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Bel. Your patience for a moment. I was informed you was about to join your regiment in distant quarters abroad.

Dud. I have been soliciting an exchange to a company of full pay, quartered at James' Fort, in Senegambia; but I'm afraid I must drop the undertaking.

Mrs. F. Oh, was that all? I thought how it would Dud. I believe so too: have you any other busi rn out-A likely thing, truly, for a person of hisness with me, may I ask? liging, compassionate turn: no, no, poor Captain adley, he has sorrows and distresses enough of his n to employ his spirits, without setting them ainst other people. Make it up as fast as you An: watch this gentleman out; follow him wher1 er he goes, and bring me word who and what he be sure you don't lose sight of him; I've other siness in hand. Exit. Bel. Pray, sir, what sorrows and distresses have fallen this old gentleman you speak of? Ful. Poverty, disappointment, and all the disesses attendant thereupon: sorrow enough of all nscience: I soon found how it was with him, by s way of living, low enough of all reason; but aat I overheard this morning put it out of all ubt.

Bel. Why so, pray?

Dud. Why so, sir? 'Tis a home question, for a perfect stranger to put; there is something very particular in all this.

Bel. If it is not impertinent, sir, allow me to ask you what reason you have for despairing of success? Dud. Why, really, sir, mine is an obvious reason, for a soldier to have-Want of money; simply that. Bel. May I beg to know the sum you have occasion for?

Bel. What did you overhear this morning? Ful. Why, it seems he wants to join his regient, and has been beating the town over to raise a ttle money for that purpose upon his pay; but the limate, I find, where he is going is so unhealthy, hat nobody can be found to lend him any. Bel. Why then your town is a d-d good-for-upon your pay? 'tis done every day. othing town: and I wish I had never come into it. Ful. That's what I say, sir; the hard-heartedness of some folks is unaccountable. There's an old Lady Rusport, a near relation of this gentleman's; she lives hard by here, opposite to Stockwell's, the great merchant; he sent to her a-begging, but to E no purpose; though she is as rich as a Jew, she would not furnish him with a farthing.

Dud. Truly, sir, I cannot exactly tell you on a sudden; nor is it, I suppose, of any great consequence to you to be informed: but I should guess, in the gross, that two hundred pounds would serve. Bel. And you find a difficulty in raising that sum

Bel. Is the Captain at home?
Ful. He is up stairs, sir.

Bel. Will you take the trouble to desire him to tep hither? I want to speak to him.

Dud. The nature of the climate makes it difficult; I can get no one to insure my life.

Bel. Oh that's a circumstance may make for you, as well as against; in short, Captain Dudley, it so happens, that I can command the sum of two hundred pounds: seek no further; I'll accommodate you with it upon easy terms.

Dud. Sir! do I understand you rightly?-I beg your pardon; but am I to believe that you are in


Bel. What is your surprise? Is it an uncommon thing for a gentleman to speak truth? Or is it incredible that one fellow-creature should assist another?

Dud. I ask your pardon-May I beg to know to whom?-Do you propose this in the way of business? Bel. Entirely: I have no other business on earth. Dud. Indeed you are not a broker, I'm per

Bel. I am not.

Ful. I'll send him to you directly. I don't know Rwhat to make of this young man; but, if I live, I ill find him out, or know the reason why. [Exit. Bel. I've lost the girl, it seems, that's clear: she as the first object of my pursuit; but the case of is poor officer touches me; and, after all, there ay be as much true delight in rescuing a fellow-suaded. reature from distress, as there would be in plung1g one into it.-But let me see: it's a point that ust be managed with some delicacy. Apropos ! here's pen and ink-I've struck upon a method at will do. [Writes.] Ay, ay, this is the very ing: 'twas devilish lucky happened to have hese bills about me. There, there, fare you well! I'm glad to be rid of you; you stood a chance of eing worse applied, I can tell you.

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Re-enter FULMER, with DUDLEY.
Ful. That's the gentleman, sir. I shall make
old, however, to lend an ear.

Dud. Have you any commands for me, sir?
Bel. Your name is Dudley, sir?—

Dud. It is.

Dud. Nor an army agent, I think?

