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lady and gentlemen are intimately concerned : { much of, and married to Mr Belfield! base and I presume, madam, you guess what I mean? perfidious – Why, madam, both Miss Dore and

Vio. Indeed, sir, 1 cannot easily guess how I myself conceived that 'twas the young advencan possibly be a party in any business between turer, with whom you suffered shipwreck, thatMiss Dore and Mr Belfield. I thought all inter Vio. What! Lewson, the brave, generous, bocourse between those persons was now entirely at nourable Lewson? an end.

Pat. Lewson! Lewson! as sure as can be, Pat. Oh! no, madam ; by no means; the af- you mean young Belfeld; for now, the recollecfair is far from being at an end.

tion strikes me, that I've heard he took that Vio. How, sir, not at an end?

name before he quitted England. That Lewson, Pat. No, madam-on the contrary, from sir madam, whom we believed you married to, is Benjamin's great anxiety for the match, and, Robert Belfield, and younger brother to your above all, from the very seasonable intelligence husband. you was so good to cominunicate to Miss Sophia, Vio. Mercy defend me! into what distress Í am not without hopes that Mr Andrew Bel had this mutual mistake nearly involved us! field will be happy enough to conquer all her Pot. Come, then, madam, let us lose po time, scruples, and engage her to consent to marry him. but fly with all dispatch to Cropley-castle. I

Vio. Indeed! but pray, sir, those scruples of have a post-chaise waiting, which will convey us Miss Dove's, which you flatter yourself Mr Bel-thither in a few minutes : but, before we go, I'll field will so happily conguer, how is it that ladies step in and direct these good people to find in this country reconcile themselves to such mat- young Belfield, and send him after us-Old ters? I should have thought such an obstacle ut İronsides and all must be there. terly insurmountable.

(Erit PATERSON. Pat. Why, to be sure, madam, Miss Dove has Vio. Let me reflect upon my fate Wedded, had some doubts and difficulties to contend with: betrayed, abandoned ! at once a widow and a but duty, you know---and, as I said before, wife-all that my soul held dear, in the same you, madam, you have been a great friend to hour obtained and lost! 0 false, false Belteld! Mr Belfield-you have forwarded matters sur- Strong, indeed, must be that passion, and decply prisingly

seated in my heart, which even thy treachery Vio. It is very surprising, truly, if I have. could not eradicate! Twice shipwrecked! twice Pat. You seem greatly staggered at what I rescued from the jaws of death - Just Hearen! tell you : I see you are a stranger to the prin- I do not, dare pot murmur, nor can I doubt but ciples upon which young ladies frequently act in that thy hand invisibly is stretched forth to save this country. I believe, madam, in England, as me, and, through this labyrinth of sorrow, to cure many, or more, matches are made from pique, duct me to repose. than for love; and, to say the truth, I take this of Miss Dove's to be one of that sort. There is

Enter PATERSOX. a certain person, you know, who will feel upon Pat. Now, madam, if you will trust yourself this occasion.

to my convoy, I'll bring you into harbour, where Vio. Yes; I well know there is a certain pero you shall never suffer shipwreck more. (Ereunt. son, who will feel upon this occasion ; but, are the sufferings of that unhappy one to be convert SCENE 11.-SIR BENJAMIN Dove's house. ed into raillery and amusement? Pat. Oh! Madam ! the ladies will tell you,

Enter Sre BENJAMIN Dove and LADY Dore. that therein consists the very luxury of revenge Sir Ben. Upon these terms and stipulations,

-But, I beseech you, have the goodness to lady Dove, I consent to your remaining at Cropmake haste: my friend Mr Belfield may stand ley castle. Enjoy you your own prerogative, and in need of your support.

