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objection to be married, if I offered you as ther that he should have twenty mistresses, than agreeable a young woman as Miss Walsingham ?

Capt. Sav. 'Twould be my first pride on every Lady Rach. You astonish me! occasion, sir, to pay an implicit obedience to Mrs Bel. Why, don't you know, my dear mayour commands.

dam, that while he is divided amongst a variety Gen. Sav. That's sensibly said, Horace, and of objects, 'tis impossible for him to have a seobligingly said ; prepare yourself, therefore, for rious attachment? an introduction to the lady in the morning. Lady Rach. Lord, Mrs Belville ! how can you

Capt. Sav. Is the lady prepared to receive me, speak with so much composure ? a virtuous wosir?

man should be always outrageous upon such an Gen. Sav. O yes; and you can't think how occasion as this. highly delighted Miss Walsingham appeared, Mrs Bel. What, and weary the innocent sun when I acquainted her with my resolution on the and moon from the firmament, like a despairing subject.

princess in a tragedy --No-no--Lady Rachel ! Capt. Sav. She's all goodness!

'tis bad enough to be indifferent to the man I Gen. Sav. The more I know her, the more love, without studying to excite his aversion. I am charmed with her. I must not be explicit Lady Rach. How glad I am, that Miss Walwith him yet, for fear my secret should get wind singham made him so heartily ashamed of himand reach the ears of the enemy.-[ Aside. - self! Lord, these young men are so full of leviI propose, Horace, that you should be married ty! Give me a husband of Mr Torrington's age, immediately.

Capt Sud. The sooner the better, sir; I have Mrs Bel. And give me a husband of Mr Belno will but yours.

ville's, say I, with all his follies ! However, lady Gen. Sao. (Shaking hands with him.] By the Rachel, I am pretty well satisfied that my conmemory of Marlbro' you are a most excellent duct at Miss Leeson's will have a proper effect boy! But what do you think? Miss Walsingham upon Mr Belville's generosity, and put an entire insists upon naming the day.

end to his gallantries for the future. Capt. Sav. And welcome, sir; I am sure she Lady Rach. Don't deceive yourself, my dear. won't make it a distant one.

The gods in the shilling gallery would sooner Gen. Sad. O, she said, that nothing in her give up Roast Beef, or go without an epilogue on power should be wanting to make you happy. the first night of a new piece, Capt. Sav. I am sure of that, sir.

Mrs Bel. Why should you think so of such a Gen. Sav. [A loud knocking.] Zounds, Horace! man as Mr Belville? here's the disgrace and punishment of my life: Lady Rack. Because Mr Belville is a man : let us avoid her as we would a fever in the However, if you dare run the risque-we will camp.

try the sincerity of his reformation. Capt. Sad. Come to the library, and I'll tell Mrs Bel. If I dare run the risque! I would you how whimsically she was treated this morn- stake my soul upon his honour ! ing at Belville's.

Lady Rach Then, your poor soul would be in Gen. Sav. Death and the devil! make haste. a very terrible situation. 0, I must laugh at marriage and be curst to me! Mrs Bel. By what test can we prove his sinBut I am providing, Horace, against your falling cerity? into my error.

Lady Rach. By a very simple one.

You know Capt. Sad. I am eternally indebted to you, sir. I write so like Miss Walsingham, that our hands

[E.reunt. are scarcely known asunder.

Mrs Bel. Well-

Ludy Rach. Why, then, let me write to him

as from her. Enter Mrs BELVILLE, and Lady Rachel.

Mrs Bel. If I did not think it would look like

a doubt of his honourLady Rach. Nay, Mrs Belville, I have no pa- Lady Rach. Poh! dare you proceed upon my tience; you act quite unnaturally.

plan? Mrs Bel. What! because I am unwilling to Mrs Bel. Most confidently : Come to my be miserable ?

dressing-room, where you'll find every thing reaLady Rach. This new instance of Mr Bel- dy for writing, and then you may explain your ville's infidelity-This attempt to seduce Miss scheme more particularly. Walsingham, which your woman overheard, is Lady Rach. I'll attend you; but I am really unpardonable.

sorry, my dear, for the love of propriety, to see Mrs Bel. I don't say but that I am strongly you so calm under the perfidy of your husband; wounded by his irregularities. Yet, if Mr Bel- you should be quite wretched

Lindeed, you ville is unhappily a rover, I would much ra- should.


