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will be cleared off immediately on the payment of Sir John. After having carried the negociation the first part of Miss Sterling's proportion. between our families to so great a length ; after You agree, on your part, to come down with having assented so readily to all your proposals, 80,000). ?

as well as received so many instances of your Sterh Down on the nail.Ay, ay, my money cheerful compliance with the demands made on is ready to-morrow if he pleases -he shall have our part, I am extremely concerned, Mr Sterling, sit in India-bonds, or notes, or how he chooses to be the involuntary cause of any uneasiness.

-Your lords and your dukes, and your people Sterl. Uneasiness! what uneasiness? - Where at the court-end of the town stick at payments business is transacted as it ought to be, and the sometimes—debts unpaid, no credit lost with parties understand one another, there can be no them--but no fear of us substantial fellows uneasiness. You agree, on such and such conEh, Mr Serjeant?

ditions, to receive my daughter for a wife ; on the Flow. Sir John having last term, according to same conditions I agree to receive you as a sonagreement, levied a fine, and suffered a recovery, in-law; and as to all the rest, it follows of course, has hitherto cut off the entail of the Ogleby estate you know, as regularly as the payment of a bill for the better effecting the purposes of the present after acceptance. intended marriage; on which above-mentioned Sir John. Pardon me, sir ; more uneasiness has Ogleby estate, a jointure of 2000l. per annum is arisen than you are aware of. I am myself, at this socured to your eldest daughter, now Elizabeth instant, in a state of inexpressible embarrassment; Sterling, spinster, and the whole estate, after the Miss Sterling, I know, is extremely disconcerted death of the aforesaid earl, descends to the heirs too; and, unless you will oblige me with the assismale of Sir John Melvil, on the body of the afore- tance of your friendship, I foresee the speedy said Elizabeth Sterling lawfully to be begotten. progress of discontent and animosity through the

Trao. Very true--and Sir John is to be put whole family. in immediate possession of as much of his lord Sterl. What the deuce is all this? I don't unship’s Somersetshire estate, as lies in the manors derstand a single syllable. of Hogmore and Cranford, amounting to between Sir John. In one word then-It will be absotwo and three thousand per annum, and at the lutely impossible for me to fulfil my engagements death of Mr Sterling, a further sum of seventy | in regard to Miss Sterling. thousand

Sterl. How, Sir John! Do you mean to put an

affront upon my family? What ? refuse to Enter Sir John MELVIL.

Sir John. Be assured, sir, that I neither mean Sterl. Ah, Sir John ! Here we are -hard at to affront nor forsake your family. My only fear it-paving the road to matrimony -First the is, that you should desert me; for the whole haplawyers, then comes the doctor-Let us but piness of my life depends on my being connected dispatch the long-robe, we shall soon get pudding with your family, by the nearest and tenderest ties sleeves to work, I warrant you.

in the world. Sir John. I am sorry to interrupt you, sir Sterl. Why, did not you tell me, but a moment But I hope that both you and these gentlemen will ago, that it was absolutely impossible for you to excuse me—Having something very particular marry my daughter ? for your private ear, I took the liberty of following Sir John. True. But you haveanother daughiyou, and beg you will oblige me with an auclience ter, sirimmediately.

Sterl. Well ! Sterl. Ay, with all my heart !-- Gentlemen, Sir John. Who has obtained the most absolute Mr Serjeant, you'll excuse it--Business must dominion over my heart. I have already declared be done, you know. The writings will keep cold my passion to her ; nay, Miss Sterling herself is till to-morrow morning.

also apprised of it, and if you will but givea sanction Flou. I must be at Warwick, Mr Sterling, the to my present addresses, the uncommon merit of elay after.

