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House. À fine pickle he'll put the house into! | all my difficulties have arisen; 'tis the passage from Had he been master's own son, and a Christian the river-side I complain of. Englishman, there couldn't be more rout than Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can you there is about this Creolian, as they call them. have met between this and the river-side?
Ser. No matter for that ; he's very rich, and Bel. Innumerable ! Your town's as full of dethat's sufficient. They say he has rum and sugar files as the island of Corsica ; and, I believe, they enough belonging to him, to make all the water in are as obstinately defended : so much barry, busthe Thames into punch. But I see my master's tle, and confusion on your quays ; so many sugarcoming.
[Exeunt. casks, porter-butts, and common-council-men in
your streets, that, unless a man marched with arSTOCKWELL enters, followed by a Serdant.
tillery in his front, 'tis more than the labour of a Stock. Where is Mr Belcour ? Who brought this Hercules can effect, to make any tolerable way note from him ?
through your town. Ser. A waiter from the London tavern, sir; he Stock. I am sorry you have been so incommosays the young gentleman is just dressed, and will ded. be with you directly.
Bel. Why, faith, 'twas all my own fault. AcStock. Shew him in when he arrives.
customed to a land of slaves, and out of patience Ser. I shall, sir. I'll have a peep at him first, with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, however ; I've a great mind to see this outlandish boatmen, tide-waiters, and water-bailiffs, that be spark. The sailor fellow says he'll make rare do set me on all sides, worse than a swarm of mus. ings amongst us.
(Aside. quetoes, I proceeded a little too roughly to brush Stock. You need not wait-leave me. [Exit
. them away with my rattan : the sturdy rogues took Servant.] Let me see
[Reuds. this in dudgeon, and, beginning to rebel, the mob "Sir,
chose different sides, and a furious scuffle ensued; "I write to you under the hands of the hair- | in the course of which, my person and apparel dresser. As soon as I have made myself decent, suffered so much, that I was obliged to step into and slipped on some fresh clothes, I wiú have the the first tavern to refit, before I could make my honour of paying you my devoirs.
approaches in any decent trim. Yours,
Stock. All without is as I wish; dear Nature,
BELCOUR.' . add the rest, and I am happy! (Aside.] Well, Mr He writes at his ease; for he's unconscious to Belcour, 'tis a rough sample you have had of my whom his letter is addressed; but what a palpi- countrymen's spirit ; but, I trust, you'll not think tation does it throw my heart into! a father's heart! the worse of them for it. 'Tis an affecting interview ; when my eyes meet Bel. Not at all, not at all; I like them the beta son, whom yet they never saw, where shall iter. Were I only a visitor, I might, perhaps, wish find constancy to support it? Should he resemble them a little more tractable ; but, as a fellow-subhis mother, I am overthrown. All the letters Iject, and a sharer in their freedom, I applaud their have had from him (for I industriously drew him spirit, though I feel the effects of it in every bone into a correspondence with me), bespeak him of of my skin. quick and ready understanding.All the reports Stock. That's well; I like that well. How gladI ever received, give me favourable impressions ly I could fall upon his neck, and own myself bis of his character ; wild, perhaps, as the manner of father!
(Aside his country is ; but, I trust, not frantic or unprin Bel. Well, Mr Stockwell, for the first time in cipled.
my life, here am I in England; at the fountain
head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, of arts, Enter Servant.
and elegancies. My happy stars have given me Ser. Sir, the foreign gentleman is comc. a good estate and the conspiring winds have blown
me hither to spend it. Enter another Servant.
Stock. To use it, not to waste it, I should Ser. Mr Belcour.
hope; to treat it, Mr Belcour, not as a vassal,
over whom you have a wanton and despotic BELCOUR enters.
power ; but as a subject, which you are bound Stock. Mr Belcour, I'm rejoiced to see you to govern with a temperate and restrained auyou're welcome to England.
thority. Bel. I thank you heartily, good Mr Stockwell : Bel. True, sir ; most truly said! Mine's a you and I have long conversed at a distance; now commission, not a right: I am the offspring of we are met ; and the pleasure this meeting gives distress, and every child of sorrow is my brother
. me, amply compensates for the perils I have run While I have hands to hold, therefore, I will hold through in accomplishing it.
them open to mankind : but, sir, my passions Stock. What perils, Mr Belcour? I could not are my masters: they take me where they will; have thought you would have made a bad passage and oftentimes they leave to reason and to virtue at this time oʻyear.
