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then. 'The blue and gold then. I believe Mr. Miss Richland. I'm quite displeased when I see Flanigan will look best in blue. (Exit Flanigan. a fine subject spoiled by a dull writer.

Bailiff. Rabbit me, but little Flanigan will look Honeywood. We should not be so severe against well in any thing. Ah, if your honour knew that dull writers, madam. It is ten to one but the dullest bit of flesh as well as I do, you'd be perfectly in love writer exceeds the most rigid French critic who with him. There's not a prettier scout in the four presumes to despise him. wunties after a shy-cock than he; scents like a Follower. Damn the French, the parle vous, an) hound: sticks like a weasel. He was master of all that belongs to them. the ceremonies to the black queen of Morocco, Miss Richland. Sir! when I took him to follow me. (Re-enter Flani- Honeywood. Ha ha, ha! honest Mr. Flanigan. gan.) Heh, ecod, I think he looks so well, that I A true English officer, madam; he's not contentdon't care if I have a suit from the same place for ed with beating the French, but he will scold them myself.

Honeywood. Well, well, I hear the lady coming. Miss Richland. Yet, Mr. Honeywood, this does Dear Mr. Twitch, I beg you'll give your friend di- not convince me but that severity in criticism is rections not to speak. As for yourself

, I know you necessary. It was our first adopting the severity will say nothing without being directed. of French taste, that has brought them in turn to

Bailiff. Never you fear me; l'll show the lady taste us. that I have something to say for myself as well as Bailif. Taste us! By the Lord, madam, they another. One man has one way of talking, and devour us. Give monseers but a taste, and I'll be another man has another, that's all the difference damn'd but they come in for a bellyfull. between them.

Miss Richland. Very extraordinary this !

Follorrer. But very true. What makes the Enter MISS RICHLAND and her Maid.

bread rising ? the parle vous that devour us. What Miss Richland. You'll be surprised, sir, with makes the mutton fivepence a pound? the parle Chis visit. But you know I'm yet to thank you for vous that eat it up. What makes the beer threechoosing my little library.

pence-halfpenny a pot?Honeywood. Thanks, madam, are unnecessary; Honeywood. Ah! the vulgar rogues; all will be as it was I that was obliged by your commands. out. (Aside.] Right, gentlemen, very right, upon Chairs here. Two of my very good friends, Mr. (my word, and quite to the purpose. They draw a Twitch and Mr. Flanigan. Pray, gentlemen, sit parallel, madam, between the mental taste and that without ceremony.

of our senses. We are injured as much by the Miss Richland. Who can these odd-looking French severity in the one, as by French rapacity men be; I fear it is as I was informed. It must be in the other. That's their meaning.

(Aside. Miss Richland. Though I don't see the force Bailif (after a pause.) Pretty weather; very of the parallel, yet I'll own, that we should somepretty weather for the time of the year, madam. times pardon books, as we do our friends, that have

Follower. Very good circuit weather in the now and then agrecable absurdities to recommend country.

them. Honeywood. You officers are generally favourites Bailiff. That's all my eye. The king only can among the ladies. My friends, madam, have been pardon, as the law says: for set in case upon very disagreeable duty, I assure you. The Honeywood. I'm quite of your opinion, sir. I fair should in some measure recompense the toils see the whole drift of your argument. Yes, cerof the brave!

tainly, our presuming to pardon any work, is ar. Miss Richland. Our officers do indeed deserve rogating a power that belongs to another. If all every favour. The gentlemen are in the marine have power to condemn, what writer can be free? service, I presume sir?

Bailiff. By his habus corpus. His habus corpus Honeymoood. Why, madam, they do-occasional- can set him free at any time : for, set in casely serve in the fleet, madam. A dangerous ser- Honeywood. I'm obliged to you, sir, for the hint. vice!

If, madam, as my friend observes, our laws are so Miss Richland. I'm told so. And I own it has careful of a gentleman's person, sure we ought to often surprised me, that while we have had so ma- be equally careful of his dearer part, his fame. ny instances of bravery there, we have had so few Follower. Ay, but if so be a man's nabb'd you of wit at home to praise it.

knowHoneywood. I grant, madam, that our poets have Honeywood. Mr. Flanigan, if you spoke for ever, not written as our soldiers have fought; but they you could not improve the last observation. For have done all they could, and Hawke or Amherst my own part, I think it conclusive. muld do no more.

