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this question ; where the human heart is pre- Mort. Conferring with lord Abberville. sent, and the appeal is made to heaven, no Aug. Lord Abberville! You frighten me. jury need be summoned. Here is a stranger Mort. Fear pothing; you will find him a bas the confidence to say, that your preten- new man; a deep incision has let out the dissions to charity are false: nay, he arraigns order; and I hope a healthy regimen in time your honesty; a charge injurious to any man, will heal the wound; in short I can't be idle; but mortal to a trader, and levell’d at the and now Frank is off my hands, I've once vital root of his profession.

more undertaken to set this rickety babe of Bridge. Ay, 'tis the Turkey merchant I quality upon his legs-Oh, here he comes; suppose; let him come in; I know upon what why this is as it should be; now you look ground I stand, and am afraid of no man like friends. Mort. We shall try that. [ Aside] Do you

Enter LORD ABBERVILEE and TYRREL. know this gentleman?

Lord A. May we be ever so! O, Morti

mer, I blush io look upon that lady; your Enter AUBREY.

reproofs I bore with some composure; but Bridge. (Starting] Aubrey !

methinks was she to chide me, I should sink Aub. Tbou wretch.

with shame. Bridge. He lives!

Aug. You've nothing, my lord Abberville, Aub. To thy confusion – Rais’d by the lo apprehend from me: I should be loath to bounty of my family, is this your gratitude ? give an interruption to your happiness in the When in the bitterness of my distress I put height of my own. an infant daughter in your hands, the last Àub. Give me thy hand, Augusta - In the weak scion of a noble stock, was it to rob bope that I was labouring for thy sake, and me you received her; to plunder and defraud in thy person that I should restore the proan helpless orphan, as you thought her, and strate fortunes of an ancient house, I have rise upon the ruins of your benefactor's fortune ? toiled on through eighteen years of wearisome

Bridge. Oh! I am trepan'd! How shall I adventure: crown'd with succes, I now at look my wife and daughter in the face! [Aside. length return, and find my daughter all my

Aub. Where have you lodg’d the money I fondest hope could represent; but past expedeposited with you at parting? I find my rience makes me provident: I would secure daughter destitute: what have you done with my treasure: I would beslow it now in faiththe remittances I sent from time to time? ful hands-What say you, sir, will you acBat, above all, where is the produce of the cept the charge ?

[To Tyrrel. Neptune's cargo? Villain, ; look here, I have Tyr. Yes, and will bear it ever in my sight, the proofs; tbis is the abstract of the sale; if watch over it with unremitting love, and you dispute it, I am here provided with a guard it with my life. witness, your Jew broker, ready at uand to Aub. What says my child, my dear Auattest is to your face.

gusta? But I read her looks Bridge. Espose me not; I will refund to both! the last farthing: I dispute nothing; call him Mort. Amen, say I. Live an example to not in.

the
age;

"and when I read the list of marriaMort. There's no occasion for witnesses ges, as I do that of burials, with a sigh, let when a man pleads guilty.

me have this to say, that there was one exam

ple of felicity. Enter Miss AUBREY, and throws herself on

Lord A. O Frank, 'tis hard to speak the her Knees to her Father.

word, but you deserve her; yours is the road Aug. Dear sir, upon my knees, I do be- to happiness: I have been lost in error, but I seech you mitigate your severity; it is my sball trace your steps, and press to overtake you. Srst petition; he's deiected, let his conscience Mort. Why that's well said ; there spoke add ibe rest.

your father from within you: now be gone; dub. Rise, my beloved child, it shall be so. ily to the altars of your country lares; visit There, sir, your pardon be your punishment: that nurse of contemplation, solitude; and it was my money only you attempted, my while you range your groves, that shook at chovicest treasure you have left untouch'd: now every rattle of the dice, ask of your reason, go zad profit by this meeting: I will not ex- why you was a gamester. pose you: learn of your fraternity a Lord A. I've been a madman; I have lost honourable practice; and let integrity for ever an humble faithful friend, wbose services would remain the inseparable characteristic of an be invaluable. English mercbant.