nothing but my wishes and my sighs. Bel. Nor did we : courier-like, we came post Stock. Come, come; the man, who can accuse, ing to your shores, upon the pinions of the swift-corrects himself. est gales that ever blew; 'tis upon English ground Bel. Ah! that's an office I am weary
wish a friend would take it up: I would to , wonder. Your mother, I am told, was a fine Heaven you had leisure for the employ! but, did lady; and according to the modern style of eduyou drive a trade to the four corners of the world, cation you was brought up. It was not so in you would not find the task so toilsome as to my young days; there was, then, some decorum keep me free from faults.
in the world, some subordination, as the great Slock. Well, I am not discouraged : this can Locke expresses it. Oh! it was an edifying dour tells me, I should not have the fault of self- sight, to see the regular deportment observed in conceit to combat; that, at least, is not among our family: no giggling, no gossiping, was going the number.
on there; my good father, Sir Oliver Roundhead, Bel. No; if I knew that man on earth, who never was seen to laugh himself, nor ever allowthought more lumbly of me than I do of myself, ed it in his children. I would take up his opinion, and forego my own. Char. Ay; those were happy times, indeed!
Stock. And, was I to choose a pupil, it should Lady Rus. But, in this forward age, we bave be one of your complexion : so, if you will come coquettes in the egg-shell
, and philosophers in along with me, we'll agree upon your admission, the cradle; girls of fifteen, that lead the fashion and enter on a course of lectures directly. in new caps and new opinions; that have their Bel. With all my heart.
(Exeunt. sentiments and their sensations; and the idle
fops encourage them in it. O’my conscience, I SCENE III.-Changes to a Room in Lady Rus. wonder what it is the men can see in such babies! PORT's House.
Char. True, madam : but all men do not over
look the maturer beauties of your ladyship's age; Enter Lady RUSPORT and CHARLOTTE.
witness your admirer, Major Dennis O'Flaherty: Lady Rus. Miss Rusport, I desire to hear no there's an example of some discernment. I declare more of Captain Dudley and his destitute family : to you, when your ladyship is by, the major takes not a shilling of mine shall ever cross the hands no more notice of me, than if I was part of the of any of them : because my sister chose to mar- furniture of your chamber. ry a beggar, am I bound to support him and his Lady Rus. The major, child, has travelled posterity?
through various kingdoins and climates, and has Chur. I think you are.
more enlarged notions of female merit than falls Lady Rusi You think I am ? and, pray, where to the lot of an English home-bred lover : in most do you find the law that tells you so
other countries, no woman on your side forty Char. I am not proficient enough to quote would ever be named in a polite circle. chapter and verse ; but I take charity to be a Char. Right, madam ; I've been told, that in main clause in the great statute of Christianity. Vienna they have coquettes upon crutches, and
Ludy Rus. I say charity, indeed! And pray, Venuses in their grand climacteric: a lover there miss, are you sure that it is charity, pure charity, celebrates the wrinkles, not the dimples, in his which moves you to plead for captain Dudley? mistress's face. The major, I think, has served Amongst all your pity, do you find no spice of a
in the imperial army. certain anti-spiritual passion, called love? Don't Ludy Rus. Are you piqued, my young madam? mistake yourself; you are no saint, child, believe Had my sister, Louisa, yielded to the addresses me; and, I am apt to think, the distresses of old of one of Major O'Flaherty's person and appeare Dudley, and of his daughter into the bargain, ance, she would have had some excuse : but to would never break your heart, if there was not a run away, as she did, at the age of sixteen too, certain young fellow of two and twenty in the with a man of old Dudley's sortcase; who, by the happy recommendation of a Chur. Was, in my opinion, the most venial good person, and the brilliant appointments of trespass that ever girl of sixteen committed; of an ensigncy, will, if I am not mistaken, cozen a noble family, an engaging person, strict honour, you out of a fortune of twice twenty thousand and sound understanding, what accomplishment pounds, as soon as ever you are of age to bestow was there wanting in Captain Dudley, but that it upon him.
which the prodigality of his ancestors had depriChar. A nephew of your ladyship’s can never yed him of? want any other recommendation with me; and, Lady Rus. They left him as much as he deif my partiality for Charles Dudley is acquitted serves : hasn't the old man captain's half pay? by the rest of the world, I hope Lady Rusport and is not the son an ensign? will not condemn me for it.