SCENE V.-The Temple.

venever they compels their creditors to arrest

them. Enter LEESON.

Con. And where's your authority for arresting Lec. The hell-hounds are after me; and if the gentleman? let us see it this minute, for am arrested at this time, my honour will not on- may be you have not it about you. ly be blown upon by Belville, but I shall, per: Leech. O here's our authority; ve know as re haps, lose Emily into the bargain.

had to do vid a lawyer, and so ve came properly

prepar’d, my master. Enter LEECH, Crow, and Wolr, dressed in fur

Lee. What shall I do? habits.

Con. Why hark'e, sir-Don't you think that Leech. Yonder, my lads, he darts through the you and I could beat these three thieves, to their Cloisters! who the devil could think, that he heari's content?—I have nothing but my carcase would smoke us in this disguise? Crow, do you to venture for you, honey; but that you are aş take the Fleet-street side of the Temple, as fast welcome to as the flowers in May. as you can, to prevent his doubling us that way; Lee. O, by no means, Connolly; we must not and, Wolf, do you run round the Garden Court, fly in the face of the laws. that he inay not escape us by the Thames.- Con. That's the reason that you are going to I'll follow the strait line myself, and the devil's right a duel ! in the dice, if he is not snapped by one of us. Lee. Hark'e, officer-I have some very mate

[Ereunt. rial business to execute in the course of this

evening. Ilere are five guineas for a little indulSCENE VI.-Changes to another part of the gence; and I assure you, upon the bonour of a Temple.

gentleman, that if I have life, I'll attend your

own appointment to-morrow morning. Enter LEESON on one side, and Connolly on

Leech. I can't do it, finaster-Five guincas ta the other.

be sure is a genteel thing, but I have ten for Lee. Fly! open the chambers this moment, the taking of you, do you see and so, if you the bailiffs are after me.

please to step to my house in Southampton-BuildCon. Faith, and that I will- -but it willings, you may send for some friend to bail you, be of no use to fly a step neither, if I have not or settle the affair as well as you can with the


. Lee. Zounds ! did'nt you lock the door?

Con. I'll


bail for him this minute, if you Con. Yes; but I believe I left the key on the don't want some body to be bail for myself. inside- -however, your own key will do the Lee. Let me reflect a moment. business as well.

Croa. [To Con.] Can you swear yourself worth Lee. True; and I forgot it in my confusion. Do one hundred and seventy pounds, when your debts you stay here, and throw every impediment in are paid? the way of these rascals.

[Exit. Con. In troth, I cannot, nor one hundred and Con. Faith, and that I will!

seventy pence-unless I have a mind to perjure

inyself.—But one man's body is as good as anoEnter Crow and WOLF.

ther's; and, since he has no bail to give you but his Crou. Pray, sir, did you see a gentleman run fesh, the fattest of us two is the best security. this way, drest in green and gold.

Iolf. No, if we can't get better bail than Con. In troth I did.

you, we shall lock up his body in prison accordIl’olf. And which way did he run?

ing to law. Con. That I can tell you too.

Con. Faith, and a very wise law it must be, Wolf. We shall be much obliged to you.

which cuts off every method of getting money, Con. Indeed, and you will not, Mr Catchpole, by way of making us pay our debts. for the devil an information shall you get from Leech. Well, Master Leeson, wbat do you Connolly. I see plainly enough what you are, determine upon?. you black-guards, though there's no guessing at Lee. A moment's patience-Yonder 1 see Mr you in these fur-coats.

Torrington-a thought occurs—vet it carries the Crow. Keep your information to yourself and appearance of fraud-however, as it will be realbe damned ! Ilere the cull comes, a prisoner in ly innocent, nay laughable in the end, and as my the custody of Master Leech.

ruin or salvation depends upon my present deci

sion, it must be hazarded. Enter LEESON and LEECH.

Crow. Come, master, fix upon something, and

don't keep us waiting for you. Lee. Well, but treat me like a gentleman- Con. By my soul, honey, he don't want you to Don't expose une unnecessarily.

wait for him: lie'll be very much obliged to you Leech. Expose you, master! we never expose it you go away, and leave him to follow his own any body, 'till gentlemen thus expose themselves, business.

the key.

Lee. Well, gentlemen here comes Mr Tor-them, let them follow me to my chambers, and rington: you know him, I suppose, and will be I'll satisfy them directly. satisfied with his security.