Miss Sterling will, no doubt, recommend her to a Sterl. Nay, nay, I sha'n't part with you to-night, person of equal, if not superior rank to myself, gentlemen, I promise you. My house is very and our families may still be allied by my union full, but I have beds for you all, beds for your ser with Miss Fanny. vants, and stabling for all your horses.- Will Sterl. Mighty fine, truly! Why, what the plague you take a turn in the garden, and view some of do you make of us, Sir John? Do you come to my improvements before dinner? Or will you market for my daughters, like servants at a statuteamuse yourselves on the green, with a game of fair? Do you think that I will suffer you, or any bowls and a cool tankard ? -My servants shall man in the world, to come into my house, like the

-Do you choose any other refresh- Grand Signior, and throw the handkerchief first to ment? -Call for what you please ; do as you one, and then to t’other, just as he pleases ? Do please ;make yourselves quite at home, I beg you think I drive a kind of African slave-trade of you.--Here, Thomas ! Harry! William with them ? and wait on these gentlemen !--[Follows the lawyers Sir John. A moment's patience, sir ! Nothing out, bawling and talking, and then returns to Sir but the excess of my passion for Miss Fanny should John.) And now, sir, I am entirely at your service. I have induced me to take any step that had the What are your commands with me, Sir John ? | least appearance of disrespect to any part of your

attend you

family; and even now I am desirous to atone for Sterl. True, true; and since you only transfer my transgression, by making the most adequate from one girl to the other, it is no more than transcompensation that lies in my power.

ferring so much stock, you know. Sterl. Compensation ! what compensation can Sir

John. The very thing! you possibly make in such a case as this, Sir John ? Sterl. Odso! I had quite forgot.We are

Sir John. Come, come, Mr Sterling ; I know reckoning without our host here there is another you to be a man of sense, a man of business, a difficulty man of the world. I'll deal frankly with you ; Sir John. You alarm me. What can that be? and you shall see that I don't desire a change of Sterl. I cann't stir a step in this business without measures for my own gratification, without endea- consulting my sister Heidelberg. The family has vouring to make it advantageous to you. very great expectations from her, and we must not

Sterl. What advantage can your inconstancy be give her any offence. to me, Sir John ?

Sir John. But if you come into this measure, Sir John. I'll tell you, sir.You know that surely she will be so kind as to consentby the articles at present subsisting between us, Sterl. I don't know that-Betsy is her darling, on the day of my marriage with Miss Sterling, you and I cann't tell how far she may resent any slight agree to pay down the gross sum of eighty thousand that seems to be offered to her favourite niece

. pounds.

However, I'll do the best I can for you. You shall Sterl. Well !

go and break the matter to her first, and, by that Sir John. Now, if you will but consent to my time I may suppose that your rhetoric has prevail

. waving that marriage

ed on her to listen to reason, I will step in to reinSterl I agree to your waving that marriage! Im- force your arguments. possible, Sir John

Sir John. i'll fly to her immediately ; you pro Sir John. I hope not, sir; as, on my part, I will mise me your assistance ? agree to wave my right to thirty-thousand pounds Sterl. I do. of the fortune I was to receive with her.

Sir John. Ten thousand thanks for it! and now Sterl. Thirty thousand, d’ye say ?

success attend me!

(Going Sir John. Yes, sir ; and accept of Miss Panny, Sterl. Hark'e, Sir John! (Sir John returns with fifty thousand, instead of fourscore. Not a word of the thirty thousand to my sister, Sterl. Fifty thousand !

[Pausing. Sir John. Sir John. Instead of fourscore.

Sir John. Oh, I am dumb, I am dumb, sir. Sterl. Why-why-there may be something in

(Going, that. Let me see-Fanny with fifty thousand, Sterl. You'll remember it is thirty thousand. instead of Betsy with fourscore. -But how can Sir John. To be sure I do. this be, Sir John? For you know I am to pay this Sterl. But, Sir John !-one thing more. (Sur money into the hands of my Lord Ogleby; who, I be- JOHN returns.) My lord must know nothing of lieve, between you and me, Sir John, is not over- this stroke of friendship between us. stocked with ready money at present ; and three Sir John. Not for the world. Let me alone! score thousand of it, you know, is to go to pay off let me alone!

(Offering to ge the present incumbrances on the estate, Sir

John. Sterl. (Holding him.] And when every thing is Sir John. That objection is easily obviated.

agreed, we must give each other a bond to be held Ten of the twenty thousand, which would remain fast to the bargain. as a surplus of the fourscore, after paying off the Sir John. To be sure. A bond by all means ! mortgage, was intended by his lordship for my use, a bond, or whatever you please.

