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WOMEN STOCKWELL, a merchant, father to BELCOUR. LADY RUSPORT, attached to MAJOR OFLANE2. BELCOUR, the West Indian, attached to Lorisa. I TY. CAPTAIN DUDLEY, an old officer on half-pay. CHARLOTTE, her daughter. CHARLES DUDLEY, his son, attached to CHAR LOUISA, daughter to DrDLEY. LOTTE RUSPORT.
Mes Folmer, wife to FILMER.
| Lucy, maid to CHARLOTTE RISPORT.
Clerks belonging to STOCKWELL, Sercents. See Sailor.
lors, Negroes, &c. Servant to STOCKWELL. Serdant to Lady RUSPORT.
SCENE I.– A merchant's counting-house. I 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. I 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 Slock. 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 py deep concerns in foreign bottoms, and under- been informed of the arrival of the young West
Indian, I have so long been expecting; you know would deeply affect his spirit, which was haughty, whom I mean?
vehement, and unforgiving: and lastly, in regard Stuke. Yes, sir; Mr Belcour, the young gen- | to the interest of her infant, whom he had warmtleman who inherited old Belcour's great estates | ly adopted, and for whom, in case of a discovery, in Jamaica.
every thing was to be dreaded from his resentStock. Hush, not so loud; come a little nearer ment. And, indeed, though the alteration in my this way. This Belcour is now in London ; part condition might have justified me in discovering of his baggage is already arrived; and I expect myself, yet I always thought my son safer in him every minute. Is it to be wondered at, if | trusting to the caprice, than to the justice, of his his coming throws me into some agitation, when grandfather. My judgment has not suffered by I tell you, Stukely, he is my son !
the event; old Belcour is dead, and has beStuke. Your son !
queathed his whole estate to him we are speakStock. Yes, sir, my only son. Early in life Iling of. accompanied his grandfather to Jamaica, as his Stuke. Now, then, you are no longer bound to clerk ; be had an only daughter, somewhat older secrecy. than myself, the mother of this gentleman: it Stock. True: but before I publicly reveal mywas my chance (call it good or ill) to engage her self, I could wish to make some experiment of affections; and, as the inferiority of my condition my son's disposition. This can only be dove by niade it hopeless to expect her father's consent, letting his spirit take its course without restraint; her fondness provided an expedient, and we were by these means, I think I shall discover much privately married : the issue of that concealed more of his real character, under the title of his engagement is, as I have told you, this Belcour. merchant, than I should under that of his father.
Stuke. That event, surely, discovered your connexion ?
A Sailor enters, ushering in several black serStock. You shall bear. Not many days after vants, carrying portmanteaus, trunks, &c. our marriage, old Belcour set out for England ; Sai. Save your honour-is vour name Stockand, during his abode here, my wife was, with well, pray? great secrecy, delivered of this son. Fruitful in Stock. It is. expedients to disguise her situation, without part- Sai. Part of my master Belcour's baggage, an't ing from her infant, she contrived to have it laid please you : there's another cargo not far a-stern and received at her door as a foundling. After of us, and the cock-swain has got charge of the some time, her father returned, having left me dumb creatures. here; in one of those favourable moments, that Stock. Prithee, friend, what dumb creatures decide the fortunes of prosperous men, this child do you speak of?bas Mr Belcour brought over a was introduced : from that instant, he treated collection of wild beasts? him as his own, gave him his name, and brought Sai. No, lord love him! no, not he: let me him up in his family.
see; there's two green monkies, a pair of grey Stuke. And did you never reveal this secret, parrots, a Jamaica sow and pigs, and a Mangrove either to old Belcour, or your son.
dog; that's all. Stock. Never.
Stock. Is that all ? Stuke. Therein you surprise me; a merchant Sai. Yes, your honour; yes, that's all; bless of your eminence, and a member of the British his heart, a'might bave brought over the whole parliament, might surely aspire, without offence, island if he would; a didn't leave a dry eye in it. to the daughter of a planter. In this case, too, Stock. Indeed! Stukely, shew them where to natural affection would prompt to a discovery. bestow their baggage. Follow that gentleman.
Stock. Your remark is obvious; nor could I Sai, Come, bear a hand, my lads; bear a hand. have persisted in this painful silence, but in obe
[Erit with STUKELY and servants. dience to the dying injunctions of a beloved wife. Stock. If the principal tallies with his purveyThe letter, you found me reading, conveyed those ors, he must be a singular spectacle in this place: injunctions to me; it was dictated in her last ill- he has a friend, however, in this sea-faring felness, and almost in the article of death (you'll low : 'tis no bad prognostic of a man's heart, spare me the recital of it); she there conjures when his shipmates give him a good word. [Erit. me, in terms as solemn as they are affecting, never to reveal the secret of our marriage, or with-L SCENE II.-Changes to a drawing-room. draw my son, while her father survived. Stuke. But on what motives did your unhappy
hanny A servant discovered setting the chairs by, fc. lady found these injunctions?