Lee. You are extremely kind, sir, and they Leech. O we'll take his bail for ten thousand shall attend you.—Gentlemen, will you be so good pounds, my master-every body knows him to be as to follow Mr Torrington to his chambers, and a man of fortune.

he'll satisfy you intirely. Lee. Give nie leave to speak to him then, and Wolf. Mind that. I shall not be ungrateful for the civility.

Con. Musha! the blessing of St Patrick upon Leech. Well, we will—But hark'e, lads, look to that ould head of yours ! the passes, that no tricks may be played upon Tor. What they speak English, do they? travellers.

Lee. Very tolerably, sir.-Bred up general

traders, they have a knowledge of several lanEnter TORRINGTON.

guages; and it would be highly for the good of Lee. Mr Torrington, your most obedient. the kingdom, if we could get more of them to Tor. Your humble servant.

settle among us. Lee. I have many apoligies to make, Mr Tor- Tor. Right, young gentleman! the number of rington, for presuming to stop a gentleman to the people forms the true riches of a state; howwhom I have not the honour of being known; ever, now-a-days, London itself is not only gone yet, when I explain the nature of my business, sir, out of town, but England itself, by an unaccountI shall by no means despair of an excuse. able fatality, seems inclined to take up her resiTor. To the business, I beg, sir.

dence in America. Lee. You nust know, sir, that the three gen- Lee. True, sir! and to cultivate the barbarous tlemen behind me, are three traders from Dant-borders of the Ohio, we are hourly deserting the zick, men of considerable property, who, in the beautiful banks of the Thames. present distracted state of Poland, wish to settle Tor. (Shaking him by the hand.] You must with their families in this country.

come and see me at my chambers, young gentleTor. Dantzick traders.- -Ay, I see they are man; we must be better known to one another. foreigners by their dress.

Con. Do you mind that, you thieves? Leech. Ay, now he is opening the affair. Lee. 'Twill be equally my pride and my hap

Lee. They want therefore to be naturalized piness to merit that honour, sir. and have been recommended to me for legal ad- Tor. Let your friends follow me, sir!-and vice.

pray, do you call upon me soon; you shall see a Tor. You are at the bar, sir ?

little plan, which I have drawn up to keep this Lee. I have eat iny way to professional honour poor country, if possible, from undergoing a gesome time, sir,

neral sentence of transportation.-Be pleased to Tor. Ay, the cook3 of the four societies take come along with me, gentlemen-I'll satisfy you. care that the students shall perform every thing

Erit. which depends upon teeth, young gentleman. Leech. Well, master! I wish you joy. You

-The eating exercises are the only ones never can't say but we behaved to you like geinien! dispensed with

[Ereunt bailiffs. Lee. I am, however, a very young barrister, Lee. And if you were all three in the cart, I Mr Torrington; and as the affair is of great im- don't know which of you I would wish to have reportance to them, I am desirous, that some gen- spited from execution. I have played Mr Tortleman of eminence in the law should revise my rington a little trick, Connolly ; but the moment poor opinion, before they make it a ground of I come back I shall recover my reputation, if I any serious determination.

even put inyself voluntarily into the hands of Tor. You are too modest, young gentleman, to those worthy gentlemen.

[Erit. entertain any doubts upon this occasion, as 'no- Con. Musha! long life to you, old Shillaley! I thing is clearer than the laws respecting the na- don't wonder at your being afraid of a prison; for turalization of foreigners.

'tis to be sure a blessed place to live in!-- And Con. Faith, the old gentleman smiles very good now, let my thick skull consider, if there's any naturedly.

way of preventing this infernal duel.

-SupLeech. I fancy he'll stand it, Crow, and ad- pose I have hiin bound over to the peace !-No, vance the crop for the younker.

ihat will never do: it would be a shameful thing Lee. To be sure, the laws are very clear to gen- for a gentleman to keep the peace! besides, I tlemen of your superior abilities.—But I have must appear in the business, and people may candidly acknowledged the weakness of my own then think, from my connection with him, that he judgment to my clients, and advised them so has’n't honour enough to throw away his life! warmly to solicit your opinion, that they will not suppose I go another way to work, and send an be satished unless you kindly consent to oblige anonymous letter about the affair to Mrs Belville; them.

they say, though she is a woman of quality, that Tor. O, if nothing but my opinion will satisfy no creature upon earth can be fonder of her hus

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band !-Surely the good genius of Ireland put Spruce. Looking significantly at his master. this scheme in my head. I'll about it this mi- Is there no answer necessary, sir? nute, and if there's but one of them kept from Bel. I shall call at home myself, and give the the field, I don't think that the other can be much necessary answer, hurt, when there will be no body to fight with Spruce. (Aside.] What can be the matter with him.