(Exit hastily. that we might set off with some little eclat on our Sterl. I should have thought of more conditions marriage ; and the other ten for his own.—Ten-he's in a humour to give me every thing-Why, thousand pounds, therefore, I shall be able to pay what mere children are your fellows of quality, you immediately'; and for the remaining twenty that cry for a plaything one minute, and throw it thousand, you shall have a mortgage on that part by the next ! as changeable as the weather

, and of the estate which is to be made over to me, with as uncertain as the stocks !-Special fellows to whatever security you shall require for the regular drive a bargain ! and yet they are to take care of payment of the interest, till the principal is duly the interest of the nation truly! Here does this discharged.

whirligig man of fashion offer to give up thirty Sterl. Why—to do you justice, Sir John, there thousand pounds in hard money, with as much is something fair and open in your proposal : and, indifference as if it was a china orange. By this since I find you do not mean to put an affront upon mortgage, I shall have a hold on his terra firma; the family

and if he wants more
money, as he certainly will

, Sir John. Nothing was ever farther from my --- let him have children by my daughter or no, thoughts, Mr Sterling. And after all, the whole shall have his whole estate in a net for the bene affair

is nothing extraordinary—such things happen fit of my family. Well, thus it is, that the chilo every day; and as the world has only heard generally | dren of citizens, who have acquired fortunes, prove! of a treaty between the families, when this marri- persons of fashion;

and thus it is, that persons of age takes place, nobody will be the wiser, if we fashion, who

have ruined their fortunes, reduce have but discretion enough to keepour own counsel. the next generation to cits.

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SCENE II.-Changes to another Apartment. moment that papa was called out of the room to the Enter Mrs HEIDELBERG and Miss STERLING.

lawyer-men, get up from breakfast, and follow

him immediately? And I warrant you that by this Miss Sterl. This is your gentle-looking, soft time he has made proposals to him to marry my speaking, sweet-smiling, affable Miss Fanny for sister-Oh, that some other person, an earl, or you!

a duke, would make his addresses to me, that I Mrs Heidel. My Miss Fanny! I disclaim her. might be revenged on this monster! With all her arts, she never could insinuate her. Mrs Heidel. Be cool, child! you shall be Lady self into my good graces ; and yet she has a way Melvil, in spite of all their caballins, if it costs me with her, that deceives man, woman, and child, ex ten thousand pounds to turn the scale. Sir John cept you and me, niece.

may apply to my brother, indeed, but I'll make Mis Sterl. O ay; she wants nothing but a crook them all know who governs in this fammaly. in her hand, and a lamb under her arm, to be a Miss Sterl. As I live, madam, yonder comes Sir perfect picture of innocence and simplicity. John. A base man! I cann't endure the sight

Mrs Heidel. Just as I was drawn at Amster- of him. I'll leave the room this instant. ? dam, when I went over to visit my husband's re

[Disordered. lations.

Mrs Heidel. Poor thing! Well, retire to your Miss Sterl. And then she's so mighty good to ser- own chamber, child; I'll give it him, I warrant ġou; vants-Pray, John, do this,-pray, to undo that and by and by I'll come and let you know all that -thank you, Jenny;' and then so humble to her has past between us. relations~ To be sure, papa!

-as my aunt pleases Miss Sterl. Pray do, madam.-(Looking back.] -my sister knows best, -But, with all her de -A vile wretch!

(Exit in a ruge. mureness and humility, she has no objection to

Enter Sir JOHN MELVIL. be Lady Melvil, it seems, nor to any wickedness that can make her so.

Sir John. Your most obedient humble servant, Mrs Heidel. She Lady Melvil! Compose your madam.