Char. An ensign! Alas, poor Charles ! Would Lady Rus. I condemn you! I thank Heaven, to Heaven he knew what my heart feels and sufMiss Rusport, I am no ways responsible for your fers for his sake! conduct; nor is it any concern of mine how you
Enter Servant. dispose of yourself: you are not my daughter ; and, when I married your father, poor Sir Ste Ser. Ensign Dudley, to wait upon your ladyphen Rusport, I found you a forward, spoiled ship. miss of fourteen, far above being instructed by Lady Rus. Who? Dudley? What can have
brought him to town? Char. Perhaps your ladyship calls this in. Chur. Dear madam, 'tis Charles Dudley ; 'tis struction ?
your nephew. Lady Rus. You're strangely pert; but 'tis no Lady Rus. Nephew! I renounce him as my
nephew! Sir Oliver renounced him as his grand-, have been well content; but he has absolutely son. Wasn't he son of the eldest daughter, and taken no notice of you in his will, and that to only male descendant of Sir Oliver ? and didn't me must and shall be a law. Tell your father he cut him off with a shilling? Didn’t the poor, and your sister I totally disapprove of their codear, good man leave his whole fortune to me, ming up to town. except a small annuity to my maiden sister, who Charles. Must I tell my father that, before your spoiled her constitution with nursing him? And, ladyship knows the motive that brought hin depend upon it, not a penny of that fortune shalí hither? -Allured by the offer of exchanging ever be disposed of otherwise, than according to for a commission on full pay, the veteran, after the will of the donor.
thirty years service, prepares to encounter the
fatal heats of Senegambia; but wants a small Enter CHARLES DUDLEY.
supply to equip him for the expedition. So, young man, whence come you? What brings
Enter Serdant. you to town? Charles. If there is any offence in my coming
Ser. Major O'Flaherty, to wait on your ladyto town, your ladyship is in some degree respon ship. sible for it; for part of my errand was to pay my duty here.
Enter Major O'FLAHERTY. Lady Rus. I hope you have some better ex O’rla. Spare your speeches, young man; don't cuse than all this.
you think her ladyship. can take my word for Churles. 'Tis true, madam, I have other mo that? I hope, madam, 'tis evidence enough of my tives: but, if I consider my trouble repaid by being present, when I've the honour of telling the pleasure I now enjoy, I should hope my aunt you so myself. would not think my company the less welcome Lady Řus. Major O'Flaherty, I am rejoiced for the value I set upon bers.
to see you. Nephew Dudley, you perceive I'm Lady Rus. Coxcomb! And where is
engaged. ther, child, and your sister? Are they in town
Charles. I shall not intrude upon your lads 150 ?
ship’s more agreeable engagements. i presume Charles. They are.
I have my answer? Lady Rus. Ridiculous ! I don't know what Lady Rus. Your answer, child! what answer people do in London, who have no money to can you possibly expect? or how can your rospend-init.
mantic father suppose that I am to abet him in Charles Dear madam, speak more kindly to all his idle and extravagant undertakings ? Come, your nephew; how can you oppress a youth of major, let me shew you the way into my dress his sensibility ?
ing-room, and let us leave this young adventurer Lady Rus. Miss Rusport, I insist upon your
to his meditation.
[Exit. retiring to your apartment: when I want your O'Fla. I follow you, my lady. Young gentle advice, I'll send to you. (Erit CHARLOTTE.) So, man, your obedient! Upon my conscience, as fine you
have put on a red coat, too, as well as your a young fellow as I could wish to clap my eyes father: 'tis plain what value you set upon the
on: he might have answered my salute, however good advice Sir Oliver used to give you: how well, let it pass : Fortune, perhaps, frowns upon often has he cautioned you against the army? the poor lad : she's a damned slippery lady, and
Charles. Had it pleased my grandfather to ena- very apt to jilt us poor fellows, that wear cockades ble me to have obey'd his caution, I would in our hats. Fare thee well, honey, whoever thou have done it; but you well know how destitute art.
[Erit. I am; and 'tis not to be wondered at, if I prefer
Charles. So much for the virtues of a puritan ! the service of my king to that of any other mas Out upon it! her heart is flint; yet that woman, ter.
that aunt of mine, without one worthy particle in Lady Rus. Well, well; take your own course; her composition, would, I dare be sworn, as soon 'tis no concern of mine : you never consulted set her foot in a pest-house as in a play-house.
(Going. Charles. I frequently wrote to your ladyship,
Miss RUSPORT enters to him. but could obtain no answer; and, since my grandfather's death, this is the first opportunity I have Char. Stop, stay a little, Charles ; whither are had of waiting upon you.
you going in such haste ! Lady Rus. I must desire you not to mention Charles. Madam! Miss Rusport! what are your the death of that dear good man in my hearing; commands ? my spirits cannot support it.