[Erit. him all on a sudden, that he is so cold apon the scent of wickedness?

[Erit. SCENE VII.-Changes to Captain Savage's Capt. Sav. And what answer do you propose lodgings.

making to it, Belville ?

Bel. Read the letter, and then tell me what I Enter CAPTAIN Savage and BELVILLE.

should do—You know Miss Walsingham's hand? Capt. Sar. Why, faith, Belville, your detec- Capt. Sav. O perfectly!—This is not-yes, it tion, and so speedily too, after all the pretended is her hand !- I have too many curst occasions sanctity of the morning, must have thrown you to know it.

[Aside. into a most humiliating situation.

Bel. What are you muttering about ?—Read Bel. Into the most distressing you can im- the letter. agine. Had my wife raved at my falsehood, in Capt. Sao. [Reads.] ' If you are not intirely the customary manner, I could have brazened it discouraged by our last conversation,

from reout pretty tolerably; but the angel-like sweet- newing the subject which then gave offence ness, with which she bore the mortifying dis- Bel. Which then gave offence-You see, Sarcovery, planted daggers in my bosom, and made age, that it is not offensive any longer. me, at that time, wish her the veriest vixen in the Capt. Sav. 'Sdeath! you put ine out. You whole creation.

may, at the masquerade, this eveningCapt. Sav. Yet, the suffering forbearance of Bel. You remember how carnest she was for a wife, is a quality, for which she is seldom al- the masquerade party? lowed her merit. We think it her duty to put up Capt. Suv. Yes, yes, I remember it well: and with our falsehood, and imagine ourselves ex- I remember, also, how hurt she was this mornceedingly generous in the main, if we practise ing, about the affair of Miss Leeson. [Aside.) no other method of breaking her heart.

Have an opportunity of entertaining me -0, Bel. Monstrous! monstrous! from this mo- the struinpet!

[Aside. ment, I bid an everlasting adieu to my vices: the Bel. But mind the cunning with which she generosity of my dear girl

signs the note, for fear it should, by any accident,

fall into improper hands. Enter a Servant to BELVILLE.

Capt. Sav. Ay, and you put it into very proSer. Here's a letter, sir, which Mr Spruce has per hands. [Aside.]'I shall be in the blue domino. brought you.

- The signature is • You know who.' Bèl. Give me leave, Savage-Zounds! what Bel. Yes, you know who. an industrious devil the father of darkness is, Capt. Sav. May be, however, she has only when the moment a man determines upon a good

written this to try you. action, he sends such a thing as this, to stagger Bel. To try me! for what purpose? but if his resolution !

you read a certain postscript there, i fancy you'll Capt. Sav. What have you got there? be of a different opinion. Bel. You shall know presently. Will you

let Capt. Suv. ' If Mr Belville has any house of Spruce come in?

character to retire to, it would be most agreeaCapt. Sav. Where have you acquired all this ble, as there could be no fear of interruption.' ceremony?

Bel. What do you say now !--Can you recomBel. Bid Spruce come in.

mend me to any house of character, where we Ser. Yes, sir.

shall be free from interruption ? Capt. Sav. Is that another challenge?

Capt. Sav. O, curse her house of character ! Bel. 'Tis, upon my soul! but it came from a [Aside.] But surely, Belville, after your late debeautiful enemy, and dares me to give a meet- termined resolution to reforming to Miss Walsingham.

Bel. Zounds! I forgot that. Capt. Suv. How!

Capt. Sav. After the unexampled sweetness

of your wife's behaviour Enter SPRUCE.

Bel. Don't go on, Savage: there is something Bel. Pray, Spruce, who gave you this letter ? here (Putting his hand in his bosom.] which feels

Spruce. Miss Walsingham's woman, sir : she already not a little aukwardly.! said it was about very particular business, and Capt. Sao. And can you still persist? therefore I wou'dn't trust it by any of the foot- Bel. I am afraid to answer your question. inen.

