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ut I shall be a rascal again, in spite of my he must rejoice to find his conjectures so forth; and good advice is only thrown away upon tunately realized ! incorrigible a libertine.

(Erit. Capt. Sav. So, then, this diamond of mine

Enter CaptaiN SAVAGE. 'oves a counterfeit after all, and I am really Capt. Sav. So, madam, you have just escaped e veriest wretch existing, at the moment in a sad accident? hich I conceived myself the peculiar favourite Miss Wal. And by that agreeable tone and f fortune. O the cursed, cursed sex! I'll see countenance, one would almost imagine you er once more to upbraid her with her falsehood, were very sorry for my escape.

en acquaint my father with her perfidy, to Capt. Sad. People, madam, who doubt the istify my breaking off the marriage, and tear her kindness of others, are generally conscious of com my thoughts for ever.

some defect in themselves.

Miss Wal. Don't madam me, with this accent Enter a Servant.

of indifference. What has put you out of humSer. Sir, sir, sir !

our? Capt. Sav. Sir, sir, sir !—What the devil's the Capt. Sad. Nothing ! natter with the booby!

Miss Wal. Are you indisposed ? Ser. Miss Walsingham, sir !

Capt. Sup. The crocodile the crocodile ! Capt. Sad. Ah! what of her?

[Aside. Ser. Was this moment overturned at Mr Miss Wol. Do you go to the masquerade toBelville's door; and, John tells me, carried in a night? fit into the house.

Capt. Sav. No; but you do. Capt. Sav. Ha ! let me fly to her assistance ! Miss Wal. Why not? Come, don't be ill-na

Erit. tured; I'm not your wife yet! Ser. Ha, let me fly to her assistance-O, are Capt. Sav. Nor ever will be, I promise you ! you thereabouts ?

[Erit.

Miss Wal. What is the meaning of this very

whimsical behaviour? SCENE VIII.-Changes to MR Belville's. Capt. Suo. The settled composure of her impuEnter Mrs Belville, Miss Walsingham, and how have I deserved this usage?

dence is intolerable. (Aside.] Madam, madam! LADY Rachel MILDEW.

Miss Wal. Nay, sir, sir! how have I deserved Mrs Bel. But are you indeed recovered, my it, if you go to that? dear?

Capt. Sav. The letter, madam —the letter ! Miss Wal. Perfectly, my dear I wasn't in Miss Wal. What letter! the least hurt, though greatly terrified, when the Capt. Sav. Your letter; inviting a gallant from two fools of coachmen contended for the honour the masquerade to a house of character, madam! of being first, and drove the carriages together with What! you appear surprised? a violence incredible.

Miss Wal. Well I may, at so shameless an asLady Rach. I sincerely rejoice at your escape; persion! and now, Mrs Belville, as you promised to choose Capt. Sao. Madam, madam, I have seen your a dress for me, if I went in your party to the letter! Your new lover could not keep your semasquerade this evening, can you spare a quar-cret a moment. But I have nothing to do with ter of an hour to Tavistock-street?

you—and only come to declare my reasons for Mrs Bel. I am loth to leave Miss Walsingham renouncing you everlastingly! alone, lady Rachel, so soon after her fright. Miss Wal. Nay, I insist that you don't stay at

Enter a Servant. home upon my account; and lady Rachel's com- Ser. General Savage, madam. pany to the masquerade is a pleasure I have such Miss Wal. Shew him up. [Erit Ser.] I am an interest in, that I beg you won't delay a mo- glad he is come, sir! inform hím of your resolument to oblige her.

tion to break off the match, and let there be an Mrs Bel. Well, then, I attend your ladyship: end of every thing between us ! Lady Rach. You are very good ; and so is Miss Walsingham.

[Erit.

Enter GENERAL SAVAGE. Miss Wal. I wonder Captain Savage stays away so long ! where can he be all this time? - Gen. Sat. The news of your accident reached I die with impatience to tell him of my happy me but this moment, madam or I should have interview with the General.

posted much sooner to reconnoitre your situation.

