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Trade. I shall for ever acknowledge the obliga fortune, and little thinks the luck's on our side! tioa, sir.

But, come, pursue the fickle goddess, while she's in Free. But you understand upon what condition, the mood. Now for the Quaker, Mr. Tradelove-Miss Lovely.

Col. F. That's the hardest task Col. F. Ya, de vrow sal al te regt setten, mynheer. Of all the counterfeits perform'd oy man, Trade. With all my heart, mynheer; you shall

A soldier makes the simplest purtan. 'Exeunt. have my consent to marry her freely.

Free. Well, then, as I am a party concerned between you, mynheer Jan Van Timtamtirelereletta Heer Van Feignwell shall give you a discharge of

ACT V. your wager under his own hand, and you shall give him your consent to marry Miss Lovely under your's; that is the way to avoid all manner of dis- SCENE I.--An Apartment in Prim's house. putes hereafter. Col. F. Ya, weeragtig.

Enter Mrs. Prim, and Miss LOVELY, in a Quaker's

dress. Trade. Ay, ay, so it is, Mr. Freeman; I'll give it under mine this minute. (Sits down to write. ) Mrs. P. So, now I like thee, Anne; art thori not Col. F. And so Ik sal. [Does the same.

better without thy monstrous vanities and patches ? Free. So ho, the house!

If heaven should make thee so many black spots Enter Waiter.

upon thy face, would it not fright thee, Anne?

Miss L. If it should turn you inside outward, and Bid your master come up. [Erit Warter.1 I'll see shew all the spots of your hypocrisy, 'twould fright there be witnesses enough to the bargain. (.tside. ]

me worse ! Enter SACKBUT.

Mrs. P. My hypocrisy! I score thy words, Anne; Sack. Do you call, gentlemen ?

I lay no baits. Free. Ay, Mr. Sackbut, we shail want your hand

Miss L. If you did, you'd catch no fish. here. Trade. There, mynheer, there's my consent as thee to know, Anne, that I could have catched as

Mrs. P. Well, well, make thy jests; but I'd have amply as you can desire; but you must insert own name, for I know not how to speli it; I have many fish (as thou callest them,) in my time, as left a blank for it. (Gives the Colonel a paper.]

ever thou didst with all thy fool-traps about thee.

Miss L. Is that the reason of your formality, Mrs. Col. F. Ya Ik sal dat well doen.

Prim? Truth will out; I ever thought, indeed, Free. Now, Mr. Sackbut, you and I will witness

there was it. (They write. )

more design than godlincss in the Col. F. Daer, Mynbeer Tradelove, is your dis- pinched cap,

Mrs. P. Go, thou art corrupted with reading charge. (Gives him a paper.] Trade. Be pleased to witness this receipt too, art not already too familiar with the wicked ones.

lewd plays, and filthy romances. Ah! I wish thou gentlemen. [Freeman and Suckbut put their hands.

Miss L. Too familiar with the wicked ones! Free. Ay, ay, that we will. Col. F. Well, mynheer, ye most meer doen, ye familiar with none so wicked as yourself; how dare

Pray, no more of these freedoms, madam. I am must myn voorsprach to de vrow syn.

Free. He means you must recommend him to the you thus talk to me! you—you—you, unworthy lady.

woman, you. (Bursts into tears.] Trade. That I will, and to the rest of my brother

Enter TRADELOVE. guardiaas.

Trade. What, in tears, Nancy? What have you Col. F. Wat voor? de duyvel! heb you meer guar- done to her, Mrs. Prim, to make her weep? dians ?

Miss L. Done to me? I admire I keep my senses Trade. Only three, mynheer.

among you; but I will rid myself of your tyranny, Co!. F. What donder heb ye myn betrocken, if there be either law or justice to be had. I'll force mynheer? Had Ik dat gewoeten, Ik soude eaven you to give me up my liberty. met you geweest syn.

Mrs. P. Thou hast more need to weep for thy Sach. But, Mr. Tradelove is the principal; and sins, Anne; vea, for thy manifold sins. he can do a great deal with the rest, sir.

Miss L. Don't think that I'll be still the fool Free. And he shall use his interest, I promise which you have made me; no, I'll wear what I you, mynheer.

pleasemgo when and where I please, and keep Trade. I will say all that ever I can think on to what company I think fit, and not what you shall recommend you, mynheer; and if you please, I'll direct; I will. introduce you to the lady.