(Bowing very respécifully. self, niece; I'll ladyship her indeed :-a little crep

Mrs Heidel. Your servant, Sir John. pin, cantin—She sha'n't be the better for a far [Dropping a half curtsey, and pouting, den of my money. But tell me, child, how does Sir John. Miss Stirling's manner of quitting the this intriguing with Sir John correspond with her room on my approach, and the visible coolness partiality to Lovewell? I don't see a concatuna of your behaviour to me, madam, convince me tion here.

that she has acquainted you with what past this Miss Sterl. There I was deceived, madam. Imorning, took all their whisperings and stealing into cor Mrs Heidel

. I am very sorry, Sir John, to be ners, to be the mere attraction of vulgar minds; made acquainted with any thing that should inbut, behold! their private meetings were not to duce me to change the opinion which I would alcontrive their own insipid bappiness, but to con- ways wish to entertain of a person of qualaty. spire against mine. But I know whence proceeds

(Pouting. Mr Lovewell's resentment to me. I could not

Sir John. It has always been my ambition to stoop to be familiar with my father's clerk, and merit the best opinion from Mrs Heidelberg; and so I have lost his interest.

when she comes to weigh all circumstances, i flatMrs Heidel. My spirit to a T.-My dear child! ter myself[Kisses her.) Mr Heidelberg lost his election for Mrs Heidel. You do flatter yourself, if you imamember of parliament, because I would not de- gipe that I can approve of your behaviour to my mean myself to be slobbered about by drunken niece, Sir John. And, give me leave to tell you, shoemakers, beastly cheesemongers, and greasy Sir John, that you have been drawn into an acbutchers and tallow-chandlers. However, niece, tion much beneath you, Sir John; and that I look I cann't help diffuring a little in opinion from you upon every injury offered to Miss Betty Sterling, in this matter. My experunce and sagacity makes as an affront to myself, Sir John. (Wurmly. me still suspect, that there is something more be. Sir John. I would not offend you for the world, tween her and that Lovewell, notwithstanding this madam; but when I am influenced by a partiality affair of Sir John. I had my eye upon them the for another, however ill-founded, I hope your dig. whole time of breakfast. Sir John, I observed, cernment and good sense will think it rather a looked a little confounded, indeed, though I knew point of honour to renounce engagements, which nothing of what had passed in the garden. You I could not fulfil so strictly as I ought ; and that seemed to sit upon thorns too: But Fanny and you will excuse the change in my inclinations, Mr Loveweil made quite another guess sort of a

since the new object, as well as the first, has the figur; and were as perfect a picture of two dis- honour of being your niece, madam. trest lovers, as if it had been drawn by Raphael Mrs Heidel. I disclaim her as a niece, Sir John ; Angelo. As to Sir John and Fanny, I want a

Miss Sterling disclaims her as a sister, and the inatter of fact.

whole fainmaly must disclaiin her, for her monBliss Slerl. Matter of fact, madam! Did not I strous baseness and treachery. come unexpectedly upon them? Was not Sir John

Sir John. Indeed she has been guilty of none, kneeling at her feet, and kissing her hand ? Did madam. Her hand and her heart are, I am sure, not re look all love, and she all confusion? Is not entirely at the disposal of yourself and Mr Sterthat matter of fact? and did not Sir John, the 1 ling. VOL. IV.

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senses.

my sister, Sir John?

---And, unless she agreed Enter STERLING behind.

to your marrying Fanny And if you should not oppose my inclinations, I am Mrs Heidel. I agree to bis marrying Fanny !sure of Mr Sterling's consent, madam.

abominable !—The man is absolutely out of his Mrs Heidel. Indeed !

-Cann't that wise head of yours foresee Sir John. Quite certain, madam.

the consequence of all this, brother Sterling? $teri, (Behind.) So! they seem to be coming to Will Sir John take Fanny without a fortuine?terms already. I may venture to make my ap- No!--- After you have settled the largest part pearance.

of your property on your youngest daughter, can Mrs Heidel. To marry Fanny ?

there be an equal portion left for the eldest ? (STERLING advunces by degrees. --No! Does not this

overturn the whole sysSir John. Yes, madam.

tum of the fammaly?-_Yes, yes, yes !-- You Mrs Heidel. My brother has given bis consent, know I was always for my niece Betsey's martyyou say?

ing a person of the very first qualaty. "That was Sir John. In the most ample manner, with no my maxum :-and, therefore, much the largest other restriction than the failure of your concur settlement was, of course, to be made upon her. rence, madam. (Sees STERLING.]—Oh, here's Mr As for Fanny, if she could, with a fortune of twenSterling, who will confirm what I have told. ty or thirty thousand pounds, get a knight, or a

Mrs Heidel. What! have you consented to give men ber of parliament, or a rich common councilup your own daughter in this manner, brother? man, for a husband, I thought it might do very

Sterl. Give her up! no, not give her up, sister; well. oniy in case that you-Zounds, I am afraid you Sir John. But if a better match should offer ithave said too much, Sir John.

self, why should it not be accepted, madam?