leave me in possession of mine. Above all things, Vio. Thus insulted, I can contain myself no my dear, I must insist, that Mr Paterson be longer. Upon what infernal shore am I cast! | henceforward considered as my friend and cominto what society of demons am I fallen! that a panion, and not your ladyship’s. woman, whom, by an act of honour, I would have Lady Dove. Nay, but indeed and indeed, my redeemed from misery and ruin, should have the dear sir Benjamin, this is being too hard with me, insolence, the inhumanity, to invite me to be to debar me the common gratifications of every a spectatress of her marriage with my own woman of distinction : Mr Paterson, you know, husband !

is my very particular friend. Pat. With your husband! What do I hear? Sir Ben. 'Tis for his being so very particular, Is Mr Andrew Belfield your husband?

my dear, that I object to him. Via. Ay-do you doubt it? Would I could say Lady Dove. Friendship, sir Benjamin, is the he was not!

virtuous recreation of delicate and susceptible Pat. Just Heaven! you then are the Violetta minds-Would you envy me that innocent plea-you are the Portuguese lady I have heard so sure? Why, you know, my dearest, that your

passion for me, which was once so violent, is now

Enter Paterson. softened and subsided into mere friendship.

Sir Ben. True, my dear-and, therefore, I am Pat. Joy to you, sir Benjamin ! all joy attend afraid lest my love having, by easy degrees, you both! the bridegroom by this time is arrive slackened into friendship, his friendship should, ed; we saw his equipage enter the avenue, as by as natural a transition, quicken into love ours drove into the court. say no more, therefore, upon this point, but leave Sir Ben. Mr Paterson, sir, I know not if yet me to Mr Paterson, and Mr Paterson to me your friend is to be a bridegroom. I find my Go-send Sophia to me-oh, here she comes : daughter here so cold and uncomplying, for my your ladyship need not be present at our con own part, I don't know how I shall look Mr Belference; I think my own daughter surely belongs field in the face. to iny province, and not yours. Good morning Pat. Fear nothing, sir Benjamin: make haste to you!

[Erit Lady Dove. and receive your son-in-law. I have news to

communicate to Miss Dove, which, I am conhEnter SOPHIA.

dent, will dispose her to comply with your wishes.

Sir Ben. Well, sir, I shall leave her to your Well, daughter, are you prepared to com- tutorage. This obliging gentleman undertakes ply with my desires, and give your hand to not only for my wife, but my daughter, too. Andrew Beltield this morning?

(Erit Sir Ben. Sophia. Sir!

Sophia. I am surprized, Mr PatersonSir Ben. My heart is fixed upon this event Pat. Hold, madam, for one moment: I have I have watched late and early to bring it to hear; made a discovery of the last importance to your and you'll find, my child, when you come to per. welfare: you are in an error with regard to use your marriage settlement, how tenderly I young Belfield—Violetta, the lady you believed have consulted your happiness in this match. him married to, is here in the house. I have

Sophia. Alas! I should never think of search- brought her hither at your request, and from her ing for happiness amongst deeds and convey- I learn that the elder brother is her husband; ances—'tis the man, and not the money, that is he, who, this very morning, but for my discovery, likely to determine my lot.

had been your's also. Sir Ben. Well, and is not Mr Belfield a man? Sophia. What's this you tell me, sir ? Where a fine man, as I take it, he is, and a fine estate is this lady? where is Violetta? where is young I'm sure he has got--then it lies so handy and Belfield? contiguous to my own-only a hedge betwixt us Pat. Violetta, madam, I have put under safe --think of that, Sophy! only a hedge that parts convoy, and by this time your waiting-woman his manor from mine--then consider, likewise, has lodged her privately in the closet of your how this alliance will accommodate matters in bedchamber : there you will find her, and learn the borough of Knavestown, where I and my fa- the whole process of this providential escape. mily have stood three contested elections with I'll only speak a word to sir Benjamin, and his, and lost two of them--that sport will now come to you without any further deiay. be at an end, and our interests will be consoli

[Erit Sophia. dated by this match, as well as our estates.

