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VELLUM. It is his shape.

Sir GEORGE. So, now lay my beard upon the table.

V E L L UM.' [ After having took'd an Sir George tbro' bis spectacles.) It is his face, every lineament !

Sir GEORGE. Well, now I have put off the conjurer and the ofit man, I can talk to thee more at my ease.

V E L L U M. Believe me, my good mafter, I am as much rejoiced to see you alive, as I was upon the day you were born. Your name was in all the news-papers, in the list of those that were flain:

Sir GEORG E. We have not time to be particular. I shall only tell thee in general, that I was taken prisoner in the battle, and was under close confinement for several months. Upon my release, I was refoly'd to furprize my wife with the news of my being alive. I know Velhim, you are a person of so much penetration, that I need not use any further arguments to convince you that I am fo.

V E L L U M. I am—and moreover, I question not but your good Lady will likewise be convinced of it. Her ho-nour is a discerning Lady.

Sir G E O R G E. I'm only afraid she shou'd be convinc'd of it to her forrow. Is not she pleased with her imaginary widowdood? Tell me truly was the afflicted at the report of

my death?

V E L L U M. Sorely.

Sir GEORGE, How long did her grief last?

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V E L L U M.. Longer than I have known any widows at least three days.

Sir GEORG E. Three days, fay'st thou? three whole days? I'm afraid thou flatterest me -O woman! woman!.

VELLU M. Grief is two-fold.

Sir GEORG E. This blockhead is as methodical as ever- bat I know he's honeft:

(Afdt. V E L L U M. There is a real grief, and there is a methodical grief; She was drown'd in tears till such time as the tailor had made her widow's weeds indeed they became herz

Sir GEORG E. Became her! and was that her comfort? truly a molt. feafonable consolation !

V E L L U M. But I must needs say she paid a due regard to your memory, and could not forbear weeping when she saw company.

Sir GEORGE: That was kind indeed! I find the griev'd with a deal of good-breeding. But how comes this gang of lovers. about her?

VELLUM. Her jointure is considerable.

Sir. GEORG E. How this fool torments me!

[ Alide. V E L L U M. Her person is amiable

Sir GEORGE, Death!

(Aside. V E L L U M. But her character is unblemished. She has been as virtuous in your ablence as a. Pen-love

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And has had as many fuitors.

V E L L U M.
Several have made their overtures.

Several !

V E L L U M.
But she has rejected all.

Sir G E O R G E.
There thou reviv'ft membut what means Tinsel
Are his vifits acceptable ?

V E L L U M.
He is young

Does the liften to him?


He is gay.

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Sure she could never entertain a thought of marrying
fuch a coxcomb!!

He is not ill-made.

Are the vows and protestations that past between us
come to this! I can't bear the thought of it! is Tinfel
the man design’d for my worthy successor?

You do not consider that you have been dead these
fourteen months.

Was there ever such a dog?

[ Afide.
And I have often heard her fay, that she must never
expect to find a second Sir George Truman--meaning
your Ho-nour.

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Sir GEORG E. I think she lovd me; but I must search into this story of the Drummer before I discover myself to her. I have put on this habit of a Conjurer, in order to introduce myself. It must be your bufinefs to recommend me as a most profound person, that by my great knowledge in the curious arts can filence the Drummer, and difpoffefs the house.

V E L L U M. I am going to lay my accounts before my Lady, and I will endeavour to prevail upon her Ho-nour to admit the trial of your art.

Sir GEORGE.. I have scarce heard of any of these stories that did not arise from a love-intrigué---Amours raise as many ghosts as murders.

V E L L U M. Mrs. Abigal endeavours to persuade us, that 'tis your Ho-nour who troubles the house.

Sir GEORG E. !!**
That convinces ine 'tis à cheat, for I think, Vellum,
I may be pretty well assur'd it is not ine.

V E L L U M.
I am apt to think so truly. Ha-ha-ha.

Sir GEORG E., it! Abigal had always an afcendant over her Lady, and if there is a trick in this matter, depend upon it the is at the bottom of it. l'il be hang d if this ghost be not one of Abigal's familiars.

V E L L U M.
Mrs. Abigal has of late been very mysterious.

Sir , GEORG E. I fancy, Vellum, thou could'It worm it out of her. I know formerly there was an amour between your

VELLU M. Mrs. Abigal hath her allurements, and she knows I bave pick'd up a competency

in your Ho--nour's service. Sir GEORG E. If thou hast, all I ask of thee in return is, that thou would'ft imniediately renew your addresses to her. Coax her up. Thou haft such a silver tongue, Vellum, as 't will be impossible for her to withstand. Besides, she is so very a woman, that she'll like thee the better for giving her the pleasure of telling a secret. In short, wheedle her out of it, and I shall act by the advice which thou givelt me.

V E L L U M. Mrs. Abigal was never deaf to me, when I talk'd upon that fubject. I will take an opportunity of addressing myself to her in the most pathetic manner.

Sir GEORGE. In the mean time lock me up in your office, and bring me word what success you have Well, fure l'am the first that ever was employ'd to lay himself!

V E L L U M. You act indeed a three-fold part in this house ; you are a Ghost, a Conjurer, and my ho--noured Malter, Sir George Truman; he, he, he! You will pardon me fur being jocular.

Sir GEORG E. O, Mr. Vellum, with all my heart. You know I love you men of wit and humour.

Be as merry as thou pleaseft, fo thou dost thy business (Mimicking him. ) You will remember, Vellun, your commission is twofold, first to gain admission for me to your Lady, and secondly to get the secret out of Abigal:

V E L L U M.
Il sufficeth,

[The scene fouts.


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