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T HE 

CHILDREN'S FRIEND. 

TKAMSLATEO PEOM TBI rKENCU 0» 

Mr. B E R QJJ I N, 
By LUCAS W I L L I AM S, EsQ:, 

A NEW CORRECTED EDITION, WITH ADDITIONS, 

AND 

EMBELLISHED WITH FORTY-FOUR COPPER-PLATES* 



IN SIX VOLUMES. 
VOL, IV. 



LONDON: 

FRINTED FOR J. S TO C K D A L E, P I C C A D I L L YJ 
F. AND C. RIVINGTON, ST. FAUL's CHURCH- 
YARD; B. LAW AND SON, AVE-MARXA-LANS ; 
/. JOHNSON. IT.PAUL's CHURCH-YARDJ C. DILLY, 

poultry; j. murray, fleet-street ; j. sewbll, 
CORnhill; and w. creecu, Edinburgh. 

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CONTENTS 

OF THE 

FOURTH VOLUME. 



X HE Hen 


Page I 


The Rofe-BwA 


'3 


The Nofcgays 


17 


The dftiitvnfey iSwecper 


21 


The Cherries 


^ 


Hot Cockks 


28 


TheBreakfaft . . . 


3^ 


'I'hc Little Gambkifs 


4a 


The Little Needle Women 


92 


The Self^correaed Liar 


lOJ 


Receipt to Be always pleafed 


110 


TheTuKpS 


"3 


The Strawberries and Curraito 


116 


01>Iigingne& and ComjJliifance ' •* 


lao 


The Linnet's Neft 


127 


Thfe Spirit of Contradiaion 


133 


ThfeDeferter - • - 


141 


Thfe Bed of Death 


190 


Pafcal 


210 


George . • . 


22s 


James 


236 


The Fire - , . 


243 


The Good Mother 


272 


The proper Ufe of Time 


^ 274 


BUnd-Man's Buff 


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DIRECTIONS- 

^OR PLACING THE PLATES IN 

V O L. IV. 

Platel. FRONTISPIECE. Rocking- 

Horse. ; 
Plate II. The Hen, , to face Page i 

Plate IIL The Breakfast - .33 

Plate IV. Three Cakes - - 40 

Plate V. The Little Needlewomen 92 
Plate VL The Spirit of Contradiction. 133 
Plate VII. The Fire - - 243 

Plate VIII. Blind-Man's Buff - 2»o 



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THE H E >r. 

HOW happy M^as Cyprian in fo worthy 
and afFeclionate a father as Mr. Tif- 
dall. Whenever he had fliown himfelf for 
any length of time difcreet and diligent, 
he was aflured that his father would not 
fail to tellify his fatisfadtion with fome re- 
compence or other. Cyprian had a tafte 
for gardening, and began, about the age of 
twelve, to cultivate choice flowers. His 
father faw it, and immediately began to 
ftudy how he might afford his fon more 
pleafure. 

They were both at dinner. Cyprian, faid 
his father^ your preceptor has informed 'me, 
that you have begun this very day to read 

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the Roman Hiftory^ ajticj the Geogiraphy of 
Italy. If, in a week, you ^n but give. n>c 
an exa6t account of every thiaig you %nfXy haye 
learned on the fe two; fubje^,-you qajQujpt 
think what I intend Ihall recorppencc your 
application ! 

Cyprian, one may eafily fuppofcj did ixot 
forget fuch a promife* He ernployed bim- 
felf in ftiadying,all the weeky to .get. this 
recompence; or rather, he received fuch 
pleafure from his .ftudy^ that indeed it. was 
he who fhould have bellowed a recompence 
on his papa, if he bad been able. 

.He few the day of . trial come, without 
anxiety ; and underwent the exapiination 
like an hero. He had learned the hiftory 
of all the kings of Rome, a^d marked out 
in his map the gradual jn-pgjrefs of that 
growing empire. ^ 

In a tranfport of delight^ his father took 
him by the hand, embraced and kifled him. 
Come, fays iie, fince you have fought to 
give me fo much pleafure, it is but juft 
that I (hould contribute in my turn to 
yours. Saying this, he led him into an ad- 
joining garden, pointed out a vacant fpot 
to him, and told him that it was to be his. 

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You may part it in two, continued he ; and 
phnt what flowers you like in one, and any 
vegetables that you think proper in, the 
bther. After this, they went into an out- 
houfe, clofe behind the gardencr*s hut, 
where Cyprian found a fpade, a watering- 
pot, a rakei and other impknicnts of gar- 
dening, all pcrfe<ftly adapted to his fize and 
, ftrcngrfi. On the walls were baflcets hung 
. up, of every fize, great and fmall, and on 
ftrehes about thcni, fundry boxes full of 
rootsi' ^nd bags of feeds ; the whole toge- 
ther duly ticketed, with cards on every box 
and bag, fifiarkihg the proper time for fow- 
ing each article. 

"One fli^ld be of Cyprian's age to know 
the fexcefs of his. joy upon this occafion. 
In his mind, the little fpot of earth which 
his father had afligned him, was as great as 
monarchs think their kingdoms ; and wtiat- 
ever hours of relaxation his preceptor let 
him take, which he fpent before in folly^ 
were now taken up ih cultivating his do^ 
main. 

One day, when he came in from doing 

foinething about his garden, he forgot to 

Ihut the gate. A hen was pecking near the 

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fpot, arid tbalc it iA hyrlickd^tb i^^ Hunt- 
ing oh his'grobndfel'^ TPhe fl6#er-bcdliaid 
been fti^eweU tiif! tetcl^ witH^' layis^W^tho 

full of worms. .: :.i'j : .: f' ::i 

Tht hen> cliarmed with-futh delitious 
fare, began to ftrratch the rholild upV arid 
cmplo)^ her beak as wdl as talons tci un- 
earth the Wo^fitfs V aHd ^^ ki Jmtticular, ffic 
took a mighty Jncli nation t<i a part, where 
Cyprian had, the day tefore, been planting 
fome fine pinks. 

How great therefore w^as the excefs of 
his rage when coming back to his planta- 
tion, he beheld the door a-jar, and this 
new-faftiioned gardener digg|ig up his 
beds ? Ah ! ah ! you impudent flut i faid 
he ; your bones (hall pay for this. And 
immediately he fhut the door, for fear his 
viftim fliould efcape, and picking up flint- 
flones, fandi clods of earth, and Whatever 
he could lay hold, he threw 'them at the 
bird, purfuing^her all the whil^ as clofc as 
he could.'- : ^^'•''" -'- -' ' "•'- -'^''^ -' ' ' 

The frightened hen, at^orfe thnt rah with 
all her fpeed, and at another time ftrove to 
fiy upon the wall, but found th^t her 

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TV'ingp would nptb^f^ieijd her in reaching 
fuqh ^ ;hpightj Unhappily^, ihe fell back 
in9r^t^^pj;pi^pj9JE^ C;ypi;ian;$ flowers, and 
gfffii^^AmW^Am^ feet jc^ungled. with the 
fineft hyacinths. 

. Yppjjg Cypris^T^ beholdii^ her thus em- 
broiled^ fuppofe^ that he had her fafl> Two 
rows, of .^lUps Separated th^em. His anger 
w^s fo -vehementi,, t^at ftepping over, as he 
n^^ant todoi this interval of feparation be- 
tween; the hen and him, he trod them down 
himfelf. The hen; however, at her ene- 
my's ^ipproachj redoubled her former ef- 
forts, apd atteipjpted now a jfecond time to 
gain the wall. She rofe a great deal higher 
than before, yet ftill came Inorj ^--but what 
was matter of regret for Cyprian, bore away 
with her, from underneath as fhe rofe, a 
beautiful role-colourcd ten-belled l^acinth. 
On this, he feized his rake, and flung it at 
the bird with all his ftrength. The rake 
turned round, and while he fancied it upon 
the point of hitting the fugitive mark, it 
came down, and dafticd two panes of glafs 
to pieces in a melon frame, as well as 
broke out two of its own teeth upon the 
ground. 

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The little fury, made much more fiirioilS 
by thefe damages^ had run for bis fpadc, 
and now the combat would perhaps h^vc 
had fatal confequenccs for his feathered ad- 
vcrfary, who fatigued and giddy had crept 
in between a rofcr-bulh and the wall, if 
Mr. Tifdall, at firft attra<5led to his win- 
dow by the noife, had iiot made hafte to 
her affiftance. 

The moment Cyprian faw his father, he 
ftood (lock ftill in evident confulion ; how- 
ever he made (hift to find his tongue at laft, 
and cried out^ See, papa, what ravage this 
vile creature has committed in my gar- 
den.! 

Had you fhut the door, replied his fe-- 
ther with an afFe<fted indifference,- this ra-' 
vage would not haye been made. I law 
your whole behayiour. Are you not afliamed 
of having put forth all your ftrength againft 
a harmlefs hen ? She has no reafon to con- 
d«6l: herfelf, and though ihe had rooted up 
your pinks, it was not with a wilh todo 
you any: damage^ ibut tp get her orcjini^ry : 
food. Now, Cyprian> (hould yo^. have jHjt 
yourfelf thus intq a paflion, if (he had 
fbratched up nothing but as many nettle- 
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roots ? And how can ilifc diftinguifli be- 
twetn^inks ^ftd nettles ^ It is yourfelf alone 
that ire td^blamc for all this havock. With 
prbeaiitton yoti wbuld certainly have driven 
her out fo that ihe might do no' further 
mifehief ; and in that cafe, neither youf 
rake, nor my melon frame, would have gone 
co^^ruin, nor* would your lofs have exceeded 
that of a few flowers. Therefore you alone 
are punifliable, fo that were I to cut a 
brandh off from this hazle-tree, and with 
it make you fufferjuft what you defigned 
the hen ftiould fuffer— which of us would 
aft with the greateft juftice ? I Ihall not, 
however, go to this extremity, purpofely 
to fhew you that we may all fupprefs our ' 
refentment, if we think proper. Notwith- 
{landing, for the damage done to my me- 
lons-frame, I Ihall deduft as much as will 
repair it, from the arrears bf ydur allow- 
ance in my hands ; for I am not to fuffer 
through your rafhnefs. 

Cyprian, upon this, withdrew mi^h 
abaftied, and all day durft fcarcely lift his 
eyeis up, while before his father. ' 

On the morrow, Mr. Tifdall propofed a 

walk', arjd alked if he defired to join him. 

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Cyprltirt' foft(twVedi' hxit dpprefled ' with fid- 
neft whiclvhc fmight in Vairi to hide. His 
fathdr-faivr 'it, and Jiffefting a degree of 
\vondcr, wi(hed to know why he appeared 
fo grlevoufly dcjeAed* 

Cypriatt. Have I not the greateft caujfe 
to be dejcAed ? For this whole month part, 
I have denied myfclf many pleafures, merely 
to buy fortiething for my filler. I had faved 
ten Ihillings, with which I thought to pur- 
chafe her a pretty hat ; but muft give the half 
of it perhaps to have your melon frame re- 
paired. 

Mr. Ti/dall. 1 dare fay, you would have 
been delighted to oblige your fifter, but 
my melon frame, however^ muft be paid 
for firft. This leffon will teach you in fu- 
ture not to yield yourfelf up to the mif- 
chiefs of refentment, which in general ag- 
gravates the firft misfortune happening 
to us. , 

Cy-prian. Oh! you may depend upon it, 
lir, I will never leave the garden-door open 
again, or take revenge upon a hen for what 
would be my own omifTion. 

Mr. Ti/dall. But, pray tell me, do you 

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fcincy that, in this y^ univerfcj hcn$ only- 
have it in ttieir pow.er to do yoy damage ? 

Cyprian. O ! no^ no 5 , fijr I .. can tell you, 
not above a week ago I left my map upon 
the table while I went a.;ivalking^ and my 
little lifter coming into the room, with a 
pen and ink fo blotted it all over, that no one 
could diftinguiffi Europe from America. 

Mr. Ti/dalL Then it is prudent to fecurc 
yourf^lf againft the mifchiefs that you may 
fuffer from your fellow-creatures. 

Cyprian. It is fo, papa. 

Mr. 'Ti/dalL Without dcfiring in the lead 
to give you a diftafte of life, I can affure 
you that yoi^ will have to fuffer many dif- 
agreeable aifairs, and thofe a deal more 
prejudicial, to you, than the mifchiefs caufcd 
by the hen. Mankind always feek their 
uater^ftpand their pleafu res, juft as hens 
.feekj,:^'0^rns j^and |:hey \yiU do^fo at fefef ha- 
zard of your interefts^ as hj:n^ will ^, the 

-.\-f%yp^mv,}^J^-\^ pl,aii?^y, {\r^ by Bella's 
.bj^l^vifj^r.^i ^t\ff^ the.lj^ttle plcafure ,thaf llie 
received from fg^ilps^jyi^j.qn aj^i^ 
,h,a^ ogcafipned .n>e the tpfs of ap extremely 
ufe/ul map. 

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Mr.^ifdalh ^ut could ydu hot Iiave 
avoided this lofs by putting up your xrap* 
before you left the apartment? 

Cyprian. Ctrtxltnly J ' 

Mr. ^ijdall Then think for the foture 
to condu£t yourielf fo^ that nobody may 
have power ao do you any real mifchief; 
but if after all, in fpite of your precau- 
tioh, you fhould be fo unlucky as ta receive 
an injury, confidcr how you may endure it, 
fo as not to render the firft wrong ftill more 
prejudicial. 

Cyprian. Ay, papa; but how muft I en- 
dure it ? . - 

Mr. ^ijdall. With indifference, if it be. 
^ flight injury, buti on the other hand, if 
a great one, with courage. Now that we 
arc by ourfelvcs, I dare propofe to you as an 
example the conduAthat I purfue towards 
Mr. Hotham, 

Cyprian. Pray don't fpeak of him, papa. 
For thefe two years paft, he has taken no- 
notice of you whenever you have met each 
other, and there cannot be a falfity that 
he will not fay to injure you in the opinion 
df the world* 

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Mr. ^ifdalL And do you know what 
urges him to fuch behaviour ? - 

Cyprian. That I never y.et durfl aflc you. 

Mr. Tifdall. Nothing but the preference 
which I obtained refpe<9ing an employ- 
tnent that iny fathcf had moft worthily 
filled up for five and thirty years^ and to 
which he had affedionately formed me by 
the moft diligent inflrutftion. Mr. Ho- 
thatn had no title to the port, except his 
ignorance and felf-fufficiency. My right 
fucceeded^ notwithftanding all his intercfl'> 
and therefore am I honoured with his ca- 
lumny and hatred. 

Cyprian. Ah J papa> were I as big as you, 
I'd teach him better manners. 