Sophia. Still you mistake my meaning I talk Enter Sir Benjamin Dove and Belfield of the qualities of a man, you of his possessions -I require in a husband, good morals, good na Sir Ben. Well, Mr Paterson, what says my ture, and good sense--w

- what has all this to do daughter? with contiguous estates, connected interests, and Pat. Every thing that becomes an obedient contested elections ?

daughter to say; so that, if this gentleman is not Sir Ben. I don't rightly understand what you made completely happy within this hour, the would have, child—but this I well know, that if fault will lie at his door, and not with Miss money alone will not make a woman happy, Sophia. 'twill always purchase that that will. I hope, Sir Ben. This is good news, Paterson; but I Sophy, you've done thinking of that rambling, am impatient to have the ceremony concluded; idle young fellow, Bob Belfield?

the bells are ringing, the parson is waiting, and Sophia. Perish all thought of him for ever! the equipages are at the door. Step up to Sophia, Nothing can be more contrary, more impossible and tell her to hasten; and hark'e, my friend? in nature, than my union with young Belfield : as you go by lady Dove's door, give ber a call age, ugliness, ill-nature-bring any thing to my do you mind me, only a call at the door: don't arms, rather than him.

you go in; she's busy at work upon a large parSir Ben. But why so angry with him, child ? cel of ribbands, which I've given her to make inThis violent detestation and abhorrence is as to wedding favours. She'll be very angry if

you favourable a symptom as any reasonable lover go into her chanuber. Go, go, get you gone. could wish for:

[Exit Paterson. Vol. II.

5 Y

sen.

betwist you.

Bel. sen. How comes it to pass, sir Benjamin, all this : for my own part, I understand none of that Mr Paterson becomes so necessary an your scruples and refinements, not I-a man is a agent in the female affairs of your family? I man—and if I take care to give an affront to no confess to you my pride is wounded, when I find man, I think I have a right to take an affront I am to thank him for your daughter's conseut from no man. to marry me. The man that can prevail upon a Sir Ben. Come, gentlemen, suspend your diswoman to act against her liking, what may he not pute. Here comes my daugliter; let her decide persuade her to do with it?

Sir Ben. Your remark is just. Paterson has Bel. jun. Let me receive my sentence from certainly some secret faculty of persuasion; and her lips, and I will submit to it. all that can be said is, that 'tis better to see your danger before marriage, than to be feeling it out,

Enter Sophia, Paterson, and Lady Dove. as I have done, afterwards.

Sir Ben. llere's a young gentleman, daughter,

that will take no denial; he comes to forbid the Enter Captain Ironsides, and BELFIELD jun. banns, just when you are both going into the

Sir Ben. What, old acquaintance, are you church to be married. come to rejoice with me on this occasion ?- Bob Sophia. Upon my word, this is something es. Belfeld, too, as I live ! you are both heartily wel- traordinary! What are the gentleman's reasons come, I could have spared their visit notwith- for this behaviour? standing.

[Aside. Sir Ben. He claims a sort of promise from me, Bel. sen. My brother here! vexation ! that he should be indulged in an hour's conver

Bel. jun. Sir Benjanin, I come now to claim sation with you, before you give your hand to his your promise of one hour's conversation with brother. your daughter?

Sophia. An hour's conversation! What little Sir Ben. The devil

you
do!

that gentleman can have to say to me, I believe, Bel. sen. Ridiculous !

may be said in a very few minutes. Bel. jun. To you, sir, obligations of this sort Bel. sen. I think, brother, this conversation may be matter of ridicule; but while I religiously don't promise a great deal. observe all promises make to others, I shall Sophia. In the first place, then, I own to this expect others to be as observant of those they gentleman, and the company present, that there make to me.

was a time, when I entertained the highest opiBel. sen. Sir, I bave a most profound venera- nion of his merit. Nay, I will not scruple to cube tion for your principles, and am happy to find less, that I had conceived a regard for bim of the your understanding so much cultivated by tra-tenderest sort. vel- but, in spite of your address, you will find Iron. And pray, young lady, how came my it rather difficult to induce me to wave my right nephew to forfeit your good opinion? to Miss Dove, in favour of a professed adien Sophia. By a conduct, sir, that must for ever turer.