A woman servant enters to him. Stock. Principally, I believe, from apprehen- House. Why, what a fuss does our good massion on my account, lest old Belcour, on whom, ter put himself in about this West Indian ! See at her decease, I wholly depended, should with what a bill of fare I've been forced to draw out: draw his protection : in part, from consideration seven and nine, I'll assure you, and only a family of his repose, as well knowing the discovery dinner, as he calls it: wby, if my lord mayor was
expected, there couldn't be a greater to do about
BELcore enters Ser. I wish to my heart you had but seen the Stock. Mr Belcour, I'm rejoiced to see more loads of trunks, boxes, and portmanteaus he has you're welcome to England. sent hither. An ambassador's baggage, with all Bel. I thank you heartily, good Mr Stocad the smuggled goods of his family, does not ex- you and I have long conversed at a distans. ceed it.
now we are met; and the pleasure this meetme House. A fine pickle he'll put the house into! gives me, amply compensates for the peri i had he been master's own son, and a Christian have run through in acoomplishing it. Englishman, there couldn't be more rout than Stock. What perils, Mr Belcour? I could there is about this Creolian, as they call them. have thouglit you would have made a bad :
Ser. No matter for that; be's very rich, and sage at this time o' year. that's sufficient. They say he has rum and sugar Bel. Nor did we: courier-like, we came po enough belonging to him, to make all the water ing to your shores, upon the pinions of the in the Thaines into punch. But I see my mas-swiftest gales that ever blew; 'tis upon Engis ter's coming.
(Ereunt. ground all my difficulties hare arisen ; 'tis the
passage from the river-side I complain of. . STOCKWELL enters, followed by a Sertant.
Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions ca
you have met between this and the river-side Stock. Where is Mr Belcour? Who brought Bel. Innumerable! Your town's as full of de this note from him?
files as the island of Corsica; and, I behere Ser. A waiter from the London tavern, sir; they are as obstinately defended : so much hur he says the young gentleman is just dressed, and ry, bustle, and confusion on our quars; so many will be with you directly.
sugar-casks, porter-butts, and common-conStock. Shew himn in when he arrives.
men in your streets, that, unless a man marched Ser. I shall, sir. I'll have a peep at him first, with artillery in his front, 'tis more than the however; I've a great mind to see this outiand bour of a Hercules can effect, to make any tale ish spark. The sailor fellow says he'll make rare rable way through your town. doings amongst us.
[Aside. Stock. I am sorry you have been so incomo Stock. You need not wait-leave me. [Erit ded. Servant.] Let me see
[Reads. Bel. Why, faith, 'twas all my own fault. Ac
customed to a land of slaves, and out of patience SIR,
with the whole tribe of custom-house extortina I write to you under the hands of the hair-ers, boatmen, tide-waiters, and water-bailifts dresser. As soon as I have made myself decent, that beset me on all sides, worse than a swarm of . and slipped on some fresh clothes, I will have musquetoes, I proceeded a little too roughly to • the honour of paying you my devoirs.
brush them away with my rattan : the sturdy "Yours,
rogues took this in dudgeon, and beginning to reBelcour.' bel, the mob chose different sides, and a furious
scuffle ensued; in the course of which, my perHe writes at his ease; for he's unconscious to son and apparel suffered so much, that I was whom his letter is addressed; but what a palpi- obliged to step into the first tavern to refit, be tation does it throw my heart into! a father's fore I could make my approaches in any decent heart! Tis an affecting interview; when my eyes trim. meet a son, whom yet they never saw, where Stock. All without is as I wish; dear Nature, shall I find constancy to support it? Should he add the rest, and I am happy! Aside.) Wel resemble his mother, I am overthrown. All the Mr Belcour, 'tis a rough sample you have had of letters I have had from him (for I industriously my countrymen's spirit; but, I trust, you'll not drew him into a correspondence with me), be-| think the worse of them for it. speak him of quick and ready understanding.- Bel. Not at all, not at all; I like then the All the reports I ever received, give me favoura- better. Was I only a visitor, I might, perhaps, ble impressions of his character; wild, perhaps, wish them a little more tractable; but, as a felas the manner of his country is; but, I trust, not | low subject, and a sharer in their freedom, I apfrantic or unprincipled.
plaud their spirit, though I feel the effects of it
in every bone of my skin. Enter Servant.
