at me, friend. I sand pounds will do me much good : so, in short, am a soldier; this is not the livery of a knave: I madam, I take your offer; I will confer with my am an Irishman, honey; mine is not the country clerk, who witnessed the will; and to-morrow of dishonour. Now, sirrah, be gone; if you morning put it into your hands, upon condition enter these doors, or give lady Rusport the you put five thousand good pounds into mine. least item of what has passed, I will cut off Lady Rus. 'Tis a bargain : I'll be ready for both your ears, and rob the pillory of its due.

[Erit. Var. I wish I was once fairly out of his sight! Var. Let me considerFive thousand pounds,

[Exeunt. prompt payment, for destroying this scrap of paper, not worth five farthings; 'tis a fortune easily SCENE VIII.-A room in STOCKWELL'S House. earned ; yes; and 'tis another man's fortune easily thrown away : 'tis a good round sum to be

Enter STOCKWELL. paid down at once for a bribe; but 'tis a damned rogue's trick in me to take it.

Stock. I must disclose myself to Belcour; this OʻFlu. So, so ! this fellow speaks truth to noble instance of his generosity, which old Dudhimself, though he lies to other people—But ley has been relating, allies me to him at once; hush!

(Aside. concealment becomes too painful ; I shall be Vur. 'Tis breaking the trust of my benefac- proud to own him for my son -But see, he's tor; that's a foul crime! but he's dead, and can here!

you are

you : farewell.

Belcour enters, and throws himself upon a sofa. no denial; he says he must see Mr Belcour di

rectly, upon business of the last consequence. Bel. O my curst tropical constitution ! Would Bel. Admit him : 'tis the Irish officer that to Heaven I had been dropt upon the snows of parted us, and brings me young Dudley's chalLapland, and never felt the blessed influence of lenge: I should have made a long story of it, the sun, so I had never burnt with these inflam- and he'll tell you in three words. matory passions ! Stock. So, so! you seem disordered, Mr Bel

Enter O'FLAHERTY. cour?

O'Fla. Save yor, my dear : and you, sir! I bel. Disordered, sir! Why did I ever quit the have a little bit of a word in private for you. soil in which I grew ? what evil planet drew me Bel. Pray deliver your commands : this genfrom that warm sunny region, where naked na- tleman is my intimate friend. ture walks without disguise, into this cold, con- O'Fla. Why, then, ensign Dudley will be glad to triving, artificial country?

measure swords with you, yonder, at the London Stock. Come, sir, you've met a rascal—what Tavern, in Bishopsgate-street, at nine o'clockof that? general conclusions are illiberal. you know the place!

Bel. No, sir; I've met reflection by the way; Bel. I do; and shall observe the appointment. I've come from folly, noise, and fury, and met a O'Fla. Will you be of the party, sir? We shall silent monitor-Well, well, a villain !-'twas not want a fourth hand. to be pardoned-pray, never mind me, sir. Stock. Savage as the custom is, I close with

Stock. Alas, my heart bleeds for him! your proposal ; and, though I am not fully infor

Bel. And yet I might have heard him: now, med of the occasion of your quarrel, I shall rely plague upon that blundering Irishman for com- on Nir Belcour's honour for the justice of it; and ing in as he did! the hurry of the deed might willingly stake my life in his defence. palliate the event: deliberate execution has less O'Fla. Sir, you're a gentleman of honour, and to plead-Mr Stockwell, I am bad company to I shall be glad of being better known to youyou.

But bark'e, Belcour, I had like to have forgot Stock. Oh, sir, make no excuse. I think you part of my errand : there is the money you gave have not found me forward to pry into the secrets old Dudley; you may tell it over, 'faith; 'uis a of your pleasures and pursuits ; 'tis not my dis- receipt in full: now the lad can put you to death position ; but there are times, when want of with a safe conscience; and when he has done curiosity would be want of friendship.

that job for you, let it be a warning how you atBel. Ah, sir, mine is a case wherein you and tempt the sister of a man of honour. I shall never think alike; the punctilious rules, Bel. The sister! by which I am bound, are not to be found in O'Fla. Ay, the sister; 'tis English, is it not? your ledgers, nor will pass current in the count- Or Irish; 'tis all one: you understand me? his ing-house of a trader.

sister, or Louisa Dudley, that's her name, I think, Stock. 'Tis very well, sir : if you think I can call her which you will." By St Patrick, 'tis a foolrender you any service, it will be worth your ish piece of a business, Belcour, to go about to trial to confide in me; if not, your secret is take away a poor girl's virtue from her, when safer in your own bosom.

there are so many to be met in this town, who Bel. That sentiment demands my confidence : have disposed of theirs to your hands. (Erit. pray, sit down by me. You must know, I have Stock. Why, I am thunderstruck! What is it an affair of honour on my hands with young Dud- you have done, and what is the shocking business ley ; and, though I put up with no man's insult, in which I have engaged? If I understood bim yet I wish to take away no man's life.