Bel. I hope you will not think the worse of me for being neither; in short, sir, if you will peruse this paper, it will explain to you who I am, and upon what terms I act; while you read it, I will step home, and fetch the money: and we will conIn the clude the bargain without loss of time. meanwhile, good day to you. [Exit hastily. Dud. Humph! there's something very odd in all this-let me see what we've got here-This paper is to tell me who he is, and what are his terms: in the name of wonder, why has he sealed it? Heyday! what's here? Two bank notes, of a hundred each! I can't comprehend what this means. Hold; here's a writing, perhaps that will show me. Accept this trifle; pursue your fortune and prosper.

Bel. You command a company, I think, Captain Am I in a dream? is this a reality? Dudley?

Dud. I did: I am now upon half-pay. Bel. You have served some time? Dud. A pretty many years; long enough to see ome people of more merit, and better interest than nyself, made general officers.

Bel. Their merit I may have some doubt of; their nterest I can readily give credit to; there is little promotion to be looked for in your profession, I beLeve, without friends, Captain?


O'Fla. 'Save you, my dear! Is it you now that are Captain Dudley, I would ask? [Erit DUDLEY.] Whuh! What's the hurry the man's in? If 'tis the lad that run out of the shop you would overtake, you might as well stay where you are; by my soul he's as nimble as a Croat; you are a full hour's march in his rear.-Ay faith, you may as well turn back, and give over the pursuit.


Re-enter DUDLEY.

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O'Fla. Not at all, my dear; not at all. Dud. Have you any message from Lady Rusport? O'Fla. Not a syllable, honey: only when you've digested the letter, I've a little bit of a message deliver you from myself.


Dud. And may I beg to know who yourself is? O'Fla. Dennis O'Flaherty, at your service; a poor major of grenadiers: nothing better.

Dud. So much for your name and title, sir; now be so good as to favour me with your message.

O'Fla. Why, then, Captain, I must tell you, I have promised Lady Rusport you shall do whatever it is she bids you to do in that letter there.

Dud. Ay, indeed! have you undertaken so much, Major, without knowing either what she commands, or what I can perform?

O'Fla. That's your concern, my dear, not mine; I must keep my word, you know.

Dud. Or else, I suppose, you and I must measure swords.

O'Fla. Upon my soul you've hit it.


Dud. That would hardly answer to either of us you and I have, probably, had enough of fighting in our time, before now.

what I know, they are all alive and meny very hour.

Dud. Well, sir, go on, and prosper; if ya m inspire Lady Rusport with half your chart, I think you deserve all her fortune; at pr | must beg your excuse: good morning to ya L

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O'Fla. A good, sensible man, and very m a soldier: I did not care if I was better acquas with him; but 'tis an awkward kind of co that: the English, I observe, are close friend distant acquaintance. I suspect the old a not been over generous to poor Dudy; give her a little touch about that. Up I know but one excuse a person can have giving nothing, and that is, like myself, having c give.

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Lucy. A tedious time, indeed; I think they wis have least to spare, contrive to throw the away; I thought I should never have got her va of the house: then, madam, this being a visit af great ceremony to a person of distinction at the west end of the town, the old state chariot was brought forth on the occasion, with strict charges to dress out the box with the leopard skin hammer cloth.

Miss R. Yes; and to hang the false tails on the miserable stumps of the old crawling cattle: well, pray heaven, the old crazy affair don't bras O'Fla. Faith and troth, master Dudley, you may down again with her, at least till she gets to her say that; 'tis thirty years, come the time, that I journey's end.-But where's Charles Dudley? Bus have followed the trade, and in a pretty many down, dear girl, and be ready to let him in; I think countries. Let me see-In the war before last, I served in the Irish brigade, d'ye see; there, after he's as long in coming, as she was in going. Lucy. Why, indeed, madam, you seem the more bringing off the French monarch, I left his service, alert of the two, I must say. ¡Ere. with a British bullet in my body, and this riband Miss R. Now the deuce take the girl, for putting in my button-hole. Last war I followed the for- that notion into my head: I am sadly afraid Dunacy tunes of the German eagle, in the corps of gre-dees not like me; so much encouragement as I bar nadiers; there I had my bellyful of fighting, and a given him to declare himself, I dever culd get a plentiful scarcity of every thing else. After six-word from him on the subject: this may be r and-twenty engagements, great and small, I went honourable, but, upon my life, it's very prog off with this gash on my skull, and a kiss of the By the way, I wonder how I look to-day empress queen's sweet hand, (heaven bless it!) for shockingly! hideously pale! like a witch my pains. Since the peace, my dear, I took a little the old lady's glass, and she has left some 4 20 turn with the confederates there in Poland; but wrinkles on it. How frightfully have I put m such another set of madcaps !-by the Lord Harry, never knew what it was they were scuffling about. cap! all awry!-and my hair dressed se Dud. Well, major, I won't add another action to ing! altogether, I'm a most complete fight the list; you shall keep your promise_with_Lady Rusport: she requires me to leave London; I shall go in a few days, and you may take what credit you please from my compliance.

