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Per. Ho, here it is-The farm lying—now in pose session of Samuel Pillage-suffer him to renew his lease at the same rent -Very well, Mr. Pillage, I see my uncle does mention it, and I'll perform his will. Give me the lease-[Col. gives it him, he looks upon it, and lays it upon the table.] Pray you step to the door, and call for a pen and ink, Mr. Pillage.
Col. I have a pen and ink in my pocket, sir, [Pulls out an ink-horn.] I never go without that.
Per. I think it belongs to your profession—[He looks upon the pen, while the colonel changes the lease, and lays down the contrat.] I doubt this is but a sorry pen, though it may serve to write my name. [Writes.
Col. Little does he think what he signs. [ Aside.
Per. There is your lease, Mr. Pillage. [Gives him the paper. ] Now I must desire you to make what haste you can down to Coventry, and take care of every thing, and I'll send down the undertaker for the body ; do you attend it up, and whatever charge you are at, I'll repay you. Col. You have paid me already, I thank you, sir.
[Aside. Per. Will you dine with me?
Col. I would rather not; there are some of my neighbours which I met as I came along, who leave the town this afternoon, they told me, and I should be glad of their company down.
Per. Well, well, I won't detain you.
Col. You will have cause to mourn, when you know your estate imaginary only.
[Aside. You'll find your hopes and cares alike are vain, In spite of all the caution you have ta'en,
Fortune rewards the faithful lover's pain. [Exit. Per. Seven hundred a year! I wish he had died seventeen years ago :-What a valuable collection of rarities might I have had by this timel-I might have travelld over all the known parts of the globe, and made my own closet rival the Vatican at Rome. Odso, I have a good mind to begin my travels now;
let me see -I am but sixty! My father, grandfather, and great grandfather, reach'd ninety odd ;-I have almost forty years good :-Let me consider! what will seven hundred a year amount to in
-ay! in thirty years, I'll say but thirty-thirty times seven, is seven times thirty that is just twenty one thousand pounds,-'tis a great deal of money. I may very well reserve sixteen hundred of it for a collection of such rarities as will make my name famous to posterity ; I would not die like other mortals, forgotten in a year or two, as my uncle will be No,
With nature's curious works I'll raise my fame,
till Doom’s-day, may repeat my name. [Exit.
Changes to a Tavern. Freeman and TRADELOve
over a Bottle. Trade. Come, Mr. Freeman, here's Mynheer Jan Van Tim, Tam, Tam ; I shall never think of that Dutchman's name
Free. Mynheer Jan Van Timtamtirelireletta Heer Van Fainwell.
Trade. Ay, Heer Van Fainwell, I never heard such a confounded name in my life-here's his health, I say.
Free. With all my heart.
Trade. Faith I never expected to have found so generous a thing in a Dutchman.
Free. Oh, he has nothing of the Hollander in his temper-except an antipathy to monarchy. As soon as I told him your circumstances, he reply'd, he would not be the ruin of any man for the worldand immediately made this proposal himself—Let him take what time he will for the payment, said he; or, if he'll give me his ward, I'll forgive him the debt.
Trade. Well, Mr. Freeman, I can but thank you. -'Egad you have made a man of me again! and if ever I lay a wager more, may I rot in a gaol.
Free. I assure you, Mr. Tradeľove, I was very much concern'd, because I was the occasion---tho very innocently, I protest. Trade. I dare swear you was, Mr. Freeman.
Enter a Fiddler. Fid. Please to have a lesson of music, or a song, gentlemen ?
Free. Song ; ay, with all our hearts; have you a very merry one ?
Fid. Yes, sir, my wife and I can give you a merry dialogue.
[Here is the song. Trade. 'Tis very pretty faith.
Free. There's something for you to drink, friend, go, lose no time. Fid. I thank you, sir.
Enter Drawer and Colonel, dressed for the Dutch Merchant.
Col. Ha, Mynheer Tradelove, Ik ben sorry voor your troubles-maer Ik sal you easie maken, Ik will de gelt nie hebben
Trade. I shall for ever acknowledge the obligation, sir,
Free. But you understand upon what condition, Mr. Tradelove ; Mrs. Lovely.
Col. Ya, de Frow sal al te regt setten, Mynheer.
Trade. With all my heart, Mynheer; you shall have
my consent to marry her freelyFree. Well, then, as I am a party concern'd be. tween you, Mynheer Jan Van Timtamtirelireletta Heer Van Fainwell shall give you a discharge of your wager under his own hand, and you shall give him your consent to marry Mrs. Lovely under yours,
that is the way to avoid all manner of disputes hereafter.
Col. Ya, weeragtig.
Trade. Ay, ay, so it is, Mr. Freeman, I'll give it under mine this minute.
[Sits down to write. Col. And so Ik sal.
[Does the same. Free. So ho, the house. [Enter Drawer.] Bid your master come up-l'll see there be witnesses enough to the bargain.
Sack. Do you call, gentlemen ?
Free. Ay, Mr. Sackbut, we shall want your hand here
Trade. There, Mynheer, there's my consent, as amply as you can desire; but you inust insert your own name, for I know not how to spell it; I have left a blank for it.
[Gives the Colonel a paper. Col. Ya Ik sal dat well doenFree. Now, Mr. Sackbut, you and I will witness it.
[They write. Col. Daer, Mynheer Tradelove, is your discharge.
[Gives him a paper. Trade. Be pleas'd to witness this receipt too, gentlemen. [Freeman and Sackbut put their hands.
Free. Ay, ay, that we will.
Col. Well, Mynheer, ye most meer doen, ye most myn voorsprach to de frow syn.
Free. He means you must recommend him to the lady: