Page images


Tip. Yes, sir, for a cheat and imposlor. Char. Oh dear papa, I shall faint away; Old Lady L. What does he say? there's murder doing.

Sir J. Dear son, what is this? Sir J. Who! when! what is it?

Col. L. Only some action of the doclor's, Char. The doctor, sir, and Seyward, were sir, which I have affidavits in my hand here at high words just now in the garden; and, to prove, from more than one creditable witupon a sudden, there was a pistol fired be- ness; and I think it my duty to make the pub- . tween them. Oh! I'm afraid poor Seyward lic acquainted with: if he can acquit himself is killed.

of them, so; if not, he must take the consequence. Sir J. How?

Dr. C. Well, but stay; let the accusations Char. Oh, there he comes himself; he'll tell against me be what they will, by virtue of this you more.

conveyance I am still master here; and if I

am forced to leave the house myself, I will Enter Cantwell, Darnler, SEYWARD, and shut up the doors-nobody shall remain behind. Servants.

Sir J. There! there! indeed, he stings me Darn. Here, bring in this ruffian; this is to the heart! for that rash act, reproach and villany beyond example.

endless shame will baunt me! Sir J. What means this outrage ?

Char. No, sir!--be comforted. Even there Lady L. I tremble.

too bis wicked hopes must leave him; for know, Sey: Don't be alarmed, madam-there is no the fatal deed which you intended to sign is mischief done: what was intended, the doctor here, even yet unsealed and innocent! here can best inform you.

Sir J. What mean you ? Sir J. Mr. Darnley, I am ashamed to see you. Char. I mean, sir, that this deed by accident Maw. So you ought: but this good man is falling into this gentleman's hands, his generous ashamed of nothing.

concern for our family discovered it to me; Dr. C. Alas! my enemies prevail. and that in concert we procured that other to

Sey. In short, gentlemen, the affair is cir- be drawn exactly like it; which, in your imcumstantially this—The doctor called me out patience to execute, passed unsuspected for the into the pavilion in the garden; appeared in original

. Their only difference is, that whergreat disorder; told me here was a sudden ever here you read the doctor's name, there storm raised, which he was not sufficiently you'll find my brother's. prepared to weather. He said, bis dependance Dr. C. Come, sir; lead me where you please

. was upon me; and at all events, I must be


. ready to swear, when be called upon me, I Col. L. Secure your prisoner. had seen him pay sir John sereral large sums Old Lady L. I don't know what to make of money. He talked confusedly about giving of all this. value for an estate ; but I boldly refused to Maw. They'll all go to the devil for what perjure myself; and told him, on the contrary, they are doing-Come away, my lady, and let I was satisfied he had fleeced sir John of se- us see after the good dear doctor. Ay, do veral large sums, under pretence of charitable laugh, you'll go io the devil for all that.uses, which he secretly converted to his own. Come, my lady, you go first. -This slung him, and he fastened at my throat. [Exeunt Mawworm and old Lady Then, indeed, all temper left me; and, disen

Lambert. gaging myself from his hold, with a home- Char. Now, Darnley, I hope I have made blow, I struck him down. At this, grown des- atonement for your jealousy. perate, he ran with fury to some pistols that Darn. You've banished it for ever! this was hung about the chimney: but in the instant he beyond yourself surprising. reached I seized upon his wrist; and as Col. L. Sister we grappled, the pistol," firing to the ceiling, Char. Come, no set speeches; if I deserve alarmed the family.

your thanks, return them in friendship to your Old Lady L. This is a lie, young man; I first preserver. see the devil standing at your elbow. Col. L. The business of my life shall be to

Maw. So do I, with a great big pitchfork, merit it. pushing him on.

Sey. And mine, to speak my sense of obDr. C. Well, what have you more against me? ligations.