Trade. For my part, I do think all this very reaCol. F. Well, dat is waer. Maer ye must first sonable, Miss Lovely; 'tis fit you should have your spreken of myn to de vrow, and to ondere gentlemen. liberty, and for that very purpose I am come.

Free. Ay, that's the best way, and then I and Enter PERIWINKLE and OBADIAH Prim, with a the Heer Van Feigu well will meet you there.

letter in his hand. Trade. I will go this moment, upon my bonour. Your most obedient humble servant. My speaking husband, Mrs. Prim; but he tells me the glover's

Per. I have bought some black stockings your will do you little good, mynbeer; ha, ha! we have trade belongs to you : therefore, I pray you look bit you, 'faith : ha, ha! (Aside 1

me out five or six dozen of mouining gloves, such Well, my debt's dischargedand as for Nan,

as are given at funerals, and send them to iny house. He has my consentto get her if he can. (Aside.)

Obad. My friend Periwinkle has got a good wind.

[Exit fall to-day ; seven hundred a-year.
Col. F. Ha, ha, ha! this was a masterpiece of Mrs. P. I wish thee joy of it, neighbour.
contrivance, Freeman.

Trade. What, is Sir Toby dead then?
Free. He hugs himself with his supposed good Per. He is. You'll take care, Mrs. Prim.

of

Mrs. P. Yes, I will, neighbour.

Obad. That is more than she can say of thee, Obad. This letter recommendeth a speaker: 'uis friend. Lookye, 'tis in vain to talk; when I meet a from Aminadab Holdfast, of Bristol; peradventure man worthy of her, she shall have my leave to he will be here this pight; therefore, Sarah, do thou marry him. take care for his reception. (Gives her the letter.) Miss L. Provided he be of the faithful. Was Mrs. P. I will obey thee.

(Erit. there ever such a swarm of caterpillars to blast the Obad. What art thou in the dumps for, Anne ? hopes of a woman! [Aside.) Know this, that yoa Trade. We must marry her, Mr. Prim.

contead in vain; P'll hare no husband of your choosObad. Why, truly, if we could find a husband ing, nor shall you lord it over me long. I'll try the worth having, I should be as glad to see her married power of an Euglish senate. Orphans have been reas thou wouldst, neighbour.

dressed, and wills set aside, and none did ever dePer. Well said, there are but few worth having. serve their pity more. 0, Peignwell! where are thy

Trade. I can recommend you a man now, that I promises to free me from these vermin? Alas! the think you can none of you have an objection to. task was more difficult than he imagined. (Aside Enter Sir PHILIP MODELOVE.

A harder task than what the poets tell Per. You recommend ? Nay, whenever she mar- Of yore the fair Andromeda befell; ries, I'll recommend the husband.

She but one monster fear'd, Pue four to fear, Sir P. What, must it be a whale, or a rhinoceros, And see no Perseus, no delit'rer nest. [Erit. Mr. Periwinkle ? Ha, ha, ha! Per. He shall be none of the fops at your end of

Enter Servant, who whispers Lo Osadia: Prim. the town, with mop-heads and empty skulls; nor

Per. The woman is mad.

[Eria yet any of our trading geutry, who puzzle the heralds Sir P. So are you all, in my opinion. (Erit. to tind arms for their coaches. No; he shall be a Serv. One Simon Pure inquireth for thee. [Esit. man famous for travels, solidity, and curiosity; one Obad. Friend Tradelove, business requireth my who has searched into the profundity of nature : presence. when heaven shall direct such a one, he shall have

Trade. Oh! I sha’n’t trouble you. Plague take my consent, because it may turn to the benetit of him for an unmannerly dog; however, I have kep: mankind.

my word with my Dutchman, and I'll introduce hiru Miss L. The benefit of mankind! What, would too, for all you.

[Erit. you anatomize me?

Enter Colonel FEIGNWELL, in a Quaker's habit. Sir P. Ay, ay, madam, he would dissect you. Trade. Or, pore over you through a microscope with friend Holdfast, and all friends in Bristol;

Obad. Friend Pure, thou art welcome. Hos is it to see how your blood circulates from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot ;-ha, ha! But I Timothy Littleworth, John Slenderbrain, and Chris have a husband for you, a man that knows how to topher Keepfaith? improve your fortune; one that trades to the four all in health, i thank thee

for them.

Col. F. A goodly company! (Aside.] They are corners of the globe. Miss L. And would send me for a venture, perhaps.

Obad. Friend Holdfast writes me word, that thor Trade. One that will dress you in all the pride of camest lately from Pennsylvania : how do all friends

there? Europe, Asia, Africa, and America : a Dutch mer

Col. F. What the devil shall I say? I koos just chant, my girl.

Sir P. A Dutchman! ha, ha! There's a husband as much of Pennsylvania as I do of Bristol. [dside. for a fine lady. Ya frow, will you meet myn slapen,

Ohud. Do they thrive ? hu, ha! he'll learn you to talk the language of the

Col. F. Yea, friend, the blessing of their good hogs, madam, ha, ha!

works falls upon them. Trude. He'll teach you that one merchant is of Enter Mrs. Prim and Miss LOVELT. more service to a nation than fifty coxcombs. 'Tis Obad. Sarah, know our friend Pure. the inerchant makes the belle. How would the ladies Mrs. P. Thou art we come. [He salates ker. sparkle in the box, without the merchant? The Col. F. Here comes the sum of all my wishes. lucian diamond! the French brocade! the Italian How charming she appears even in that disguise ! fan! the Flanders lace! the fine Dutch holland! How would they vent their scandal over their tea- Ohad. Why dost thou consider the maiden su attables? And where would your beaux have cham- tentively, friend ? payne to toast their mistresses, were it not for the Col. Ë. I will tell thee. About four days ago I iner hant?

saw a vision. This very maiden, but in rain attire, Obad. Verily, neighbour Tradlelove, thou dost standing on a precipice, I heard a vuce which waste thy breath about nothing. All that thou hast called me by my name, and bid me put forth my suid tendeth only to debauch youih, and fill their hand, and save her from the pit. I did so, and me bearls with the pride and luxury of this world. The thought the damsel grew unto my side. merchant is a very great friend to Satan, and send. Mrs. P. What can that portend ? eth as many to bis dominions as the Pope.

Obad. The damsel's conversion, I am persuaded. Per. Right; I say, knowledge makes the man. Miss L. That's false, I'm sure.

| Aside. Ohad. Yea, but not thy kind of knowledge; it is Obad Wilt thou use the means, friend Pure ? the knowledge of truth. Search thou for the light Col. F. Means! What means? Is she got thy within, and not for baubles, friend.

daughter, already one of the faithful ? Miss L Ah! study your country's good, Mr. Peri- Mrs. P. No, alas ! she's one of the ungodly. winkle, and not her insects Rid you of your home- Obad. Pray thee mind what this good man will bred inonsters, before you fetch any from abroad. I say unto thee: he will teach thee the way thou dare swcar, you have maggots enough in your own should'st walk, Anne. brain to stock all the virtuosos in Europe with butterties.

Miss L. I know my way without his instructios: Sir P. By my soul! Miss Nancy's a wit.

I hoped to have been quiet when once I had put ea your odious formality here

Col. F. Then thou wearest it out of compulsion, another time I will explain the other article unto not choice, friend?

thee : in the meanwhile be thou dutiful to our friend Miss L. Thou art in the right of it, friend. Prim.

Mrs. P. Art thou not ashamed to mimic the good Miss L. I shall obey thee in everything. man? Ah! thou stubborn girl.

(OBADIAH comes forward. Col. F. Mind her not; she hurteth not mc. If Obad. Oh, what a prodigious change is here! Thou thou wilt leave her alone with me, I will discuss some hast wrought a miracle, friend! Anne, how dost thou few points with her, that may perchance soften her like the doctrine he hath preached ? stubbornness, and melt her into compliance.

Miss L. So well that I could talk to him for ever, Obad. Content; I pray thee put it home to her. methinks. I am ashamed of my former folly, and Come, Sarah, let us leave the good man with her. ask your pardon.