My-aid-de-camp, however, has not been inattenEnter a Servant.

tive, I see! and, I dare say, his diligence will

not be the least lessened, when he knows his obSer. Captain Savage, madam.

ligations to you. Miss Wal. Shew him in. (Exit Servant.] How Capt. Sav. Oh, sir, I am perfectly sensible of

This m

my obligations and the consciousness of them, Gen. Sav. I am shocked at the brutality of was one motive of my coming here !

the dog! he has no more principle than a suttle, Gen. Sav. Then, you have made your acknow- and no more steadiness than a young recruit cp ledgments to Miss Walsingham, I hope?

on drill-But you shall have ample satisfaction: Miss Mal. He has, indeed, general, said al--this very day I'll cut him off from a possibiuty great deal more than was necessary.

of succeeding to a shilling of my fortune. He Gen. Sao. That opinion proceeds from the li- shall be as miserable asberality of your temper; for, 'tis impossible he! Miss Wal. Dear general, do you think that can ever say enough of your goodness.

this would give me any satisfaction? Capt. Sav. So it is; if you knew but all, sir! | Gen. Sav. How he became acquainted with

Gen. Sav. Why, who can know more of the my design, I know not; but I see plainly that matter than myself?

his mutiny proceeds from his aversion to my marMiss Wal. This gentlemen, it seems, has some-rying again. thing, generai Savage, very necessary for your | Miss Wal. To your marrying again, sir! why information.

should he object to that? Gen. Sav. How's this?

Gen. Sad. Why, for fear I should have other Capt. Sav. Nay, sir, I only say, that, for some children, to be sure. particular reasons, which I shall communicate to Miss Wal. Indeed, sir, it was not from that you at a more proper time, I must beg leave to motive; and, if I can overlook his folly, you decline the lady whose hand you kindly intended may be prevailed upon to forgive it. for me this morning.

Gen. Sav. After what you hare seen, justice Gen. Sad. O, you must!- Why, then, I hope should make you a little more attentive to your you decline, at the same time, all pretension to own interest, my lovely girl! every shilling of my fortune? It is not in my Miss Wal. What! at the expence of his? power to make you fight, you poltroon, but I can Gen. Sav. In the approaching change of your punish you for cowardice.

situation, there may be a family of your own. Miss Wal. Nay, but, general, let me interpose Miss W'al. Suppose there should, sir; won't here--If he can maintain any charge against there be a family of bis too? the lady's reputation, 'twould be very hard that Gen. Sav. I care not what becomes of his he should be disinherited for a necessary atten- | family. tion to his honour.

| Miss Wal. But, pray, let me think a little about Capt. Sav. And if I don't make the charge it, general. good, I zubinit to be disinherited without mur- Gen. Sar. 'Tis hard, indeed, when I was so muring.

desirous of promoting his happiness, that be Gen. Sav. 'Tis false as hell! the lady is infi- should throw any thing in the way of mine. nitely too good for you in every respect; and I Miss Wal. Recollect, sir, his offence was undervalued her worth, when I thought of her wholly confined to me. for your wife.

Gen. Sao. Well, my love, and isn't it throwing Miss Wal. I am sure the lady is much obliged | an obstacle in the way of my happiness, when he to your favourable opinion, sir.

abuses you so grossly for your readiness to mar Gen. Sav. Not in the least, madam; I only ry me? do her common justice.

Miss Wal. Sir! Capt. Sav. I cannot bear that you should be Gen. Sav. I see, with all your good nature, displeased a moment, sir; suffer me, therefore, that this is a question you cannot rally against, to render the 'conversation less equivocal, and a Miss Wal. It is indeed, sir- What will be few words will explain every thing.

come of me! Gen. Sav. Sirrah, I'll hear no explanation

Aside. ar'n't my orders, that you should mary? 1 Gen. Sav. You seem suddenly disordered, my

Miss Wal. For my sake hear him, general Sa- } love ! vage.

| Miss Wal. Why, really, sir, this affair affects Capt. Sav. Madam, I disdain every favour that me strongly! is to be procured by your interposition.

Gen. Sav. Well, it is possible, that, for your [Erit CAPTAIN SAVAGE. sake, I may not punish him with as much seve, Miss Wal. This matter must not be suffered (rity as I intended : in about an hour, I shall beg to proceed farther though; provokingly, cruelly | leave to beat up your quarters again with Mr as the captain has behaved.

Torrington; for 'tis necessary I should shew you

Aside. some proof of my gratitude, since you have been Gen. Sav. What's that you say, my bewitching so kindly pleased to honour me with a. proof of girl?

your affertion. Miss Wal. I say that you must make it up * Miss Wal. [Aside.] So, now indeed, we're in with the captain, and the best way will be to a hopeful situation ! hcar his charge patiently.

[Ereunt.

SCENE IX.-Changes to Torrington's chum-|

RRINGTON's chum | Leech. Only because you asked for our pabers in the Temple.

pers, sir.