Mort. Why ay, your Highlander, your Mort Stay; I've another point to settle with poor Macleod; our plan must stop without you; you're a creditor of lord Abberville's: I his help; I'm but a projector, he must esecule fod you're put miss Aubrey's money to ex--but there likewise I can serve you. traordinary interest: Jarvis, show this gentle- Lord A. O Mortimer, how much bave I o into my library, you'll find a lawyer mistaken thee! Sere will seitle your accounts.

Mort. Come, come, I have my faults; Irun Bridge. I think you've pretty well done 'an untoward fellow and stand as much in has already-A fine visit truly I have made need of a reform as any of

you

all. t; and a line reception I shall meet at

[Exit

. Enter Doctor Druid hastily, followed by Amb. So! This uneasy business past, let us

Colin. turn to happiness: where is your nephew? D.D. Tutor me truly-talk to me! Pray

Blest be you

more

gentlemens, bear witness: is master Colins shall I find words to thank him as I ought? here a proper teacher of the dialects, d'ye see, Aub. I father all your obligations; 'twas and pronunciations of the English longue? not you but me his bounty sard.

Colin. Why not? Is there not Duncan Lord A. Hold, sir; in point of obligation, Ross of Aberdeen that lactures twice a week I stand first. By how much there is more on oratory at the Seven Dials? And does not disgrace in doing than in suffering a violence, Sawney Ferguson, a cousin of mine awn, ad-by so much I am more bis debtor than you all. minister the English language in ils utmost Colin. Ecod, and that is true enow; beaven elegance at Amsterdam?

sends misfortune, but the de'il sends mischief

. Dr. D. Bear witness; that is all I say, bear Dr. D. Well, master Colins, all is past and witness.

over; you have got your place again, and all Mort. We do: there is not one amongst is well

. Coot now, let me admonish you for us, doctor, but can witness to some noble the future to be quiet and bear reason; moact of Colin's; and we would not wound his derate your choler, and your passions, and harmless vanity, for any bribe that you can your partialties: it is not for a clown like offer.

you to pratile and dispute with me; in fait Lord A. Colin, I've done you wrong; but you should know better. I was not myself; be you no worse a servant Mort. Come, come, 'tis you that should than you have been, and you shall find bence- know better; in this poor 'Highlander, the forward I will be a beller master.

force of prejudice has some plea, because he Colin. I'm satisfied; an you'll neglect your- is a clown; but you, a citizen that should be sall na' more than I shall do, things will gang of the world, whose heart, philosophy, and well enow.

travel, might have open'd, should know better Tyr. I must apologize to Colin too: like than to join the cry with those, whose charity, my lord Abberville, I was not myself when I like the limitation of a brief, stops short at rebuffd you on the business of miss Aubrey's Berwick, and never circulates beyond the letter.

Tweed: by heaven, I'd rather weed out one Colin. Say no more, maister Tyrrel; 'tis such unmanly prejudice from the bearts of not for a mon to resent the pertness of a my countrymen, than add another Indies to child, or the petulance of a lover.

their Empire. Aug. But what shall I say to him? Where

THE WEST INDIAN, Comedy hy Richard Cumberland. Acted at Drury Lane 1771. This comedy may be considered as one of the best that the present times have produced. The frequency of its representation renders 'it sufficiently known; and it was originally performed with very great and deserved success, "The character of Major O'Flaherty (ways a writer in The Gentleman's Magazine) is not a fictitious

one, but copied from the original in the person of Cold O'B-ne; ube distinguished bimself during many years service in the Austrian army, and is now retired npon e pension of short 200 L. per annum, with a brevei de colonel. The last time I saw him was at the court of Bruxelles, in the yeur 177*, where he then resided, and was much respected both by the noblesse and the military, who paid him all the bencari duo to so brave and honest a veteran; a man whose courage had stood the trst of every trial; whose intrepidity was couth; whicl, however, so far from giving

offence, added new lustre io his actions: disdaining every symptom of duplicity, he was often too open and sincere. These qualities, joined to his gallant bravery, were always ready to vindicale any affront offered either to himself or his friends. Respecting the first, he generously condescended to the postulate before a challenge: in the other case, le stood forward the arbiter of disputes, the mediator in quarrels