Char. Why so reserved? We had used to anCharles. I shall obey you: permit me to say, swer to no other names than those of Charles and that, as that event has richly supplied you with Charlotte. the materials of bounty, the distresses of my fa Charles. What ails you? You have been weepmily can furnish you with objects of it.
ing. Ludy Rus. The distresses of your family, child, Char. No, no; or, if I have -your eyes are are quite out of the question at present: had full too. But I have a thousand things to say Sir Oliver been pleased to consider them, I should to you. Before you go, tell me, I conjure you,
where you are to be found; here, write me your
Enter Servant, direction ; write it upon the back of this visiting Ser. Madam, my lady desires your company ticket-Have you a pencil ?
directly. Charles. I have : but why should you desire to
Char. I am coming-Well, have you wrote it? find us ont? 'tis a poor, little, inconvenient place; Give it me. O Charles ! either you do not, or my sister has no apartment sit to receive you in.
you will not, understand me. (Excunt severally.
geon! you may as well think to get truth out of SCENE I.-A Roon in FULMER's House. a courtier, or candour out of a critic: I can make
nothing of hin; besides, he's poor, and there, Enter FULMER and Mír: Fulner. fore not for our purpose. Alrs Ful. Why, how you sit musing and mo
Mrs Ful. The more fool he! Would any man ping, sighing and desponding ! I'm ashamed of be poor that had such a prodigy in his possesyou, Mr Fulmer: is this the country you descri- sion? bed to me, a second Eklorado, fivers of gold and Ful. His daughter, you mean? She is, indeed, rocks of diamonds ? You found me in a pretiy uncommonly beautitui. snug retired way of life at Boulogne, out of the virs Ful. Beautiful! Why, she need only be noise and bustle of the world, and wholly at niy seen, to have the first men in the kingdom at her ease ; you, indeed, was upon the wing, with a feet. Egad, I wish I had the leasing of her fiery persecution at your back : buit, like a true beauty; what would some of our young nabobs son of Loyola, you had then a thousand ingenious givedevices to repair your fortune : and this, your na
Ful. Hush ! here comes the captain ; good tive country, was to be the scene of your perform- girl, leave us to ourselves, and let me try what I ances : fool that I was, to be inveigled into it can make of him. hy you ! but, thank Heaven, our partnership is Mrs Ful. Captain, truly ! i'faith, I'd have a revocable. I am not your wedued wife, praised regiment, had I such a daughter, before I was be my stars ! for what have we got, whom have three months older.
[Exit Mrs FUL. we gulled, but ourselves? which of all your trains has taken fire? even this poor expedient of your
Enter Captain DUDLEY. bookseller's shop scen:sabandoned; for, if a chance
Ful. Captain Dudley, good morning to you ! customer drops in, who is there, pray, to help
Dud. Mr Fulmer, I have borrowed a book from him to what he wants ?
your shop ; 'tis the sixth volume of my deceased Ful. Patty, you know it is not upon slight friend Tristram : he is a flattering writer to us grounds that I despair ; there had used to be a poor soldiers ; and the divine story of Le Fevre, livelihood to be picked up in this country, both which makes part of this book, in my opinion of for the honest and dishonest : I have tried each it, does honour, not to its author only, but to huwalk, and am likely to starve at last: there is not man nature, a point to which the wit and faculty of man can
Ful. He's an author I keep in the way of trade, turn, that I have not set mine to ; but in vain, 1 but one I never relished: he is much too loose am beat through every quarter of the compass. and profligate for my taste.
Mrs Ful. Ah ! common efforts all: strike me Dud: That's being too severe : I bold him to a master-stroke, Mr Fulmer, if you wish to make be a moralist in the noblest sense: he plays, inany figure in this country.
deed, with the fancy, and sometimes, perhaps, Ful. But where, how, and what ? I have bluse too wantonly; but, while he thus designediy masks tered for prerogative; I have bellowed for frec- his main attack, he comes at once upon the heart ; dom; I have offered to serve my country; I have refines, amends it, softens it ; beats down each engaged to betray it. A master-stroke, truly! selfish barrier from about it, and opens every sluice why, I have talked treason, writ treason ; and, if of pity and benevolence. a man cann't live by that, he can live by nothing.
tul. We of the catholic persuasion are not Here I set up as a bookseller, why men left off much bound to him. --Well, sir, I shall not opreading ; and, if I was to turn butcher, I believe, pose your opinion ; a favourite author is like a on my conscience, they'd leave off eating. favourite mistress; and there, you know, captain,
no man likes to have his taste arraigned. Cuptain DUDLEY crosses the stage.
