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darling, and I cannot tell how far she may resent any slight that seems to be offered to her favourite niece. However, I will do the best I can for you. You shall go and break the matter to her first, and by the time that I may suppose that your rhetorie has prevailed on her to listen to reason, I will step in to reinforce your arguments.

Sir John. I will fly to her immediately : you promise me your assistance?

Sterl. I do.

Sir John. Ten thousand thanks for it! and now success attend me!

Sterl. Harkee, sir Jolın! -Not a word of the thirty thousand to my sister, sir John.

Sir John, Oh, I am dumb, I am dumb, sir.
Sterl. You remember it is thirty thousand.
Sir John. To be sure I do.

Sterl. But, sir John! one thing more. My lord must know nothing of this stroke of friendship between us.

Sir John. Not for the world. Let me alone! let me alone.

Sterl. And when every thing is agreed, we must give each other a bond, to be held fast to the bargain.

Sir John. To be sure. A bond by all means ! a bond, or whatever you please.

Sterl, I should have thought of more conditions, he is in a humour to give me every thing. Why, what mere children are your fellows of quality; that cry for a plaything one minute, and throw it by the next! as changeable as the weather, and as uncertain as the stocks. Special fellows to drive a bargain! and yet they are to take care of the interest of the nation truly! Here does this whirligig man of fashion offer to give up thirty thousand pounds in hard money, with as much indifference as if it was a china orange. By this mortgage, I shall have a hold on this Terra Firma; and if lie wants more money, as he certainly will, let him have children by my daughter or no, I shall have his whole estate in a net for the benefit of my fanily. Well; thus it is, that the children of citizens, who have acquired fortunes, prove persons of fashion ; and thus it is, that persons of fashion, who have ruined their fortunes, reduce the next generation to cits. Clandestine Marriage.



BELCOUR, STOCKWELL. Stock. MR. Belcour I am rejoiced to see you; you are welcome to England.

Bel. I thank you heartily, good Mr. Stockwell; you and I have long conversed at a distance; now we are met, and the pleasure this meeting gives me, amply compensates for the perils I have run through in accomplishing it.

Stock. What perils, Mr. Belcour? I could not. have thought you would have met a bad passage at this time o’year.

Bel. Nor did we: courier like, we came posting to your shores upon the pinions of the swiftest gales that ever blew; it is upon English ground



all my difficulties have arisen; it is the passage from the river-side I complain of.

Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can you have met between this and the river-side?

Bel. Innumerable! Your town's as full of defiles as the island of Corsica ; and, I believe, they are as obstinately defended; so much hurry, bustle, and confusion, on your quays; so many sugar-casks, porter-buts, and common council-men, in your streets; that unless a man marched with artillery in his front, it is more than the labour of a Hercules can effect, to make any tolerable way through your town.

Stock. I am sorry you have been so incommoded.

Bel. Why, faith it was all my own fault; accustomed to a land of slaves, and, out of patience with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, boat-men, tide-waiters, and water-bailiffs, that beset me on all sides, worse than a swarm of musquetoes, I proceeded a little too roughly to brush them away with my rattan; the sturdy rogues took this in dudgeon, and beginning to rebel, the mob chose different sides, and a furious scuffie ensued; in the course of which, my person and apparel suffered so much, that I was obliged to step into the first tavern to refit, before I could make my approaches in any decent trim.

Stock. Well, Mr. Belcour, it is a rough sample you have had of my countrynien's spirit; but, I trust, you will not think the worse of them for it.

Bel. Not at all, not at all; I like them the bet. ter; was I only a visitor, I might, perliaps, wish them a little more tractable; but as a fellow-subject, and a sharer in their freedom, I applauded their spirit, though I feel the effects of it in every bone in my skin.-Well, Mr. Stockwell, for the first time in my life, here am I in England, at the fountain-head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, of arts and elegancies. My happy stars have given me a good estate, and the conspiring winds have blown me hither to spend it.

Stock. To use it, not to waste it, I should hope; to treat it, Mr. Belcour, not as a vassal, over whom you have a wanton despotic power, but as a subject, which you are bound to govern with a temperate and restrained authority.

Bel. True, sir; most truly said; mine's a commission, not a right: I am the offspring of distress, and every child of sorrow is my brother; while I have hands to hold, therefore, I will hold them open to mankind, but sir, my passions are my masters; they take me where they will; and oftentimes they leave to reason and virtue nothing but my wishes and my sighs.

Stock. Come, come, the man who can accuse corrects himself.

Bel. Ah! that is an offence I am weary of; I wish a friend would take it up: I would to Heaven you bad leisure for the employ? but, did you trade to the four corners of the world, you would not find the task so toilsome, as to keep me free from fault.

Stock. Well, I am not discouraged ; this candour tells me I should not have the fault of self-conceit to combat; that, at least, is not amongst the number,

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Bel. No; if I knew that man on earth who thought more humbly of me than I do of myself, I would take up his opinion and forego my own.

Stock. And, was I to choose a pupil, it should be one of your complexion; so if you will come along with me, we will agree upon your admission, and enter upon a course of lectures directly. Bel. With all my heart.


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