Mr. Ti/dall. Quite the contrary ; I let 
him go on railing at me juft as he thinks 
iit. The condudl which you fhould have 
purfued> when you were injured by the hen, 
I faithfully purfue tOAvards him. The pinks 
that flie fcratched up by the roots, in 
feeking for worms, may reprefent the re- 
putable charafter that I bear, and which in 
order to gratify the worm of Envy that 
gnaws him, he labours to undo. Were I 
to feek the means of punifhing him, I 
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fhould trample under foot tbac deference 
and refped which I oU^e to imyfel^ ks you 
trod under foot yt)ur tulips. ' Tfee -melon- 
frame and lafcc which ybi da^mS^ed, arc 
that ^walthand j^aceof Wind that I Ihoukl 
deftroy by hurrying on to vengeance. 
Taught in future by the loffes that you 
have fufFered> you will Ihut the garden- 
door, in order to keep the hen out. Taughr 
tcjK> by the wicked difpofitioh of my i^nemy^ 
I lay, by means of proper condudl on my 
part, an infuperable barrier between us.^ 
Thus inacceffible to his vindidlive attempts^ 
I enjoy the comforts of my moderation, 
while he fp?nds himfelf irt fhofe attempts,. 
4nd will in time experience the compunc- 
tion of his evil confcience. Could his in- 
fults vex me, I fhould make myfelf the 
vi<ilim that he would facrifice, and be re- 
proached for imbecility, by every worthy 
charader of my acquaintance ; while on the 
other. hand the infenfibility that I manifcft 
for his injurious treatment, yields him to hi^ 
own contempt, and, in the minds of good 
men, keeps, up the reputation that I have 
gained among them. 

Cyprian. Ah ! papa, what trouble may I 

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THE '. ROSE-BUSH. . IJ 

not flittn.hcnaftcfv by semanbering cvciy 
tiling i:lwt jqu have taught me ! 

.Thl^:Uft w.^rjcjft were handly uttered^ 
'i^h^i^ithoylQBnd themrelvcs at home, witb* 
0}jit ii^u|giR|^ri>*t thfy, bad been fo near 
it. Th^ix diifiovkxk, for the remainder o?f 
the dayi was a continuation of the pad ; 
;ind ,bjed-tii;iEie ,beii^ cojBe, they feparjited 
^uitQ coijtcnt with oqc anothcj. Cyprian 
funk to flumber> w^h a bofbm fuH of gra-- 
tinide for the inftrudiipn which he had juft 
received, and Mr* Tifdali poflTeffing all the 
fatisfacftion that a good father cannot but 
experience, who is fenfible that he has done 
fomething to promote his offspring's hap- 
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THE ROSE-BUSH. 

"^ 717H O will give me fpme nice tree or 
^ ^ other for my garden? faid little 
Frederic one day to his brothers Auguftus 
and Jafper, and his lifter Jemima. 

(Their papa had given them each a little 

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hit of ground to^fow or plants a$ they thought 
proper.) 

Oh not I, faki Auguftus ; jiat I^nfaiii 
Ja-fpcr^,. '■? , .^-- • J '■".",, .:-:/ '' 

Well thcn> I %vill, anfwered Jeminiaw 
Let' me know what Tort of tree you wouM 
like? 

A roft-bufhv cried. Frederic. Do but 
look at mine : it is the only one now left 
me; and the leaves, as you may fee, are 
turned quite yelloix^ ^ 

Come then, faid the lively Jemima, come 
and chufe one for yourfclf. On which Ihc 
led him to a little fpot of ground that ihe 
cyltivated 5 and the moment they had en- 
tered, pointing with her finger to a charm*- 
ing rofe-bufh, told him he had nothing to 
do, but to take it up immediately. 

Frederic, How, fifter? you have only two, 
and wilh befides to give me up the fineft f 
No> no ; here is the leaft^ and juft fuch as I 
want. 

Jemima. You do not. know how much 
pleafure I fhall fe^i, if you will but take 
the other, Frederic, This may fcarce pro- 
duce you any flowers next fummer ; but the 
other will, I am certain : and you know, I 

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feall be pleafed as much ivith looking at 
it elfewhere, when full blown^ as if it had 
continued in my garden. 

Frederic overjoyed, approached the rofc- 
hvtfh, took it up ; and Jemima, much more 
plfeafed^ aflifted in the tranfplantation. 

It appears that the gardener noticed this 
furprifing piece of kindnefs in the little 
girl. .Away he ran, fele<5tcd from a num- 
ber of young Windfor pear-trees, one 
which he thought the fineft, and immedi- 
ately convey^6d it into Jemima's garden^ 
planting it exa^ly in the' fpot with the 
fofe-bulh had poffeffed before. 

Thofe who have a churlifli nature hardly 
ever are afliduous : therefore when thefum- 
mer months were come, Jafpcr and his bro- 
ther having never attended their rofe-plants, 
they pi?omiied no great quantity of flowers ; 
and to increafc their difappointment, the 
chief part of thofe which they thought 
were coming, pcriftied in the bud ; while 
on the contrary Frederic's rofe-bufli, in 
confequence of great attention paid it by 
himfelf and Jemima, bore the fined cent.- 
foil rofes that the whole county could boaft ; 
and as long as it remained in flower, the 

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happy Frederic always had 2L rofe to ftick ift 
fwect JeiTiima's bafom, ami another for 
himfelf to f^iqlli , . ^ ^ .. ^ 

Likewifc did the Windfor pear-tfee thrive 
furprifingly : it fcattefed % delicious per- 
fume over all the garden, and foon grew fo 
^ick and lofty as to yield a tolerabje fhade. 
Jemima ufed to come and take her fqajt 
beneath it> when the fun was hotteft ; as- 
her father ^fo did, when he tvouW tril her 
charming ftories, feme of which would 
make her all at once, burft out a laughing 
till her fides even acJied again ; and others 
produced fuch agreeable melancholy in her> 
that foon after Ihe would fmile with plea- 
fure at the recollection of h^r forrow* 

Here is one that he told her for her ge- 
nerofity towards Frederic j. by. which ftory 
fhe was thoroughly cony^riced that fuch as. 
we oblige can recompenqc our geneiofity ^ 
which circumftance, he fajd^ without ad- 
^verting, to the f^tisfadipn^.of our hearts, 
muft be a ft rgng incentive to.kindadions* 



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THE NOSEGAYS. 

L- > J-f >f t]^ •G6raid \vcnt out one mom- 
, -^ fng'with his neighbour Eugene, to 
divert themfelves by gathering flowers* 
Their cag<rnefs would not allow them ta 
e^rMc^ihcir breakfaft in the houfe : they 
t6ok ii? With them in their hands. 

ITifey met a beggar-woman in the way^ 
who had a child apparently expiring, as it 
were, with hunger. 

My dear little mafter, faid the woman> 
looking upon Gerald, who happened to be 
lirft, for heaven's* fake give my child a 
morfel of your bread. He has not had a bit 
6f any thing to eat lince yefterday. 

It may .be fo, faid Gerald ; but I am 
very hungry likewifc, and went forward, 
munching all the way. 

Now what was Eugene's condud? He 
was no- lefs hungry, we mull think, than 
his companion ; but beholding how the 
poor child cried, he gave up his bread and 
butter ; and received a hundred bleffings 
>rhich God heard in heaven. 

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1 8 TItE NOSEGAY S.^ 

But this is not the whole- The little^ 
boy, revived by whit the chstritable Eugene 
had beftowed upon, him/ inftahtly began' 
to run before his bencfadofj brought hinv'fo 
a meadow, where he knew there was a mul-t- 
titude of flowers, and helped him to make 
up fo magnificent a nofegay, that the plca- 
fant fmell proceeding from it made ^ him 
quite forget his trouble. 

Eugene, after this, went home and (hewed" 
it with a deal of pleafure ; for not only 
was the fweetnefs of it very grateful, but 
its fize was fuch that he might eafily have 
hid his face behind it. 

Next day likewife they Went out, and 
then another little boy> whofe name was 
Watty, ^M^t them. 

After having taken half a dozen turns 
with Gerald and Eugene in the meadow, 
Watty, looking down, perceived his buckle 
loft, and begged them both ^o affift him in 
fearching for it. Oh, fay^ Gerald, 1 can- 
not fpare time enough for that at pircfait, 
and went on j but Eug«cnc topped immte^ n 
diately, that he mighjt be ^f fcrviteito M«: 
little friend. 

He walked a long while up and down^ 

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both ftoopingaHthc way; and patting with his 
hand,, to try if he could feci it in thegrafs : 
and had at laft the happinefs to find it. 

Watty too was happy ; and they fet 
about the bufincfs which had brought them 
thither. 

Watty, out of gratitude, beftowcd the 
fineft flowers of thofe which he had ga- 
thered, upon Eugene ; but paid no regard 
to Gerald, who had refufed to help him ; 
fo that Eugene had that day aHb, a finer 
nofegay than Gerald, aud came back as fa- ' 
tisfied as the other vrzs difcontcnted, 

Gerald fuppofed the third day he might. 
prove more lucky : He preceded Eugene, 
and defied him to collect: a finer nofegay 
than he Ihould. But har<ily were they 
come into the meadow, wh^n behold the 
little boy who had b$en fed by Eugene, 
came to meet him with a balket full of. 
flowers, which, it feems, He Iwi gathered 
that morning. 

Gerald would have begun to gather for 
himfclf ; but how was he to find the flow- 
ers ? The little boy had got up earlier by 
far than he ; and therefore he had fViil lefs 

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flowers that day than cither of |:hetWo pre- 
ceding. , . 'K .' ;! V i - :•■■/-. -^ :* - 

They, were goiiigi bome^ buD rti^t JifCl* 
Watty...!..'", : .. '. ' L i..w; ,:. ;'r*r:'n'^j 

My d/ear frknd, faid h€ to EQgeiie> I 
have not forgot the fervice that you did me 
yeftcrday, and have taken fiich a Hking to 
you, that I could wifh to be at all times 
in your company. Papa too, though he 
never faw you> has the fame ideas in your 
favour^ and has bid me come and fetch you 
to his houfe this morning : He defigns to 
tell us meny (lories, and afterwards will 
play with us. 

I will take you to a garden here hard 
by us, where we are allowed to walk, and 
there you will find four or five companions 
of my age to welcome you ; when we arc 
all together we will play at whatever gartic 
you like. 

Eugene inftantly laid hold of Watty's 
hand, and flew like lightning with him to- 
wards the garden. As for Gerald, poor 
fellow! he went home quite melancholy. 
Watty had not once invited him. 

He learned by thefe three days adven- 
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ti|resi)"butiparticuiarly^l)y the lafl, how 
much one gains by kindnefs and afliftance 
gl'aetod to othtrs^j rHe iiqfbrmed his churlifh 
temper ; and would certainly, in time, have 
fliew^'himfdf * ^cotirtious to the full as 
Eug^ae^ . if this iaft,. by having exercifed a 
friendly 'difpofition from his cradle, had not 
confcrtfed his^ favours with a greater grace. 



THE CHIMNEY-SWEEPER. 

A Silly fervant-maid had poiTefled the 
-*• ^ imagination df her mafter's children 
with: a hundred foolilh tales of fpirits, and 
particularly of a black-faced goblin, as fhe 
called it-^ . 

Antonia, one of thefe poor children, for 
the fti^ft time in her life, beheld' a chimney- 
fweepej- Icnocking at her fether's door. She 
;miide, ft IjMHrtCntftble outcry, and betook her- 
fpSiifyTjzr^gpt^ the 4rft apartment thit 
(he found flpenj whkb apartment was the 
Jcitchen, 

Hardly had (he hid herfelf behind ata-» 

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ble, when the black-feced maa came in, 
as if, in her irnaginatioi*, he had meant to 
follow her. . 

This frightened her a feoond time ; and 
up (he ran into a pantry> higher than the 
kitchen floor by half a dozen fteps, and not 
a great way from the fire-place : where fhc 
thought flae fhould be iafe from danger, in 
a corner. 

She had hardly come, however, to her- 
felf, when fuddenly flie heard the frightful 
fellow fmging in the chimney ; and, with 
brufli and fcraper, making all the while 
a rattling noife againft the bricks about 
him. 

Being feizcd with terror, flie jumped up, 
and leaping through a window, which was 
rather low, into the garden, ran quite 
breathlefs towards an arbour n,t the bot- 
tom of it, where (he fell half dead, and 
almoft void, of motion, clefe befide a tree. 

Though (he had changed her fituktion by 
Jo great a diftance, yet haidly did Ihe 
venture to look about her ; when by chance 
file faw the black-faced man appear again, 
and wave his brufli about him, at the chim- 
jicy-top. 

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^ On tlii&iiAntoomalmoft fplit her throat 
V k|> crying o\\p. Help ! help ! < 

Her father heard the cry, and running 
tQ}varj:Jl5^he:,wrb0iir,.afked what ailed her, ' 
that ihe cried out &.! Aotonia had not 
ftrertgfih fufficient to articulate a fingle 
word, and therefore, keeping iilence, point- 
ed to the place where Grim was then fit- 
ting aftride, and flourifhing his bru{h. 

Her father fmiled ; and to convince her 
Wiiat fmall caufe ihc had for terror, waited 
till the chimney-fwceper was come down. 
He then bade him be called, and cleaned a 
little, in Antonia's prefence ; after which, 
without explaining matters any furtlirer, he 
fent up into the houfe to fetch his barber, 
who, it happened, was then waiting for 
him> and who confequently had his face all 
oyer white with powdter* 

She was heartily alhamcd of having feared 
fo much, without occafion ; and her father 
took thi& opportunity of giving heirto un- 
derftand, that there were whole ^nations, in 
a i<;^^taki quarter of the globe, all over 
black by n^ure^ but not therefore to be 
dreaded fey white children ; fince thcfe laft 
were, in another country, generally nurfcd 

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24 THE CHERRIES. 

by women purchafed of thofe nations, u itti-r 
out Ibfing any of their whitenefs. 

Ever afterwards, Antonia was the firft 
to laugh at filly ftories, told by filly peo- 
ple, of hobgoblins and the like, to fright 
her. 



THE CHERRIES. 

JOHANNA and Felix one day got per- 
miifion, from their dear mama, to take 
a turn or two about the garden, by them- 
felves : they had deferved this confidence 
placed in them, by their pafl: difcretion. 

They amufed themfelves, by playing for 
a time together, with that decent gaiety by 
which it is eafy to diftinguifti young chil- 
dren who have been well brought up. 

Againft the garden wall grew many fruit- 
trees, and among them a young cherry- 
tree, which had no earlier than the year 
before been grafted, and was now in fruit. 
Its fruit indeed was very little ; but on that 
account, perhaps, much the finer. 

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Mrs. Dutton, thek mother, did not want 
to gather them, though ript. She kept 
them for her hufband*s eating, who that very 
day was to return from York where bulincfs 
had a long time kept him. 

As the children were accuftomcd to obe- 
dience, and forbidden once for all to gather 
any kind erf fruity or pick up even fuch as ' 
they might find upon the ground, to eat it, 
without afking leav.e, fhe thought it ufelefs 
to fay any thing about this cherry-tree. 

When Johanna and Felix were fatigued 
with running up and down the terrace. 
Come, faid Felix, let us do fomething elfe 
now; upon which they joined their hands, 
and walked fedately towards the bottom of 
the garden, cafting every now and then a 
look of appetite upon the fruit with which 
the cfpaliers were loaded. 

They were foon come up to this late 
grafted tree. A little blaft of wind had 
fhaken the fineft cherries from it, and they 
lay upon the ground clofe by. Young Felix 
"was the firft to fee them. He advanced his 
foot, ftooped down, and picked them up, 
cat fome, and gave Johanna fomci who eat 
them likewife. 