(Apart to Sir John. Mrs Heidel. What, at the expence of her elMrs Heidel. Yes, yes ; I see now that it is true | der sister? O fie, Sir John ! How could you bear enough what my niece told me. You are all plot to bear such an indignaty, brother Sterling? tin and caballin against her. Pray, does Lord Sterl. I! Nay, I sha'n't hear of it, I promise Ogleby know of this affair ?

you.--I cann't hear of it, indeed, Sir John. Sir John. I have not yet made him acquainted Mrs Heidel. But you have heard of it, brother with it, madam.

Sterling. -You know you have ; and sent Sir Mrs Heidel. No, I warrant you. I thought so. John to propose it to me. But if you can give -And so his lordship and myself, truly, are not up your daugbter, I sha'n't forsake my niece, I to be consulted till the last.

assure you. Ah! if my poor dear Mr HeidelSterl. What ! did not you consult my lord ? Oh, berg and our sweet babes had been alive, he fie for shane, Sir John!

would not have behaved so ! Sir John. Nay, but, Mr Sterling

Sterl. Did I, Sir John ?

-Nay, speak !Mrs Heidel. We, who are the persons of most Bring me off, or we are ruined. consequence and experunce in the two fammalies,

(Apart to Sir John. are to know nothing of the matter, till the whole Sir John. Why, to be sure, to speak the is as good as concluded upon. But his lordship, truth-I am sure, will have more generosity than to coun Mrs Heidel. To speak the truth, I'm ashatenance such a perceding. And I could not have med of you both. But have a care what you are expected such behaviour from a person of your about, brother ! have a care, I say. The counselqualaty, Sir John.—And as for you, brother, lors are in the house, I hear; and if every thing Sterl. Nay, nay, but hear me, sister.

is not settled to my liking, I'll have nothing more Mrs Heidel. I am perfectly ashamed of you. to say to you, if I live these hundred years. Have you no spurrit ? no more concern for the ho- I'll go over to Holland, and settle with Mr Vannour of our fammaly than to consent

derspracken, my poor husband's first cousin, and Sterl. Consent ! I consent! As I hope for mer my own fammaly shall never be the better for a cy, I never gave my consent. -Did I consent, farden of my money, I promise you. Sir John ?

Sterl. I thought so. I knew she never would Sir John. Not absolutely, without Mrs Heidel- agree to it. berg's concurrence. But, in case of her approba Sir John. 'Sdeath, how unfortunate! What tion

can we do, Mr Sterling ? Sterl. Ay, I grant you, if my sister approved Sterl. Nothing. But that's quite another thing, you know

Sir John. What, must our agreement break off

(To Mrs HEIDEL. the moment it is made, then? Mrs Heidel. Your sister approve, indeed! Şlerl. It cann't be helped, Sir John. The fa-. I thought you knew her better, brother Sterling! | mily, as I told you before, have great expecta

-What! approve of having your eldest daugh- tions from my sister; and if this matter proceeds, ter returned upon your hands, and exchanged you hear yourself that she threatens to leave us. for the younger ?--I am surprised how you - My brother Heidelberg was a warm man ;could listen to such a scandalous proposal. very warm man; and died worth a plumb at least;

Sterl. I tell you, I never did listen to it.-Did a plumb ! ay, I warrant you, he died worth a not I say, that I would be entirely governed by / plumb and a half.

(Exit.

