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Bel sen. Ridiculous !

Soph. In the first place, then, I own to this Bel. jun. To you, sir, obligations of this sort gentleman and the company present, that there may be matter of ridicule ; but, while I religious was a time when I entertained the highest opily observe all promises I make to others, I shall nion of his merit. Nay, I will not scruple to expect others to be as observant of those they confess that I had conceived a regard for him of make to me.

the tenderest sort. Bel. sen. Sir, I have a most profound venera Iron. And pray, young lady, how came my tion for your principles, and am happy to find nephew to forfeit your good opinion ? your understanding so much cultivated by travel ; Soph. By a conduct, sir, that must for ever but, in spite of your address, you will find it forfeit not my esteem only, but yours and all rather difficult to induce me to wave my right in mankind's: I am sorry to be his accuser, but Miss Dove in favour of a professed adventurer. I will appeal to you, Mr Belfield, who are his

Bel. jun. Shameless, unleeling man! an ad brother, whether it is reconcileable either to penturer do you call me? You whose unbrother- honour or humanity to prosecute an affair of ly persecution drove me to this hazardous, this marriage with one woman, when you are prehumiliating occupation !

viously and indispensably engaged to another? Iron. Sirrah! 'Bob! no reflections upon priva Bel. sen. Humph ! teering; it has lined your pockets well, you Soph. Yet this, sir, is the treatment I have re. young rogue ; and you may tell your fine brother ceived: judge, therefore, if I can desire or conthere, that we have landed treasure enough upon sent to have any long conversation with a gentlehis estate to buy the fee-simple of it; ay, and, for man who is under such engagements; nay, whom what I know, of Sir Wiseacre's here, into the I can prove actually married to another woman bargain.

in this very house, and ready to vouch the truth Sir Ben. What's that you say, Captain Iron- of what I assert. Judge for me, Mr Belfield, sides! Let's have a word in corner with you. could you believe any man capable of such com

Bel. sen. Look'e, sir, if you conceive yourself plicated, such inconceivable villainy? wronged by me, there is but one wayYou Bel. sen. Heavens! This touches me too know your remedy.

closely. Bel. jun. I know your meaning, brother; and, Sir Ben. Sir, I would fain know what excuse to demonstrate how much greater my courage is you can have for this behaviour? I can tell you, than yours, I must confess to you, I dare not ac sir, I don't understand it. cept your proposal.

Ludy Dore. Oh! fie! fie upon you, Mr BelSir Ben. No, no, I've given him enough of field! I wonder you are not ashamed to show that, I believe.

your face in this family. Iron. Bob Belfield, if I did not know thee for Sir Ben. Who desired you to put in your oar? a lad of mettle, I shou’dn't tell what to make of Iron. Why, sirrah, would not one wife conall this :—for my own part, I understand none tent you ? 'Tis enough in all reason for one man; of

your scruples and refinements, not I; a man is it not, Sir Benjamin ? is a man; and if I take care to give an affront to Bel. jun. Sir, when it is proved I am married, no man, I think I have a right to take an affront from no man.

Iron. Look'e, Bob, I don't accuse you for marSir Ben Come, gentlemen, suspend your dis- rying ; 'twas an indiscretion, and I can forgive it; pute; here comes my daughter, let her decide be- but to deny it is a meanness, and I abhor it.

Soph. Mr Belfield, do you say nothing upon Bel.jun. Let me receive my sentence from her this occasion ? lips, and I will submit to it.

Bel. sen. Paterson, I am struck to the heart; Enter SOPHIA, PATERSON, and Lady Dove.

I cannot support my guilt: I am married to Vio

letta; save me the confusion of relating it: this Sir Ben. Here's a young gentleman, daughter, dishonourable engagement for ever I renounce; that will take no denial; he comes to forbid the nor will I rest till I have made atonement to an banns just when you are both going into the injured wife.—Madam, I beg leave to withdraw church to be married.

for a few minutes. Soph. Upon my word, this is something extra Bel. jun. Hold, sir! this contrivance is of ordinary. What are the gentleman's reasons your forging; you have touched me too near; for this behaviour?

and
now,

if

you dare draw your sword, follow Sir Ben. He claims a sort of promise from me that he should be indulged in an hour's conver Soph. Hold, gentlemen, you forget the lady is sation with you before you give your hand to his now in the house; she is a witness that will efbrother.

fectually put an end to your dispute; I will conSoph. An hour's conversation! What little duct her hither.