Stock. That's well; I like that well. How
gladly I could fall upon his neck, and own myself Șer. Sir, the foreign gentleman is come. his father!
Asade. Bel. Wel, Mr Stockwell, for the first time Enter another Servant.
in my life, here am I in England; at the foun
tain head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, of arts, Ser. Mr Belcour.
and elegancies. My happy stars have given me
a good estate, and the conspiring winds have certain young fellow of two and twenty in the blown me hither to spend it.
case ; who, by the happy recommendation of a Stock. To use it, not to waste it, I should good person, and the brilliant appointments of hope ; to treat it, Mr Belcour, not as a vassal, over an ensigncy, will, if I am not mistaken, cozen whom you have a wanton and despotic power; you out of a fortune of twice twenty thousand but as a subject, which you are bound to govern pounds, as soon as ever you are of age to bestow with a temperate and restrained authority. It upon him.
Bel. True, sir; most truly said! Mine's a Char. A nephew of your ladyship's can never commission, not a right : I am the offspring of want any other recommendation with me; and, distress, and every child of sorrow is my bro- | if my partiality for Charles Dudley is acquitted ther. While I have haods to hold, therefore, by the rest of the world, I hope lady Rusport will hold them open to mankind : but, sir, my will not condemn me for it. passions are my masters; they take me where Lady Rus. I condemn you! I thank Heaven, they will; and oftentimes they leave to reason Miss Rusport, I am no ways responsible for your and to virtue nothing but my wishes and my conduct; nor is it any concern of mine how you sighs.
dispose of yourself: you are not my daughter; Stock. Come, come; the man, who can accuse, and, when I married your father, poor sir Stés corrects himself.
phen Rusport, I found you a forward, spoiled Bel. Ah! that's an office I am weary of : I miss of fourteen, far above being instructed by wish a friend would take it up: I would to me. Heaven you had leisure for the employ! but did | Char. Perhaps, your ladyship calls this inyou drive a trade to the four corners of the struction? world, you would not find the task so toilsome as Lady Rus. You're strangely pert; but 'tis no to keep me free from faults.
wonder. Your mother, I am told, was a fine Stock. Well, I ain not d scouraged : this can- lady; and according to the modern style of edudour tells me, I should not have the fault of self-cation you was brought up. It was not so in conceit to combat; that, at least, is not among my young days; there was, then, some decorum the number.
in the world, some subordination, as the great Bel. No; if I knew that man on earth, who | Locke expresses it. Oh! it was an edifying thought inore humbly of me than I do of myself, sight, to see the regular deportment observed in I would take up his opinion, and forego iny own. our family: no giggling, no gossiping was going
Stock. And, was I to choose a pupil, it should on there; my good father, sir Oliver Roundhead, be one of your complexion : so, if you will come never was seen to laugh himself, nor ever allowalong with me, we'll agree upon your admission, ed it in his children. and enter on a course of lectures directly. | Char. Ay; those were happy times, indeed! Bel. With all my heart.
[Ereunt. ' Lady Rus. But, in this forward age, we have
coquettes in the egg-shell, and philosophers in SCENE III.-Changes to a room in Lady Rus- the cradle; girls of Gifteen, that lead the fashion PORT's house.
in new caps and new opinions; that have their
sentiments and their sensations; and the idle Enter LADY RUSPORT and CHARLOTTE.
fops encourage them in it. O' my conscience, I Lady Rus. Miss Rusport, I desire to hear no wonder what it is the men can see in such bamore of captain Dudley and his destitute family: / bies! not a shilling of mine shall ever cross the hands | Char. True, madam: but all men do not overof any of them: because iny sister cbose to mar look the maturer beauties of your ladyship's age; ry a beggar, am I bound to support him and his witness your admirer, Major Dennis O'Flaherty: posterity?
there's an example of some discernment. I deChar. I think you are.
clare to you, when your ladyship is by, the major Lady Rus. You think I am ? and, pray, where takes no more notice of me, than if I was part do you find the law that tells you so?
of the furniture of your chamber. Char. I am not proficient enough to quote Lady Rus. The major, child, has travelled chapter and verse; but I take charity to be a through various kingdoms and climates, and has main clause in the great statute of Christianity. more enlarged notions of female merit than falls
Lady Rus. I say charity, indeed! And pray, to the lot of an English home-bred lover; in most miss, are you sure that it is charity, pure charity, other countries, no woman on your side forty which moves you to plead for captain Dudley? would ever be named in a polite circle. Amongst all your pity, do you find no spice of a Char. Right, madam; i've been told, that in certain anti-spiritual passion, called love? Don't | Vienna they have coquettes upon crutches, and mistake yourself; you are no saint, child, believe Venuses in their grand climacteric: a lover me; and, I am apt to think, the distresses of old there celebrates the wrinkles, not the dimples, in Dudley, and of his daughter into the bargain, bis mistress's face. The major, I think, has would never break your heart, if there was not a served in the Imperial army.
