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Miss. RICHLAND.. I have heard of Sir William Honeywood ; he's abroad in employment: he confided in your judgment, I suppose.
Why, yes, madam, I believe Sir William had some reafon to confide in my judgment; one little reason, perhaps.
Miss RichLAND. Pray, Sir, What was it?
LOFTY. Why, madam--but let it go no farther it was I procured him his place.
Lofty. I did love him, to be fure; he had fome amusing qualities; no man was fitter to be toaft-master to a club, or had a better head.
"Miss RICHLAND. A better head?.
LOFTY. .. Ay, at a bottle. To be fure, he was as dull as a choice fpirit: but hang it, he was grateful, very grateful; and gratitude hides a multitude of faults. Sir WILLIAM. He might have reason, perhaps, His place. is pretty considerable, I'm told.
Lofty. A trifle, a mere trifle, among us men of business. The truth is, he wanted dignity to fill up a greater.
Sir WILLIAM. Dignity of person, do you mean, Sir? I'm told he's much about my size and figure, Sir.
Lofty.. Ay, tall enough for a marching regiment; but then he wanted a fomething a consequence of form-a kind of a I believe the lady perceives my meaning.
i Miss RICHLAND. 0, perfectly: you courtiers can do any thing, I see,
'Lofty. My dear madam, all this is but a meer exchange : we do greater things for one another every day. Why, as thus, now: let me suppose you the first lord of the treasury ; you have an employment in you that I want; I have a place in me that you want! do me here, do you there : interest of both fides, few words, flat, done and done, and its over.
Sir WILLIAM. A thought strikes me. ( Afide.) Now you mention Sir William Honeywood, madam ; and as he seems, · Sir, an acquaintance of yours ; you'll be glad to hear he's arriv'd from Italy ; I had it from a friend F 3
who who knows him as well as he does me, and you may depend on my information. .
LOFTY, The devil he is! If I had known that, we should not have been quite so well acquainted. (Afide.)
Sir William. He is certainly return’d; and, as this gentleman is a friend of yours, he can be of signal service to us, by introducing me to him ; there are some papers relative to your affairs, that require dispatch and his inspection.
Miss RICHLAND. This gentleman, Mr. Lofty, is a person employed in my affairs; I know you'll serve us.
Lopty. Well, we must introduce you then. Call upon me let me see-ay, in two days.
Lofty. Well, if it must be now, now let it be. But damn it, that's unfortunate; my lord Grig's cursed Pen
sacola business comes on this very hour, and I'm engaged to attend-another time
LOFTY. . You shall have it; yet, in my opinion, a letter is a very bad way of going to work ; face to face, that's my way. :
Miss RICHLAND, Dear, Mr. Lofty, this request is not so much his as mine; if my commands--but you defpise my power.
Lofty. Delicate creature ! your commands could even controul a debate at midnight: to a power fo conftitutional, I am all obedience and tranquillity. He shall have a letter; where is my secretary! Dubardieu! And yet, I protest I don't like this way of doing business. I think if I spoke first to Sir Wil. liam-But you will have it fo.
. [Exit with Miss Richland.
Sir WILLIAM, alone. Ha, ha, ha! This too is one of my nephew's hopeful associates. O vanity, thou constant deceiver,
how do all thy efforts to exalt, serve but to fink us ! Thy false colourings, like those employed, to heighten beauty, only seem to mend that bloom which they contribute to destroy. I'm not displeased at this interview : exposing this fellow's impudence to the contempt it deserves, may be of use to my design; at least, if he can reflect, it will be of use to himself.
Enter J A R VIS.
Sir William.' How now, Jarvis, where's your master, my nephew?
JARVIS. At his wit's ends, I believe : he's scarce gotten out of one scrape, but he's running his head into another.
Sir WILLIAM. · How so?
JARVIS. The house has but just been cleared of the bailiffs, and now he's again'engaging tooth and nail in assisting old Croaker's son to patch up a clandestine match with the young lady that passes in the houfe for his fifter.