Miss L. (Catches hold of Prim; he breaks loose. Col. F. Enough, enough, that thou art sorry; he Ereunt Obad. and Mrs. P!] What, do you mean to is no pope, Anne. leave me with this old, enthusiastical canter! Don't Obad. True; I am no pope, Anne. Verily, thou think because I complied with your formality, to dost rejoice me exceedingly, friend : will it please impose your ridiculous doctrine upon me.

thee to walk into the next room, and refresh thyself? Col. #. I pray thee, young woman, moderate thy Come, take the maiden by the hand. passion.

Col. F. We will follow thee.

[Going. Miss L. I pray thee, walk after thy leader; you

Enter Servant. will but lose your labour upon me. These wretches will certainly make me mad!

Serr. There is another Simon Pure inquireth for Col. F. I am of another opinion; the spirit telleth thee, master. me I shall convert thee, Anne.

Col. F. The devil there is !

(4 side. Viss L. 'Tis a lying spirit; don't helieve it. Obad. Another Simon Pure! I do not know him;

Col. F. Say'st thou so? Why then tnou shalt con- is he any relation of thine ? vert me, my angel. (Catching her in his arms. Col. F. No, friend; I know him not. Plague take

Miss L. (Sirieks.] Ah! monster, hold off, or I'll him! I wish he were in Pennsylvania again, with tear thy eyes out.

all my soul.

(Aside. Col. F. Hush! for heaven's sake; dost thou not Miss L. What shall I do? know me? I am Feignwell !

Obad. Bring him up.

[Erit Servant. Miss L. Feignwell!

Col. F. Humph! then one of us must go down, Re-enter OBADIAH PRIM.

that's certain. Now, impudence assist me. Oh, I'm undone! Prim here! I wish with all my

Enter Simon Pure. soul I had been dumb. Obad. What is the matter? Why didst thou shrick

Obad. What is thy will with me, friend?

Simon. Didst thou not receive a letter from Ami. out, Anne? Miss L. Shriek out! I'll shriek and shriek again, nadal, Holdfast of Bristol, concerning one Simon

Pure ? cry murder, thieves, or anything, to drown the noise of that eternal babbler, if you leave me with him

Ohad. Yea, Simon Pure is already here, friend.

any longer.

Col. F. And Simon Pure will stay here, friend, if O' ad. Was that all? Fie, fie, Anne !

it be possible.

[ Aside. Col. F. No matter, I'll bring down her stomach,

Simon. That's an untruth, for I am he. I'll warrant thee. Leave us, I pray thee.

Col. F. Take thou heed, friend, what thou dost Obad. Fare thee wel. Verily, was afraid the say: I do attirnu that I am 'Simon 'Pure. flesh bad got the better of the spirit. (Eit.

Simon. Thy name may be Pure, friend, but not

that Pure. Col. F. My charming, lovely woman!

| Embraces her.

Col. F. Yea, that Pure which my good friend, Miss L. What meanest thou by this uisguise, the same Simon Pure that came from Pennsylvania,

Aminadab Holdfast, wrote to my frievd Prim about; Feignwell? Col. F. To set thee free, if thou wilt perform thy

and sojourned in Bristol eleven days; tbou would'st

not take my name from me, would'st thou ?-till I promise.

have done with it. Miss L. Make me mistress of my fortune, and

(Aside.

Simon. Thy name! I am astonished! make thy own conditions.

Col. F. At what? At thy own assurance ?
Col. . This night shall answer all my wishes
S'e bere I have the consent of three of thy guar-

(Going up to him, Simon Pure starts hack. dians a'rrady, and dou thot but Prim will make the thee, and all thy works.

Simon. Avaunt! Satan, approach me not: I defy fourih.

Miss L. Oh! he'll out-cant him. Undone, unEnter OBADIAN Prim, who listens. done for ever.

( Aside. Ohat. I would gladly h'or what arguments thr Col. F. Hark thee, friend! thy sham will not take. good min useth to bend nei.

[ Aside. Don't exert thy voice; thou art too well acquainted Miss L. Thy words give me new life, methinks. with Satap to start at him, thou wicked reprobate. Obad. What do I hear?

(Aside. What can thy design be here ? Miss L. Thou best of men, heaven meant to bless

Enter a Servant, who gives Prom a letter. me sure, when I first siw thee,

Ohad. H: hath molliti.d her. O wonderful con- Obad. One of these must be a counterfeit, but version!

[ Aside. which I cannot say. Col. F. (Safiiy.1 Ha! Priin listening.-No more Col. F. What can that letter be?

| Aside. my love, we are observ:d: seem to be edified, and Simon. Thou must be the devil, friend, that's cergive them hopes that thou wilt turn Quaker, and tain; for no huinan power can speak so great a false. kave the rest io me. Aloud.) I am glad to find that bood. shou art touched with what I said unto thee, Anne: Obad. This letter sayeth that thou art better acquainted with that prince of darkness, than any here.

Enter Mrs. Prix. (To Simon. Read that, I pray thee, Simon.

Mr P. I am greatly rejoiced to see such a change (Gives it to the Colonel Co.. F. (Aside.] 'Tis Preeman's band. [Reads.] in our beloved Anne. I came to tell thee that sup" There is a design formed to rob your house this nighi, per stayeth for thee.

Col. F. I am not disposed for thy food; my spirit and cut your throat ; and for that purpose there is a man disguised like a Quaker, wlw is to pass for one deem this maiden from the tribe of sinners, and break

longeth for more delicious meat! Pain would I reSimon Pure: the gang, whereof I am one, though now those cords asunder wherewith she is bound. Ham resolved to rob no more, has been at Bristol : one of

Miss L. Something whispers in my ears, methinks, them came in the couch with the Quaker, whose name he hath taken ; and from what he hath gathered from and from him only must hope for consolation. Hun

that I must be subject to the will of this good van him, formed that design, and did not doubt but ke It also telleth me that I am a chosen sessel to raise shwuld impose so far upon you as to make you turn out the real Simon Pure, and keep him with you. Make up seed to the faithful, and that thou mest consent the right use of thu. Adieu.” —Excellent well! [-Iride. that we two be one flesh, according to the word

! Obad. Dost thou hear this?

(To Sivox.

Obad. What a revelation is here! This is cerSimon. Yea, but it moveth me not; that doubtless is the impostor. [Pointing to the Colonel. tainly part of thy vision, friend;

this is the maiden's Col. F. Ah! thou wicked one. Now I consider growing unto thy side. Ah! with what willingness thy face, I remember thou didst come up in the should I give thee my consent, could I give thee her leathern conveniency with me. Thou hadst a black fortune too; but thou wilt never get the consent of

the wicked ones. bob-wig on, and a brown camblet coat with brass buttons. Canst thou deny it, eh?

Col. F. I wish I was as sure of your's. (Aside.

Obad. (To Miss L.) My soul rejoiceth, yea reSimm. Yea, I can, and with a safe conscience

joiceth, I say, to find the spirit within thee; for lo, too, friend, Obad. Verily, friend, thou art the most impudent it moreth thee with natural agitation; yea, with

natural agitation ; yea, with natural agitation to villain I ever saw.

Mis L. Nay, then, l'll have a fling at him. wards this good man; yea, it stirreth, as oge may Į Aside.) I remember the face of this fellow at Bath. say, -yea, verily I say, it stirreth up thy inchoa Ay, this is be that picked my Lady Rattle's poeket tion; sea, as one would stir a pudding. in the Grove. Don't you remember that the mob pumped upon you, friend? This is the most noto-hand, good Obadiah Prim, and now behold thou art

Miss L. I see, I see the spirit guiding of thy rious rogue

Simon. What does provoke thee to seek my life ? signing thy consent; and now I see myself within Thou wilt not hang me, wilt thou, wrongfully ?

thy arms, my friend and brother; yea, I am become Obud. She will do thee no hurt; nor thou shalt bone of thy bone, and flesh of thy flesh. (Embracing do me none; therefore get thee about thy business,

Col. F.] Hum! friend, and leave thy wicked course of life, or thou Friend Prim, thou must conseni;

there's no resist

Mrs. P. The spirit hath greatly moved them beth. may'st not come off so favourably everywhere. Simon, I pray thee, put him forth.

ing of the spirit. Col. F. Go, friend, I would advise thee, and tempt hand shall confess its obedience to the spirit.

Obad. Feich me the pen and ink, Sarah ; and my thy fate no more. Simon. Yea, I will go: but it shall be to thy con.

(Exit Mrs. P.

Col. F. I wish it were over. fusion; for I shall clear myself. I will return with some proofs that shall convince thee, Obadiah, that Re-enter Mrs. Prim, with pen and ink thou art highly imposed upon.