Tor. Why, what has this to do with them? Enter TORRINGTON, LEECH, Crow, and WOLF.

Crow. Why, that's the warrant for arresting

the young gentleman. Tor. Walk in, gentlemen- A good pretty Tor. What voung gentleman? young man, that we parted with just now—Pray, Wolf. Lord bless your heart, sir! that stopped gentlemen, be seated

you in the street, and that you bailed for the Leech. He is indeed a very pretty young man. hundred and seventy pounds. Crow. And knows how to do a genteel thing-1 Tor. I bailed for an hundred and seventy Wolf. As handsome as any body.

pounds! Tor. There is a rectitude, besides, in his pole Leech. Sure, sir, you told me to follow you to mical principles.

your chambers, and you would satisfy us. Leech. In what, sir?

Tor. Pray hear me, sir-arn't you a trader of Tor. His polemical principles.

Dantzick? Crow. What are they, sir?

Leech. I a trader! I am no trader, nor did I Tor. I beg pardon, gentlemen; you are not ever before hear of any such place. sufficiently intiinate with the English language, Tor. Perbaps this gentleman is to carry on a conversation in it.

Crow. Lord help your head, I was born in Wolf. Yes, we are, sir.

Claremarket, and never was farther out of town Tor. Because, if it is more agreeable to you, in my life than Brentford, to attend the Sheriff we'll talk in Latin ?

at the Middlesex election ! Leech. We don't understand Latin, sir.

Tor. And it may be that you don't want to Tor. I thought you generally conversed in that be naturalized ?

[To Wolf. language abroad.

Wolf. For what, my master? I am a liveryCrow. No, nor at home neither, sir: there is a man of London already, and have a vote, belanguage we sometimes talk in, called slang. sides, for the four counties.

Tor. A species of the ancient Sclavonic, I sup- Tor. Well, gentlemen, having been so good as pose?

| to tell me what you are not, add a little to the Leech. No, its a little rum tongue, that we un- obligation, and tell me what you are? derstand anong von another

Leech. Why, sir, the warrant that we have Tor. I never heard of it before-but to busi- shewed you, tells that ve are sheriff's officers. ness, gentlemen-the constitution of your coun Tor. Sheriff's officers are you?-0-ho!-Shertry is at present very deplorable, I hear? liff's officers !-then I suppose you must be three

Wolf. Why, indeed, sir, there never was a very honest gentlemen? greater cry against people in our way.

Crow, Sir!-we are as honest Tor. But you have laws, I suppose, for the re- Tor. As sherift's officers usually are- Yet gulation of your trade?

could you think of nobody, but a man of the law, Leech. To be sure we have, sir: nevertheless, for the object of your conspiracy? ve find it very difficult to carry it on.

Leech. Sir, we don't understand what you Crow. We are harassed by so many oppres-mean? sions

Tor. But I understand what you mean, and Tor. What, by the Prussian troops ?

| therefore I'll deal with you properly. Crow. The Prussian troops, sir-Lord bless Wolf. I hope, sir, you'll pay us the money, you, no ! by the courts of law; if ve make never for we can't go till the affair is certainly settled so small a mistake in our duties.

in some manner. Tor. Then your duties are very high, or very | Tor. O, you can't?—why, then, I will pay you— numerous

But it shall be in a coin you won't like, depend Leech. I am afraid we don't understand one upon it-Here, Mr Molesworth another, sirlor. I am afraid so, too-Pray, where are your

Enter MOLESWORTH. papers, gentlemen ?

Leech. Here's all the papers we have, sir Make out mittimusses for the commitYou'll find every thing right

ment of these three fellows; they are disguised Tor. I dare say I shall. [Reads.) · Middlesex / to defraud people; but I am in the commission to wit' -- Why, this is a warrant from the Sheriff's for Middlesex, and I'll have you all brought to office to arrest some body!

justice-I'll teach you to go masquerading about Crow. To be sure it is, sir

the streets. So, take them along, Mr MolesTor. And what do you give it to me for? worth. Wolf. To shew that we have done nothing Leech. Ve don't fear your mittimus. contrary to law, sir.

Crow. We'll put in bail directly, and try it Tor. Who supposes that you have ?

with you, though you are a great lawyer. Vol. II.

61

Wolf. He'll make a flat of himself in this barrister, he may, perhaps, take a trip to the Nantzick affair.

barbarous borders of the Ohio, from the beautiTor. Mighty well !-And if I find the young | ful banks of the Thames.