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^6 -TH* CHtRjtIBS. 

They had not yet flui^ the ftones a^y^ 
-when as it chanced, Johanna rccolle<9:cd her 
mama's command to eat no frurt btit what 
ihe might think fit to give her. 

Ah 1 faid (he to Felix, we have difobeycd 

niama by eating any oi thefe cherries, and 

ihall make her angry with us, when fhc 

virgmes to know it* What had we bcft 

do? 

Felix. Why need mama know any thing 
about it ? We may hold our tongues. 

Johanna. No, no ; flie needs muft know 
it, brother. She frequently forgives us the 
greateft faults that we can commit, when 
we confefs them of ourfelves. 

F^lix. Yes, yes ; but in this inftance we 
have difobeyed her, and fhe never yet for- 
gave us difpbedience. 

Johanna. When (he punilhes our faults, 
I need not tell you, brother, it is becaufe 
ihe loves us ; and in confequence of being 
punifhed, we are not fo very likely to for-» 
get, as othcrwife we fhould, what we may 
do, and what we may not. 

Felix. True, but Ihe is always forry when 
flic punifhes our faults, and being forry, 

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,ihe is unhappy, fo I fliould not like to iec 
tnama unhappy, which would be the cafe 
did (he but know what we have done. 

Johanna. Neither (hould I wifti to fee 
my mama unhappy ; but would (he not be 
much more fo, upon difcovering that wc 
had wilhed to hide our faults ? Should 
we be bold enough to look her in the face 
while we were fecretly reproached by our 
own hearts ? or rather, fhould we not be 
quite alhamed to hear her call us her dear 
children, knowing as we muft, how little 
' we deferve it ? 

Felix. Ah, my dearefl: lifter! you have, 
quite convinced me ; and indeed we (hould, 
in that cafe, be two little monftcrs : there- 
fore let us go to her, and acknowledge what, 
we have done. 

They kilTed each other, and went hand 
in hand to their mama's apartment. 

Dear mama, began Johanna, we have 
difobeycd you, and not remembered wh^ 
you forbade us. Puni(h me and Pelixas 
we merit, but pray do not be angry with 
us ; we (hould both be quite uneafy were 
our fault to make you forry or unhappy. 

She related, in the next place, what her 
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2^ HOT COCKLES. 

brother and hcrfelf Imd dont^ without en- 
deavouring to excufe the adtion. 

Mrsl Dutton was fo afFedled with the 
opennefs of Felix and Johannl, [that a tear 
of tendernefs and love efcaped her. She 
' could not refolve on punilhing their fault, < 
" but generoufly overlooked it. She well 
knew that children of a happy difpofition 
are more powerfully wrought on by the 
recolledion of a mother's kindnefs, than 
by that of her feverity. 



> HOT COCKLES. 

The Elder and lounger. 

The Younger. T> Rother, all our friend* 
^^ have left us, and yet ffill 
I arn in a playing humour. What game 
ihall we chufe ? 

The Elder. There are only two of us, and 
I am afraid, we (hould not be much di- 
verted. 

The Younger s Let us play at fomething, 
however. 

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itOT COCKLES-- i^ 

^ke Elder. But at what ? 

ne Toung€r^ At blindmanV buff, for 
inftance. 

• The Mlden. That is a game that would 
never end. It would not be as if there 
were a dozen^ of which number fome are 
generally off tl\cir guard ; but where there . 
are only twoy I fliould not find it difficult 
to fhun you, or you me : and then^when we 
fcs^d caught each other/ we Ihould know for 
certain who it was^ 

The Tounger. That is true, indeed. Well 
theni. what think you of Hot Cockles ? 

The Elder. That would be the fame, you - 
know. We could not poflibly guefs wrong. 

The Tounger. Perhaps we might. How- 
ever, let us try. 

The Elder. With all my heart, if it will 
pleafe you; Look ye; if you like it, I 
will be the hot cockles firft. 

The Tounger. Do^ brother. Put yo4i^.^ 
right hand on the bottom of this chaisf : 
now (loop down and lay ypur face quite 
clofe upon it that you. may not fee. That 
16 well : and now, your left hand on your 
back. Well, matter ! but I hope your eyes 
are (hut ? 

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36 THE BREAKFAST. 

"The Elder. Yes, yes : dp not be afraict^ 

The Tounger. Well, mafter, what have 
you to fell ? 

The Elder. Hot cockles ! hot ! 

The Tounger, (flapping him.) Who ftrutik? 

The Eldir, (getting up.) Why who, yoa " 
little goofe ! but you ? 

The Tounger. Yes, yes ; but with which 
hand? 

The eldeft did not dream of fuch a qtief- 

tion : he was taken by furprifc, aiid faid 

the right, at hazard. — It was with the left 

however that he had been ftruck^ and thtia 

;the yoiangeft outwitted him. 



a^HE BREAKFAST. 

COME, faid Mr. Glaflington to Per- 
cival his Ton, one beauteous furtimer 
morning, here is a bafket with fome cake 
and currants in it. Let us go and brcak- 
faft by the river's fide. 

With all my heart, papa, faid P^rcivaU 
and jumped about for joy. He took the 

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Ba^ct ixt one hancU ^^ with diee other ii» 
kfe fethcr^s^ haftened towards the river^ 
Having reached it> they walked on a little 
way to chHfe a proper place; when Mr-. 
GJailingtoii- arriving at a very pleafant fpot^ 
cried out^ Let us^ ftop here, Percival 5 for 
this methinfcs will yield us a. delightfuk 
profpe(9:j while we fit 3nd cat. 

Pervival^ But how are we to eat without 
a table ? 

Mr. Giqffittgton. Fortunately, here is the 
trunk of an old tree, which would ferve by 
way of table very well, if we had need of 
OIK ; but you may eat your currants as they 
Ke together in the bafltet. 

Percival. So I can ! but hovr fhall we fup-^ 
ply the want of chairs ? 

Mr. Glqffington. And do you reckon this; 
ibft grafs then nothing ^ See how thick it 
is fet with flowers. We will take our feat 
upon it : or perhaps you would rather chufe 
the carpet ? 

Percival. Chufe the carpet! Why you 
know, papa, the carpet is feft nailed down» 
upon the parlour floor. 

Mr. Glqffington. It is true, there is a 
earpet there ; but there is one here alfo, 

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Percival. I do not fee it/ if there isv 

Mr. Glqffington. Why, what is the gra& 
then, but a carpet for the fields ? And what 
a charming one too ! It is of a frciher ca-- 
lour, and much more downy than any one 
that we have. Then how fpacious 1 it co- 
vers every hill, and all the level plain. The 
lambs repofe upon it at their eafc. Thinks 
Percival, v/hat they would have to fuffer, 
oi a bare or ftony piece of ground 1 Their 
limbs are fo extremely delicate, they could 
not but be very quickly injured. They 
have mothers, but * thofe mothers cannot 
make them up foft feather-beds., God 
therefore has provided for them better than 
the p6or fnecrp can, and made them this 
foft couch, where they may roU about, or 
ileep entirely at their eafe. 

Percival. And then, papa> there is one 
good thing befides, that they may eat it 
when they like. 

Mr. Glaffington. Oho ! I underftand your 
meaning : fo here take your cake and cur- 
i*ants. 

Percivaly {biting off a lit.) Oh! how 
good ! There is nothing wanting but a 
ftory while I am eating. Will you tell 

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me oaej papa ; the - pxettieft that you 
know ? 

Mr. GJaJJingtoit. With all my heart. Your 
carke reminds me of a flory that I can tell * 
about three cakes. 

Percival. One, two, three cakes ! Oh^ -> 
what a charming ftory that muft be ! So 
quick, «:p^pa, and tell it me;- 

Mr. GhJfington.Comt then firft, and fit 
hefide me. - Be wholly at your eafe, and^ 
then you will hear the better. 

Percival. I am quite ready.; fo begin, * 
p^pa. ' 

T"^!! S THREE CAKXS.'- 

Mr. Gkffington. There was a little boy 
nkmed Henry, about your age. His pa- 
rents had but lately fixed him at a board- 
ing-fchool. He was a fpecial boy, for ever 
at his book, and l^appened once to get the 
higheft place at exercifes. His mama was, • 
tcld it. She could by no means avoid 
dreaming of the pleafure ; and when morn- 
ing came, flie got up early, fent to fpeak ' 
with the cooki and faid as follows : Cook, 
you are to make a cake for Henry, who yef- 
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3*4 ' THE THREie CAKES. 

terday i^s very good at fchool. With all 
my heart, replied the cook, and fet im- 
mediately about it. It was as big as— let 
me fee,^-as big as— as a hat when flapped. 
The cook had Huffed it with nice almonds, 
large Piftachio nuts, and candied lemon- 
peel, and iced it over with a coat of fugar, 
fo that it was very fmooth, and of a per- 
fed: white. The cake no fooner was come 
home from baking, than the cook put on 
her things, and carried it to fchool. When 
Henry firft faw it, he jumped up and down 
like any Merry Andrew. He was not fo 
patient as to wait 'till they could let him 
have a knife, buf^ell upon it tooth and 
nail. — He eat and eat 'till fchool began, and 
after fchool was over he eat again : at night 
too it was the fame thing 'till bed-time. 
Nay, a little •fellow that Henry had for a 
play-mate, told me that he put the cake 
uix)n his bolder when he went to bed, and 
waked and waked a dozen times, that he 
might take a bit. I cannot fo eafily be- 
lieve this laft particular ; but then it is 
very true, at leaft, that on the morrow, 
when the day was hardly broke, he fet 
about his favourite bufinefs once again, 

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continuing at it all die mornings and by 
noon bad eaten it i^. The dinner-bell 
now rung, but Henry, as one may fancy, 
had noilomiach, and was vexed to fee hoW 
heartily the other children eat. It was, 
however, worfe than this at five o'clock^ 
when fchool was over. His companions 
aiked him iiF he would not play at cricket,, 
taw, or kitesv Alas ! he could not ; fa 
they played without him. In the mean 
time Henry could hardly ftand^ upon his 
legs; he went and fat down in a corner 
very gloomy, while the children faid one 
to another. What is the matter with poor 
Henry, who ufed to Ikip about, and be fo 
merry ? See how pale and forrowful he is i* 
The mafter came himfelf, smd feeing him,, 
was quite alarmed. It was all loft labour 
to interrogate him. Henry could not be 
brought to fpeak a fingle word. By great 
goDd luck, a boy at length came forward 
in the fccret; and his information was, that 
Henry's mama had fent him a great cake 
the day before, which he h^d fwallowed in 
an inftant as it were, and that his prefent 
ficknefa was occafioned only by his glut* 
tony. On this, the mafter fent for an apo- 
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thecary, who icon brd^red him a quantity^ 
of .phyfiCi phial after phial. 'Henry, as 
one wotild^famcy/ found it very nwfecfus, 
but w^'s forcefd to take the whole for fear 
of dying -, which, had he brtiitted it, woulcf 
certainly have been the cafe. When fome 
few days of phyfic and ftrid: regimen had 
paffed, his health^wa« re-eftabliflied as be- 
fore ; but his mama protefted that fhew^ould 
never let hini hay<? another cake. 

PercivaL He did not merit fo much as 
the fmeii of fuch a thing. But this is but 
one cake, papa : and you informed me that 
there were three, if you remember, in your 
ftory. - 

Mf. Glaffington. Patience ! patience ! here 
is another cake in what 1 am now going 
to tell. 

Henry's mailer had another fcholar, 
whofe name was Francis. He had written 
his mama a very pretty letter, and it had 
not fo much as a blotted ftroke ; in recom- 
pence for which Ihe fent him likewife a great 
cake, and Francis thus faid to himfelf: I 
will not, like that glutton Henry, eat up 
my cake at once, and fo be fick as he was : 
no^ I will makemy pleafure laft a great 

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THE THREE CARESS 37 

deal longer. So he took the cake, whick 
he could hardly lift by- reafon of its. weight; 
atid watched tiie opportunity of flipping up 
into his chamber with it, where his bo3^ 
wasi and in which he put it under dock and» 
key. At play-time every day he flipped> 
away from his companions,, went up flairs^ 
a tip-toe, cut a tolerable flice ofFi fwallowed 
k, put by the reft, and then came downr 
and mixed again with his companions. Ho 
continued thisclandeftine bufinefs all the 
-week ; and even then the cake was hardly 
half confumed. But what enfued ? At 
laft the cake grew dry, and quickly after- 
mouldy ; nay, the very maggots got into it, 
.and by that means had their Ihare; on 
which account it was not then worth eat- 
ing, and bur young curmudgeon was com- 
pelled to fling the reft away with great re- 
ludancc. However, no one grieved for 
him, 

Percival. No indeed ; nor I, papa. What, 
keep a cake locked up fevei^days together, 
and riot give one's friend a bit! That is 
jnonftrous ! But let us have the other now. 
Mr. Glq§ingtoju There was another little 
gentleman who went to fchool with Henry 
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and Francis Ufcewiie, and bis name wai^ 
Grarian. Hh mama {^nji him a cakt one 
day, .becaufe (he loved him, suid Indeed he: 
Foved heraifa very nuich. It was no fooner 
eomCi^-thanQ^atian tj^us addrefled his young 
companions : Come and look at what mams^ 
has ft^it me ; you muft every one eat with 
me* They fcarce needed fuch a welcome 
piece of infwmation twice, but aU got^ 
found the cake, as you have doubtlefs feen 
the bees reforting to a flower juft blown. 
A&Gratian was provided with a knife, he cut 
a great piece off, and then divided it into as 
many fliares as he had brought boys toge- 
ther by fuch a courteous invitation. Upon 
this he ranged them in a circle, and begin- 
ning with the boy who then ftood next him, 
he went round, diftributing to each his 
portion, 'till the Ihares were all difpofed' 
of in this manner. Gratian then took up- 
the reft,, and told them that he would eat his 
piece next day ; on which he put it up, and 
went to play with his companions who were 
all folicitous to have him chufe whatever 
game he thought might entertain hira^ 
moft. 
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m they w»e playing, when a pow old man, 
who had a fiddle, came into the yard. He- 
had a very long white beard, aifid being 
blind, was guided by a little dog who went 
before him with a collar round his neck. 
To this a cord was faftened, which the poor 
blind man held in his hand. It was no- 
ticed with how much dexterity the little 
dog conducted him, and how he fhook a 
bell which, I forgot to lay, hung under- 
neath his collar, when he came near any 
one, as if he had defigned to fay by fuch 
an adion. Do not throw down or run againft 
my mafter. Being come into the yard, he 
fat him down upon a ftone, and hearing 
fcveral children talking round him. My 
dear little gentlemen, faid he, I will play 
you all the pretty tunes that I know, if you 
will give me leave. The children wifhed 
for nothing half fo much. He put his vio- 
lin in tune, and then thrummed over fevc- 
ral jigs, and other fcraps of mufic, which 
it was eafy to conjcdure had been new in 
former timea. Little Gratian faw that 
while he played his merriell airs, a tear 
would now and then roll down his cheeks, 
on which he ftooped to alk him why he 

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wept?' Bcca«fe, feld thiei mulicS^i, 1- shi- 
very hungry. I have no one in diejiwnoirki / 
that will give' my. dog or hie a; bit of :a:ny 
thing, to eat,: I wifli I could buti woiib^..j 
and g^t for both of us a.nKMrfel of'foxfic-^ 
thing ; but I have loft my ftrength and ' 
fight.> Alas! I laboured hard till I was ^ 
old, and now I want bread. ^ The geneious - 
Gratian. hairing this^ wept too. .. He idid \ 
not fay a word : but ran to fcfech the cake- 
\Vhich he- had defigned to eat himfelfw He . 
brought it out with jby^ and as^ he ran along, ,. 
began, ,He^e, good old man, here is fome^* 
cake for you. Where ? replied the poor . 
mufician, feeling with his hands ; where is -^ 
it ? for I am blind, and cannot fee- you. - 
Gratian put the cake into his hand, when « 
laying down his fiddle on the ground, he * 
wiped his eyes, and thentcgan to eat. At ^« 
every piece he put into his mouth, he g^ve^ 
his faithful little dog a bit, who came and^ 
ate out of his hand ; and Gratian, Handing, 
by him, fmiled withpleafure at the thought- 
of having fed the poor old man when he 
was hungry. 