Darn. More, sir, I hope is needless—but if Sir J. Oh, my child! for my deliverance I sir John is yet unsatisfied.

can only reward you here.—For you, my son, Sir J. Oh! I have seen too much. whose filial virtue I have injured, this honest Dr. C. I demand my liberty.

deed shall in every article be' ratified. - And Sir J. Let him go.

for the sake of that hypocritical villain, I de

clare, that from henceforward I renounce all Enter Colonel LAMBERT and Attendants. pious folks; I will have an utter abhorrence Col. L. Hold, sir! not so fast; you can't pass. for every thing that bears the appearance-, Dr. C. Who, sir, shall dare to stop me? Char. Nay now, my dear sir, I must take Col. L. Within there!

the liberty to tell you, you go from one ex Enter Tipstaff.

treme to another. -What, because a worthles

wretch bas imposed upon you, under the fa Tip. Is your name Cantwell, sir ? lacious show of austere grimace, will you nee Dr. C. What if it be, sir ?

have it every body is like him, confound 1 Tip. Then, sir, I have my lord chief justice's good with the bad, and conclude there are warrant against you.

truly religious in the world ?- Leave, my de Dr. C. Against me?

sir, sucb rash consequences to fools and libe


tines – Let us be careful to distinguish between character in life, greater or more valuable than virtue and the appearance of it. Guard if pos- that of the truly devout-nor any thing more sible against doing honour to hypocrisy-But, noble or more beautiful, than the fervor of a at the same time, let us allow there is no sincere piety.



This lady was danghter of one Mr. Freeman , of Holbeach, in Lincolnshire, It is not decided whether she was bore a reed or England; but it must have been in the year 1680. Be it as it may, we find her left to the wide werd, dr the death of her parents, before she had compleied her twelfth year. There is a romantic story told of her kaving bees eet on her journey to London on foot, whither she went to avoid the tyranny of her stepmother, by a Foary fealemu fram the university of Cambridge, (the afterwards well-known Anthony Flammond), who was so ex!!tery greck with her youth and heauty, and so affected with the distress which her circumstances naturally declared in brz csatnance, that he fell inslanlly in love with her; and, inquiring into the particulars of her story : soon prended on her inexperienced innocence to seize on the protection he offered her, and go with him to Cambridge, where, Op her is boy's clothes, he introduced her to his ma al college as a relation , who was come down to see the universily, and pass sore time with him there. If this story is true, it must have happened when she was extreme-, liyat; Whiacop, as well as the other writers, acknowledging that she was married in her sisteenth year, to a nepfe Stephen For. But that gentleman not living with her above a twelvemonth, her wit and beauty soun præared Let : second hasband, whose name was Carrol, and who was an oflcer in the army; but he having the misfarsz te be killed in a duel, within about a year and a half after their marriage, she became a second time a widow. Sud u sitechment she seems to have had to the theatre, thal she even became herself a performer in 1706 and perSamiast the part of Alexander the Great, in Lee's Rival Queens, at Windsor, where the court then was, she wounded the bart ef ear Br. Joseph Centlivre, yeoman of the mouth to Her Majesty, who soon married her; and after passing Asteral ens happily together, she died at his honse in Spring-Gardens, Charing Cross, on the first of December 1723. - The Wrs, Cemiliere was perfectly acquainted with life, and closely read the minds and manners of mankind, no one, He think, can doubl who reads her comedies; but what appears to is the most extraordinary is, when we consider her Lasers, tes dieadranlages she must have laboured under, by being so early Jen to bustle with the world, and that all the education she could have had, must have been owing to her own application and assiduity; when , we say, we tizeder bet as an absolutely self-cultivated genius, it is astonishing 19 find the traces of so mứch reading and learning

ve mi with in many of her pieces; since, for the drawing of the various characters she has presented us with, sho sus hoe perler tlg well understood the French, Dutch, and Spanish languages, all the provincial dialects of her own, pri varebit even of the Latin, since all these she occasionally makes use of, and whenever she does so, it is consely with the almost propriety and the greatest accuracy.

A BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE, , Was predaced at Lincoln's-inn Fields in the year 1718. Mrs. Centlivre was indehled to Mr. Mottley for two scenes of this comedy. Notwithstanding this piece has been accused by some for ils numerous violations of all rule, nature, or px - babilitz, the business is so extremely active, in the course of the whole, that we are not stopped by ennui al any *** kerge of the play; but laughingly get on to the very end. It does not very materially tend to correct any partim de rict; bat seems to io vile us for once to lay aside all our gravily, and open our hearts to playful gaiety and


[blocks in formation]

snapt your


Col. F. Why, faith?), Freeman, there is Sant l.–Colonez Feignwell and Freeman something in't: I have seen a lady at Bath, who

are discovered over a Bottle. has kindled such a flame in me, that all the Free. Come, colonel

, bis majesty's health. waters there can't quench, You are as melancholy as if you were in love! Free. Is she not to be had, colonel? I wish some of the beauties of Bath 2) han't Col. F. That's a difficult question to answer; heart.

however, I resolve to try; perhaps you may " The reasons, in England, are generally managed by the be able to serve me; you merchants know

bertat people, so as to produce their dillerent pleasures; one another.—The lady told me herself she bis month of June : then all the families whild off to was under the charge of four persons. Brighton, Weymouth, or other watering-places till the Free. Odso!?) 'tis miss Ann Lovely. anger is passed. In autumn the gentlemen shoot away Cot. F. The same-do you know her? Leir time at their country-seats, while their ladies de caployed yawning over the last novels, rusticating ;

Free. Know her! ay–Faith, colonel, your Winter comes to enliven them once more and then condition is more desperate than you imagine: the quiet good-natured people of Bath, are pestered why, with their routing and disturbance, tile the Spring

she is the talk and pity of the whole pode them off 10 London again. This, of course, mcans

2) In faills.
5) From God.

in War-line,

town: and it is the opinion of the learned, nel: her father, my old master, was the most that she must die a maid.

whimsical, out-of-the-way temper'd man, 1 Col. F. Say you so ? That's somewhat odd, ever heard of, as you will guess by, his last in this charitable city:-She's a woman, I hope? will and testament.—This was his ouly child:

Free. For aught I know-but it had been and I have heard him wish her dead a thouas well for her, had nature made her any sand times. He died worth thirty thousand other part of the creation. The inan who pounds, which he left to his daughter, prokeeps ihis house served her father; he is a vided she married with the consent of her very honest fellow, and may be of use to you: guardians; but that she might be sure never we'll send for him to take a glass with us : to do so, he left her in the care of four men, he'll give you her whole history, and 'tis as opposite to each other as the four elements: worth your hearing.

each' has his quarterly rule, and three months Col. F. But may one trust bim?

in the year she is obliged to be subject to Free. With your life: I bave obligations each of their humours, and they are pretty enough upon him, to make him do any thing; different, l'assure you.—She is just come from I serve him with wine.

[Rings. Bath. Col. F. Nay, I know him very well myself. Col. F. 'Twas there I saw her. I once used io frequent a club that was kept Sack. Ay, sir, the last quarter was her beau here.

guardian's.—She appears in all public places

during his reign. Enter DRAWER.

Col. F. She visited a lady who boarded in Draw. Gentlemen, d'ye call ?

the same house with me: I liked her person, Free. Ay, send up your master.

and found an opportunity lo tell her so. She Draw. Yes, sir.

[Exit. replied, she had no objection to mine; but if Col. F. Do you know any of this lady's I could not reconcile contradictions I must not guardian's, Freeman?

think of her, for that she was condemned to Free. I know two of them very well. the caprice of four persons, who never ye!

agreed in any one thing, and she was obliged Enter SackBUT.

to please them all. Free. Here comes one will give you an ac- Šack. 'Tis most true, sir: I'll give you a count of them all.—Mr. Sackbut, we sent for short description of the men, and leave you you to take a glass with us. 'Tis a maxim to judge of the poor lady's condition. One among the friends of the bottle, that as long is a kind of virtuoso, a silly half-witted fellow, as the master is in company, one may be sure but positive and surly, fond of every thing of good wine.

antique and foreign, and wears his clothes Sack. Sir, you shall be sure to have as good of the fashion of the last century, dotes upon wine as you send in. — Colonel, your most travellers, and believes more of sir John Manbumble servant; you are welcome to town. deville?) than be does of the Bible. Col. F. I thank you, Mr. Sackbut.