, and If the offending party obstinately refused to submit to his decisions, he had sure way to bring him to reason be immediately esponsed the cause of the injured or insulted, and made himself a second

where he could not be admitted us principal. In the numberless engagements which he bad of this sort, he was never known to have embarked with rashness, or in a wrong cause. His idea of military virtne, and the point of honour, was so great, that he would not suffer the least reflection to be cast on either; notwithstanding, he was a cheerful companion, a solid friend, and of a generous spirit; but an implacable enemy to every species of meanness, which he always either corrected, or exposed The coachman of the Flemish baron had designedly, and contrary to the cliquette of rank, drove against and demacred the carriage of the Duke of St. Alban's. This coming to the cars of the colonel, he insisted that the Duke should panied the Duke to the baron's

country-seat, requiring satisfaction for the indignity done to one of his grace's high missively asked pardon. Being formerly an officer of Pandours in the Hungarian army, he was sent to vierno, cherzeit with dispatches from the general, containing the relation of some important advantages. The colonel, at that the only a private officer, unknown at court, and liale acquainted with the place, or the usual ceremonies belonging to un noticed in the antechambers; lill at lengih the Emperor accidentally passing, and attracted by his manly figured particular dress, very graciously inquired his tusiness. Our honest Hibernian, not knowing the person of the Lorent

, .but won by his pleasing manner of address, complained of the inattention he had received, more especially as be pabra

Emperor, who till then had been ocenpied in admiring his martial appearance, and ignorant simplicity of caart roles now made himsell known: when O'B-ne, somewhat confiused

at this unexpected declaration, immediately inclined with respect at the Imperial presence, and presented the packet. The emperor, reading the leuer, with the other hand ducted him to the Queen, where he was favourably received, and both seemed much pleased at the firmness and inte grity of his behaviour; which, joined to other circumstances tending to his reputation, they rewarded by advancis, laim in the rank of major,' wherein he distinguished himself still more by his courage and strid regard to disciplise. other laudable anecdotes might here be recorded of him; these will suffice to give a sketch of his character. The author of the play bos only drawn the outlines of the picture; the colouring is too faint, and not equal to the meri of the original. The Austrian and French annals can bring forward more than one example in natives of our sinterkingdom, who have risen by their valour and abilities ton superiority of rank in those armies, whose names are le

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afbriendly known to require a particular specifiration in this place. It is much to be lamented, that mon of such acinowledged merit should be forced into a foreign service through a point of conscience, and excluded from serving at home by the present enour of our laws. Several of this descriptive, whom I have conversed with in my traveli. frankly coblessed how pleasing it would be to them to join licir legal standard, provided ou restraints were laid ou their religious principles."

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ACT I.

Stock. You shall hear, Not many days after Scene I.- A Merchant's Counting-house. our marriage, old Belcour set out for England; In an inner Room, set off by glass Doors, with great secrecy, delivered of this son. Fruit

and, during his abode here, my wife was, are discovered several Clerks, employed ful in expedients to disguise her situation at their Desks. A Writing Table in the without parting from her infant, she contrived front Room. STOCKWELL is discovered reading a Letter; STUKELY comes gently

to have it laid and received at her door as a out of the back Room, and observes him foundling. After some time her father returned, some Time before he speaks.

having left me here; in one of those favourable

moments that decide the fortunes of prosperous Suke. He seems disordered: something in men, this child was introduced; "from that that letter; and, I'm afraid, of an unpleasant instant he treated him as his own, gave him sort. - He has many ventures of great account his name, and brought him up in' bis family. al sea; a ship. richly freighted for Barcelona; Old Belcour is dead, and has bequeathed his another for Lisbon; and others expected from whole estate to him we are speaking of. Cadiz, of still greater value. Besides these, I Stuke. Now then you are no longer bound know he has many deep concerns in foreign to secresy, bottoms, and underwritings to a vast amount. Stock.' True: but before I publicly reveal I'll accost bim-Sir- Mr. Stockwell!

myself, I could wish to make some experiment Stock. Stukely! – Well, have you shipped of my son's disposition: this can only be done the cloths?

by letting his spirit take its course without Sluke. I hare, sir; bere's the bill of lading, restraint; by these means, I think I shall disand copy of the invoice; tbe assortments are cover much more of his real character under all compared: Mr. Traffic will give you the the title of his merchant, than I should under policy upon 'Change.