right, 'tis the sister of young Dudley you've been Stock. I know the young man, and am appris- attempting : you talked to me of a professed ed of your generosity to his father : what can wanton! the girl he speaks of has beauty enough have bred a quarrel between you?

indeed to inflame your desires, but she has hoBel. A foolish passion on my side, and a nour, innocence, and simplicity, to awe the most haughty provocation on his. There is a girl, Mr licentious passion : if you have done that, Mr Stockwell, whom I have unfortunately seen, of Belcour, I renounce you, I abandon you, i formost uncommon beauty. She bas, withal, an air swear all fellowship or friendship with you for of so inuch natural modesty, that had I not had good assurance of her being an attainable Bel. Have patience for a moment: we do inwanton, I declare I should as soon have thought deed speak of the same person—but she is not of attempting the chastity of Diana.

innocent, she is not young Dudley's sister.

Stock. Astonishing! Who told you this?
Enter Servant.

Bel. The woman where she lodges; the person

who put me on the pursuit, and contrived our Slock. Hev-day, do you interrupt us?

meetings. Şer. Sir, there's an Irish gentleman will take Stock. What woman? what person?


Bel. Fulmer her name is: I warrant you I did Bel. Because I had not lived long enough in not proceed without good grounds.

your country to know how few informers' words Stock. Fulmer! Fulmer!- -Who waits ? are to be taken: persuaded, however, as I was of

Miss Dudley's guilt, I must own to you, I was Enter a Servant.

staggered with the appearance of such innocence,

especially when I saw her adınitted into Miss Send Mr Stukely hither directly. [Exit Ser.] Rusport's company. begin to see my way into this dark transaction. Stock. Good Heaven! did you meet her at Mr Delcour, Mr Belcour! you are no match for Miss Rusport's, and could you doubt of her being the cunning and contrivances of this intriguing a woman of reputation ? town.

Bel. By you, perhaps, such a mistake could Enter STUKELY.

not have been made; but in a perfect stranger, I

hope, it is venial. I did not know what artifices Prithee, Stukely, what is the name of the wo young Dudley might have used to conceal her man and her husband, who were stopt upon sus- character; I did not know what disgrace attendpicion of selling stolen diamonds at our next-doored the detection of it. Deighbour's, the jeweller?

Stock. I see it was a trap laid for you, which Stuke. Fulmer.

you have narrowly escaped ; you addressed a woStock. So!

man of honour with all the loose incense of a Bel. Can you procure me a sight of those dia- profane admirer, and you have drawn upon you monds ?

the resentment of a man of honour, who thinks Stuke. They are now in my hand; I was de- himself bound to protect her. Well, sir, you sired to shew them to Mr Stockwell.

must atone for this mistake. Stock. Give them to me: what do I see? As Bel. To the lady, the most penitent submission I live, the very diamonds Miss Rusport sent hi- I can make is justly due ; but, in the execution ther, and which I intrusted to you to return. of an act of justice, it shall never be said my soul

Bel. Yes, but I betrayed that trust, and gave was swayed by the least particle of fear : I have them to Mrs Fulmer to present to Miss Dudley. received a challenge from her brother ; now,

Stock. With a view, no doubt, to bribe her to though I would give my fortune, almost my life compliance ?

itself, to purchase her happiness, yet I cannot Bel. I own it.

abate her one scruple of my honour; I have been Stock. For shame, for shame! and 'twas this branded with the name of villain. woman's intelligence you relied upon for Miss Stock. Ay, sir, you mistook her character, and Dudley's character ?

he mistook yours; error begets error. Bel. I thought she knew her; by Heaven, I Bel. Villain, Mr Stockwell, is a harsh word. would have died sooner than have insulted a wo- Stock. It is a harsh word, and should be unman of virtue, or a man of honour!

said. Stock. I think you would: but mark the dan- Bel. Come, come; it shall be unsaid. ger of licentious courses: you are betrayed, rob- Stock. Or else what follows? Why, the sword bed, abused, and, but for this providential disco- is drawn, and, to heal the wrongs you have done very, in a fair way of being sent out of the world to the reputation of the sister, you make an ho-. with all your follies on your bead- -Dear nourable amends, hy murdering the brother. Stukely, go to my neighbour, tell him I have an Bel. Murdering ! owner for the jewels, and heg him to carry the Stock. 'Tis thus religion writes and speaks the people under custody to the London tavern, and word; in the vocabulary of modern honour there wait for me there.-1 Erit STUKELY.]-I fear the is no such term-But come, I don't despair of law does not provide a punishunent to reach the satisfying the one, without alarning the other ; villainy of these peole ; but how, in the name of that done, I have a discovery to unfold, that you wouder, could you take any thing on the word of will then, I hope, be fitted to receive. such an informer?


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