Lady Rus. Are you piqued, my young ma- your nephew; how can yoz ogpress a una. damn? Had my sister, Louisa, rielded to the ad- his sensibility dresses of one of Major O Flaherty's person and Lady Ras Miss Rosport, I insist me appearance, she wond have had some escuse : retiring to your apartment: Wien
r but to run away, as she did, at the age of sixteen advice, Til send to you. Ent Cæ. LOTE" too, with a man of old Dudley's sort
you have put on a red cost, too, as vez ir Char. Was, in my opinion, the most venial father! 'tis plain what value yo * 30 trespass that ever girl of sixteen committed; of good advice sir Oliver used to cre : 92. a noble family, an engaging person, strict honour, often has be cautioned voe main chae an and sand understanding, what accomplishment Charles. Had it pleased by god e was there wanting in Captain Dudley, but that enable mne to have obered his catan I which the prodigality of his ancestors had depri- have done it; but you well knor hos de ved him of?
I am; and 'tis not to be wondered - if I ac Lady Rus. They left him as much as he de- the service of my king to that of 207 ocher se serves : Hasn't the old man captain's half pay? ter. And is not the son an ensign?
Lady Ruk. Well, well; take YOOT OWO Char. An ensign! Alas, poor Charles! Would | 'tis no concern of mibe: you never consulted to Heaven he knew what my heart feels and suf-1 Charles. I frequently wrote to var ads fers, for his sake!
| but could obtain co answer; and since
grandfather's death, this is the first opport Enter Sercant.
I have had of waiting upon you. Ser. Ensigo Dudley, to wait upon your lady- Lady Ras I must desire you not to be ship.
the death of that dear good man in my bears: Lady Rus. Who? Dudley? What can have my spints cannot support it. brought him to town?
Charles. I shall obey you: permit me to a Char. Dear madam, 'tis Charles Dudley; 'tis that, as that event has richly supplied you wa your pephew.
the materials of bounty, the distresses of my Lady Rus. Nephew! I renounce him as mymily can furnish you with objects of it nephew! Sir Oliver renounced him as his grand- Lady Ras. The distresses of your for son. Wasn't he son of the eldest daughter, and child, are quite out of the question at present only male descendant of sir Oliver! and didn't had sir Oliver been pleased to consider cher ! he cut him off with a shilling? Didn't the poor, should have been well content; but be bas as dear, good nan leave his whole fortune to me, lutely taken no notice of you in his will, and dar. except a small annuity to my maiden sister, to me, must and shall be a law. Tell your face who spoiled her constitution with nursing him? and your sister I totally disapprove of their cAnd, depend upon it, not a penny of that for- ming up to town. tune shall ever be disposed of otherwise, than Charles. Must I tell my father that, before according to the will of the donor.
your ladyship knows the inotive that brocco
him hither? Allured by the offer of exchap Enter CHARLES DU DLEY.
ging for a commission on full pay, the vetera.
after thirty years service, prepares to encoura: So, young man, whence come you! What brings the fatal heats of Senegambia; but wants a sne. you to town?
supply to equip him for the expedition. Charles. If there is any offence in my coming to town, your ladyship is in some degree respon
Enter Sertart. sible for it; for part of my errand was to pay my
| Ser. Major O'Flaherty, to wait on your lais duty here.
ship. Lady Rus. I hope you have some better excuse than all this.
Enter Major O'FLAHERTY. Charles. Tis true, madain, I have other mo- O'Fla. Spare your speeches, young man: doar tives; but, if I consider my trouble repaid by you think her ladyship can take my word for that? the pleasnre I now enjoy, I should hope my aunt I hope, madam, 'tis evidence enough of my best would not think my company the less welcome present, when I've the honour of telling you sú for the value I set upon hers.
myself. Lady Rus. Coxcomb! And where is your fa- Lady Rus. Major O'Flaherty, I am rejoiced ther, child? and your sister? Are they in town, to see you. Nephew Dudley, you perceive I'm too?
engaged. Charles. They are.
Charles. I shall not intrude upon your ladyLady Rus. Ridiculous! I don't know what ship's inore agreeable engagements. I prestre people do in London, who have no money to I have my answer. spend in it.
Lady Rus. Your answer, child! What answer Char. Dear madam, speak more kindly to can you possibly expect? or how can your ro