Percival. Oh the good, good Gratiah !— . 
Let me have your knife, papa. 

Mr. 

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Mr^GJqffingtmi Htre> Percival ; but why 
ipy -knife r^ r • •:> i ' .. , 

'P^rtwak' 1 \»ill tell- ybu. . I ^havc only 
nibWed here a littJe of mycikc, ib pleafed 
I was-m liftening to you ! So I will cut it 
fmooth. There— Sec how well 1 have or- 
dered it [— Thefe fcrsip^i together %ith the 
cQyranta^ will be more than I (hall want 
tefbrc&kfaft: and the fii^ft pbor man that 
I-hieet going home^ fliall have the rcft> 
ctfcn though he Ihould not play upon the 
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THE LITTLE GAMBLERS. 
A DraI^a, in O^E AcT^ ^ 

CHARACTERS^ 

Mr. Fletcher.. 

Honor! A, - bis Daughter. 

AucusTiNE, - bis Son. 

Jonathan, - Auguftine^s Neighbour^ 

Albert, - his Friend. 

Rich, 1 

Vybe,, ^ , - - Gamiler$k. 

Crib, J 



2^^ Scene /jr /V /)&^ garden of Mr. Fletcbert 
during the firji off, in ane part^ after which- 
it changes to another part. 

S C E N E L 

Jonathan^ Alberts 

JRhert. X^n^HAT have you to do at: 
^ ^ Auguftine*s> then ? 
Jonathan. I want to have a little conver- 
MSition with him, Albert ; and you know 
him likewife. 

Albert. Yes, by fight. You have not al- 
ways been fo intimate, I fancy, as you are 

a;t prefent. 

Jonathan^ 

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Jonathan. Not before my father took a 
lodging here> adjoining his apartments* 
Wc fee one another often now ; and la(t 
aight were- together for an hour or two, at 
cards. 

Alberts I think, of late, you talk of no- 
thing clfe but cards ; and I have feen you^ 
frequently along with Rich and Vyfe, of 
wkoiti i cannot fay ahy good. 

Jonathan. You km)w them but too well ? 
and would to heaven that I had never fecit 
them ! 

Mieri. Is it fo? But you may break oflT 
their acquaintance when you pleafe. 

Jonathan. That is not, at prrelent, in my 
power* Would you betray me, if I told 
you fomething I 

Albert. We have long been friends r and 
would you fear to truft me, Jonathan? 

Jonathan. O rtiy dear good Albert ! they 
have made me miferable, and engaged me 
to do things for which my father would re^ 
nounce me if he knew them. I have not a. 
rrfoment'^s peace., 

-Albert. Alas \ what are they ? 

Jonathan. Yefterday they got me to go 
with them to a place-where one Crib waited 

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for them. We &t down to phyi and I loff 
all I had. : . 

Alieirt. They .che^^cd, ypu^ iw doubt*^ 
But ftill thcr^. is no great mifchicf done ; 
for i^ever play agam^ and then your lofs. 
will be a gain. 

Jonathan. But this is not the whole;. As 
I had no more money, and ftill wanted ta^ 
win back my lofs, I ftill played oif, and • 
in the end they got pofleffion of my watch, 
my coat and waiftcoat buttons, buckles^ 
and, in fliort, of every thing that I . had^ 
worth felling, I owe Crib a guinea like— 
wife, and he will tell my father, if I can^*^ 
ngt find means to pay him to-day* 

Albert. There is. but one thing that you. 
can do. Confefs the whole diredly to your 
father. I am furc^ he wiil pardon you om 
your repentance. 

Jonathan. Never ! never ! 

Albert.. What will you do,, then?: 

Jonathan.. I dare not tell you.. 

Albert. Lot me. know it,. 

Jonathan.! communicated'my diftreft too 
Rich and Vyfe, and theyadvifed a fchemc* 
tq extricate me./ 

• Albert.., A,&nt fcherae,^^o doubt W 

Jonathan ^. 

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'J'^nathan. It i^ not certainly the feireft, 
as you will fay; but what am I at liberty 
to do ? I have already introduced them to 
young Auguftine. He has money. 

Albert. Well ; you do not intend to rob 
him^ furely ? 

Jonathan. Heaven forbid ! They only 
mean to ferve him juft as Crib ferved me ; 
and then we are to Iharc the winnings, fo 
that I may pay my debt. 

Albert. And fo, becaufe yoii have been 
pillaged yourfelf, you would afiift them to 
defraud your friend too ? But how know 
you that Auguftine will not win?^ 

Jonathan. Oh 1 no : he plays iquire fair. 
- Albert. And you like a fharper ? 

Jonathan. Like a (harper? 

Albeft. No ; I am fenfible that you play 
as fair as, Auguftine, and therefore you loft. 
Now, as I hope yoii always mean to play 
fo, how can you be fure of winning ? 

Jonathan. I do not know how it is ; but 
they inform me that they have certain ways 
by whieh they are fure of winning. 

Albert. Ways ! They are knavilh tricks, 

and would you ufe them ? I am not rich, 

. arid yet! I would not mend my fortune by 

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46 THE ,LlTTfeE OAMBWRaw 

your certain ways* I am «v^n forry that 
you have told me your intention. 

Janatbcm. My dear Albert, have com* 
paflion on me, and I promife-— - 

Albert. Promife \ What can bring tne to 
aflift in your deception ? 

Jonathan. No ; I mean to fay, that if I 
:am but fo lucky as to pay this odious Crib^ 
I will break off all connexion with him 
and his friends; and never touch a card 
again. If I fhould break this promife, yoa 
ihall be at liberty to tell my father every- 
thing. {Albert Jhakes his head.) Yes, CYcry 
thing. And then, it will not reft with mc 
to cheat : I cannot if I would, and Crib 
has taken that upon himfelf. I (hall but 
play my cards : they have promifed that I 
(hall be no lofer, but divide the pi-ofit with 
them. 

Albert. Well; I will make a party with 
you. 

Jonathan. I defife no better, and will in^ 
ftantly invite young Auguftine for the af- 
ternoon. His father is at prefent in the 
country, and will not come back perhaps 
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Altera. Quite convenient ! But take no- 
tice,, if you fliould cheat hi m * 

Jonathan. Do not talk fo, I wifh I had 
not told you the affair^ 

Albert* And fo do I. Should I not thca 
be anfwerable for it ? 

Jmatban. Anfwerable? 

Albert* To my confcience, furdy. Can 
I fee a worthy youth on the point of bein^ 
cheated ? 

Jonathan. But you will not cheat him^ 

Albert. Jonathan, if you faw a thief pick 
*ven a ftranger's pocket, ought you to 
keep filence ? 

Jonathan. Auguftine will but lofe tw6, 
- three, or poflibly four guineas, and be cured 
of playing. 

Albert* Juft as you are cured. But here 
?comes Auguftine, I fee. 

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Jonathan^ Albert^ Auguftine. 

Auguftine. Good morrow to you both. 
Albert. Good morrow, Auguftine. 
Jonathan. What, you have not been down 
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yctr into lite garden, when it is fuch fine 
weather? ^ 

.Alberts 'Mr- Auguftine does not like to 
Ton about as you do, and can entertain 
liimfelf in his apartment. 

Auguftine. Yes; but I have been already- 
walking in the garden, and even break- 
fafted with Honoria and my father in the 
grove. 

Jonathan, (fiirprifed.) Is he returned fo 
foon ? I fancy, you are not well pleafed 
at that. 

Auguftine. Not well pleafed ! when he hag 
been three weeks away ? 

Jonathan. I love my parents well enough ; 
and yet, if tjiey fhould take it in their heads 
to travel, it would not vex me. 

Auguftine. And, for itiy part, I could wifti 
my father never out of light, he is fo ex- 
tremely kind ! 

Jonathan. And mine fo harlh, I mud 
not think of pleafure when he is near me. 

Albert. Who can tell what pleafures you 
exped: ? 

Auguftine. I thought you were in want of 
nothing on that head. Since we have lodged 
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you at the door ; and iiilM I hwe met you 
iirtlie garden, never coHld I ice you under 
smy tfaii^ apf«trii^ lUie itftraiiit. 

Jmt^cm. No> no; I Mve always met 
you on days when my fiither dined abroad, 
aiNl that is the only time that I have to uFe 
a< I think proper ; therefore I take care to 
turn it to account. But now your father is 
come home, I take it, we (hall not fee you 
quite fo often in an evening-? 

Auguftine. Why not, Jonathan? He re* 
fufes me no pleafure that I can aflc. How- 
ever, I muft fay, I find no company like 
his ; and he, too, has frequently laid th^t 
he thinks my company and Honoria's quite 
delightful. 

Jonathan. What a charming father ! So 
then he permits you to go out both when 
and where you like ? 

, Aupifiine. He does, becaufe I always tell 
him where I am going, 

Albert. And becaufe he knows that you 
ly^ver go but where you tell him ? 

yonathan. What then do you do for enter- 
tainment, when you are both. together ? 

Augyftine. In the fummer evenings, fre- 
quently we take a walk. 

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J0 TXW^ MTME <MSiU.1^HL^ 

Jmatban; Inl/riiiter? -^ 

Jhguftine: We iit dewH Is^dfor© the fe 
-and talk of fifty curious miatt*ers ; or liludf 
gebgraphy^ and take a leffon in the niathe-- 
matfcs* ISometimes too, with Hottoria 
and a frioKl or two^ Avfe aft a little drama 
of fome kind or other. You cannot think 
h^w that ^uBufes us 1 

'^y^nafbM* But furc fuch dH&rent ftudies 
•are enough to Crack your brain 1 

Ai^uftine. Onthecontrary^they comeof 
courfe, as if they were an anoufemeiit. 

y^u^ban^ A game at cards I (hoiild 
iifppofe much?niO]!e amufing. Do you ever 
play? 

Auguftine. Yes, indeed r; and my father 
fi^eqttently makes oiw- 

Jonathan. And de you play for money ? 

Aftguftine. Docrbdefs ;' but a trifle, jull 
enou^ifto intoreft one in the gamei imd 
particutaiiy, as by that^ my father iays, one 
jeams to id(e wit^ Hempen 

Albert. That is quite right ; one ought 
ito hufband^ as they fay^ one's purfe, 

Auffiftim. Oh 1 do not imagine that I 
feant money. I have more than I can ufe* 

Jonathan^ How much ? 

Auguftine. 

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Jtuguftine^ A crown.aireek* < 

j^nailwK A^ood^ilowtitKyQ^tnxlylt And 
:jaU>thai; to^urqlm£b triAes ? . 

At^Hftijuie. Yea. fuch trifles a^ my father 
'Would npt like to have me i^-oiible hiqi 
about ; and that^ I mud acknowledge^^ makes 
me much tnore carefuU 

Albert. 1 believe fo. One, can hardly 
chufe but know the wwth of things^ whea 
one muft pay for them or^*^ felf. 

Augufiine. True, Albert. And befides, 
one naturally faves in that cafe, as I niy- 
felf have found it ; fo that vi^hat with pre- 
ient^ and foilie other matters, I have now 
five guineas in my pocket, without reck^ 
oning lilver. 

Jonathan^ Such a dcall And how can 
you eo^loy it I 

Augi0iu. Have I nothing then to buy I 
However,. I can difpofe of it otherwife^ 
I |>ay to have our footman's daughter pu^ 
to fchbol ; and every Monday morning fend 
a trifle to a writing-mafter that I had once^ 
«nd who is now grown blind : thefc, both 
together, make up fomething; and I keep 
the reft for ordinary ufes^ and among them^ 
for play^ 

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CA T«B LITTLE GAMB^BRS, 

Jonathan. At which you are tolerably 
hicky. Yo^^rem^injjcri ypu> won half a 
crown of me the other night, at One^and^ 
thirty. 

^ Augufii»e^\,,^m& ioxxf^ m I always^ am/ 
|a wiq of friends. , . ; 

Jonathan. Then you (hall have an oppor-^ 
Umity at night of lofing, if you think fit. 
Are you engaged ? 

Augufiim. No i I ihaU fl^ay at home-v My 
father is to draw out a petition i<^ a win- 
dow woman, who would get into an alm3- 
houfe, 

Jonathan. That is well : and mine gQfs 
qufatji^ve.. Come then to me, and 1 will, 
endeavour to amufe you. We fliall have 
Rich, Vyfe, and Crib. 

Augufiine. I will run and afk my father's 
leave. Shall you be here when I return. 
, Jonathan. No, I mult go and give them 
)p«)tice of. the party ; but your Anf^er|Mr. 
Alb^t will hrin^ to me. ^ ^ 

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THE LITTLE GAMBLERS* 53 

^ S C E N E m. ' 

Albert, Auguftine. 

Aupijfine. Will you go in with trie, Mr- 
Albert ? I ajn fure, my fath'e^ will be very, 
gl^clito fee you : he has often told me what 
agrtat efteem he has conceived this long 
while for you. ^ • ' *'* 

^'AtbiYf. I am very happy in hi* partiality. 
Thd efteem of fuch a gditlemah is hfghlf 
h^ourable; but at prefent I arti>atheip ih- 
-difpofed, and fhall remain^ with youfr^r- 
ihSlion/ in the garden. 

'Auguftine. Do; a turn or' two wilfiyttlc 
you, alid Ilhall not be abfent long. 

S C E N E IV. 

. rtj )/ Albert, Xti^ufing.) .. 

'^^I'iH not know what to do in this arfai;r ! 
Poor Jonathan is affliAed ! 1 Ihbiild like to 
extricate him ; but then to let the worthy 
Auguftine be cheated ! No, the accomplice 
is not better than the robber; and to fa- 
vour roguery^ is juft as bad as doing it. i 
will go therefore and tell the whole. But, 
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54 ^Hl IITTLE GAMttttCi. 

foftly ! here comes Honoria. Let rtie fiifS. 
of all do every thing in my power to aflift 
her in prefer Virig Auguftine from the dank 
ger, and yet hot betray my frieiid* ^ ' 

S C E N E V. 
Albert^ HoHoria. 