[Exit. that gentleman can have to say to me, I believe, Bel. jun. I agree to it. may be said in a very few minutes.

Iron. Hark'e, nephew, I shrewdly suspect you Bel. sen. I think, brother, this conversation have been laying a train to blow yourself up: if don't promise a great deal.

once Bob comes fairly alongside of you, you'll

accuse me.

twixt you.

me.

find your quarters too hot to hold you : I never, the fleet's fairly come to anchor, while the adyet found my boy out in a lie, and sha'n't tamely miral's ship is out at sea. (Presenting BELFIELD see a lie imposed upon him ; for, while he is Junior.) My nephew here is as honest a lad as honest, and I have breath, he shall never want lives, and loves you at the soul of him : give bim a friend to stand by him, or a father to protect your hand, and I'll broach the last chest of dolhim.

lars to make him a fortune deserving you. What Bel. sen. Mr Paterson, explain my story; I say you, my old friend? will depart this instant in search of Violetta. Sir Ben. Here's my hand! I've spoke the word;

she's his own. Lady Dove, I won't hear a syl Enter SorHIA and VIOLETTA.

lable to the contrary. Soph. Stay! I conjure you stay, turn, and look Iron. Then the galleon is thy own, boy:-back upon this lady before you go.

What should an old fellow like me do with mo

(Presenting Vio. ney? Give me a warm night-cap, a tiff of punch, Bel. sen. My wife !

and an elbow chair in your chimney corner, and Sir Ben. Hey-day! here's a turn.

I'N lay up for the rest of my days. Iron. I thought how 'twould be.

Bel. jun. How shall I give utterance to my Vio. Yes, sir, your faithful, your forsaken wife. gratitude or my love?

Bel. sen. How shall I look upon you? What shall I say? Where shall I hide my confusion ?

Enter GOODWIN, FANNY, FRANCIS, PHILIP,

and LUCY. Oh! take me to your arms, and in that soft shelter let me find forgiveness and protection,

Sir Ben. So, so ! more work for the parson. Vio. Be this your only punishment ! and this ! Iron. What! Francis, hast thou chosen a mate,

Bel. jun. Was it then a sister I preserved from and art bound upon a matrimonial cruise as well death?

as thy master? Bel. sen. What's this I hear? Oh! brother, Fran. Ay, sir; so he is happy as well as ot. can you pardon too?

self, and has no objection to my choice. Bel. jun. Be indeed a brother, and let this pro Bel. sen. What are you all assembled to vidential event be the renovation of our friend- overwhelm me with confusion ? Like some poor ship.

culprit, surrounded by a crowd of witnesses, I Bel. sen. What shall I say to you, madam ? stand convicted and appallid. But all your [To Sophia.] Paterson, you know my heart: wrongs shall be redressed; your's, Goodwin; Phibear witness to its remorse. By Heaven, my se lip's; Lucy's: my whole life shall be employed cret resolution was instantly to have departed in acts of justice and atonement. Virtue, and in search of this my injured wife; but I'm not this virtuous woman, were my first ruling pasworthy even of your resentment : here is one sions. that merits and returns your love.

Now they resume their social soft controul, (Turning to his Brother. And love and happiness possess my soul. Iron. Come, god-daughter, we can never say

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EPILOGUE.

SPOKEN BY MRS YATES.

Who but has seen the celebrated strife,
Where Reynolds calls the canvass into life;
And, 'wixt the tragic and the comic muse,
Courted of both, and dubious where to choose,
Th' immortal actor stands? Here we espy
An awful figure, pointing to the sky;
A grave, sublime, commarding form she bears,
And in her zone an unsheathed dagger wears.