that of his father. Stock.' 'Tis very well — lay these papers by; and no more business for awhile." Shut the Enter a Sailor, ushering in several door, Stukely; I have had long proof of your

Black Servants, carrying Portmanfriendship and fidelity to me; a master of most teaus, Trunks, etc. intimate concern lies on my mind, and 'will Sail. 'Save you honour! is your name Stockbe a sensible relief to unbosom myself to you; well, pray? I have just now been informed of the arrival Stock. It is. of the young West Indian, I have so long Sail. Part of my master Belcour's baggage, been expecting-you know whom I mean? an't please you: there's another cargo not far

Stuke. Yes, sir; Mr. Belcour, the young a-stern ') of us; and the coxswain has gol gentleman, who inherited old Belcour's great charge of the dumb creatures. estate in Jamaica.

Sock. Pr’ythee, friend, what dumb creatures Soock. Hush! not so loud; come a little do you speak of; has Mr. Belcour brought Dearer this way, This Belcour is now in over a collection of wild beasts? Londin; part of his baggage is already, ar- Sail. No, lord love him; no, not he; let me rived, and I expect him every minute. "Is it see; there's two. green monkeys, a pair of grey to be wondered at

, if his is coming throws me parrots, a Jamaica sow and pigs, and a Maninto some agitation, when I tell you, Stukely, grove dog; that's all. he is my son ?

Stock. Is that all? Suke. Your son!

Sail. Yes, your honour: Yes, that's all; bless Stoch. Yes, sir, my only son. Early in life, bis heart, a' might have brought over the whole I accompanied his grandfather to Jamaica as island if he would; a' didn'i leave a dry eye

s cerk; he had an only daughter, some- in it. hat older than myself; ihe mother of this Stock. Indeed! Stukely, show then where to -themso: it was my chance (call it good or bestow their baggage. Follow that gentleman.

► to engage her affections; and, as the infe- Sail. Come, bear a hand, my lads, bear a erity of my condition made it hopeless to band. E.xit, with Stukely and Servants. ospect her faiher's consent, her fondness pro- Stock If the principal allies with his per

Sed an expedient, and we were privately veyors, he must be a singular spectacle in this mas ried; the issue of that concealed 'engage- place: be bas a friend, however, in this sea

of is, as I bare told you, this Belcour. faring fellow; 'lis no bad prognostic of a man's Seuke. That event surely discovered your Dexion.

1) Drhind,

heart, when his shipmales give him a good! Bel. Nor did we: courier like: we came word.

[Exit

. posting to your shores, upon the pinions of Scene II.-A Drawing-room.

the swiftest gales that ever blew; 'tis upon

English ground all my disficulties have arisen; Enter Housekeeper and Servant.

l'tis the passage from the river side I comHousek. Why, what a fuss does our good plain of. master put himself in about this West Indian! Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can see what a bill of fare I've been forced to draw you have met between this and the river side? out; seven and nine, ?) I'll assure you, and Bel. Innumerable! Your town is as full of only a family dinner, as he calls it: why, if defiles as the island of Corsica, and I believe my

lord mayor was expected, there couldn't they are as obstinately defended; so much be a greater to-do about him.

hurry, bustle, and confusion, on your quays: Sero. I wish to my heart you had but seen so many sugar casks, porter butts, and conthe loads of trunks, boxes, and portmanteaus, mon council men, in your streets, that unless he has sent hither.' An ambassador's baggage, a man marched with artillery in his front, 'tis with all the smuggled goods of his family, more than the labour of Hercules can ellech does not exceed il.

to make any tolerable way through your lown. Housek. A fine pickle he'll put the house Stock. I'am sorry you have been so ininlo: had he been master's own son, and a commoded. Christian Englishman, there could not be more Bel. Why, 'faith 'twas all my own fault; rout than there is about this Creolian, as they accustomed to a land of slaves, and out of call them.

patience with the whole tribe of custom-house Şero. No matter for that; he's very rich, extortioners, boatmen, tidewaiters and waterand that's suficient. They say, he has rum bailiffs, that beset me on all sides, worse than and sugar enough belonging to him, to make a swarm of musquitoes, I proceeded a little all the water in the Thames into punch. But too roughly to brush them away with my I see my master's coming. [E.xit Housekeeper. rattan; the sturdy rogues took this in dudgeos