Honoria. What, you here, Mr. Albert,, 
and alone? I thought I faw my brother 
talking with you, 

Albert. He has juft now left me^ 

Honoria. I (hoiildlvilh him never to Itavfe 
you, if his company were: but agreeable fb 
you : I Ihould not be uneafy then. 

Albert. You do me hdnour, mifs ; but 
furely Mr, Auguftine is too fcnfible to give 
you any pain. 

Honoria. I have no pain while he keeps ^ 
company with fuch as you r but (hall I 
com^'dircftly to the point ? I do notthinfc 
any gdbd of thofe companions of Jonav 
thaii's ; and he wants by all means to miSC: 
vith them. < 

Albert: I have not yet perceived that 
their Company has hurt! hirti. ' ' ^' ' 

HouoriaJ True ; but my poor brother, I 

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intifl: fay, is innocent, And fome^vhatcredu- 
Ibus : he judges every. m6 to be like him- 
Jfelf; What- wouldr become' of him, if thofe ' 
whom he thinfcs his friend«^-were what they 
Ihould not be ? I have itmarkedi that you' 
do not much^jnuch approve of Jonathan's - 
intimates. 

Albert. To fay the truth, my dear youngi' 
lady, I (houl4 rather wi(h that Jonathan- 
would be fati^fied with Auguftine's friend-' 
Ihip. There is one advantage^ notwith-^ 
landing, that his fiither watches overliim,^ 
ai yours does over^ Auguftine, «Hd inftru(fts 
Sim what to do. 

Honorid. The mifchief often js rtJmafked^ 
«)o late ; it is eafier to prevent than cure it. 

Atbert. I am fiirei you love your bro- 
' Aer tenderly, and therefore hear me; but 
BtU nobody that I mentioned what I anv 
gpii^now to fay. Young Jonaschah has pre- 
vailed upon him>^ juft htefiire you, ciitcred, 
so make one with hiifn^md his three inti- 
ifia|tes» They meaai to |)Iay, no ^^rnbi: ; 
but do your utmoft to divert yfHu; brptjicr 
ifiromr pai^aking with them* r - . I deigned to 
wait here for biSr^aafw^r^ Jbut do^o? think 
it propeir Uut I Jhould ^xrt it?.,^ I make 
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r|6 2fM^KW2ri^it»!yiBi«Rs. 

¥rdj d^t^^j^dgt ili«ft of «rtfe th^ I rfe- 
tire; and think of the advice whfch^'i^y 
' aiity^ <M a:ifli©ndlcol Aogiil^inc/ bade me 
give you. - ' • ; 

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' Honorid, [alone, y 

<;! lAa adfrkttd t This Woks a^ litiJe fefioui ! 

:^Afti,I aaiy ipoor 4ear brothcri' jlbould^ it 
4diaQce 'that you^ wha iare at piiefent all 
the joy and confolation of my fethcr^i^wcsre 

^.to ^hdui^jiaf^bc the caufe; of.hia^l^ic- 
tion for the time to come ! y .\ jv . 

;.: \ ,>,..; ;.SvC EN E..yiL .',. 
Augujitne, Honorta. ^ 

Q '^yia^ufibq. My father*© frimds dfe willing, 
I can fee, to uke the earlieft c^][)6rc©iitty 

- of^'piyi^g^'^i^ their C(6fiiplin[%;ni;s/, dn his 
zmy^ij^ jiift 4s:if he 1^ been^ 4bfen« fof a 
twelvemoKtlHo.Jl: could: Y^tdX^- t\iruO^ a 

! » ► ^ffb^^^ j¥»u* kadrifemethikgifli^ df iion- 
fequence to tell him. — ^^'i -^^ i j^i 

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yidif^ine. Qfir thBvgrwt€3(ft ciwifejpwcc 

Augufiine. Yes. 

Honoria. I thought fo. You might eafity 
haveguefled> however^ that fuch a friend 
as Jonathan does; not pleafe me. : 

Augufiine. Truly, Jonathan is greatly to 
be pltied> being £» unfortunue ias n6t to 
have a place In your gpod graomi.And 
Jdrhst ;fliould he be> to nierit .fiach. an iii)-- 
nour? : » . . "* ' 

J i^2£^0m^« Her.flioold b6-*^juft ^ichia.one 
-as )^a are. , • - ■:>• : • 

Auguftine, Do you mean to joke ? ^ 

Honoria.^ No : I am very ferious, I af- 

fiire you ; and <€mfider you as a ' very 

amiable joung man ivithout a £iult> unlefs 

-indcttd>it b^ die/w^vit of Axt pdhtenefs to» 

Auff^w. And why ib? because ttiatfir- 
V xet » iiMttfc iO'iticv aad ifirctends tj^ greater 
L ^tittdearftandingrltfaatriker ibrotiifir^^ . , t 

Honoria. Tnily> I had quite l^^i^cK^to 
;riinelW9tn ^oMdoft];^^.!^ 

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Augufiine* Jfitit'^hat} meam this prating ? 
And pray tell me, why thefe intimations 
with cegard.ita Jon^thin^ Do ycmJcnow 
■him? ^ . /.;i ^. :. ;•/■'. .. ^ . -:<. 

Honoriai^.l vfoxxlA know him by h& ac- 
tions^-.'-.L ^ ,-: 

Augufiin€. Are you always with him, to 
remark them? 

Hsnoria.J cxn gucfs^ them from the com* 
pjmy tha^ he keeps. ^ 

Augujline^ 1 underftand you perfcdHy : 
his company difpleafes ybu, bccaiofe I am 
one of his acquaintance. 

JHhnorm. Surely, brothcr,^^ he muft.have 
JtcquaiTitances of Idngct Handing ttem four<- 
felf; and I fpeak of them as I would of 
good for nothing fellow^. / t v 

Augufiine* G^od for nodwa^^&ltovs ? a 

Honoria. Yes, that play, and praAifb 
every difhonourable trick to win tihcir ad- 
verfary*i5 moneys- and thcii fpead it more- 
difhohourably ffill. 

Augufttne. Oh ! what two great crimes ! 
they play when they are together ; and they 
fpend their winnings as they pleafe. We 
do the fame, I fancy. And befides, you 

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fayv iriicjp play ito witt j^bot'ihq^ fi^v»aftcn 

)iMomrin. Yes, yes ^ they have loft their 
copper, and have won your filvfr. r ' 

Jugi^m. Welt, and if they havfe, the 
Ibfs was mine, not ypurs. • Biit this^isjull 
Bkc what my lifter is. She woukl-be iony. 
if (he could not vex me in my pleafures, 
]K>twkhftandin^Iida every tinng^toiietghten 
hcr's.'^ - " 

. HmOrfa^^^tuking bm hy the ka»d.) No, bit>- 
ftei^; eatery plcafure that yOtt can have, is 
atfo mine ; biit fortheworki'i I would not 
have 7aiir pieafores hurt you, and .derive 
me of the fatkfa<2i<m which I receive from - 
ki'tingvyou.- ... j 

Aulguftine. \ koo^ iitdecdthat y^d love • 
Hie ; butuim hurt ta'^dt yoi^ fmcy me in- 
^cap^ble* to guide myfelf. ■ . - 

- /.Jhtwria^ And :yet you :\!Soiridr lioc be the - 
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juft now been eiyioying .a <fcHglit&t fictiff- 

Honor ioi ^JThat of being vifited oti /yaqr 
J rctiH^l^jr.ybui:ac<y*4iriWqcei.I fujJpi^fiKyou 

ri(h yi0U|..?«b«n^vre wha am »dbr(doed iiy 
your autho«iC}r^ rejoice as. much^ as^rltfiey 

. , ^ udUgi^iife^ Ycfr> - Wuiy i felt Miitboi^vyouj 
. we can fmd no pleafuoe^. / t r mtv^o 

Mr.. FUicber. And yet you mtfft feite.to* 
• 4a Wftfeout, nie^i: fincjc^ acdor^lh^ to thfc^- 
- dinary courfe o£ nature^ I fhalL cetbuidy: 

.go firft*.. .' ..-^r; ^) ;ir] -, -^- v.-A-y^/Av . 
:^;^jt/j^;^f)M^ 0ff^^)WO9id:^^ a 

tin^nW^ei;^ we t^fi^ DpCtu^gibuMx- 
joicing? ;v: j^.i 

: Awtftfi¥^^ Y^*^ ^'^ y^'* will\ IbwJi. and 
long we hope, for our s^^ttitage. xBub^t 
}Wi»jfe^9bS^P'Bi^^^ a.,glQw«y fthjea. 
-4 'have a little favour to ttiSjjm%)\ jjhj: 
: Mic^Flefcber.Wtil^Ci^f^l^u^Jinr it. 
V\ Angujiinem 

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Attgufiine. Maftcr Jonathan — you arc ac- 
quainted wiihMs fithcr— ^W^l^ he has in- 
vited .flae tpy fpe^ thjo eyq^ing .with^him. 
Mr. Fletcher. You* have a new acquaint- 
. amdeihcw;!- 'I' am*:;^lad th^^-yOw^icV up 
iicfi good company fo n^Jir ywit ' '^' ' ^ ' 
Honoria. You hear that ? gocid^ com- 

: ^o{^|^gl^*»^II^dli«k him fo^r T'ftafVe kl- 

-Mted^fot eferwfptvichtiim feveral tihies; iftd 

lie }ias' iiMtMdtititd me alfo to fome fi-iends 

Honoria. Good company, toOj I fiipp*^?' 

jhiAu^^tim. l&Sjforfarelrtiuftknotvkhcnv 

better than you. n' ^ - -^ -^ ■ '^^c " 

oi nftliri mtcHN^ 'WheiV I tifed the WonJs^ 

-j»^ r««/>at5«jtrl; meant difci^eet • and well 

Auguftine* Yes, fir, cxtremery fe^ - ^I! 
'^ ^^Ifytiii^i^AmA: HdW^irc'^&a- to^ know that 
they^'rfrc foth^ ai y<ft£ hive Ohly (feen'-tlfera 
' once or twice ^ 
br.j^ A$igdftMri Bteft hal* I ndt bechttoiitt lo- 

5i:>;m ^^ptmh^r^ n^'^iS^Y^ ^i^aiiit- 

•- ancc be^iw^^^- r '^^^ -jovni t-/ >. .: 'j '»- '• ■ 

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Bl TUB UfSTLE.'CTMtBfiljRS.- 

AugMjline. And ifhy not^fof Mjr fether 
lets me play, \ r ,- r ; a i j«^ 

Mr. Heteber. It is: tree^ ibr rtcmtion;^- 
and for fuch a fum as being gamed wiMtiidt 
induce the immoderate lovcof monc)v<>r4f • 
16ft, not put one out of temper ; and this ' 
Itkewife at a time^ when ndthtng <:J«i be^ 
done more profitable- : ' 

HBii^ria. But I thcftlghtj fir, icmie^m^ 
might ht always done more profitahkr h': .. 

Aupifiiru. Yes, (I fpeak of niyfelfi for 
inftancc,) if I could but nail my thoughts ^ 
^imtiniially td fome book or other** 

Mr. Flitcher. Honoria's remaork Mvxjx, - 
attiifs. One may employ a IdbRiwvevcnii^^, 
better than at play, no doubt, if pfcpple 
^ould be always rational,, or even irmo- 
cently mirthfpl ; but as fcandal fomedittes - 
will go round, or folly J.ioT^ch<:afe^ yoM - 
know, I bid you plgy, and often .«2^ke a^ 
pdrt'tnyfelf, * >;->:: . : 

Honoria. And thefe I doub^ not> :bco- 
^her, aire, the reafdns why you ptoy ? , ;; . 

Augufiine. I do not fee any ra^t tiw*.^)?*^ 
have to caiechizie me^ .-; : . : 

Mr. Fletcher. But why take oflfeixcecat 
what Ihe fays through friend(hip ?. . . 

Auguftine. 

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Jtug^/ltHt./RlJi^eT, fir, ftom^a (kfire to 
hurt me in* your thoughts. 
o Mit^ J^tcher^^ rfiamyou conceive fuch no- - 
ttonb-j0f .fjW^fifte«^f - . 

HMmin, . (m^ik<ra fmtof - ttnier^fsi, ) ^ JBro- - 
xherl 

AugufHMi {with tbefamttbne.). Hbnoria^. 
pardon me : I am in the wrong to tax you 
thus^ 3 but grnnt^ ho weVei^ your infinuations - 
. unavoidably mufbliun me. 

Mr^ Fletcher. Her fufpicions ftMijr have 
fome foundation that does not refledt upon 
you : we need not fear^ I think>.our diffio^ 
fitions^itowards cacht)thcr> fo tmited.as we 
nxtu {Hm^ria^^nd Augufiine take iheir father 
iySbiband.) t ;j^jt- 

Jbmrhu Ofirj how good you ;are^ 
i^^JjH^i^^. "K^Wi Uy by all a fatheit*s rtgltiiij 
«id ^te 43ur friend* j v 

J Mr. iFktchen*^ If 1 were any. totiicr &ixa 
your friend, I fliould not be complctdy 
qualified to bring you lip. I mights per- 
haps conntTe at your negloding outward 
<!eteftKdnie6 ^ f efped ; but not your fcilure 
in that confidence which I c^fepei^ from 
-your affcdrioh. You fhould not have a fe- 
cret that jtou would keep hid from me, as 

whenever 

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Let xi^.^^ore^^^ y^, Hpwjr^^>^Jj?it 

Honor ia. TJbiieyjare ^w^ys, t|^q^;w^ wto 

{J^g^^^pf- Wh9> taU, yo« ^ fo ?. . , , , v 
iJof^pfo^, ^i^o marten frpiip^. whoijn J, jj^pyc 
my ^^fi^m3^tip%;r,the thiijgpi^ wl^e4:heir it. 

-A/r; J^Utfhen I have alreacdy tojd: you: 
TiK^iiJI^ I think of qpUying : evcjy things dc- 
B^ndiR itpoa the g^me thM you pJay^i j) 

Au^ptfiim. Oh r it ?ieed» imx grea)^ ?a(tpm- 
tion^ it is the game of One^nd-^bkiy. 

Mu FUicber^ 1 cojafefsj, I do oot approve 
it much. .^ 

Aupifiine. Why not ? There c»i be no- 
thing; ii]t the world fa ionocent^ .Whoever 
is. one and thirty^ > or the neareCt to it> wiq^- 

Af n- Fletcher. , And do you know that it 
i^ what we cafl. a gamQ of chance }- 

4n^i»^^ : 9eciiiifc one h^ , av chitnce : tO' 
wi«t Of flpfe ? And »uft iio>t iMa^be ihid of 
every game ? 

Mr^ Fletcher. With this luatciiat differ- 
9 ence^ 

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aecWfcsS *>)rhe?^ais^} Wmkriy bthei-s^ (kill is 

^fi*^e^^fflfe*4t^<Tii(fhdrt; bhc Svantk but 

Iflrtge^, MfiA li&hci&fot gained of thancc : 

and iii^f'thought, fuch games are utterly 

xitiWbttliy 6f a Ainking man. 

Honorrd. They cannot even amufe one. 
Auguftine. Do liot Ay fo; dear iifter# 
: There, is ' a dfeal of J>leafutc in expAling 
futh or luch a card as one may want. . 