On t'other side, with sweet attractive mien,
The playful muse of comedy is seen;
She, with a thousand soft bewitching smiles,
Mistress of love, bis yielding heart beguiles ;
(For where's the heart so hardened, to withstand
The fond compulsion of so fair a hand?)
Oh! would she here bestow those winning arts !
This night we'd fix her empire in your hearts ;

No tragic passions should deface the age, The list of placets, and of placet-nons;
But all should catch good-humour from the stage: The mobbing vulgar, and the ruling great,
The storming husband, and imperious wife, And all who storm, and all who steer the state;
Should learn the doctrine of a quiet life: Here should forget the labours of the day,
The plodding drudge should here at times resort, And laugh their cares and their complaints away.

And leave his stupid club, and stummy port; The wretch of Jonathan's, who, crushed with
The pensive politician, who foresees

shame, Clouds, storms, and tempests, in the calms of Crawls lamely out from India's desperate game, peace;

Safely might speculate within these walls ; The scribbling tribe, who vent their angry spleens For here, while you approve, stock never falls : In songs, prints, pamphlets, papers, magazines; Pleased then indulge the efforts of to-night, Lucius, and Anti-Lucius, pro's and con's, Nor grudge to give, if you've received delight.

THE

WEST INDIAN,

BY

CUMBERLAND.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

MEN.

WOMEN. STOCKWELL, a Merchant, Father to Belcour. Lady RUSPORT, attached to Major O'Flaherty. BELCOUR, the West Indian, attached to Louisa. CHARLOTTE, her Daughter. Captain DUDLEY, an old Officer on Half-pay. Louisa, Daughter to Dudley. CHARLES DUDLEY, his Son, altached to Char- Mrs FULMER, Wife to Fulmer. lotte Rusport.

Lucy, Maid to Charlotte Rusport.
Major O’FLAHERTY, an Irishmun.

Housekeeper belonging to Stockwell.
STUKELY, principal Clerk to Stockwell.
FULMER.

Clerks belonging to Stockwell, Servants, Sailors, VARLAND, a Lawyer.

Negroes, &c.
Sailor.
Sertant to Stockwell.
Servant to Lady Rusport.

SCENE,-London.

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SCENE I.- A Merchant's Counting-house. writings to a vast amount. I'll accost him.

Sir! Mr Stockwell! In an inner Room, set off by Glass-doors, are dis

Stock. Stukely !-Well, have you shipped covered several Clerks, employed at their desks.

the cloths ? A writing-table in the front room. STOCKWELL

Stuke. I have, sir ; here's the bill of lading, is discovered reading a letter ; STUKELY comes

and copy of the invoice : the assortments are all gently out of the back room, and observes him

compared : Mr Traffick will give you the policy some time before he speaks.

upon 'Change. Stuke. He seems disordered : something in that Stock. 'Tis very well ; lay these papers by; and letter, and I'm afraid of an unpleasant sort. He no more of business for a while. "Shut the door, has many ventures of great account at sea; a ship Stukely. I have had long proof of your friendrichly freighted for Barcelona ; another for Lis. ship and fidelity to me; a matter of most infinite bon; and others expected from Cadiz, of still concern lies on my mind, and 'twill be a sensible greater value. Besides these, I know he has ma relief to unbosom myself

to you. I have just now ny deep concerns in foreign bottoms, and under- | been informed of the arrival of the young

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Indian, I have so long been expecting; you know, ed, and for whom, in case of a discovery, every whom I mean?

thing was to be dreaded from his resentment. Stu ke. Yes, sir; Mr Belcour, the young gen- And, indeed, though the alteration in my condition tleman who inherited old Belcour's great estates might bave justified me in discovering myself, yet in Jamaica

I always thought my son saler in trusting to the Stock. Hush, not so loud ; come a little nearer caprice, than to the justice, of his grandfather. this way. This Belcour is now in London ; part My judgment has not suffered by the event; old of his baggage is already arrived; and I expect Belcour is dead, and has bequeathed his whole him every minute. Is it to be wondered at, if his estate to him we are speaking of. coming throws me into some agitation, when I Stuke. Now, then, you are no longer bound to tell you, Stukely, he is my son!

secrecy. Stuke. Your son !