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Honeyrood. Nay, sir, give me leave in this in- setting him free, I own, was quite unexpected. I dance to be positive. For where is the necessity has totally unhinged my schemes to reclaim him. of censuring works without genius, which must Yet it gives me pleasure to find, that among a shortly sink of themselves ? what is it

, but aiming number of worthless friendships, he has made one an unnecessary blow against a victim already under acquisition of real value; for there must be some the hands of justice ?

softer passion on her side that prompts this geneBailif. Justice! Q, by the elevens, if you talk rosity. Ha! here before me: l'u endeavour to about justice, I think I am at home there : for, in a sound her affections–Madam, as I am the person course of law

that have had some demands upon the gentleman Honeywooch My dear Mr. Twitch, I discern of this house, I hope you'll excuse me, if

, before I what you'd be at perfectly; and I believe the lady enlarged him, I wanted to see yourself. must be sensible of the art with which it is intro Miss Richland. The precaution was very unduced. I suppose you perceive the meaning, ma- necessary, sir. I suppose your wants were only dam, of his course of law.

such as my agent had power to satisfy. Miss Richland. 1 protest, sir, I do not. I per- Sir William. Partly, madam. But I was also ceive only that you answer ore gentleman before willing you should be fully apprised of the charac. he has finisbed, and the other before he has well ter of the gentleman you intended to serve. begun.

Miss Richland. It must come, sir, with a very Bailiff

. Madam, you are a gentlewoman, and I ill grace from you. To censure it after what you will make the matter out. This here question is have done, would look like malice; and to speak about severity, and justice, and pardon, and the like favourably of a character you have oppressed, would of they. Now, to explain the thing

be impeaching your own. And sure, his tenderHoneywood. 0! curse your explanations.

ness, his humanity, his universal friendship, may Aside. atone for many faults.

Sir William. That friendship, madam, which

is exerted in too wide a sphere, becomes totally Serdant. Mr. Leontine, sir, below, desires to useless. Our bounty, like a drop of water, disapspeak with you upon earnest business. pears when diffused too widely. They, who pre

Honeywood. That's lucky (Aside.] Dear ma- tend most to this universal benevolence, are either dam, you'll excuse me and my good friends here, deceivers, or dupes: men who desire to cover their for a few minutes. There are books, madam, to private ill-nature, by a pretended regard for all; or amuse you. Come, gentlemen, you know I make men who, reasoning themselves into false feelings, no ceremony with such friends. After you, sir. are more earnest in pursuit of splendid, than of Excuse me. Well

, if I must. But I know your useful virtues. natural politeness.

Miss Richland. I am surprised, sir, to hear one, Bailif: Before and behind, you know. who has probably been a gainer by the folly of

Follower. Ay, ay, before and behind, before and others, so severe in his censure of it. behind.

Sir William. Whatever I may have gained by (Ereunt Honeywood, Bailiff, and Fbllorer.folly, madam, you see I am willing to prevent your Miss Richland. What can all this mean, Gar- losing by it. net?

Miss Richland. Your cares for me, sir, are unGarnet. Mean, madam! why, what should it necessary. I always suspect those services which mean, but what Mr. Lofty sent you here to see? are denied where they are wanted, and offered, perThese people he calls officers, are officers sure haps, in hopes of a refusal. No, sir, my directions enough; sheriff's officers; bailiffs, madam. have been given, and I insist upon their being com

Miss Richland. Ay, it is certainly so. Well, plied with. though his perplexities are far from giving me

Sir William. Thou amiable woman! I can no pleasure, yet I own there's something very ridicu- longer contain the expressions of my gratitude, my lous in them, and a just punishment for his dis- pleasure. You see before you one, who has been simulation.

equally careful of his interest; one, who has for Garnet. And so they are. But I wonder, ma- some time been a concealed spectator of his follies, dam, that the lawyer you just employed to pay his and only punished in hopes to reclaim him—his debts, and set him free, has not done it by this time. uncle ! He ought at least to have been here before now.

Miss Richland. Sir William Honeywood! You But lawyers are always more ready to get a man amaze me. How shall I conceal my confusion? I into troubles than out of them.

fear, sir, you'll think I have been too forward in Enter SIR WILLIAM HONEYWOOD.

my services. I confess I

Sir William. Don't make any apologies, ma. Sir William. For Miss Richland to undertake dam. I only find myself unable to repay the onu

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gation. And yet, I have been trying my interest had some reason to confide in my judgment; one of late to serve you. Having learnt, madam, that little reason, perhaps. you had some demands upon Government, I have, Mise Richland. Pray, sir, what was it? though unasked, been your solicitor there.