Dud. Upon my word, sir, I don't know what a Mrs Ful. Why, there now's your lodger, old man likes in that case; 'tis an experiment I never Captain Dudley, as he calls himself; there's no made. flint without fire ; something might be struck out
Ful, Sir !--Are you serious ? of him, if you had the wit to find the way.
Dud. 'Tis of little consequence whether you
Ful. What a formal old prig it is! (Aside.] I apprehend you, sir; you speak with caution ; you
Enter CHARLES DUDLEY. are married ?
Chu. What is the matter, sir ? Sure I heard an Dud. I have been.
outcry as I entered the house? Ful. And this young lady, which accompanies Dud. Not uulikely; our landlord and his wife you-
are for ever wrangling.–Did you find your aunt Dud. Passes for my daughter.
Dudley at home
Cha. Cold as our poverty and her pride could Dud. You are much too partial : she has the make it. greatest defect a woman can have.
Dud. You told her the pressing occasion I had Ful. How so, pray ?
for a small supply to equip
me for this exchange ; Dud. She has no fortune.
has she granted me the relief I asked ? Ful. Rather say that you have none; and that's Cha. Alas, sir, she has peremptorily refused it. a sore defect in one of your years, Captain Dud Dud. That's hard ; that's bard, indeed! My ley : you've served, no doubt ?
petition was for a small sum; she has refused it, Dúd. Familiar coxcomb! But I'll humour him. you say? well, be it so ; I must not complain.
(Aside. Did you see the broker about the insurance on Ful. A close old fox! But I'll unkennel him.
[ Aside. Cha. There, again, I am the messenger of ill Dud. Above thirty years I've been in the ser news : I can raise no money, so fatal is the divice, Mr Fulmer.
mate : alas, that ever my father should be sent to Ful. I guessed as much; ! laid it at no less : perish in such a place ! why, 'tis a wearisome time ; 'tis an apprenticeship to a profession, fit only for a patriarch. But pre
LOUISA enters hastily. ferment must be closely followed : you never Dud. Louisa, what's the matter? you seem could have been so far behind-hand in the chase, frightened ! unless you had palpably mistaken your way. Lou. I am, indeed: coming from Miss RusYou'll pardon me; but I begin to perceive you port's, I met a young gentleman in the streets, have lived in the world, not with it.
who has beset me in the strangest manner. Dud. It may be so; and you, perhaps, can Chu. Insufferable! Was he rude to you? give me better council. I'm now soliciting a fa Lou. I cannot say he was absolutely rude to vour; an exchange to a company on full pay ; me, but he was very importunate to speak to me, nothing more ; anıl yet I meet a thousand bars and once or twice attempted to lift up my hat: to that; though, without boasting, i should think he followed me to the corner of the street, and the certificate of services, which I sent in, might there I gave him the slip. have purchased that indulgence to me.
Dud. You must walk no more in the streets, Ful. Who thinks or cares about them ? Cer-child, without me or your brother. tificate of services, indeed ! Send in a certificate Lou. O, Charles ! Miss Rusport desires to see of your fair daughter; carry her in your hand you directly ; Lady Rusport is gone out, and she
has something particular to say to you. Dúd. What? Who? My daughter! Carry my Cha. Have you any commands for me, sir? daughter ! Well, and what then?
Dul. None, my dear: by all means wait upon Ful. Why, then your fortune’s made, that's Miss Rusport. Come, Louisa, I shall desire you all.
to go up to your chamber and compose yourself
. Dud. I understand you : and this you call
(Excunt. knowledge of the world ? Despicable knowledge! but, sirrah, I will have you know
SCENE III. [Threaiening him. Ful. Help! Who's within ? Would you strike Enter Belcour, after peeping in at the door. me, sir ? Would you lift your hand against a man Bel. Not a soul, as I'm alive! Why, what an in his own house?
odd sort of a house is this ! Confound the little Dud. In a church, if he dare insult the poverty | jilt, she has fairly given me the slip. A plague of a man of honour.
upon this London, I shall have no luck in it: Ful. Have a care what you do! remember such a crowd, and such a hurry, and such a numthere is such a thing in law as an assault and bat, ber of shops, and one so like the other, that whetery ; ay, and such trifling forms as warrants and ther the wench turned into this house or the next, indictments.
or whether she went up stairs or down stairs (for Dud. Go, sir : you are too mean for my re there's a world above and a world below, it sentment: 'tis that, and not the law, protects seems), I declare, I know no more than if I was
in the Blue Mountains. In the name of all the Fut An old, absurd, incorrigible blockhead ! devils at once, why did she run away? If every I'll be revenged of him.
[ Aside. handsome girl I meet in this town is to lead re (Exit Ful. such a wild-goose chase, I had better have staid