- ' Mr. Fletcher. Becaufe the love x>f nioney 
^ makes it fo. And as this love^f nioney 

d^diiites very pOlverfuUy, it ii a- ftrbhg 

temptatidtt for tfen thou&nd tdj^tibi ^'fdl- 

-IdW gaMifi^as a trade ; an^ -fhciJ^ifiii^ un- 

fufjieiaihg people generally ^ttt*i^iraii)es. 

- '' Ah4^i4^ei^ ymi bdievt^ fo;i:'frf^'^ but 
how?. u^ III n 

- ^ f' t]&n6fia. ^I'fehcy, they i i^Auft ^ Hk^^^me 
^4itodt/t)theifi 6^'iai*ra^ge^flft pSfcE^ifi^^^fiich 
^^isiW3,fi ^t^obtaia whit cairdsJ they Waht^ 
^ MrJ Fletcher. Yes^ tl^at is irt^^eality^heir 

fecret: -> I-dajanot t^. theit^itt^thoeti but 
o;at*i) G6ttaiii, ^JiHat i they> d^ >erfiptey ^!ft»tfi^ me- 
i /tttodl aild'tov^fc^bdi^di^ble^bifai©^ 

it in my travels. ' > = ? v '• ^. 

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46 THI^ EITTir GycwBtms;. 

Augufttne. OhF pray tell us i^at ex-- 
amplcs? 

Mr^Fietcber. With » dear of pleafwi. 
When at Spa> I was acquainted wrth a- yawcvg 
gentleman, who loft one night above twelve 
thoufand pounds, which ^as his alL^ 

Hpnoria. His all! poor youth ! and what; 
. did hetio to live ? 

Augujiine. He muft have been befide him- - 
ielf. 

Mr: Fletcher. Defpair obtained polMioii 
rf his features, when he faw his^&rtime 
tiius irretrievably loft. He looked fo fright- 
ftil, thtit- 1 was forced to turn away my 
iighi^rhc'gftarfhed^his tecthi pSrckcdupMis- 
hair by handfuls, and beat violently on lads 
breaft : he gafped and panted Uke a dying 
man, and left the room quite mad; 

Atigujiine. And pray, fiFi among thofe 
who won his nloney, wais there no dne whfit.f 
would give it bacfc^ as 1 fhiwfld/certainly^ 
have done ?' 

Mr. Fletcher. They kept their fealS; andc 
0ill continued playing on ; or if they turned 
off'th^Rattention from the^cards, it^wa&ta 
look upon him with contempt, 

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Hsnma^ The: wicked wretches T 

Mr. Fletcher. But the warA part of the 

tboty IS, a&> fbtUows^ : That this, poor young 

jnan deftrojred hhnfelf. before the morning.. 

Honoris. Oh F how Ihockirig I 

Auguftine. Dreadfiil 1 and &om hence^ 
fiDrth, fir, I will never touch a cardj I 
promife you. I'll run and tell, thisto Jona- 
than. 

Mr. Fletcher. Softly^ foftly : you are al- 
ways much too hafty in your refolutions. 
One Ihould never wholly give a pkafufe 
up^ ibecaufc, whea carried to cxcefi, it 
«iay he hurtful. I have oftea told you>. 
that a game at cards, when, friends are* 
ihet together, is amufing, ini^Kient, and 
even ufeful. 

Honor ia\ Ufeful, fir ?^ 

Mr.: Fletcher. Yes^ ufcfirf r as* it teaches 
us to* t>car our fortune 5. and not to trr*- 
umph when we win, or bfi dejeded at our 
little loflesw 

Auguftine^ Heaven be praifed^: I am not 
$> fond of money as to hurt another by 
siy infblts! in good forainei or to ihew 
riiat I am hurt myfelf, by being vexedr. 
nrhen I am unlucky ; but to fhuns^what pof^ 

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fibly liii^it hap^ri, it wfli'l>e better for mc 
not*t0 vifit dther^Jc^atHan or liis irielids!. 

Mr. Fletcher. You would only prove yoiir 
weafen^/ iif^ thi^ fhoiild!Wyt)iir fina| rcfo- 
lution: for at leaft you liave it Jn your 
power, when 'with them, to refrain from 
playing. 

Auguftin^. , Oh, I know them : they would 
abfolutely make me play, 

Mr. Fletcher. Well, play as much as 
they wolild have you, fince by that means 
you will gain a better knowledge of them. 
Biitiinftead of going to this Jonathan, or 
his friends, invite them hither. You rnay 
aliR). tell them that Honoria perhaps will 
make one* • •'..'' 

Honoria. But, fir 

Mr. Fletcher. Yes, yes; I haveja reafon. 

Honoria. Biit fuppofe they wiii my fao^ 
-ncy'?^ : " ' ' ''•. , "''' ^ 

Mr. Fletcher^ ^ You Ihall have it alf Yipiti 

me ,again. And tell them,^ Augufl:ine,"that 

: you expe(9: a friend, whom you^ will pre- 

varl on to fit down and play aniongft them. 

Augujline. But you know, fir, I c^peA 
rno friend. ' \ • 

Mr. Fletcker. When I infonn you of .a^ 

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TJiE LITTLE t^AM^LEHS* 69 

friend that youv^vejat homts who will be 
with yoxj^i c^uinot yougMcfs, lyhat friend I 

mean? , ^ . ,\ — / , 

Ho^oria. Sly I Why fare you. undorftMHl 
papa? he means, himfelf. , 

Mr. Fletcher. Yes, Augufline ; for you 
recblledt, juft now you faid that I was your 
friend. 

' Augujiine. Oh yes ; they will play in- 
deed, if you are of the party ! 

Mr. Fletcher. Therefore you fliall not in- 
form them who the friend is that you ex- 
pert. As foon as I have finilhcd my, peti- 
tion, I will return and join you. I fhall 
,fee what is proper to be done. *Till then, 
play with them, and at any game they 
chufe. 

Auguftine. So then you^ would, have me 
run to Jonathan and his friends ? 

Mr. Fletcher. Yes, yes : and do not for- 
get, to, defirc Albert's co^npany. I (hall be 
|[Iad to ^fee him. All bis matters praife 
him wonderfully, and you yourfclf have 
frejiuently been lavilh in his comipeada- 
&ns. " ,' i 

tionoria. He meriti^ every tittle, of it* 

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Augapinei One w^ord mc4ti fit :: ih^\ '^ 
meet here in the gUrdetil ^ r^ / 

Mr. Fletcher. As you pleafe. The wea-. 
ther is to fine, you tnay ftep here into the 
fiimmcr-houfe^ it will hold all your corti- 
}pany/ 

S C E N E IX^ 

Afr. Fletcher^ Honoricu 

. Honor ia^ I fear, fir, your prcfencc will 
he much more neceflary here than mine^ 

Mr. Fletcher: You fi^ajr ? 

Honoria* Yes, fir; for I have told you> 
Matter Albeit was not long finc€ with mcv 
From fome words whkh ht dropped, I 
have reafon to believe that my brother's 
company have laid a plot to cheat him of 
his money. 

Afr. Fletcher. All the better, if he finds 
himfolf their viiftim. I will hide myfelf' 
behind the fummer-Koufe there, juft by that 
partition, and hear every word of tncir dif* 
courfe. They will enter here, and cannot 
poflibly difcover mc; but in the interim 
take you care : and if you fee their roguery^ 
feem as if you did not* 

HonortM. 

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'^dw>ria€ I, fl»U find k hard, fir> ta dif* 
^emble. It will bejmiiful to me, fhould 
I /eemy brother 'prove the objcd of their 
ridicule, andiall a vidim to his open na« 
ture. ... 

Mr. Fletcher. By hixnfelf alone can he 
ht fully undeceived ; and in that cafe I fliall 
with lefs difficulty perfuade him to be at** 
tentive for the future in the choice of his 
connexions, and fo cure him likewife of 
his love for gaming, which, I muft acknow-» 
ledge, he feems ready to adopt as a habit* 

Honoria. How, fir, can he have a 
thought of going thus to cards ? He ought 
4:0 know himfelf. He is fo credulous, i:hat 
^eVery fharper muft»fuppofe him proper for 
lii^ purpofe ! and fo warm, that at the firft 
ill luck he falls into apaffionl 

Mr. Fktcber. Yes, that i$ his juft cha- 
Ta(5ber. I did not think you fo obfervant, 
Honork. 

Honoria. One fhoiild be in truth obfer- 
vant of another's condud:, if one means to 
ierve him. And— 

Mr. Fletcher. A knock ; it muft be Jo- 
nathan's friends: they do not defire to 

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lofe a moment. I no^ Uwn you. I will 
go rpund aboK and gain my fiatian.-- 
{Heg$ej cut.) 

S C E N E X. 
^ Hcs^ria^ (alone.) 

* Hour I long to know the ifluc of all this ! 
Alas ! dear brother ! who can tell but your 
future happinefs in life depends on the de- 
cifion of the prcfent afternoon. 

SCENE XI. 

HoHoria, Augujline, Jonathan, Albert, Rich, 
Vjfe, Crib. 

Jonathan, {to Honoria.) I was afraid^ Mifs 
Honoria, as I mentioned to your brother^ 
that our company m^fat incomnKxle you : 
but he would not-« 

Auguftine. Incommode her ! I am in hopes 
that Ihe will keep us company. 

Honoria. With all my heart> if you think 
proper^ gentlemen. 
. Vyje, {with eonfitaint.) You do us 1k>- 
nour^ madam. 

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.* CVVi, {tJuhifpering Jonathan.) TKis is quite 
unkfeky ! In palitenefs we muft play what- 
ever game fhe likes. You Ihould not have 
confented to come here. 

Augujline. I^rhaps I ftiall be able, gen- 
tlemen, to introduce a friend of mine to 
your acquaintance likewife. 

Rich: Shall you? 
. Auguftin^^ Yea, and not without a pocket 
fun of gold. 

Jonathan, {a^de.) That is well. 

Honoria. We will flay here in the garden, 
if you pleafe. 

Albert;,. We cannot do better. We (hall 
have the pleafure of a charming walk. 

Rich. Do you dcfign to walk ? 

..^/^iff/. Whatelfe? 

Vyf^.-VfYiy, play. 

AUfert,' Biit I do not undefftand your 
play ; and if I did, I flialf *ndt wifli to lofc 
jfty 'money. 

Crib. Wifti to lofe it1 juft as if it were 
certain that you would lofe it ! 

Albert. Sir, with you particularly. You 
arc tflfblkiifuVa great deal for me. 

Augujline. If I Ihould win, 1 promife, I 
will return you every farthing. 

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74 THE LITTLE GAMBLERS. 

. Jonathan. And I too. 

Rich and Vyje. And we too. 

Albert. You would make a fool of mc. 
To lofe my money, and receive it back, or 
on the other hand, win yours, and keep it, 
is not what I do : fo do not concern your- 
felves on my account. I will fee you play, 
or elfe walk up and down the garden here- 
abouts. 

Honoria. My father, gentlemen, cannot 
have the honour to receive you, [Rich and 
.his company feem rejoiced^) but has bid me 
entertain you. Auguftine will get ready 
fome refrefhments> and I will run and fetch 
the cards. 

Crib. That is needlefs : I have a pack 
about me., 

Auguftine. How ! about you ? 

Crib. Yes : I ftudy them. 

Honoria. And have you fifli too ? 

Crib. I fhall beg you to get us them, un* 
lefs we are to ftake our money. 

Jonathan^ {ajide to Crib.) You remember, 
I have no money ?—(^/(?«i.) No, no: we 
Ihall hardly know what we are about. And 
fo, mifs, if you will be fo kind— 

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THE LITTLE GAMBLERS. 7^ 

Honoria. Enough^ I will bring the bag. 
Come, brother. 

SCENE XII. 

Jonathan, Albert, Rich, Vyfe, Crib. 

VyJ^i iS^i^S ^^^^ ^^^ Jiifnmer^houfe with 
Jonathan, Rich, and Crib, while Albert walks 
about.) I am forry wc are here. 

Rich. What matters, fince the father is 
not here? 

Crib. You {hould not have confented to 
the place of meeting, Jonathan. 

Jonathan. Here, or in my room, what 
difference doth that make ? 

Rich. Well then, when Auguftine has loft 
every thing, we will carry off his money^ 
and go play where we think proper. 

Vy/e. We (hall empty, very likely, the 
young lady's pocket alfo. 

Crib. Yes ; that is what I look for : let 
us take care, however. Wc will put in 
oyr fifti at two-pence eachi for half a do- 
zen deals or fo ; and when the game grows 
Warm, and they have won a little, we will 
tbei) make them double. 

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7^ THE LITTLE GAMBLERS. 

Jonathan. You remember your promifc. 
Crib? 

Crib. Do not you be uneafy. We know 
one another. All our lofs fhall be in coun- 
ters, and we will have no reckoning when 
the game is over. I will difpofe the cards 
in fuch a way, that we mull lofe at firft, 
and that will draw them on. 

Jonathan. But, Crib, you know, you 
fleeced me quite the other day ; and I have 
now but fixpence in my pocket. How am 
I to pay my lofs ? / 

Crib. Your lofs ! we Ihall be fure to win, 
if we attend to what we do. 

Vy/e. I Ihould be glad if Augulline's 
friend would come : he will be another pi- 
geon that we fhall pluck. 

Rich. Yes, yes ! I know of none fo cafy 
to be duped as thefe fame bookilh fellows. 

Crib. We had bell begin, that they may 
find us bufy when they come. {He takes his 
cnrds $ut.) Stay; I will put them fo that 
you may lofe. {He Jhuffles them.) Now 
you Ihall fee. {He^ives three cards to Jo'^ 
nathan. Rich, and Vyje ; lays down as many 
forhimjelfy and then addrejfes Jonathan.) Do 
you Hand ? 

Jonathan. 

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THE LITTLE GAMBLERS* 77 

Jonathan^ No : I beg. 

Crib. There. 

Jonathan, {looking at the cards.) Out I 

Crib, {to Fyfe.) And you ? 

Vyfe. One card, but not a high one. 

Crib. Much good may it do you 1 — there. 

Vyfe. Out too! 

Crib, {to Rich.) Now you arc to be out. 
You beg, I fuppofe ? 

Rich. No; as Vyfe and Jonathan arc 
both out, I ftand. 

Crib. And fo will I. How many arc 
you? 

Vyfe. Twenty-five. 

Crib. And I juft thirty. I have won : 
And yet I might have lofl by doing the re- 
vcrfe of what I did ; as you fhall fee the 
two firft games that we play, when Auguf- 
tine and the lady comes, who having won, 
will then have no obj^dion to play higher. 

Jonathan. But how can you be furc of 
winning when you pleafe ? 

Crib. You have already paid for your in-i 

ftrudion, and I will let you know the fe- 

cret. I tell every thing to friends, when I 

have pocketed their money. With my art 

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7l THE IITTIE GAMBLERS* 

you will win of others what you have loft 
of me, and fo be quits. 

Jonathan. Well, let me know. 