[Exit. Miss L. I tremble lest this quaking rogue shald Col. F. Then there will be no staying for me, return, and spoil all.

(Aside. that's certain. What the devil shall I do? | Aside. Obad. Here, friend, do thou write what the spirit

Obad. What monstrous works of iniquity are prompteth, and I will sigu it. [Col F. sits den there in this world, Simon ?

Col. F. (Reads.] This is to certify to all on it Col. F. Yea, the age is full of vice. 'Sdeath, I am may concern, that I do freely give all my right and so confounded I know not what to say. [ Aside. title in Anne Lorely to Simon Pure, and my full con

Obad. Thou art disordered, friend; art thou not sent that she shall become his wife, according to the well ?

form of marriage. Witness my hand.” Col. F. My spirit is greatly troubled, and some- Obad. That enough; give me the pen. [Sigu it thing telleth me, that though I have wrought a good

Enter Betty. wor. in converting this maiden, this tender maiden, yet my labour will be in vain, for the evil spirit

Betty. Oh! madam, madam, here's the quaking fighteth against her; and I see, yea, I see with the man again: he has brought a coachman, and two of

three more.

(Aside to Miss L. and est eye of my inward man, that Satan will rebuffet her

Miss L. Ruined, past redemption ! again, whenever I withdraw myself from her; and she will, yea, this very damsel will return again to

(Aside to the Culare that abomination from whence I have retrieved her,

Col. F. No, no; one minute sooner bad sparked as it werem-yea, as if it were out

of the jaws of the all; but now-Here's company coming, friend: gare fiend.

me the paper.

(Going to Prim hasala. Miss L. I must second him. (Aside.) What mean

Obad. Here it is, Simon; and I wish thee bapps

with the maiden. eth this struggling within me? I feel the spirit resisteth the vanities of this world; but the flesh is

Miss L. 'Tis done; and now, devil, do thy worst rebellious, yea, the flesh-I greatly fear the flesh and

Enter Simon Pure, Coachman, and others the weakness thereof. Hum.

Simon. Look thee, friend, I have brought these Obad. The maid is inspired. (Aside.) Prodigious! people to satisfy thee ihat i am not that imposte The damsel is filled with the spirit. Sarah !

which thou didst take me fur. This is the man that

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did drive the leathern conveniency, and brought me Trade. Ay, ay, so we will. Didn't you tell me tho from Bristol; and this is,

Dutch merchant desired me to meet him here, Mr. Col. F. Lookye, friend, to save the court the trou. Freeman ? ble of examining witnesses, I plead guilty. Ha, ha! Free. I did so, and I am sure he will be here, if

Obad. How's this? Is not thy name Pure, then ? you'll have a little patience.

Col. F. No, really, sir; I only made bold with Col. F. What, is Mr. Tradelove impatient? Nay, this gentleman's name ; but here I give it up safe then, ib ben gereet voor your, he be, Jan Van Timand sound : it has done the business I had occasion tamtirelereleita Heer Van Feignwell, vergeeten! for, and now I intend to wear my own, which shall Trade. Oh! plague of the name! what have you be at his service upon the same occasion at any time. tricked me too, Mr. Freeman? Ha, ha, ha!

Col. F. Tricked, Mr. Tradelove! Did not I give Simon. Oh! the wickedness of the age!

you two thousand pounds for your consent fairly?

(Erit Coachman, &c. And now do you tell a gentleman he has tricked you? Obad. I am struck dumb with thy impudence, Per. So, so! you are a pretty guardian, 'faith, to Anne; thou nadst deceived me, and perchance un- sell your charge! What do you look upon her as done thyself.

part of your stock ? Mrs. P. Thou art a dissembling baggage, and Obad. Ha, ha, ha! I am glad thy knavery is shame will overtake thee.

[Erit. found out, however; I confess the maiden overSimon. I am grieved to see thy wife so much trou- reached me, and I had no sinister end at all bled; I will follow and console her.

(Exit. Per. Ay, ay, one thing or other overreached you Enter Servant.

all; but I'll take care he shall never finger a penny Serv. Thy brother guardians inquire for thee; here of her money, I warrant you. Overreached quotha ! is another man with them.

[Erit. Why I might have been overreached too, if I had Miss L. Who can that man be? [ To Col. F. no more wit: I don't know but this very fellow may

Col. F. "Tis Freeman; a friend of mine, whom I be him that was directed to me from Grand Cairo, ordered to bring the rest of the guardians here. t'other day. Ha, ha, ha! Enter Sir Philip MODELOVE, TRADELOVE, Peri- Col. F. The very same. WINKLE, and FREEMAN.

Per. Are you so, sir ? But your trick would not Free. Is all safe? Did my letter do you service ? pass upon me. :

[Aside to the Colonel. Col. F. No, as you say, at that time it did not ; Col. F. All, all's safe;-ample service. (Aside. that was not my lucky hour. But, harkye! sir, I Sir P. Miss Nancy, how dost do, child ?

must let you into one secret. You may keep honest Miss L. Don't call me miss, friend Philip; my John Tradescant's coat on, for your uncle, Sir Toby name is Anne, thou knowest.

Periwinkle, is not dead, so the charge of mourning Sir P. What, is the girl metamorphosed ?

will be saved. Ha, ha, ha! Don't you remember Miss L. I wish thou wert so metamorphosed. Ah! Mr. Pillage, your uncle's steward? Ha, ha, ha! Philip, throw off that gaudy attire, and wear the Per. Not dead! I begin to fear I am tricked too. clothes becoming thy age.

Col. F. Don't you remember the signing of a lease, Obad. I am ashamed to see these men. (Aside. Mr. Periwinkle? Sir P. My age! the woman is possessed.

Per. Well, and what signifies that lease, if my Col. F. No; thou art possessed rather, friend. uncle is not dead? Ha! I am sure it was a lease I Trade. Harkye! Miss Lovely, one word with you. signed.

( Takes hold of her hand. Col. F. Ay, but it was a lease for life, sir; and for Col. F. This maiden is my wife, thanks to my this beautiful tenement, I thank you. friend Prim, and thou hast no business with her.

[ Tahing hold of Miss Lovely. [Takes her from him. All. Ha, ha, ha! neighbours' fare. Trade. His wife ! harkye, Mr. Freeman.

Free. So then, I find you are all tricked, ha, ha! Per. Why, you have made a very fine piece of Per. I am certain I read as plain a lease as ever I work of it, Mr. Prim.

read in my life. Sir P. Married to a quaker! thou art a fine fel. Col. F 'You read a lease I grant you; but you low to be left guardian to an orphan, truly. There's signed this contract.

[Shewiny a paper. a husband for a young lady!

Per. How durst you put this trick upon me, Mr Col. F. When I have put on my beau clothes, Sir Freeman? Didn't you tell me my uncle was dying? Philip, you'll like me better.

Free. And would tell you twice as much to serve Sir P. Thou wilt make a very scurvy beau, friend. my friend: ha, ha!

Col. F. I believe I can prove it under your hand Sir P. What, the learned and famous Mr. Peri. that you thought me a very fine gentleman in the winkle choused too! ha, ha, ha! I shall die with park t'other day, about thirty.six minutes after ele- laughing; ha, ha, ha! ven. Will you take a pinch, Sir Philip? One of the Trade. Well, since you have out-witted us all, finest snuff boxes you ever saw. (Offirs him suff: pray ynu, what and who are you, sir?

Sir P. Ha, ha, ha! I am overjoyed, 'faith I am, Sir P. Sir, the gentleman is a fine gentleman. I if thou be'st the gentleman. I own I did give my am glad you have got a person, madam, who underconsent to the gentleman I bronght here to-day; stands dress and good breeding. I was resolved she but whether this is he, I can't be positive.

should have one of my choosing. Obad. Canst thou not? Now I think thou art a Trade. A beau! nay, then, she is finely helped up. fine fellow to be left guardian to an orphan. Thou Miss L. Why, beaus are great encouragers of trade, shallow-brained shuttlecock! he may be a pick- sir; ha, ha! pocket for aught thou dost know.

Col. F. Lookye, gentlemen : I am the person who Per. You would have been two rare fellows to can give you the best account of myself; and I must have been entrusted with the sole management of heg Sir Philip's pardon, when I tell him, that, I her fortune, would ye not, think ye? But Mr. l'rade- have ao much aversion to what he calls dress and love and myself shall take care of her portion. breeding, as I have to the enemies of my re

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