Sir John. Well; but if I

Sterl. I think he would be more likely to perSterl. And then, my sister has three or four suade her to it than any other person in the favery good mortgages, a deal of money in the mily. She has a great respect for Lord Ogleby. three

per cents. and old South Sea annuities, be- She loves a lord. sides large concerns in the Dutch and French Sir John. I'll apply to him this very day.funds. The greatest part of all this she means And if he should prevail on Mrs Heidelberg, I to leave to our family.

may depend on your friendship, Mr Sterling Sir John. I can only say, sir

Šter. Ay, ay, I shall be glad to oblige you, Sterl. Why, your offer of the difference of when it is in my power; but as the account thirty thousand was very fair and handsome, to stands now, you see it is not upon the figures. be sure, Sir John.

And so your servant, Sir John.

(Erit. Sir John. Nay, but I am even willing to- Sir John. What a situation am I in !--BreakSterl. Ay, but if I was to accept it against her ing off with her whom I was bound by treaty to will, I might lose above a hundred thousand; so marry ; rejected by the object of my affections ; you see the balance is against you, Sir John. and embroiled with this turbulent woman, who

Sir John. But is there no way, do you think, of governs the whole family. And yet opposition, prevailingon Mrs Heidelberg to grant her consent? instead of smothering, increases my inclination.

Sterl. I am afraid not. However, when her I must have her. I'll apply immediately to Lord passion is a little abated—for she's very passion- Ogleby ; and if he can but bring over the aunt to ate--you may try what can be done : but you our party, her influence will overcome the scrumust not use my name any more, Sir John. ples and delicacy of my dear Fanny, and I shall Sir John. Suppose I was to prevail on Lord be the happiest of mankind.

Exit. Ogleby to apply to her, do you think that would have any influence over her?

ACT IV.

o'clock in the morning; and if Miss Fanny does SCENE I.-A Room.

not get into it, why, I will—and so there's an

end of the matter. (Bounces out with Miss STEREnter Mr STERLING, Mrs HEIDELBERG, and

LING; then returns.) One word more, brother Miss STERLING,

Sterling.--I expect that you will take your eldest. Sterl. What! will you send Fanny to town, daughter in your hand, and make a formal comsister?

plaint to Lord Ogleby, of Sir John Melvil's beMrs Heidel. To-morrow morning. I've given haviour. Do this, brother;-shew a proper reorders about it already.

gard for the honour of your fammaly yourself, Sterl, Indeed !

and I shall throw in my mite to the raising of Mrs Heidel. Posatively.

it. If not-but now you know my mind; so Sterl. But consider, sister, at such a time as açt as you please, and take the consequences. this, what an odd appearance it will have.

[Exit. Mrs Heidel. Not half so odd as her behaviour,

Sterl. The devil's in the women for tyranny! brother.—This time was intended for happiness, Mothers, wives, mistresses, or sisters, they aland I'll keep no incendiaries here to destroy it. ways will govern us. -As to my sister HeidelI insist on her going off to-morrow morning. berg, she knows the strength of her purse, and

Sterl. I'm afraid this is all your doing, Betsey. domineers upon the credit of it. I will do

Miss Sterl. No, indeed, papa. My aunt knows this,” and “ you shall do that,” and “ that it is not. For all Fanny's baseness to me, do l'other, or else the famnaly sha'n't have a I am sure I would not do or say any thing to farden of”-[Mimicking.)--So absolute with hurt her with you or my aunt for the world. her money!- But, to say the truth, nothing but

Mrs Heidel. Hold your tongue, Betsey; I will money can make us absolute, and so we must have my way.-When she is packed off, every e'en make the best of her,

(Exit. thing will go on as it should do.--Since they are at their intrigues, I'll let them' see that we SCENE II.-Changes to the Garden. can act with vigour on our part; and the send

Enter Lord OGLEBY and CANTON. ing her out of the way, shall be the purluminary step to all the rest of my perceedings.

Lord Og. What ! Mademoiselle Fanny to be Sterl. Well, but, sister

!-Why?-Wherefore :- What's the · Mrs Heidel. It does not signify talking, bro- meaning of all this? ther Sterling, for I'm resolved to be rid of her, Can. Je ne sçais pas. I know nothing of it. and I will. Come along, child. [To Miss STER Lord Og. It cann't be-it sha'n't be :-I proLING.)—The post-shay shall be at the door by six | test against the measure. She's a fine girl, and

you shall

sent away

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