, and beginning to rebel

, the mob chose difEnter STOCKWELL.

ferent sides, and a surious scuffle ensued; in Stock. Where is Mr. Belcour? Who brought the course of which, my person and apparel this note from him?

suffered so much, that I was obliged to step Serv. A waiter from the London Tavern, into the first tavern to refit, before I could sir; he says, the young gentleman is just dress- make my approaches in any decent trim. ed, and will be with you directly.

Stock. All without is as I wish; dear nature, Stock. Show him in when he arrives. add the rest, I am happy. [.Aside] Well

, Nr. Sero, I shall, sir. I'll have a peep at him Belcour, 'tis a rough sample you bave bad of first, however; I've a great mind to see this my countrymen's spirit; 'bui, I trust, you'll outlandish spark. The sailor fellow says, he'll not think the worse of them for it. make rare doings amongst us, Aside. Bel. Not at all, not at all; I like them the

Stock. You need not wait; leave me. [Exit better. Was I only a visitor, I might, perhaps, Servant] Let me see.

[Reads. wish them a little more tractable; bul, as a Sir,-1 write to you under the hands of fellow subject, and a sharer in their freedom, the hairdresser; as soon as I have made I applaud their spirit, though I feel the effecti myself decent, and slipped on some fresh of it in every bone of my skin. clothes, I will have the honour of paying Stock. That's well; I like that well. Hem you my devoirs. Yours, Belcour. gladly I could fall upon his neck, and owe He writes at his ease; for he's unconscious to myself his father! whom his letter is addressed; but what a pal- Bel Well, Mr. Stockwell, for the first time pitation does it throw my heart into; a father's in my life, here am I in England; att heart! All the reports I ever received give me fountain head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, favourable impressions of his character, wild, of arts, and elegancies. 'My happy stars bate perhaps, as the manner of his country is, but, given me a good estate, and the conspiring I trust, not frantic or unprincipled.

winds have blown me hither to spend it. Stock. To use it, not to waste it

, I should Enter Servant.

hope; to treat it, Mr. Belcour, not as a vassa! Sero. Sir, the foreign gentleman is come. over whom you have a wanton and a después

[Exit. power; but as a subject, which you are bours

to govern, with a temperate and restrains: Enter BelcowR.

authority: Stock. Mr. Belcour, I am rejoiced to see Bel. True, sir, most truly said; mine's you; you are welcome to England! commission, not a rigbt; I am the offsprina." Bei

. I thank you heartily, good Mr. Stock- distress, and every child of sorrow well; you and I have long conversed at a brother; while I have hands to bold, to distance; now we are met; and the pleasure fore, I will hold them open to mankind; this meeting, gives me, amply compensates for sir, my passions are my masters; they, the perils I have run through in accomplish- me where they will; and oftentimes they lea ing it.

to reason and to virtue nothing but my a Stock. What perils, Mr. Belcour? I could and my sighs. pot bave thought you would have made a bad Stock. Come, come, the man who can passage at this time o'year.

cuse, corrects himself. 1) A dinner of'ivo courses, one consisting of seven the

Bel. Ah! that's an office I am weary other uf nine dishes,

I wish a friend would take it up; I wouu

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heaven you had leisure for the employ; but, himself, nor ever allowed it in his children. did you drive a trade to the four corners of Miss R. Ay; those were happy times, indeed. the world, you would not find the task so Lady R. But, in this forward age, we have toilsome as to keep me free from faults. coquettes in the egg-shell, and philosophers in

Stock. Well, I am not discouraged; this the cradle; girls of fifteen, that lead the facandour tells me I should not have the fault shion in new caps and new opinions, that of self conceit to combat; that, at least, is not have their sentiments and their sensations; and amongst the number.

the idle fops encourage them in it: O'my conBel. No; if I knew that man on earth who science, I wonder what it is the men can see thought more humbly of me than I do of in such babies. myself, I would take up his opinion, and forego Miss R. True, madam; but all men do not my own.

overlook the maturer beauties of your ladyStock. And were I to choose a pupil, it ship's age; wittness your admired major Densbould be one of your complexion; so if you'll nis O'Flaherty; there's an example of some come along with

me, we'll agree upon your discernnient; I declare to you, when your admission, and enter on a course of leciures ladyship, is by, the major takes no more notice directly.

of me ihan if I was part of the furniture of Bel. With all my heart. [E.reunt. your chamber.