forfeit not my esteem only, but yours, and all manBel. jun. Shameless, unfeeling man! an ad- kind's: I am sorry to be his accuser, but I will venturer, do you call me? You, whose unbro- appeal to you, Mr Belfield, who are his brother, therly persecution drove me to this hazardous, whether it is reconcileable, either to honour or this humiliating occupation?

humanity, to prosecute an affair of marriage with Iron. Sirrah! Bob! no reflections upon pri- one woman, when you are previously and indisvateering—it has lined your pockets well, you pensably engaged to another? young rogue; and you may tell vour fine brother Bel. sen. Hum! there, that we have landed treasure enough upon Siphia. Yet this, sir, is the treatment I have his estate to buy the fee-simple of it: ay, and received : judge, therefore, if I can desire or for what I know, of sir Wiseacre's here into the consent to have any long conversation with a genbargain.

tleman, who is under such engayements; nav, Sir Ben. What's that you say, captain Iron- whom I can prove actually married to another sides? Let's have a word in a corner with you. woman in this very house, and ready to rouch

Bel. sen. Look'e, sir, if you conceive yourself the truth of what i assert. Judge for me, Mr wronged by me, there is but one way—You Belfield, could you believe any man capable of know your remedy.

such complicated, such inconceivable villainy: Bel

. jun. I know your meaning, brother; and, Bel. sen. Heavens! This touches me too to demonstrate how much greater my courage is closely. than yours, I must confess to you, I dare not Sir Ben. Sir, I would fain know what excuse accept your proposal.

you can have for this behaviour? I can tell you, Sir Ben. No, no; I bare given him enough of sir, I dou't understand it. that, I believe.

Lady Doce. Oh! fie! fie upon you, Mr BelIron. Bob Delfield, if I did not know thee for field! I wonder you are not ashamed to show a lad of mettle, I shou’dn't tell what to make of your face in this family.

accuse me.

me !

Sir Ben. Who desired you to put in your oar? Bel. sen. What's this I hear! Oh! brother,

Iron. Why, sirrah, would not one wife con can you pardon, too? tent you? 'Tis enough in all reason for one man; Bel. jun. Be indeed a brother, and let this is it not, sir Benjamin?

providential event be the renovation of our Bel. jun. Sir, when it is proved I am married, friendship.

Bel. sen. What shall I say to you, madam ? Iron. Look'e, Bob, I don't accuse you for (To Sopulia.] Paterson, you know my heart : marrying; 'twas an indiscretion, and I can for- bear witness to its remorse. By Heaven, my segive it, but to deny it, is a meanness, and I cret resolution was, instantly to have departed abhor it.

in search of this my injured wife—but I'm not Sophia. Mr Belfield, do you say nothing upon worthy even of your resentment: here is one this occasion !

that merits, and returns your love. Bel. sen. Paterson, I am struck to the heart

[Turning to his brother. I cannot support my guilt-I am married to Vio Iron. Come, god-daughter, we can never say letta-save me the confusion of relating it: this the fleet's fairly come to an anchor, while the addishonourable engagement for ever I renounce; miral's ship is out at sea. [Presenting BelField nor will I rest till I have made atonement to an junior.] My nephew here is as honest a lad as injured wife. Madam, I beg leave to withdraw lives, and loves you at the soul of him : give him for a few minutes.

your hand, and I'll broach the last chest of dolBel. jun. Hold, sir! this contrivance is of lars, to make him a fortune deserving you.your forging-you have touched me too near What say you, my old friend? and now, if you dare draw your sword, follow Sir Ben. Here's my hand! I've spoke the

word-she's his own. Lady Dove, I won't hear Sophia. Hold, gentlemen! you forget the lady a syllable to the contrary. is now in the house-she is a witness that will İron. Then, the galleon is thy own, boyeffectually put an end to your dispute--I will What should an old fellow like 'me do with moconduct her bither.