Crib. You fee, (Jhewing the cards J the 
ten and court cards are a very little longer 
than the reft, and all the fmaller ones, as 
high as five^ not reckoning in the aces, 
fomewhat broader ; by which means I can 
at pleafure bring the pidture cards, <fec. to 
the top in Ihuffling, and the five, and thofc 
below it, to the bottom. I contrive to 
give you two of thofe on the top ; and af- 
terward, the other from the bottom : fd 
that at the mofl: you have but five-and- 
twcnty, and will therefore generally beg. 
Well then, you have it from the. top, and 
muft infallibly be out. 

Jonathan. I underftand jrou. 

Crib. This is all my leflbn, and you have 
it upon eafy terms , a(k Rich and Vyfe elfe^ 
who fo profitably follow my inftruftions. 
But I fee the lady coming in. To pulh about 
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SCENE XIIL 
Jonathan, Rich, Vyfe, Crih, tionoria. 

Honoria, [putting down a box upon the ta^ 
lie, with a pack of cards and jijb and coun^ 
iers in it.) You do not lofe any time, I fee. 

Crib. I was but Ihowing Mr. Jonathan a 
new game. 

Jonathan. Will you fit down with us ? 
We ihall have that honour? 

Honorid. If I knew the game that you 
play 

Vyfe. It is a Teiy eafy'game. It is only 
One^and^thirty. 

Rich. Had you never feen it played, you 
will know enough to beat us at it by the 
fecond deal. 

Honoria. I know a little of it. It would 
perhaps be better for me not to play with 
thofe that know it fo completely as you 
gentlemen ; however, if it gives you plea- 
for e -- ■ ■* 

Jonathan. Oh yes, mifs, the greateft in 
the world. 

Vyfe. And even ihoulil you win, too, all 

our money. 

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80 rm LITTLE GAMBLERS. 

Honaria, [with a /mile.) Yes, that is my 
intention. 

Rich. You will be fcarce the richer for 
it in the end ; we play but for a trifle. 

Jonathan, [with impatience.) Well ! and 
what are we about ? We pafs away the 
time in talking. 

Crib. We mufl: wait for Mafter Auguf- 
tine; it is but juft that we Ihould amufc 
him 5 we are his guefts. 

SCENE XIV. 

Jonathan, Rich, Vyfe, Crib, Honoria^ 
Augujiine. 

Augujiine. Here, here I am. The fer- 
vant will be with us very Ihortly. I have 
ordered fome refrefhment. 

Jonathan. Come, fir, Ave are waiting for 
you. 

Augujiine. Thank you. 

Vyfe. Let us give out the fifli. 

Rich. There are fix of us : to every one 
two dozen, and ten counters ; that is, ten 
dozen more. 

Jonathan. But how much every filh ? 

Crib. Juft what the lady pleafcs. 

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Honoria. Oh, it is rather as you like. 

Auguftine. Our fifli were two-pence each, 
when laft wc played together ; five ftaked 
every deal by each, and half a dozen the 
bon-ace. 

Hottoria. Well, be it fo. 

Crib. Then here goes to begin. [Crib 
takes the cards and deals. The lady and her 
brother win by Crib^s contrivance three times 
running.) 

Honor ia. Hey ! hey ! if we go on in this 
way, I think, I (hall foon fulfil my pro- 
phecy. 

Crib. While we play fo low as two-pence, 
we (hall never ruin one another. 

fy/e. Well then, Ihall we make it four- 
pence ? 

Augujline. Oh, with all my heart. I have 
fo much money, you cannot break me 
cafily. {Hejhakes bis purfe^ at which Crib 
and his companions look with pleajure. ) 

Honor ia. And I can rifque as much, I 
fancy, as my brother. 

Crib. We muft firft then pay our debts, 

that we may have our full account of fiih 

and counters.— Let me fee, [after having 

counted.) I have loft one counter, and fix 

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fifh; that is, eighteen fifti ; and eighteen 
twice is fix^nd-thirty—juft three {hillings : 
there they are. 

Rich. I have all my counters, but am 
mafter of no more than two poor fifh 5 that 
is two-and-twenty loft, or three and eight- 
pence. TJiere. 

V^^fe. I am come off much the worft. 
Two counters gone, and twice as many 
iifli ; which come to four and eight-pence. 
—I put down a crown, and take up four- 
pence. 

Augujiine. Well, and you, Mafter Jona- 
than ? 

Jonathan. I have loft leaft. No more 
than fifteen fifh, or half-a-crown. I will 
change a guinea, when we rife, to pay it. 

Honoria. Good ! So naw I will fee my 
winnings. One, two, three — Three coun-» 
ters, and three fifh. That is fix and fix- 
pence juft: of which I take four fhiliings^ 
and the two and fix-pence, Mafter Jona- 
than, you fhall owe me. 

Auguftine. So that all the reft is to pay 
my four-and-forty fifh.- It is comical 
cnoughi however, that we Ihould be the 
jonly winners ! 

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Rich. Oh, 1 always lofe, for my part. 

Jonathan. So now the iifli are four- 
pence ? 

Augujiine. Yes, that is fettled. 

Crib^ (Jhuffling the cards.) Come, t will 
deal. 

SCENE THE LAST. 

Jonathan, Rich, Vyfe, Crib, Honoria, Auguf- 
tine, Albert, (who came in a little while 
before,) Mr. Fletcher. 

Mr. Fletcher, [to Jonathan and his friends, 
who feem confounded.) Pray do not difturb 
yourfelves. 

Anguftine. Sit down : my father does not 
come to interrupt us. I informed you that 
I might have a friend to introduce, and he 
will play with us. Won't you, fir ? 

Honoria. O yes : pray play ; we fhall be 
very glad to get your money, and thefe 
gentlemen, I know, will like to Ihare it 
too. 

Mr. Fletcher. With all my heart. Sb 

every one fit down. [To Jonathan and his 

friends, who feem quite overwhelmed.) But 

what is the matter, gentlemen ? Are you 

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afraid to play with me ? I can affure you, 
I am no Iharper. (They Jit down at laji.) 
You {to Crib) were dealing when I entered ; 
fo continue, pray ; but firft let us fee, have 
you a pack complete ? (Crib wants to drop 
the cards i but Mr. Fletcher fecures, and looks 
them over.) It is droll enough to have the 
court-cards all together thus ! but. Ho- 
noria, why not give us cleaner cards ? Pray 
hand me over thofe— • 

Honor ia. It was not my fault, fir, as this 
gentleman (pointing to Crib) had brought 
them in his pocket ; and the play was going 
on when I came in with ours. 

Mr. Fletcher, (to Albert.) What, you 
here^ Mailer Albert I I am very glad to fee 
you ; but pray, do not you play ? 

Albert. I would rather be a looker on : 
you know I have nothing, fir, to throw 
.away. 

Mr. Fletcher. You are in the right to 
think fo, and your prudence merits praife. 
(To Crib.) But come, fir; here are better 
cards, (Crib takes them with a trembling 
handy) at leaft a little cleaner; what is your 
game ? Pray tell me. 

Augufiine. One-and-tbirty. 

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Mr. Fletcher. And for what ? 
Honoria^ No more than four-pence a filh. 
I have won all this ! four (hillings ; and 
two and fix-pence owing me by Mr. Jona- 
than> who wants change. 

Mr. Fletcher , {ajide.) Wants change I I 
fmell a rat ! {to Honoria.) So much as four- 
pence ! that is a little too much ; but no 
matter, if we have all of us enough to pay 
our lofings. So let us fee your money. 
Mr. Jonathan, I begin with you ; (Jona-^ 
than is confufed.) What ails you ? Are you 
taken ill? 

Jonathan. Ye-e-es, fir — Let me — 
Mr. Fletcher. What is all this ? one ftam- 
mers, and the other feems confounded! 
[to Crib.) You, fir, too, are difconcerted ? 
Auguftine. What is the matter with them ? 
Mr. Fletcher. It is high time that I Ihould 
explain the reafon of this ftrange behaviour. 
Auguftine, you obferve the effeds of a 
guilty confcience. Happily they are not 
yet fo totally abandoned as to hide their 
villainy beneath a brazen front, and bully 
in their own defence. 

Auguftine. What fay you, fir ? Sure you 
are miftaken : It is my fifter, as Ihe told 

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you, and myfelf, that are 'the only win- 
ners. 

Crii, (taking courage.) Have we failed to 
-pay our lofings, every one, but Mailer Jo- 
nathan? 

Jonathan. No : but why ? becaufe you 
have cheated me already out of all my 
money. 

Mr. Fletcher. I was right in thinking 
4hat they would unmade themfelves: And, 
Auguftine, you may fee what villains you 
*have .chofen for your companions. 

Auguftine. Oh, I cannot think fo, fir. 

Mr. Fletcher. Well then, Mr. Jonathan, 
do you fpeak; you feem leaft hardened. 
Tell me, was there not a plot among you 
to defraud my children ? 

Jonathan. Yts indeed, fir; but for^ my 
part, I aflure you, I was forced into it. 
AH my wifh was to get back a part of 
^hat I had loft b^efore. If you but knew 
how much this wicked fellow has fqueezed 
from me, for the other two are nothing to 
him, you would fay that he Ihould be fent 
to prifon. 

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your I06, by mixing with fiich company ; 
but tell me hpw much you have loft ? 

Jonathan. Two guineas, and a few odd 
Ihillings with them all together ; and mjr 
watch, coat buttons, buckles, and a guinea 
more in money afterwards, in private with 
the talleft : but the guinea I ftill owe him ; 
and he threatened, if I did not prevail on 
Mafter Auguftine to fit down and play this 
evening, that he would tell my father. 

Albert. This, fir, I can fay in Jonathan's 
favour, that he gave me juft the fame ac-n 
count this morning, and was grieved at 
what he thought himfelf compelled to do. 
The grand criminal is Crib, the talleft; 
the two others in comparifon— • 

Mr. Fletcher. I comprehend what you 
would fay ; and therefore, {to Rich and Vyfe^) 
little rafcals, get you gone this inftant. 
Perhaps it is not as yet too late that I Ihould 
think of refcuing you fronr infamy ; and 
therefore I will inform your parents of your 
conducS:. 

Ricif and Vyfe^ {dropping on their knees.) 
Pardon us this once, fir, we befeech you ; 
and we will never come within your doors 
again. 

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Mr. Fletcher. No ; I ftiall take care that 
you never do ; but then it is not enough 
that my children fhould be fafe in future 
from your roguery, I owe the fame good 
fervice to all fathers. What perverfity ! at 
fuch an age not only to be gamblers, but 
vile cheats ! the hatefullefl: of human be- 
ings ! However, out of pity to your youth, 
and from the hope which I have of your 
amendment, I will do no more than tell 
your parents ; but if ever I am told that 
you ftill continue your deteftable employ- 
ment, I will make known your infamy to 
every one about us. So be gone, and never 
let me fee you here again. Be gone, I fay. 
(Rich and Vjife withdraw in filence and con^ 
fufion.) And you, fir, is k true that you 
have got thefe things from Jonathan ? 

Crib^ [zvith hejitation.) Yes, fir. 

Mr. Fletcher. You have cheated him, but 
that is no matter. Jonathan lofl: them, and 
has merited his fortune. We will put a 
value on them. 

Jonathan. I could wifh, indeed, that I 
had fufficient to redeem my lofs. 
; Auguftine. O fir, if all that I have in my 
pocket be fufficient, Jonathan may com- 
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mand it.' I have full five guineas, take them 
for the fervice of my friend. 

Mr. Fletcher. Auguftine, this is very ge- 
nerous. 

Jonathan. What, to me fUch friendlhip I 

Augufiine. We are neighbours both, and 
you may pay me weekly, or in any way 
you pleafe. {Crib gives Jonathan his things.) 

Mr. Fletcher^ (to Jonathan.) Is every 
thing returned you ? 

Jonathan. Yes, fir j and I am faved by 
your generofity and Augufl:ine*s from the 
refentment of my father. Oh, I will never 
rifque his gifts again in fuch a manner. 

Mr. Fletcher, {offering Crib the money.) 
Here is the value of your theft, for fuch it 
mufl: be called ; and you fhall have it to 
fubfifl: upon in prifon till you are called to 
anfwer for your crime, as poflibly you may 
not have the means without it. Nay, ex- 
pedt not by folicitation to divert the rigour 
of my jufl:ice. Your fedudion of two 
youths, your felony upon the property of 
this young man, and your attempt to make 
him infl:rumental in the robbery of ano- 
ther, well deferve that rigour. This mufl: 
be your fentence ; fo withdraw a little for 

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the prefent* {Crib witbdrazvs^ and zveeps^ 
for very rage.) 

Jonathan t (falling on bis knees to Mr^ 
Fletcher.) O dear fir ! from what a- gulph 
of ruin you preferve me f Arid without you 
what would have been my evil fortune, when 
thruft out from home> and perhaps ftig- 
matized in public for tny vices ? I am then 
indebted to your pity for my reputation, 
my repofe, and my ^xiftcnce. (He rifes 
and embraces Augufiine. ) And my generoua 
Auguftine, you whom 1 was going to— 

Augufiine. Never think more 6f it ; 1 do 
not; and for the time to come beliappy. 

Mr. Fletcher. Mafter Albert!s teftimbny 
of your grief at being forCedinto this plot, 
alleviates your offence ; and therefore you 
may ftill continue to vifit^my fon ; but af- 
ter what he has juft done in your behalf, 
1 ftiall account you the moft profligate df 
youths, unlefs you tluBy to deferve hfe^ 
'friendfhip. 

Jonathan. Oh, I will do fo. 'Rely Ufoh 
me, fir. 

Mr. Fletcher, And as ifor you, dear AU 
bert, I have reafon td be charmed with 
i;y^hat fo many tongues have' tdlU me of y6ur 

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modefty and virtue. By your laudable ex- 
ample^ you may very much contribute to 
tht happinefs of Auguftine.— I requeft you 
to be often with him ; and if I can Ihew 
my gratitude by being ferviceable to your 
happinefs, I (hall promote it with as much 
affedion as your parents would do. 

Albert. Your efteem, dear fir, is happi- 
nefs fufRcient for me. 

Mr Fletcher. You obfcrvc, my dear chil- 
dren, the unhappy confequeace& that xefult 
from gaming ? 

Augufiine. Yes, fir, and ftialLfliudder all 
my life at the idea of them. 

Mr. Fietcber. You obferve too, Auguf- 
tine, with what care and circumfpedion onp 
Ihould chufe a friend ? 

Augufiine. Yes, that too, fir ; and am 
convinced how happy it is for me to have ^ 
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CHARACTERS. 
Mrs. ViNC&NT. 

Louisa, y 

Leonora, L her Daughters^ 

SopHYj, ' y 

Clara, their Friend. 

A POOR Woman. 

jJlNr* } her Daughters. 

Ikouija^ with I^onora herjijier^ are difcovered 
working in their room. : Sophy Jlands bj, 
Louifa 5 Clara enters to them.. ^ 

Clara. 

HARD at work ! How melancholy you 
all look! I thought to find you at 
play upon the fnow. Come, come, and fee 
the, trees : they are powdered juft for all 
the world like— what d*ye call *ems. 

Louija. No : we would not leave our 
work for any pleafure that you could name 
to us. 