Capt. Sav. Where the plague are you flying? Capt. Sav. O, damn your diligence ! [Aside. Bel. From the justice of your censure, Ho. Bél. You may go home, Spruce.

race; my own is sufficiently severe; yet I see that I shall be a rascal again, in spite of my he must rejoice to find liis conjectures so forteeth ; and good advice is only thrown away upon tunately reidized ! so incorrigible a libertine.

[Erit. Capt. Sao. So, then, this diamond of mine

Enter CAPTAIN SAVAGE. proves a counterfeit after all, and I am really Capt. Sav. So, madam, you have just escaped the veriest wretch existing, at the moment in a sad accident? which I conceived myself che peculiar favourite Miss Wal. And by that agreeable tone and of fortune. O the cursed, cursed sex! I'll see countenance, one would almost imagine you her once more to upbraid her with her falsehood, were very sorry for my escape. tben acquaint my father with her perfidy, to Capt. Sav. People, madam, who doubt the justify my breaking off the marriage, and tear her kindness of others, are generally conscious of from my thoughts for ever.

some defect in themselves.

Miss Wal. Don't madam me, with this accent Enter a Servant.

of indifference. What has put you out of humSer. Sir, sir, sir !

our? Capt. Sad. Sir, sir, sir !-What the devil's the Capt. Sav. Nothing ! matter with the booby!

Miss Wal. Are you indisposed ? Ser. Miss Walsinghain, sir !

Capt. Sav. The crocodile! the crocodile ! Capt. Sup. Ah! what of her?

[Aside. Ser. Was this moment overturned at Mr Miss Wal. Do you go to the masquerade toBelville's door; and, John tells me, carried in a night? ft into the house.

Capt. Sav. No; but


do. Capt. Sat. Ha! let me fly to her assistance ! Miss Wal. Why not? Come, don't be ill-na

[Erit. tured; I'm not your wife yet! Ser. Ha, let me fly to her assistance-0, are Capt. Sav. Nor ever will be, I promise you ! you thereabouts ?

Erit. Miss Wal. What is the meaning of this very

whimsical behaviour? SCENE VIII.-Changes to Mr Belville's. Capt. Suv. The settled composure of her impuEnter Mrs BelvILLE, Miss WalSINGHAM, and how have I deserved this usage?

dence is intolerable. [Aside.) Madam, madam! LADY RACHEL MILDEw.

Miss Wal. Nay, sir, sir! how have I deserved Mrs Bel. But are you indeed recovered, my it, if you go to that? dear?

Capt. Suv. The letter, madam!—the letter! Miss Wal. Perfectly, my dear I wasn't in Miss Wal. What letter! the least hurt, though greatly terrified, when the Capt. Sav. Your letter; inviting a gallant from two fools of coachmen contended for the honour the masquerade to a house of character, madam! of being first, and drove the carriages together with What! you appcai' surprised? a violence incredible.

Miss Wal. Well I may, at so shameless an asLady Rach. I sincerely rejoice at your escape; persion ! and now, Mrs Belville, as you promised to choose Capt. Sav. Madam, madam, I have seen your a dress for me, if I went in your party to the letter! Your new lover could not keep your semasquerade this evening, can you spare a quar

But I have nothing to do with ter of an hour to Tavistock-street?

you—and only come to declare my reasons for Mrs Bel I am loth to leave Miss Walsingham renouncing you everlastingly! alone, lady Rachel, so soon after her fright. Miss Wal. Nay, I insist that you don't stay at

Enter a Serrant. home upon my account; and lady Rachel's com- Ser. General Savage, madam. pany to the masquerade is a pleasure I have such Miss Wal. Shew him up. [Erit Ser.] I am an interest in, that I beg you won't delay a mo- | glad he is come, sir! inform him of your resolument to oblige her.

tion to break off the match, and let there be an Mrs Bel. Well, then, I attend your ladyship. end of every thing between us !

Lady Rach. You are very good ; and so is Miss Walsingham.


Enter GenERAL SAVAGE. Miss Wal I wonder Captain Savage stays away so long! where can he be all this time? - Gen. Sao. The news of your accident reached I die with impatience to tell him of my happy me but this moment, madam !--or I should have interview with the General.

posted much sooner to reconnoitre your situation.

My-aid-de-camp, however, has not been inattenEnter a Serdant.

tive, I see! and, I dare say, bis diligence will

not be the least lessened, when he knows his obSer. Captain Savage, madam.

ligations to you. Miss Wul. Shew him in. (Exit Servant.] How Capt. Sav. Oh, sir, I am perfectly sensible of

cret a inoment.

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