Lofty. Why, madam-but let it go no farther Miss Richland. Sir, I'm infinitely obliged to it was I procured him his place. your intentions. But my guardian has employed Sir William. Did you, sir? another gentleman, who assures him of success. Lofty. Either you or I, sir.

Sir William. Who, the important little man Miss Richland. This, Mr. Lofty, was very kind that visits here? Trust me, madam, he's quite indeed. contemptible among men in power, and utterly! Lofty. I did love him, to be sure; he had some unable to serve you. Mr. Lofty's promises are amusing qualities; no man was fitter to be a toastmuch better known to people of fashion, than his master to a club, or had a better head. person, I assure you.

Miss Richland. A better head ? Miss Richland. How have we been deceived ! Lofty. Ay, at a bottle. To be sure he was as As sure as can be here he comes.

Jull as a choice spirit: but, hang it, he was grateSir William. Does he? Remember I'm to con- ful, very grateful; and gratitude hides a multitude tinue unknown. My return to England has not of faults. as yet been made public. With what impudence Sir William. He might have reason, perhaps. he enters!

His place is pretty considerable, I'm told.

Lofty. A trifle, &•mere trifle among us men of Enter LOFTY.

business. The truth is, he wanted dignity to fill Lofty. Let the chariot—let my chariot drive off; up a greater. I'll visit to his grace's in a chair. Miss Richland Sir William. Dignity of person, do you mean, here before me! Punctual, as usual, to the calls sir ? I'm told he's much about my size and figure, of humanity. I'm very sorry, madam, things of sir. this kind should happen, especially to a man I have Lofly. Ay, tall enough for a marching regiment ; shown every where, and carried amongst us as a but then he wanted a something—a consequence particular acquaintance.

of form—a kind of a I believe the lady perceives Miss Richland. I find, sir, you have the art of my meaning. making the misfortunes of others your own. Miss Richland. O, perfectly; you courtiers can

Lofty. My dear madam, what can a private man do any thing, I see. like me do? One man can't do every thing; and Lofty. My dear madam, all this is but a mere then, I do so much in this way every day :-Let exchange; we do greater things for one another me see; something considerable might be done for every day. Why, as thus, now : let me suppose him by subscription; it could not fail if I carried you the first lord of the treasury; you have an emthe list. I'll undertake to set down a brace of ployment in you that I want; I have a place in dukes, two dozen lords, and half the lower house, me that you want; do me here, do you there: inat my own peril.

terest of both sides, few words, flat, done and done, Sir William. And, after all, it's more than pro- and it's over. bable, sir, he might reject the offer of such power- Sir William. A thought strikes me. (Aside.) ful patronage.

Now you mention Sir William Honeywood, maLofty. Then, madam, what can we do? You dam, and as he seems, sir, an acquaintance of yours, know I never make promises. In truth, I once or you'll be glad to hear he is arrived from Italy; I twice tried to do something with him in the way of had it from a friend who knows him as well as he business; but, as I often told his uncle, Sir Wil- does me, and you may depend on my information. liam Honeywood, the man was utterly impracti- Lofty. The devil he is! If I had known that, cable.

we should not have been quite so well acquainted. Sir William. His uncle! then that gentleman,

Aside. I suppose, is a particular friend of yours.

Sir William. He is certainly returned; and as Lofty. Meaning me, sir ?-Yes, madam, as I this gentleman is a friend of yours, he can be of often said, my dear Sir William, you are sensible signal service to us, by introducing me to him; I would do any thing, as far as my poor interest there are some papers relative to your affairs that goes, to serve your family: but what can be done? require dispatch, and his inspection. there's no procuring first-rate places for ninth-rate Miss Richland. This gentleman, Mr. Lofty, is abilities.

a person employed in my affairs : I know you'll Miss Richland. I have heard of Sir William serve us. Honeywood; he's abroad in employment: he con- Lofty. My dear madam, I live but to serve you. fidled in your judgment, I suppose?

Sir William shall even wait upon him, if you think Lufty. Why, yes, madam, I believe Sir William 'proper to command it.

Sir William That would be quite unnecessary. Jardis. Why, there it is: he has no money,

Lofty. Well, we must introduce you then. *Call that's true; but then, as he never said No to any apon me--let me see—ay, in two days request in his life, he has given them a bill, drawn

Sir William. Now, or the opportunity will be by a friend of his upon a merchant in the city lost for ever.

which I am to get changed; for you must know Lofty. Well, if it must be now, now let it be. that I am to go with them to Scotland myself. But damn it, that's unfortunate; my Lord Grig's Sir William. How? cursed Persacola business comes on this very hour, Jarvis. It seems the young gentleman is obliged and I'm engaged to attend—another time- to take a different road from his mistress, as he is

Sir William. A short letter to Sir William will to call upon an uncle of his that lives out of the do.

way, in order to prepare a place for their reception Lofty. You shall have it; yet, in my opinion, a when they return; so they have borrowed me from letter is a very bad way of going to work; face to my master, as the properest person to attend the face, that's my way.

young lady down. Sir William The letter, sir, will do quite as Sir William. To the land of matrimony? A well

pleasant journey, Jarvis. Lofty. Zounds! sir, do you pretend to direct Jarvis. Ay, but I'm only to have all the fatigues me? direct me in the business of office? Do you don't know me, sir? who am I?

Sir William Well, it may be shorter, and less Miss Rickland. Dear Mr. Lofty, this request is fatiguing, than you imagine. I know but too not so much his as mine; if my commandsm-but much of the young lady's family and connexions, you despire my power.

whom I have seen abroad. I have also discovered Lofty. Delicate creature! your commands could that Miss Richland is not indifferent to my thoughteven control a debale at midnight: to a power so less nephew; and will endeavour, though I fear in constitutional, I am all ohelience and tranquillity. vain, to establish that connexion. But, come, the He shall have a letter: where is my secretary ? letter I wait for must be almost finished; I'll let Dubardieu? And yet, I protest I don't like this you further into my intentions in the next room. way of doing business. I think if I spoke first

(Exeunt. 10 Sir William-But you will have it so.

(Erit with Miss Richland. Sir William (alone.) Ha, ha, ha!-- This too is

ACT IV. one of my nephew's hopeful associates. O vanity,

SCENE-CROAKER'S HOUSE. thou constant deceiver, how do all thy efforts to exal, serve but to sink us! Thy false colourings, Lofty. Well, sure the devil's in me of late, for like those employed to heighten beauty, only seem running my head into such defiles, as nothing but to mend that bloom which they contribute to de- a genius like my own could draw me from. I was stroy. I'm not displeased at this interview: ex- formerly contented to husband out my places and posing this fellow's impudence to the contempt it pensions with some degree of frugality; but, curse deserves, may be of use to my design; at least, if he it, of late I have given away the whole Court Recan reflect, it will be of use to himself.

gister in less time than they could print the titleEnter JARVIS.

page: yet, hang it, why scruple a lie or two to come

at a fine girl, when I every day tell a thousand for Sir William. How now, Jarvis, where's your nothing. Ha! Honeywood here before me. Could master, my nephew?

Miss Richland have set him at liberty? Jarvis. At his wit's ends, I believe: he's scarce

Enter HONEYWOOD. gotten out of one scrape, but he's running his head into another.

Mr. Honeywood, I'm glad to see you abroad Sir William. How so?

again. I find my concurrence was not necessary Jardis. The house has but just been cleared of in your unfortunate affairs. I had put things in a the bailiffs, and now he's again engaging tooth and train to do your business; but it is not for me to nail in assisting old Croaker's son to patch up a say what I intended doing. clandestine match with the young lady that passes Honeywood. It was unfortunate indeed, sir. in the house for his sister,

But what adds to my uneasiness is, that while you Sir William. Ever busy to serve others. seem to be acquainted with my misfortune, I my.

Jardis. Ay, any body but himself. The young self continue still a stranger to my benefactor. couple, it seems, are just setting out for Scotland; Lofty. How! not know the friend that served and he supplies them with money for the journey. you?

Sir William. Money! how is he able to supply Honeywood. Can't guess at the person. others who has scarce any for himself ? | Lofty. Inquire.

tience.

Honcywood. I have; but all I can learn is, that your heart is labouring to be grateful. You shall • he chooses to remain concealed, and that all in- be grateful. It would be cruel to disappoint you. quiry must be fruitless.

Honeywood. How! teach me the manner. Is Lofty. Must be fritless!

there any way? Honeydood. Absolutely fruitless.

