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Mr. H. Ah! the vulgar rogues ! all will be out. Right, gentlemen, very right, upon my word, and quite to the purpose. They draw a parallel, madam, between the mental taste and that of our senses. We are injured as much by French severity in the one, as by French rapacity in the other. That's their meaning,
Miss R. Though I don't see the force of the parallel, yet I'll own that we should sometimes pardun books, as we do our friends, that have now and then agreeable absurdities to commend them.
Bailiff. That's all my eye. The king only can pardon, as the law says: for set in case
Mr. H. l'ın quite of your opinion, sir. I see the whole drift of your argument. Yes, certainly, our presuming to pardon any work is ariogating a power ihat belongs to another. If all have power to condemn, what writer can be free?
Bailiff. By his habus corpus. His habus corpus can set him free at any time. For set in case-
Mr. H. I'm obliged to you, sir, for the hint. If, madam, as my friend observes, our laws are so careful of a gentleman's person, sure we ought to be equally careful of his dearer part, his fame.
Flan. Ay, but if so be a man's nabbed, you know
Mr. H. Mr. Flanigan, if you spoke for ever, you could not improve the last observation. For my own part, I think it conclusive.
Bailiff: As for the matter of that, mayhap
Mr. H. Nay, sir, give me leave in this instance to be positive. For where is the necessity of censuring works without genius, which must shortly sink of themselves ? what is it, but aiming our unnecessary blow against a victim already under the hands of justice?
Bailiff. Justice! O, by the elevens, if you talk about justice, I think I am at home there; for, in a course of law
Mr. H. My dear Mr. Twitch, I discern what you'd be at perfectly, and I believe the lady must be sensible of the art with which it is introduced. I suppose you perceive the meaning, madam, of his course of law.
Miss R. I protest, sir, I do not. I perceive only that you answer one gentleman before he has finished, and the other before he has well begun.
Bailiff. Madam, you are a gentlewoman, and I will make the matter out. This here question is about severity, and justice, and pardon, and the like of they. Now to explain the thingMr. H.O! curse your explanations ! [Aside.
Enter SERVANT. Serv. Mr. Leontine, sir, below, desires to speak with you upon earnest business.
Mr. H. That's lucky. [Aside.] Dear madam, you'll excuse me, and my good friends here, for a few minutes. There are books, madam, to amuse you. Come, gentlemen, you know I make no ceremony with such friends. After you, sir. Excuse me. Well, if I must. But, I know
Bailiff. Before and behind, you know.
Flan. Ay, ay, before and behind, before and behind.
[Exeunt HONEYWOOD, BAILIFF, and FLANIGAN. Miss R. What can all this mean, Garnet?
Gar. Mean, madam ! why, what should it mean, but what Mr. Lofty sent you here to see? These people he calls officers, are officers sure enough : sheriff's officers; bailiffs, madam.
Miss R. Ay, it is certainly so. Well, though his perplexities are far from giving me pleasure; yet, I
own there's something very ridiculous in them, and a just punishment for his dissimulation.
Gar. And so they are. But I wonder, madam, that the lawyer you just employed to pay his debts, and set him free, has not done it by this time.
He ought at least to have been here before now.
But lawyers are always more ready to get a man into troubles, than out of them.
Enter: SiR WILLIAM. Sir W. For Miss Richland to undertake setting him free, I own, was quite unexpected. Ha! here before me: I'll endeavour to sound her affections. Ma. dam, as I am the person that have had some demands upon the gentleman of this house, I hope you'll excuse me, it before I enlarged him, I wanted to see yourself.
Miss R. The precaution was very unnecessary, sir, I suppose your wants were only such as my agent had power to satisfy.
Sir W. Partly, madam. But I was also willing you should be fully apprised of the character of the gentleman you intended to serve.
Miss R. It must come, sir, with a very ill grace from you. To censure it, after what
have done, would look like malice; and to speak favourably of a character you have oppressed, would be impeaching your own. And sure, his tenderness, his humanity, his universal friendship, may atone for many faults.
Sir W. That friendship, madam, which is exerted in too wide a sphere, becomes totally useless. Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears when diffused too widely.
Miss R. I am surprised, sir, to hear one who has probably been a gainer by the folly of others, so severe in his censure of it.
Sir W. Whatever I may have gained by folly, madam, you see I am willing to prevent your losing by it,
Miss R. Your cares for me, sir, are unnecessary. I always suspect those services which are denied where they are wanted, and offered, perhaps, in hopes of a refusal. No, sir, my directions have been given, and I insist upon their being complied with.
Sir W. Thou amiable woman. I can no longer contain the expressions of my gratitude--my pleasure. You see before you one who has been equally careful of his interest : one, who has for some time been a concealed spectator of his follies, and only punished, in hopes to reclaim them--His uncle.
Miss R. Sir William Honeywood! You amaze me. How shall I conceal my confusion ! I fear, sir, you'll think I have been too forward in my services. i cunfess I
Sir W. Don't make any apologies, madam. I only find myself unable to repay the obligation. And yet, I have been trying my interest of late to serve you. Having learnt, madain, that
had some demands upon government, I have, though unasked, been your solicitor there.
Miss R. Sir, I'm infinitely obliged to your intentions. But my guardian has employed another gentleman, who assures him of success.
Sir W. Who, the important little man that visits here! Trust me, madam, he's quite contemptible among men in power, and utterly unable to serve you. Mr. Lofty's promises are much better known to people of fashion than his person, I assure you.
Miss R. How have we been deceived!
Sir W. Does he ! Remember I'm to continue una known. My return to England has not as yet been made public. With what impudence he enters!
Lofty. Let the chariot-let my chariot drive off; I'll visit to his grace's in a chair. Miss Richland, here before me! Punctual, as usual, to the calls of humanity. I'm very, sorry, madam, ihings of this kind should happen, especially to a man I have shown every where, and carried amongst us as a particular acquaintance.
Miss R, I find, sir, you have the art of making the misfortunes of others your own.
Lofty. My dear madam, what can a private man like me do? One man can't do every thing; and then, I do so much in this way every day: let me see, something considerable might be done for him by subscription; it could not fail, if I carried the list. I'll undertake 10 set down a brace of dukes, two dozen lords, and half the lower house, at my own peril.
Sir W. And, after all, it's more than probable, sir, he might reject the offer of such powerful patronage.
Lofty. Then, madam, what can we do? You know I never make promises. In truth, I once or twice tried to do something with him in the way of business! but, as I often told his uncle, Sir William Honeywood, the man was utterly impracticable.
Sir W. His uncle! Then that gentleman, I supo: pose, is a particular friend of yours?
Lofty. Meaning me, sir 1-Yes, madam, as I often said, my dear Sir William, you are sensible I would do any thing, as far as my poor interest goes, to serve your family; but what can be done there's no procuring first rate places for ninth rate abilities.
Miss R. I have heard of Sir William Honeywood ; he's abroad in employment; he confided in your judgment, I suppose.
Lofty. Why, yes, madam; I believe Sir William had some reason to confide in my judgment; une little reason, perhaps.