O'Fla. Give me your hand, my dear boy! this will make her my own; when that's the case, we shall be brothers, you know, and we'll share her fortune between us.

Dud. Not so, Major; the man who marries Lady Rusport, will have a fair title to her whole fortune without division: but I hope your expectations of prevailing are founded upon good reasons.

O'Fla. Upon the best grounds in the world; first, I think she will comply, because she is a woman; secondly, I am persuaded she won't hold out long, because she is a widow; and thirdly, I make sure of her, because I have married five wives [en militaire, Captain,) and never failed yet; and for

Enter CHARLES, unobserved.
Charles. That I deny.

Miss R. Ah!

Charles. Quarrelling with your glass, Make it up, make it up, and be friends, it compliment you more than by reflecting ya are.

Miss R. Well, I vow, my dear Charles, thr delightfully said, and deserves my very best ca your flattery, like a rich jewel, has a valu from its superior lustre, but from its extr scarceness: I verily think, this is the y = speech you ever directed to my person is 47 Charles. And I ought to ask pardon of your ga sense, for having done it now.


Miss R. Nay, now you relapse again: de: v know, if you keep well with a woman on score of beauty, she'll never quarrel with you a

the trifling article of good sense? but any thing serves to fill up a dull, yawning hour, with an insipid cousin: you have brighter moments, and warmer spirits, for the dear girl of your heart.

Charles. Oh, fie upon you! fie upon you! Miss R. You blush, and the reason is apparent: you are a novice at hypocrisy; but no practice can make a visit of ceremony pass for a visit of choice. Love is ever before its time; friendship is apt to lag a little after it. Pray, Charles, did you make any extraordinary haste hither?

Charles. By your question, I see, you acquit me of the impertinence of being in love.

Miss R. But why impertinence? Why the im"pertinence of being in love? You have one language for me, Charles, and another for the woman of your affection.

Charles. You are mistaken; the woman of my affection shall never hear any other language from me, than what I use to you.

Miss R. I am afraid, then, you'll never make yourself understood by her.

Charles. It is not fit I should; there is no need of love to make me miserable; 'tis wretchedness enough to be a beggar.

mean? Doesn't every lady want two hundred pounds? Perhaps, I have lost it at play; perhaps, I mean to win as much to it; perhaps, I want it for

two hundred different uses.

Charles. Pooh, pooh! all this is nothing; don't I know you never play?

Miss R. You mistake; I have a spirit to set, not only this trifle, but my whole fortune upon a stake; therefore, make no wry faces, but do as 1 bid you. You will find Mr. Stockwell a very honourable gen


Enter Lucy, in haste.

Lucy. Dear madam, as I live, here comes the old lady in a hackney-coach.

Miss R. The old chariot has given her a second tumble: away with you! you know your way out, without meeting her. Take the box, and do as I desire you.


Charles. I must not dispute your orders. Fare[Exeunt CHARLES and Miss RUSPORT. Enter LADY RUSPORT, leaning on MAJOR O'FLAHERTY's arm.

O'Fla. Rest yourself upon my arm; never spare it; 'tis strong enough: it has stood harder service

Miss R. A beggar do you call yourself! O, Charles, Charles! rich in every merit and accom-than you can put it to. plishment, whom may you not aspire to? and why think you so unworthily of our sex, as to conclude there is not one to be found with sense to discern your virtue, and generosity to reward it?

Charles. You distress me; I must beg to hear no


Miss R. Well, I can be silent. Thus does he always serve me, whenever I am about to disclose my self to him. [Aside. Charles. Why do you not banish me and my misfortunes for ever from your thoughts?

Min R. Ay, wherefore do I not, since you never allowed me a place in your's? but go, sir: I have no right to stay you; go where your heart directs you; go to the happy, the distinguished, fair one.

Charles. Now, by all that's good, you do me wrong; there is no such fair one for me to go to; nor have I an acquaintance among the sex, yourself excepted, which aus vers to that description."

Miss R. Indeed!

Charles. In very truth; there, then, let us drop the subject. May you be happy, though I never can! Miss R. O Charles! give me your hand; if I have offended you, I ask your pardon; you have been long acquainted with my temper, and know how to bear with its infirmities.

Charles. Thus, my dear Charlotte, let us seal our reconciliation. [Kising her hand.] Bear with thy infirmities! By heaven, I know not any one failing in thy whole composition except that of too great a partiality for an undeserving man.

Miss R. And you are now taking the very course to augment that failing. A thought strikes me I have a commission that you must absolutely execute for me; I have immediate oecasion for the sum of two hundred pounds; you know my fortune is shut up till I aus of age: take this paltry box, (it) contains my ear-ins and some other baubles I have no use for) carry it to our opposite neighbour, Mr. Stockwell, (I don't know where else to apply) eave it as a deposit in his hands, and beg him to Accommodate me with the sum.

Charles. Dear Charlotte, what are you about to do? How can you possibly want two hundred pounds? Miss R. How can I possibly do without it, you 20. 3

Lucy. Mercy upon me! what is the matter? I am frightened out of my wits. Has your Ladyship had an accident?

Lady R. O, Lucy, the most untoward one in nature! I know not how I shall repair it.

O'Fla. Never go about to repair it, my lady; even build a new one; 'twas but a crazy piece of business at best.

Lucy. Bless me, is the old chariot broke down with you again?

Lady R. Broke, child! I don't know what might have been broke, if, by great good fortune, this obliging gentleman had not been at hand to assist me.

Lucy. Dear madam, let me run and fetch you a cup of the cordial drops.

Lady R. Do, Lucy. Erit Lucy.] Alas, sir! ever since I lost my husband, my poor nerves have been shook to pieces: there hangs his beloved picture; that precious relic, and a plentiful jointure, is all that remains to console me for the best of men.

O'Fla. Let me sec; i'faith, a comely personage! by his fur cloak, I suppose he was in the Russian service; and, by the gold chain round his neck, I should guess, he had been honoured with the order

of St. Catherine.

Lady R. No, no, he meddled with no St. Catherines; that's the habit he wore in his mayoralty. Sir Stephen was lord mayor of London; but he is gone, and has left me, a poor, weak, solitary widow, behind him.

O'Fla. By all means, then, take a strong, able, hearty man, to repair his loss. If such a plain fellow as one Dennis O'Flaherty can please you, I think I may venture to say, without any disparagement to the gentleman in the fur gown there

Lady R. What are you going to say? Don' shock my ears with any comparisons, I desire. O'Fla. Not I, my soul; I don't believe there's any comparison in the case.

Re-enter Lucy, with a bottle and glass. Lady R. Oh, are you come? Give me the drops -I'm all in a flutter. [Lucy fills, LADY R. drinks. O'Fla, Hark ye, sweetheart, what are these same 3 Y


g, disqualifies me for delivering the letter, which u have been writing; I have other game on foot: e loveliest girl my eyes ever feasted upon is started view, and the world cannot now divert me from Irsuing her.

Stock. Hey day; What has turned you thus on a Ridden?

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Bel. A woman; one that can turn, and overturn e and my tottering resolutions every way she will. h, sir, if this is folly in me, you must rail at nare: you must chide the sun, that was vertical at y birth, and would not wink upon my nakedness, it swaddled me in the broadest, hottest glare of his eridian beams.

Stock. Mere rhapsody, mere childish rhapsody; e libertine's familiar plea. Nature made us, 'tis ue, but we are the responsible creatures of our wn faults and follies. Bel. Sir!

Stock. Slave of every face you meet, some hussy as inveigled you; some handsome profligate (the own is full of them) and, when once fairly bankrupt in constitution as well as fortune, nature no longer serves as your excuse for being vicious, ne. cessity, perhaps, will stand your friend, and you'll


Bel. You are severe.