Col. F. That must be a rare odd fellow, Sack. I am as glad to see you as I should Sack. Another is a change-broker: a fellow a bundred tun of French claret, custom free. that will out-lie the devil for the advantage of -My service to you, sir. (Drinks] You don't stock, and cheat his father that got him in a look so merry as you used to do; aren't you bargain: he is a great stickler for trade, and well, colonel ;

bates every man that wears a sword. Free. He has got a woman in his head, Free. He is a great admirer of the Dutch landlord: can you help him?

management, and swears they understand trade Sack. If 'tis in my power, I shan't scruple better than any nation under the sun. to serve my friend,

Sack. The ihird is an old beau, that has Col. F. 'Tis one perquisite of your calling. May in his fancy and dress, but December in

Sack. Ay, at t'other end of the town, where his face and his heels: he admires all new you officers use, women are good forcers of fashions, and those must be French; loves irade: a well-customed house, a handsome bar- operas, balls, masquerades, and is always the keeper, with clean obliging drawers, soon get most tawdry of ihe whole company on the master an estate; but our citizens seldom birth-day 2). do any thing, but cheat within the walls.- Col. F. These are pretty opposite one to But as to the lady, colonel, point you at par- another, truly; and the fourth, what is be, ticulars? or have you a good Champaigo landlord? stomach? Are you in full pay, or reduced, Sack. A very rigid quaker, whose quarter colonel ?

began this day.--I saw miss Lovely go in, Col. F. Reduced, reduced, landlord! not above two hours ago.—Sir Philip set her Free. To the miserable condition of a lover!

1) The Voiage and Travaille of Sir John Mender 2-. Sack. Pish! that's perferable to half-pay: a knight, which treateth of the way to Hierusalem, a woman's resolution may break before the

peace; marpayles of Inde ; and it is well known thaluais push her home, colonel, there's no parlying

bold seeker, and fearless assertor, of incredible adres

lures, left England in 1999 ; visited 'Tarlory about with the fair ses.

a century after Marco Polo; religiously declined as Col. F. Were the lady her own mistress, rying the Soldan of Egypt's daughter, because he von I have some reasons to believe I should soon not renounce Christianity, und, after wanderins

years through the realms of Inde, and being long Tu command in chief.

puted dead, returned to publish his adventures, scrap Free. You know miss Lovely, Mr. Sackbut? lously qualifying his most astounding relations Saek. Know her! Ay, poor Nancy: I have

some such words as thesc:-thei seyre, or men se

but I have not send it. carried her to school many a frosty morning.

2) The king's birth day, at which time all the great Alas! if she's the woman,' I pity you, colo- ple ray their court.

go to

[ocr errors]

down. What tbink you now, colonel, is not; Betty, What can you not do, if you will the poor lady to be pitied?

but give your mind io it? Marry, madam. Col. F. Ay, and rescued too, landlord. Miss L. What! and bare


fortune Free. In my opinion that's impossible. build churches and hospitals ? Col F. There is nothing impossible to a Betty. Why, let it go. If the colonel loves lorer. What would not a man attempt for a you, as he pretends, he'll marry you without fine woman and thirty thousand pounds ? Be- a fortune, madam; and I assure you a colosides, my honour is at stake: I promised to nel's lady is no despicable thing. deliver ber, and she bid me win her and wear her. Miss L. So you would advise me to give Sack. That's fair, faith!

up my own fortune, and throw myself upon Free. If it depended upon knight-errantry, the colonel's ! I should not doubt your selting free the damsel; Betly. I would advise you to make yourself but to have avarice, impertinence, hypocrisy, easy, madam. and pride, at once to deal with, requires more

Miss L. That's not the way,


sure. No, cunning thao generally attends a man of honour. no, girl, there are certain ingredients to be

Col. F. My fancy tells me I shall come off mingled with matrimony, without which I may with glory. I resolve to try, however.-Do as well change for the worse as the better. sou know all the guardians, Mr. Sackbut? When the woman has fortune enough to make Sark. Very well; they all use my house. the man happy, if he has either honour or Cel. F. And will you assist me, occasion good manners, he'll make her easy. Love makes requires?

but a slovenly figure in a house, where po Sack . In every thing I can, colonel.

verty keeps the door. Free. I'll answer for him.

Betty. And so you resolve to die a maid, Col. F. First I'll attack my beau guardian: do you, madam? where lives he?

Miss L. Or have it in my power to make Sack. "Faith, somewhere about St. James's; the man I love master of my fortune. though to say in what street I cannot; but Betty. Then you don't like the colonel so any chairman will tell you where sir Philip well as I thought you did, madam, or you Modelose lives.

would not take such a resolution. Free

. Oh! you'll find him in the Park al Miss L. It is because I do like him, Belly, eleven every day; at least I never pass through that I do take such a resolution. at that hour without seeing him there—But Betty. Why, do you expect, madam, the what do you intend ?

colonel can work miracles?' Is it possible for Col. F. To address him in his own way, him to marry you with the consent of all your and find what he designs to do with the lady: guardians ? Free. And what then?

Miss L. Or he must not marry me at all; Col. F. Nay, that I can't tell; but I shall and so I told him; and he did not seem distake my measures accordingly,

pleased with the news. - He promised to set Sack

. Well, 'tis a mad undertaking, in my me free; and I, on that condition, promised mind; but here's to your success, colonel. to make him master of that freedom.

[Drinks. Belty. Well! I have read of enchanted castles, Col. F. Tis something out of the way, I ladies delivered from the chains of magic, giants confess

; but fortune may chance to smile, and I killed, and monsters overcome; so that I shall succeed.

be the less surprised if the colonel shall conBold was the man who rentur'd first to sea, jure you out of the power of your

four guarBut the first vent'ring lovers boļder were.

dians: if he does, I am sure he deserves your The path of love's dark and dang'rous way, fortune. Without a landmark or one friendly star. Miss. L. And shall bave it, girl, if it were And he that runs the risk deserves the fair. ten times as much-For I'll ingenuously con.

[Exeunt. fess to thee, that I do love the colonel above

all the men I ever saw: Scing II.-An Apartment in Prim's House.

- There's something

so jantée in a soldier, a kind of je ne scais Enter Miss Lovely and her maid Betty. quoi air, that makes them more agreeable than

Betty. Bless me, madam! why do you fret all the rest of mankind. — They command reand teaze yourself so ? This is giving them the gard, as who shall say, We are your defenadiantage, with a witness.

ders; we preserve your beauties from the inHis L. Must I be condemned all my lifesults of rude and unpolished foes, and ought

preposterous humours of other people, to be preferred before those lazy indolent morand pointed at by every boy in town! -05! ials, who, by dropping into their father's estates, I could tear my flesh and. curse the hour I set up their coaches, and think to rattle themwas born.--Isn't it monstrously ridiculous that selves into our affections. they should desire to impose their quaking Betty. Nay, madam, I confess that the army dress upon me at these years? When I was has engrossed all the prettiest fellows-A laced. no matter what they made me wear; coat and a feather have irresistible charms.

Miss L. But the colonel has all the beauties Betty. I would resolve against it, madam; of the mind as well as the body. – 0 all ye Id see 'em hanged before I'd put on the pinch'd powers that favour happy lovers, grant that ap again.

he may be mine! Thou god of love, if thou Miss L. Then I must never expect one mo- best aught but name, assist my Feignwell! ment's ease: she has rung such a peal in my

Point all thy darts to aid his just design, tats already, that I shan'ı hare the right use And make his plois as prevalent as thine. sł them this month. What can I do?


to the

a child,

but now

[ocr errors]


barony about five years ago, but I abhorred SCENE I.-The Park.

the fatigue which must have attended it.-I

could never yet bring myself to join with either SIR Philip MODELOve discovered upon a party. Bench, with a Woman masked.

Col. F. You are perfectly in the right, sir Sir P. Well but, my dear, are you really Philip-a fine person should not embark himself constant to your keeper?

in the slovenly concern of politics: dress and Wom. Yes, really, sir.-Hey-day! who comes pleasure are objects proper for the soul of a yonder? He cuts a mighty figure.

line gentleman. Sir P. Ha! a stranger, by his equipage keep- Sir P. And loveing so close at his beels . — Ile has the appear

Col. F. Ob! that's included under the article ance of a man of quality. Positively French, of pleasure. by his dancing air.

Šir P. Parbleu! c'est un homme d'espril. Wom. He crosses, as if he meant to sit down May I crave your name, sir? here.

Col. F. My name is La Feignwell, sir, at Sir P. He has a mind to make love to thee, child. your service.