[Ereunt.

ACT IV.

SCENE I.-An apartment at Belville's. her so! for, if she was not greatly distressed, it

would be monstrously unnatural! Enter Mrs BELVILLE, and Captain SAVAGE.

| Mrs Bel. O, Matilda !-iny husband ! my bus

band! my children ! my children! Mrs Bel. Don't argue with me, captain Sa- | Miss Wal. Don't weep, my dear! don't weep! vage; but consider that I am a wife, and pity pray, be comforted; all may end happily ! Lady my distraction.

Rachel, beg of her not to cry so. Capt. Sav. Dear madam, there is no occasion Lady Ruch. Why, you are crying yourself, to be so much alarmed. Mr Belville has very Miss Walsingham; and, though I think it out of properly determined not to fight; he told me so character to encourage her tears, I can't help himself, and should have been effectually pre keeping you company. vented, if I hadn't known his resolution.

Mrs Bel. 0, why is not some effectual method Mrs Bel. There is no knowing to what extre-contrived to prevent this horrible practice of duelmities be may be provoked, if he meets Mr ling! Leeson, I have sent for you, therefore, to beg, Lady Rach. I'll expose it on the stage, since that you will save him from the possibility, ei- the law, now-a-days, kindly leaves the whole cog. ther of exposing himself to any danger, or of nizance of it to the theatre. doing an injury to his adversary.

Miss Wal. And yet, if the laws against it were Capt. Sav. What would you have me do, ma- | as well enforced as the laws against destroying dam

the game, perhaps, it would be equally for the Mrs Bel. Fly to Hyde Park, and prevent, if benefit of the kingdom. yet possible, his meeting with Mr Leeson : do it, Mrs Bel. No law will ever be effectual till I conjure you, if you'd save me from desperation. the custoin is rendered infainous.- Wives must

Capt, Sav. Though you have no reason what shriek !-mothers must agonize !-orphans must ever to be apprehensive for his safety, madam, multiply! unless some blessed band strips the yet, since you are so very much affected, I'll im fascinating glare from honourable murder, and mediately execute your commands.

bravely exposes the idol who is worshipped thus [Erit CAPTAIN SAVAGE. in blood ! While it is disreputable to obey the Mrs Bel. Merciful Heaven! where is the ge- laws, we cannot look for reformation - But, if nerosity, where is the sense, where is the shame the duelist is once banished from the presence of of men, to find a pleasure in pursuits, which they his sovereign ;-if he is for life excluded the concannot remember without the deepest horror, | fidence of his country ;-if a mark of indehble which they cannot follow without the meanest disgrace is stamped upon him, the sword of pubfraud, and which they cannot effect, without lic justice will be the sole chastiser of wrong; consequences the most dreadful? The single trifles will not be punished with death; and of word, Pleasure, in a masculine sense, compre- fences, really meriting such a punishinent, will be hends every thing that is cruel! every thing that reserved for the only proper avenger, the common is base! and every thing that is desperate! Yet executioner. men, in other respects, the noblest of their spe-1 Lady Rach. I could not have expressed myself cies, make it the principal business of their lives, better on the subject, my dear : but, till such a and do not hesitate to break in upon the peace hand as you talk of is found, the best will fall of the happiest families, though their own must into the error of the times. be necessarily exposed to destruction-0 Belo | Miss Wal. Yes; and butcher each other like ville! Belville !-my life! my love !- The great madmen, for fear their courage should be susest crime which a libertine can ever experience, pected by fools. is too despicable to be envied—'tis at best no Mrs Bel. No news yet from captain Savage! thing but a victory over his own humanity; and, Lady Rach. He can't have reached Hyde-pars if he is a husband, he must be dead, indeed, if yet, my dear. he is not doubly tortured upon the wheel of re Miss Wal. Let us lead you to your chamber, collection.

my dear; you'll be better there.

Mrs Bel. Matilda, I must be wretched any Enter Miss WALSINGAAM and LADY RACHEL

where; but I'll attend you. MILDEW.

Lady Rach. Thank Heaven I have no husband Miss Wal. My dear Mrs Belville, I am ex- | to plunge me into such a situation ! tremely unhappy to see you so distressed! I Miss Wal. And, if I thought I could keep my

Lady Rach. Now, I am extremely glad to see l resolution, I'd determine this moment on living

single all the days of my life. Pray, don't spare , is too palpable to disarm my resentment; though my arm, my dear.