Lofly. From this moment you're mine. Yes Lofty. Sure of that?

my friend, you shall know it-I'm in love. Honeycood. Very sure.

Honeywood. And can I assist you? Lofty. Then I'll be damn'd if you shall ever Lofty. Nobody so well. know it from me.

Honeywood. In what manner? I'm all impa Honeywood. How, sir ?

Lofty. I suppose now, Mr. Honeywood, you Lofty. You shall make love for me. think my rent-roll very considerable, and that 1 Honeyxood. And to whom shall I speak in youz have vast sums of money to throw away; I know favour? you do. The world, to be sure, says such things Lofty. To a lady with whom you have great inof me.

terest, I assure you ; Miss Richland. Honeywood. The world, by what I learn, is no Honeywood. Miss Richland! stranger to your generosity. But where does this Lofty. Yes, Miss Richland. She has struck tend ?

the blow up to the hilt in my bosom, by Jupiter. Lofty. To nothing; nothing in the world. The Honeywood. Heavens! was ever any thing more town, to be sure, when it makes such a thing as unfortunate? It is too much to be endured. me the subject of conversation, has asserted, that Lofty. Unfortunate, indeed! And yet can I enI never yet patronised a man of merit.

dure it, till you have opened the affair to her for Honeymoood. I have heard instances to the con- me. Between ourselves, I think she likes me. I'm trary, even from yourself.

not apt to boast, but I think she does. Lofly. Yes, Honeywood; and there are in- Honeywood. Indeed! but do you know the per stances to the contrary, that you shall never hear son you apply to ? from myself.

Lofty. Yes, I know you are her friend and mine: Honeywood. Ha! dear sir, permit me to ask you that's enough. To you, therefore, I commit the but one question.

success of my passion. I'll say no more, let friend. Lofty. Sir, ask me no questions; I say, sir, ask ship do the rest. I have only to add, that if at any me no questions; I'll be damnd if I answer them. time my little interest can be of service-but, hang

Honeywood. I will ask no further. My friend! it, I'll make no promises—you know my interest is my benefactor! it is, it must be here, that I am in- yours at any time. No apologies, my friend, l’U debted for freedom, for honour. Yes, thou wor- not be answered; it shall be so. (Erit. thiest of men, from the beginning I suspected it, Honeywood. Open, generous, unsuspecting man! but was afraid to return thanks; which, if unde- He little thinks that I love her too; and with such served, might seem reproaches.

an ardent passion !-But then it was ever but a Lofty. I protest I do not understand all this, vain and hopeless one; my torment, my persecu. Mr. Honeywood: you treat me very cavalierly. I tion! What shall I do ? Love, friendship; a hopedo assure you, sir-Blood, sir, can't a man be per- less passion, a deserving friend ! Love, that has mitted to enjoy the luxury of his own feelings, been my tormentor; a friend that has, perhaps, diswithout all this parade?

tressed himself to serve me. It shall be so. Yes, Honeywood. Nay, do not altempt to conceal an I will discard the fondling hope from my bosom, action that adds to your honour. Your looks, your and exert all my influence in his favour. And air, your manner, all confess it.

yet to see her in thc possession of another !-In. Lofty. Confess it, sir! torture itself

, sir, shall supportable ! But then to betray a generous, trustnever bring me to confess it. Mr. Honeywood, I ing friend !–Worse, worse! Yes, I'm resolved. have admitted you upon terms of friendship. Don't Let me but be the instrument of their bappiness, let us fall out; make me happy, and let this be and then quit a country, where I must for ever de buried in oblivion. You know I hate ostentation; spair of finding my own.

[Erit. you know I do. Come, come, Honeywood, you know I always loved to be a friend, and not a pa

Enter OLIVIA, and GARNET, who carries a miliiner's box tron. I beg this may make no kind of distance Olivia. Dear me, I wish this journey were over, between us. Come, come, you and I must be No news of Jarvis yet? I believe the old peevish more familiar-Indeed we must,

creature delays purely to vex me. Honeymood. Heavens! Can I ever repay such Gornet. Why, to be sure, madam, I did hear friendship? Is there any way?—Thou best of men, him say, a little snubbing before marriage would can I ever return the obligation?

teach you to bear it the better afterwards. Lofly. A bagatelle, a mere bagatelle! But I see Olivia. To be gone a full hour, though he had

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