[Exit Sopira. ney? Give me a warm night-cap, a tiff of punch, Bel. jun. I agree to it.

and an elbow-chair in your chimney-corner, and Iron. Hark'e, nephew? I shrewdly suspect you I'll lay up for the rest of my days. have been laying a train to blow yourself up: Bel. jun. How shall I give utterance to my if once Bob comes fairly alongside of you, you'll gratitude, or my love! find your quarters too hot to hold you : I never Fet found my boy out in a lie, and shan't tamely Enter Goodwin, Fanny, Francis, Puilip, and see a lie imposed upon him; for while he is ho

Lucy. nest, and I have breath, he shall never want a Sir Ben. So, so! more work for the parson ! friend to stand by hiin, or a father to protect Iron. What, Francis ! hast thou chosen a him.

mate, and art bound upon a matrimonial cruize, Bel. sen. Mr Paterson, explain my story—I as well as thy master? will depart this instant in search of Violetta. Fran. Ay, sir ; so he is happy as well as my

self, and has no objection to my choice. Enter Sophia and VIOLETTA.

Bel. sen. What! Are you all assembled to Sophia. Stay! I conjure you-stay, turn, and úverwhelm me with confusion ? Like some poor look back upon this lady, before you go. culprit, surrounded by a crowd of witnesses, I [Presenting VIOLETTA. stand convicted and appalled.

But all your Bel. sen. My wife!

wrongs shall be redressed--yours, GoodwinSir Ben. Hey-day! here's a turn.

Philip's—Lucy's: my whole life shall be emIron. I thought how 'twould be.

ployed in acts of justice and atonement. Virtue, Vio. Yes, sir, your faithful, your forsaken wife. and this virtuous woman, were my first ruling

Bel. sen. How shall I look upon you? What passions. shall I say? Where shall I hide my confusion? Oh! take me to your arms, and, in that soft

Now they resume their social, soft controul, shelter, let me find forgiveness and protection.

And love and happiness possess my soul. Vio. Be this your only punishment! and this !

(Ereunt omnes. Bel.jun. Was it, then, a sister I preserved from death?

THE

WEST INDIAN.

BY

CUMBERLAND.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

TY.

MEN.

WOMEN. STOCKWELL, a merchant, father to BeLcOUR. Lady RUSPORT, attached to MAJOR O'FLAIERBELCOUR, the West Indian, attached to Louisa. CAPTAIN DUDLEY, an old officer on half-pay. CHARLOTTE, her daughter. Charles Dudley, his son, attached to Char- Louisa, daughter to DUDLEY. LOTTE RUSPORT.

Mrs FULMER, wife to Fulmer.
MAJOR OʻFLAHERTY, an Irishman.

Lucy, maid to CHARLOTTE RUSPORT.
STUKELY, principal clerk to STOCKWELL, Housekeeper belonging to STOCKWELL.
FULMER.
VARLAND, a lawyer.

Clerks belonging to STOCKWELL, Servants, SaiSailor.

lors, Negroes, &c. Servant to STOCKWELL, Servant to Lady RUSPORT,

Scene - London.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-A merchant's counting-house. writings to a vast amount. I'll accost him,

Sir! Mr Stockwell! In an inner room, set off by glass-doors, are discovered several clerks, employed at their desks. the cloths ?

Stock. Stukely-Well, have you shipped A writing-table in the front room. STOCKWELL is discovered, reading a letter; STUKELY comes and copy of the invoice : the assortments are all

Stuke. I have, sir; here's the bill of lading, gently out of the buck 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 friends richly 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 't will be a sensible greater value. Besides these, I know he has ma- relief to unbosom myself to you. I have just now ny deep concerns in foreign bottoins, and under- been informed of the arrival of the young West

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