Lady R. The major, child, has travelled SCENE III. – A Room in LADY RUSPORT's through various kingdoms and climates, and House.

has more enlarged notions of female merit

than falls to the lot of an English home-bred Enter LADY RUSport and Miss RUSPORT. lover; in most other countries, no woman on

Lady R. Miss Rusport, I desire to hear no your side forty would ever be named in a more of captain Dudley and his destitute fa- polite circle. mily; not a shilling of mine sball ever cross Miss R. Right, madam; I've been told that the bands of any of them; because my sister in Vienna they have coquettes upon crutches, chose to marry a beggar, am I bound to sup- and Venuses in their grand climacteric; a lover port bim and his posterity ?

there celebrates the wrinkles, not the dimples Miss R. I think you are.

in his mistress' face. The major, I think, bas Lud; R. You think I am! and pray where served in the imperial army. 1) do you find the law that tells you so ? Lady R. Are you piqued, my young madam?

Miss R. I am not proficient enough to quote Had my sister Louisa yielded to the addreschapler and verse; but I take charily to be a ses of one of major OʻFlaherty's person and main cause in the great statute of Christianity appearance, she would have had some excuse;

Lady R. I say charity, indeed! I am apt to but to run away as she did, at the age of think the distresses of old Dudley, and of his sixteen too, with a man of old Dudley's sortdaugbter into the bargain, would never break Miss R. Was, in my opinion, the most your beart, if there was not a certain young venial trespass that ever girl of sixteen comfellow of iwo-and-lwenty in the case; who, milted; of a noble family, an engaging perby the bappy recommendation of a good per- son, strict honour, and sound understanding, son, and the brilliant appointments of an en- what accomplishment was there wanting in sigocy, will, if I am not mistaken, cozen you captain Dudley, but that which the prodigality out of a fortune of twice twenty thousand of his ancestors had deprived bim of? pounds, as soon as ever you are of age to Lady R. They left bim as much as he debestow it upon him.

serves; hasn't the old man captain's half-pay? Miss R. À nephew of your ladyship's can And is not the son an ensign? aeser want any other recommendation with Miss R. An ensign! Alas, poor Charles! me. and if my partiality for Charles Dudley Would to heaven he knew what my heart is acquitted by the rest of the world, I hope feels and suffers for his sake, Lads Rusport will not condemn me for it. Lody R. I condemn you! I thank heaven,

Enter Servant. caiss Kusport, I am no ways reponsible for Sero. Ensign Dudley, to wait upon your your conduct; nor is it any concern of mine ladyship. how you dispose of yourself: you are not my Lady R. Who! Dudley! What can have daughter, and, when I married your father, brought him to town? poor sir Stephen , Rusport, I found you a Miss R. Dear madam, 'tis Charles Dudley, forward spoiled miss of fourteen, far above'tis your nephew being instructed by me.

Lady R. Nephew! I renounce him as my Miss R. Perhaps your lady ship calls this nephew; sir Oliver renounced him as his instruction.

grandson; wasn't he son of the eldest daughter, Lady R. You are strangely pert; but 'tis no and only male descendant of sir Oliver; and wonder your mother, I'm told, was a fine didn't be cut him off with a shilling? Didn't bds: and according to the modern style of the poor dear good old man leave his fortune education you was brought up. It was not to me, except a small annuity to my maiden so in my young days; there was then some sister, who spoiled her constitution with nursdecorum in the world, some subordination, as ing. him? And, depend upon it, not a peony the great Locke espresses it. Oh! 'was an of "that fortune shall ever be disposed of edifying sight, to see the regular deportment otherwise than according to the will of the sobserved in our family; no giggling, no gos-Idonor. sipping was going on there! my good father, mas Oliver Roundhead, never was seen to laugh! 1) Emipiror of Austrii.

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