Ful. And who dogged the gentleman home? Who found out his name, fortune, connexion:that he was a West Indian, fresh landed, and full of cash;-a gull to our heart's content;-a hət brained, headlong spark, that would run into our trap, like a wheatear under a turf, but I-II? Mrs. F. Hark! he's come! disappear, march! and leave the field open to my machination. [Exit FULMER.


Bel. O, thou dear minister to my happiness, let me embrace thee! Why, thou art my polar star, my propitious constellation, by which I navigate my impatient bark into the port of pleasure and delight.

Mrs. F. Oh, you men are sly creatures! Do you remember now, you cruel, what you said to me this morning?

Bel. All a jest, a frolic; never think on't; bury it for ever in oblivion: thou! why, thou art all over nectar and ambrosia, powder of pearl and odour of roses! thou hast the youth of Hebe, the beauty of Venus, and the pen of Sappho! But, in the name of all that's lovely, where's the lady? I expected to find her with you.

Mrs. F. No doubt you did, and these raptures were designed for her; but where have you loitered? the lady's gone; you are too late; girls of her sort not to be kept waiting, like negro slaves in your sugar plantations.

Stock. It fits me to be so; it well becomes a father, I would say, a friend. How strangely I forgot myself! [Aside.] How difficult it is to counter-are feit indifference, and put a mask upon the heart!

Bel. How could you tempt me so? Had you not inadvertently dropped the name of father, I fear our friendship, short as it has been, would scarce have held me: but even your mistake I reverence -Give me your hand-'tis over.

Stock. Generous young man! because I bore you the affection of a father, I rashly took up the authority of one. I ask your pardon; pursue your course; I have no right to stop it. What would you have me do with these things?

Bel. This, if I might advise; carry the money to Miss Rusport immediately; never let generosity wait for its materials; that part of the business presses. Give me the jewels: I'll find an opportunity of delivering them into her hands; and your visit may pave the way for my reception. [Erit. Stock. Be it so; good morning to you. Farewell, advice! Away goes he upon the wing for pleasure. What various passions he awakens in ine! He pains, yet pleases me; affrights, offends, yet grows upon my heart. His very failings set him off: for ever trespassing, for ever atoning, I almost think he would not be so perfect, were he free from fault: I must dissemble longer; and yet how painful the experiment! Even now he's gone upon some wild adventure; and who can tell what mischief may befal him? O nature! what it is to be a father! [Exit.

SCENE II.-Fulmer's House. Enter FCLMER and MRS. FULMER. Ful. I tell you, Patty, you are a fool, to think of bringing him and Miss Dudley together; 'twill ruin every thing, and blow your whole scheme up to the

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Bel. Gone! whither is she gone? Tell me, that I may follow her.

Mrs. F. Hold, hold, not so fast, young gentleman, this is a case of some delicacy: should Captain Dudley know that I introduced you to his daughter, he is a man of such scrupulous honour

Bel. What do you tell me! is she daughter to the old gentleman I met here this morning?

Mrs. F. The same; him you was so generous to. Bel. There's an end of the matter then at once; it shall never be said of me, that I took advantage of the father's necessities to trepan the daughter.


Mrs. F. So, so; I've made a wrong cast; he's one of your conscientious sinners, I find; but I won't lose him thus. Aside.] Ha, ha, ha! Bel. What is it you laugh at?

Mrs. F. Your absolute inexperience; have you lived so very little time in this country, as not to know that, between young people of equal ages, the term of sister often is a cover for that of mistress? This young lady is, in that sense of the word, sister to young Dudley, and consequently daughter to my old lodger.

Bel. Indeed! are you serious?

Mrs. F. Can you doubt it? I must have been pretty well assured of that, before I invited you hither.

Bel. That's true; she cannot be a woman of honour, and Dudley is an unconsciable young rogue, to think of keeping one fine girl in pay, by raising contributions on another; he shall, therefore, give her up: she is a dear, bewitching, mischievous little devil, and he shall positively give her up.

Mrs. F. Ay, now the freak has taken you again; I say, give her up: there's one way, indeed, and certain of success.

Bel. What's that?

MF, Out-bid him; never dream of out-blustering him; all things,, then, will be made easy enough: let me see some little genteel present to

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