Stock. True: but, before I publicly reveal myStock. Yes, sir, my only son. Early in life I self

, I could wish to make some experiment of my accompanied his grandfather to Jamaica, as his son's disposition. This can only be done by letclerk; he had an only daughter, somewhat older ting his spirit take its course without restraint; than myself

, the mother of this gentleman : it by these means, I think I shall discover much more was my chance (call it good or ill) to engage her of his real character, under the title of his meraffections; and, as the inferiority of my condition chant, than I should under that of luis father. made it hopeless to expect her father's consent, A Sailor enters, ushering in several black serher fondness provided an expedient, and we were privately married: the issue of that concealed

vants, carrying portmanteaus, trunks, fc. engagement is, as I have told you, this Belcour. Sai. Save your honour-is your name Stock

Šluke. That event, surely, discovered your con- well, pray? nexion ?

Stock. It is. Stock. You shall bear. Not many days after Sai. Part of my master Belcour's baggage, an't our marriage, old Belcour set out for England; please you: there's another cargo not far a-stern and, during his abode here, my wife was, with of us, ard the cockswain has got charge of the great secrecy, delivered of this son. Fruitful in dumb creatures. expedients to disguise her situation, without part Slock. Prithee, friend, what dumb creatures do ing from her infant, she contrived to have it laid you speak of? Has Mr Belcour brought over a coland received at her door as a foundling. After lection of wild beasts? some time, her father returned, having left me Sui. No, Lord love him! no, not he: let me see; here ; in one of those favourable moments, that there's two green monkies, a pair of grey parrots, decide the fortunes of prosperous men, this child a Jamaica sow and pigs, and a Mangrove dog ; was introduced : from that instant, he treated that's all. him as bis own, gave him his name, and brought Stock. Is that all ? him up in bis family.

Sai. Yes, your honour; yes, that's all ; bless his Stuke. And did you never reveal this secret, heart, a’might have brought over the whole island either to old Belcour, or your son ?

if he would; a didn't leave a dry eye in it. Stock. Never.

Stock. Indeed! Stukely, shew them where to Stuke. Therein you surprise me; a merchant bestow their baggage. Follow that gentleman. of your eminence, and a member of the British Sai. Come, bear a hand, my lads; bear a hand. parliament, might surely aspire, without offence,

(Exit with STUKELY and Servunts. to the daughter of a planter. In this case too, na Stock. If the principal tallies with his purveytural affection would prompt to a discovery. ors, he must be a singular spectacle in this place :

Stock. Your remark is obvious ; nor could I have he has a friend, however, in this sea-faring fellow: persisted in this painful silence, but in obedience 'tis no bad prognostic of a man's heart, when his to the dying injunctions of a beloved wife. The shipınates give him a good word. (Exit. letter, you found me reading, conveyed those injunctions to me; it was dictated in her last ill SCENE II.-Changes to a Drawing-room. ness, and almost in the article of death (you'll spare me the recital of it ;) she there conjures me,

A Servant discovered selling the Chairs by, 8c. in terms as solemn as they are affecting, never to

A Woman Servant enters to him. reveal the secret of our marriage, or withdraw my House. Why, what a fuss does our good masson, while her father survived.

ter put himself in about this West Indian ! See Stuke. But on what motives did your unhappy what a bill of fare l've been forced to draw out: lady found these injunctions ?

seven and nine, I'll assure you, and only a family Šlock. Principally, I believe, from apprehension dinner, as he calls it: why, if my lord mayor was on my account, lest old Belcour, on whom, at her expected, there couldn't be a greater to do about decease, I wholly depended, should withdraw his him. protection : in part, from consideration of his re Ser. I wish to my heart you had but seen the pose, as well knowing the discovery would deeply loads of trunks, boxes, and portmanteaus he has affect his spirit, which was haughty, vehement, sent hither. An ambassador's baggage, with all and unforgiving; and lastly, in regard to the in the smuggled goods of his family, does not exterest of her infant, whom he had warmly adopt- ceed it.

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