(Exeunt. I held you to be a man of profligate principles, I

nevertheless considered you as a man of courage; SCENE II.-Hyde-park.

| but, if you hesitate a moment longer, by Heaven

I'll chastise you on the spot ! [Draws.]
Enter BELVILLE.

Bel. I must defend my life; though, if it did Bel. I fancy I am rather before the time of not look like timidity, I would inform you—[They appointment; engagements of this kind are the fight; LEESon is disarmed.}--Mr Leeson, there only ones, in which, now-a-days, people pretend is your sword again. to any punctuality :-a man is allowed half an Lee. Srike it through my bosom, sir! I don't hour's law to dinner; but a thrust through the desire to out-live this instant ! body must be given within a second of the clock. Bel. I hope, my dear sir, that you will long

live happy!-as your sister, though, to my shame, Enter Leeson.

I can claim no merit on that account, is recoverLee, Your servant, sir. Your name, I sup-ed, unpolluted, by her family: but, let me beg, pose, is Belville?

that you will now see the folly of decisions by the Bel. Your supposition is very right, sir; and, sword, when success is not fortunately chained to. I fancy, I am not much in the wrong, when I sup- the side of justice. Before I leave you, receive pose your name to be Leeson.

my sincerest apologies for the injuries I have done Lee. It is, sir : I am sorry I should keep you you; and, be assured, no occurrence will ever here a moment.

give me greater pleasure, than an opportunity of Bel. I am very sorry, sir, you should bring me serving you, if, after what is past, you shall, at here at all!

| any time, condescend to use me as a friend. Lee. I regret the occasion, be assured, sir;

Erit BEL. but, 'tis not now a time for talking; we must pro- Lee. Very well—rery well-very well.—

Lee. Very well-very well-very we ceed to action. Bel. And yet, talking is all the action I shall

Enter CONNOLLY. proceed to, depend upon it.

What! you have been within hearing, I suppose? Lee. What do you mean, sir? Where are your Con. You may say that. pistols?

Lee. And is not this very fine? Bel. Where I intend they shall remain, till my Con. Why, I can't say much as to the finery next journey into the country; very quietly over of it, sir; but it is very foolish. the chimney in my dressing-room.

Lee. And so this is my satisfaction, after all! Lee. You treat this matter with too much le Con. Yes; and pretty satisfaction it is! When vity, Mr Belville; take your choice of mine, sir. Mr Belville did you but one injury, he was the

Bel. I'd rather take them both, if you please; / greatest villain in the world; but, now, that he for, then, no mischief shall be done with either has done you two, in drawing his sword upon of them.

you, I suppose he is a very worthy gentleman. Lee. Sir, this trilling is adding insult to injury; [ Lee. To be foiled, baffled, disappointed in my and shall be resented accordingly. Did not you revenge ! -What though my sister is by accident come here to give me satisfaction?

unstained, bis intentions are as criminal as if her Bel. Yes; every satisfaction in my power. ruin was actually perpetrated; there is no possi· Lee. Take one of these pistols, then.

bility of enduring this reflection !-1 wish not for Bel. Come, Mr Leeson, your bravery will not the blood of my enemy, but I would, at least, at all be lessened by the exercise of a little un- have the credit of giving him life. derstanding : If nothing less than my life can Con. Arrah, my dear, if you have any regard atone for the injury I have unconsciously done for the life of your enemy, you should not put you, fire at me instantly, but don't be offended him in the way of death. because I decline to do you an additional wrong. Lee. No more of these reflections, my dear

Lee. 'Sdeath, sir, do you think I come here Connolly; my own feelings are paiuful enough, with an intention to murder?

Will you be so good as to take these damned Bel. You come to arm the guilty against the pistols, and go with ine to the coach? innocent, sir; and that, in my opinion, is the Con. Troth, and that I will! but don't make most atrocious intention of murder !

yourself uneasy; consider that you have done Lee. How's this !

every thing which honour required at your hands, Bel. Look'e, Mr Leeson, there's your pistol Lee. I hope so. [Throws it on the ground. I have already acted Con. Why, you know so : you have broke the very wrongly with respect to your sister; but, sir, laws of Heaven and earth, as nobly as the first I have some character (though, perhaps, little lord in the land; and you have convinced the enough) to maintain, and I will not do a still world, that wheu any body has done your family worse action, in raising my hand against your one injury, you have courage enough to do it an

other yourself, by hazarding your life. Lee. This hypocritical cant of cowardice, sir, ! Lee. Those, Conolly, who would live reputa:

life.

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