Sir P: The La Feignwells are French, I Enter COLONEL.

know; though the name is become very nuWom. It will be to no purpose if he does. merous in Great Britain of late years-1 was Sir P. Are you resolved to be cruel then ? sure you was French the moment I laid my

Col. F. You must be very cruel indeed, if eyes upon you; I could not come into the you can deny any thing to so fine a gentleman, supposition of your being an Englishman: tbis madam.

[Takes out his Watch. island produces few such ornaments. Wom. I never mind the outside of a man. Col F. Are you married, sir Philip?.

Col. F. And I'm afraid thou art no judge Sir P. No; nor do I believe I shall ever of the inside.

enter into that honourable state: I have an Sir P. I am positively of your mind, sir; absolute tendre for the whole sex. for creatures of her function seldom penetrate Col. F. That's more than they have for you, beyond the pocket.

I dare swear. [Aside] I find I was very much Wom. Coxcombs ! [ Aside, and exxit. mistaken-I imagined you had been married

Sir P. Pray what says your watch? mine to that young lady whom I saw in the chariot is down.

[Pulling out his Watch. with you this morning in Gracechurch-street. Col. F: I want thirty-six

minutes of twelve, sir. Sir P. Who, Nancy Lovely? I am a piece [Puts up his Watch, and takes out of a guardian to that lady: You must know his Snuff-box.

her father, I thank him, joined me with three Sir P. May I presume, sir.

of the most preposterous old fellows — that, Col. F. Sir, you honour me.

upon my soul, I am in pain for the poor girl: [Presenting the Bor. she must certainly lead apes, ?) ha, ba! Sir P. He speaks good English--though he Col. F. That's a pity, sir Philip. If the lady must be a foreigner. (Aside] – This snuff is would give me leave, I would endeavour to extremely good—and ihe box prodigious fine: avert that curse. the work is French, I presume, sir.

Sir P. As to the lady, she'd gladly be rid Col. F. I bought it in Paris, sir.— I do think of us at any rate, I believe; but here's the the workmanship, pretty neat,

mischief: he who marries miss Lovely, must Sir P. Neat!' 'tis exquisitely fine, sir. Pray, have the consent of us all four-or not a penny sir, if I may !ake the liberty of inquiring of her portion. For my part, I shall never what country is so happy to claim the birth approve of any but a man of figure-and the of the finest gentleman in the universe ? rest are not only averse to cleanliness, but have France, I presume.

each a peculiar taste to gratify:-For my part, Col. F. Then you don't think me an En- I declare I would prefer you to all men I ever saw. glishman?

Col. F. And I her to all women Sir P. No, upon my soul, don't I.

Sir P. I assure you, Mr. Feignwell, I am Col. F. I am sorry fort.

for marrying her, for I hate the trouble of a Sir P. Impossible you should wish to be guardian, especially among such wretches; but an Englishman! Pardon me, sir, this island resolve never to agree to the choice of any could not produce a person of such alertness. one of tbem-and I fancy they'll be even with

Col. F. As this mirror shows you, sir. [Puts me, for they never came into any proposal of up a pocket-glass to Sir Philip's Face] I mine yet. know not how to distinguish you, sir: but your Col. F. I wish I had leave to try them, sir Philip. mien and address speak you right honourable. Sir P. With all my soul, sir; I can refuse

Sir P. Thus great souls judge of others by a person of your appearance nothing: themselves—I am only adorned with knight- Col. F. Sir, I am infinitely obliged to you, hood: that's all, I assure you, sir; my name Sir P. But do you really like matrimony? is sir Philip Modelove.

Col. F. I believe I could with that lady. Col. F. Of French extraction?

Sir P. The only point in which we differ. Sir P. My father was French.

you are master of so many qualifications, Col. F. One may plainly perceive il—There that I can excuse one fault: fór I must think is a certain gaiety peculiar io my nation (for it a fault in a fine gentleman; and that you I will own myself a Frenchman) which dis- are such, I'll give it under my hand. tinguishes us every where.-A person of your figure would be a vast addition to a coronet.


1) The incrilable fate of all young ladies dying eld mazan

according to the English prorerb, is, that they she Sir P. I must own I had the offer of a

lead apes in hell.

[ocr errors]
« EelmineJätka »