Clara. Oh, I frequently leave mine for 

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nothing — But you have not long I hope, to 
fit here moping. 

Leonora* We were moping, as you call 
it, all yefterday ; and have been at it again 
ever fince the clock ftruck feven. 

Clara. My liars ! I was not up till ten : 
and in the name of goodnefs ! what poflefles 
you, to work at fuch a rate ? 

Louifa. If you did but know, Clara, for 
whom we are working, I am fure you 
would willingly make one amongft us. 

Clara. Indeed, I would not, Louifa, were 
it even for myfelf. 

Louifa. Yourfelf! I IhOuld not work, 
thus late and early, with fuch fpirits, for 
myfelf: nor you, I fancy, Leonora. 

.Leonora. No, indeed. 

Sophy. Guefs who *tis for. 

Clara. Not for yourfelf, you lay. It mull 
be for your dolls then. — I have guefled it ! 
Have I not? 

Lout/a^ (Jhewing the clothes before^ them.) 
Yes, yt^ ; look here, and fee if thefe will fit 
a^iall. 

Clara. How ! how ! Why, here's a drels 
complete ! Which of you is going to be 
married } 

Leonora, 

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Leonora. Did you ever hear the like ? A 
jacket to be married in ! The girl is crazy^ 
fhe will never guefs. 

Sophy. Well then, 1*11 tell you who 'tis 
for. You know thofe two poor children, 
that have nothing on but rags ? 

Clara. What ! that poor woman who has 
lately loft her hu(band> and cannot get a . 
bit of bread ? 

Louifa. YeSj the fame; it is for her poor 
child^n that we are fo hard at work, 

Clara. But you ki\ow, your mama and 
mine both fent her money. 

Louifa. So they did; but there were 
debts to pay, and bread to buy. As for 
clothes— —• 

Leonora. We have taken that upon us. 

Clara. But, my dear, why not much ra* 
ther fend them fome of your own old 
clothes? You would, in that cafe, fpare 
yourfelves a deal of trouble. 

Louifa. How you talk .! As if our clothes 
were fit for fuch fmall children ! 

Clara. That I know : they would have 
b§en too big, and dragged upon the ground 
at leaft a quarter of a yard ; but then, their 
mother might have made them lefs herfelf. 

Louifa. 
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Louifa. She cannot. 
Clara. And why not ? 
Leonora, ^(looking Jiedfajily upon Clara.) 
Becaufe her parents never taught her how 
to ufe her needle. 

Louifa. Now^ as we are rather ready at it, 
we deiired mama to let us have fome di- 
mity, and other ftufF, and* to cut us out 
the neceflary patterns, promifing to do the 
reft ourfelves, 

Lepnora. And when the whole is finilhed, 
we Ihall vilit the poor woman with it, that 
her children may be drefled a litUe warmly 
this cold weather. 

Loui/a. Now, my dear, you know the 
reafon why we won't go to play upon the 
fnow. 

Clara, {with a ftifled Jigh.) I'll work a lit-, 
tie with you. 

Louifa. Ay, I faid fo. 
Leonora. No, no ; we have almoft done. 
Louifa. But, Leonora, why deprive her 
of fo great a pleafure ? Look you here, my 
friend ; complete this heixi : but you muft 
few it carefully. 

Sophy. If not, my lifter will [undo it ; I 
am fure of that. 

Clara. 

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Clara. What you muft fpeak too then, 
Mrs. Whipperfnapper ; juft as if you knew 
what is going forward. 

Louifa. How, Clara ? I aflure you, Sophy 
has aflided us lurprifingly. It was flie that 
held the ftufF while we were cutting it, 
handed us the pincufliion, and picked us 
up our thimbles when they fell. Here, my 
little dear, take the fciflars : Leonora wants 
them. 

Clara. Look, dear Louifa, have I done 
this right ? 

Leonora, {laying bold of the work.) Oh fie ! 
thefe ftitches are a mile too long, and all 
awry. 

Louifa. True, they would not hpld. But 
ftay ; Pll give you fomething elfe.— Here, 
pafs this bobbin through the jacket collar. 

Clara. Ay, ay ; I fhall fucceed better in 
this. 

Leonora, {looking over her.) See! fee! 
how Ihe fets about ! 

Louifa. Ay, that^s all my fault, who did 
not tell her how it Ihould be done. — Sec 
here, my dear Clara,— in this manner. 

€lara. I was never taught to do fo much 

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as you ; and that is the reafon that I am 
fo awkward. 

Leonora, {with aJneerJ) Oh^ I cafily be- 
lieve you. 

Louifa. Do not vex her, lifter : (he has 
done her bcft. Hold, let me look a little. 
How ! you have pafTcd the bobbin through 
already. Look ye, Leonora. 

Leonora, I fulling the bobbin.) What apitjr, 
it will not ftir. A mi^ty clever needle* 
woman, truly I fhc does nothing but make 
work for us. 

Clara, (forrowfully.) Alas ! I know no 
better. 

Louifa. Do not afflidt yourfelf, my dear; 
you have the beft of wills ; and we have 
nothing more to boaft. It ftiall be quickly 
put to rights. I will do it for you. There ; 
the matter is fettled. Yhyt you finiihcd, 
Leonora ? 

Leonora.' Only one more ftitch:— *and 
then, to cut the thread olF. — There : now 
I will make up the parcel. {She is pre^ 
paring to do Jo, tvhen Mrs. Fincenf enfprs.) 

Soplry. Here is ipaipa. 

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f<i\x goon? Perhaps you wilh for my-afl 
fiftance. ' » 

Louifa. No, mama ; we have finifhcd. 

" Mrs. Vincent: Have you ? Let me fee' a: 

Ktrie.—^— Very well, indeed !——^ What, my 

Sophy ! I am afraid, yon thought the time 

tedious. ,. 

Sophy: Oh, not I, mama : I always had 
ibhie little thing to do ; aflc my lifters. 

Louifa. Yes, indeed : we Ihould not have 
ended fo quickly, but for her afliftance.* 
She has never quitted us. 

Mrs. Vintent. That was ivell done. Oh ! 
here is our little neighbour too, Mifai 
Glara. She mufb have helped you a good 
deal. 

Leonora^ {with ajneef.) She tried; but— 

L$uifa. Indeed, we had almoft finilhed 
Whenihcc^me. 

Sophy. She made a ftitch or two, but Ihc 
liardly knows more than I : if you had but 
Teen, mailia, how crooked ^ 

Louifa. Hold your tongue, Sophy ! 

Mrs. Vincent. Come; fince you have 
been fo very diligent, 1 have joyful news 
to tell you. 

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S&pby. What, mama ? 

Mrs. Vincent. The two poor children and 
their mother are below. I will fend you 
up the little ones, that you may drefs 
theip, and enjoy the aftoniihmcnt of their 
mother, when (he obferves them f!o much 
/akerc4, 

Louifa. Dear mama, how you increaTc 
our pleafures ! 

Sophy. Shall I go and fetch them up ? 
^ Mrs. Vincent. Yes ; follow me j and you • 
ihall come back with them. In -uhe mean 
time, I will have a little converfation with 
the mother, and contrive how flie may find 
out fome employment for the time to come, 
and earn a little money. {She goes out with 
Sophy.) 

' l^ui/a. Stay you here with us, Clara : 
we fhall want your help ; and you muft 
have fome bulinefs at our toilet. 

Claras (embracing Louifa.) Oh! myfriend, 
you have a good heart ! I fee that plainly.' 

.Leonora. T have had a fling or two at 
you, Clara. Louifa makes me blulb, and 
therefore I entreat your pardon. 

Clara, (einira^cing Leonora likexvife.) Yes; 
with all my heart. 
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Lottifa. I hear the children fcoming up. 
. {Sophy enters^ bringing in the little giris^ 
. Madge and Joan.) 

Sophy, {whifperingLauifa.) How furprifcd 
they will be. 1 have not told them any 
thii^ about it. 

Louifa. You did well : their pleaTure will 
be the greater, and ours likewifc. 

Leonora. I Ihall take Madge. 

Imifa. I Joan. 

Clara. And Sophy and myfelf will hold 
the piacuftiions. [They begin to undrefs 
them.) 

Madge, {crying.) We are. cold enough al- 
ready. Will you take away the little clothes 
that we have left ? 

Louifa. Do not be afraid, poor thing ! 
come hither. You fhall fee. A little this 
way towards the fire. — You arc almofl dead 
with cold. 

Joan. We have not warmed ourfelves to- 
day. 

Madge. Thcfe fine new clothes, are they 
for us? 

Joan. Oh blefs me ! what will mother 
fay ? She will take us for your fifters ; wc 
Khali bc<o fine I 

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Louifa. And you Ihall be our lifters for 
the time tx) come : fo never call us any 
other wife. 

Madge. Olx, good young lady, wc arc your 
fcrvants. 

• Louifa. Let me have your arm — The 
other. — But how fliort it is ! it only reaches 
to her knees. Well, hair-brains ! {to Leo^ 
nora.) this is like you ! Do not you fee 
that you have handed mc the little jacket ? 

Letfnora. So I have indeed : for my part, 
I was puzzled likewife. Madge's feet were 
covered, and I could not fee her head. Wc 
need but change. There is Joan*5. 

Louifa. Let us be as quick as poflible ; 
and in the mean time, Sophy, do yo(i nm 
and bid mama come up. 

f Sophy . I am gone. (She goes out.) 
- Jjouifa. Ay, now all is right. Turn 
round.— Once more. Very well : and nov^r; 
take one another by the hand, and walk 
acrofs the room before us. {^he children 
dofoy and furvey themfehes with pleafure.) 

Clara. How extremely well they fit ! they 

are quite pretty! and there is only one 

thing wanted. {To Madge.) Here is my 

handkerchief. — Blow hard. {Toyoan.)^oyi 

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you. — What dfe ?— *If you had time to dr^fs 
their hair^ . , 

Louifa. Nq^ no, my dear Clar-a ; it iy 
vasxdti better hanging loofely. Leonora, 
M hat fay you ? 

Leomrci. A comb,, however, to untangle 
iti would not be muck amifs,. I will do' 
that, Louifa* 

Sophy, {rms inju^tping.) Here is mama.. 
{Mrs. Vincent enters with the mother of the 
^children.) 

The Mother. Oh, hfeftveris! what do .11 
fee? Are thefe nty children? OiAy gts. 
nerous lady I (falling d$i£;n ai^ Mrs. Fincent's 
feet.) 

Mrs. Vincent , 0\f'^l^^% ^^^ ^pJ My good . 
friend, it-.is not to me that you are ih-. 
debted for this happinefs. My childrdit 
wiihcd to make * a trial of their ikilV in 
needle- work, and I permitted them to da 
fo. {Examining the children' s' jackets.). Not 
fo bad, for a firft attempt ; you might al- 
mofl* fet up for yourfelyes. 

^be Mother, {to Lmifa and her fjfier.) 
My charming kdies, let me thank you.- 
God will recdmpenfe your kindnefs, for I 
cannot. {Perceiving Cfara at a difiance.) 

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Pardon me^ my little lady; I did not fee 
you ; otherwife I fhould have paid you alfo 
tny acknowledgments. 

Clara, (fghing.) No, no. I had no hand 
in this day's bufinefs. 

Mrs. Vincent. Donotafflid: your felf upon 
that accountj; my dear. By iighing, . you 
will get nothing j i^uft^ by ft^faftly rcfirfi/- 
ing, every thing. ; W^wgver, tj&ll me ; dp 
not you think it ufefol and delightful for a 
young lady^ tike ymi> ta accuftom herfehf 
|)p}iite9 to;iinMJo0££3m^ifi>rt or 'other ?. 

ClaroA Thittkfof? .Ceart^ly. > -> 

/ M.r^ Vincent. :Qf what^realplealiire,.eycav 
^t prefent, Jwe you deprived^ by havii^ hi- 
thierto negle<5lcd an employment fo adapted 
ro your fex ^Jld ^Q A . 

The Mother. Dear little lady, l^rn be^ 
times; if y<:^v would' be. Qonfidered provi- 
dent or prudent, to love work ; or it m ill 
foon be too late. I flftJuld be very happy 
iiow, had any one but given me fuch a 
leflbn in my childhood.. I cojuld now \mip 
got my bread, and.becn of ufe to thofc de- 
pendent on me for fupport, inft^ad of be^ 
ing burthenfome to worthy people. 

F 4 Mrs. 

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Mrs. Vincent. Indeed, my good friend, 
ir would have been much happier for you, 
I muft own, although I fliould have loft 
the pleafure of affifting you. But you arc 
yet full young enough to make up for loft 
time, by application to fome honeft la- 
bour. Children, y6u muft^ know, I have 
pitKiured her fome employment at a wea- 
ver's in the neighbourhood ; and when ftie 
Jiiai^ns to have nothing to do there, flie is 
to come ami work here in the garden. 

S4>pby. lam very glad of that; for I will 
go too, and help her, if I am able. 

Mrs. Vincertt. As to Madge and Joan, I 
mean that my houfe ihall be their fchool ; 
and you have both,, {to Louifa and I^onora^i) 
defetved to be their rniftreffes in work and 
reading. 

Clara. And may I be their afliftant, 
madam ^ 

Mrs. Vincent. With all my heart, if your 
mama confents ; in which cafe, you and 
Sophy Ihall endeavour to outdo each other. 
{To the poor woman.) My good friend, are 
you contented that matters ihould be as I 
have fettled ? ' 

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The Mother. Contented ? My benevolent 
and generous lady^ I fhall owe you ail my 
happinefSf and thatj too^ of my deftitute 
and friendlefs children. Dear good angels> 
give God thanks^ for having blefled you 
i¥ith fo careful a mama, who trains, you 
up thus baimes to diligence. You fee> 
it is the fource of .comfort to yourselves 
and to us too. 



THE SELF. CORRECTED LIAR. 

LITTLE Griffith was now fix*years old, 
and had never yet told a ialiity. He 
never had committed any fault, and there- 
fore had no need to hide the truth. .When 
any accident befel him^ as to break a pane 
of gJiaCs, or fpot hrs cloaths, he went iip- 
mrfja^ly; a«4 toid Ws father^ who WQul4 
be always fo good as to forgive him, with, 
arxautionthat iix futtfrc fee Ihould be mefre 
careful. f ; ?, .: . • ^ 

:;>Griffittiiiad a coufin, but a very naughty 
boy, whofe name r was Robert.r Rohiest 
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came one day to fee him ; and Griffith^ hy 
way of (hevviftg his attention to hi« vifitof^- 
ifiade prdppfels for a game at drafts. His 
coulin eagerly accepted ihe propofel, on 
condition that they fliould^ play for Some- 
thing. Griflftth fo^ti little time rcfufed, but 
in the end w^ wrought upon by Robiert, 
antf in hardly^mOTe than thirty minutds^ all 
the money which he had been laying up 
many weeks from his allowance was com- 
pletely gone. ^ AfFefted with his lofs, poor 
Griffith got into a corner^ and begari to 
cry> while Robert fell a laughing, and went 
home in tritnnph'xi^ith his Q)Orf. ' ' 

It was not long before poor Griffith*s 
father, who had been from homd/ returned. 
He loved the child, artd- therefore fent td 
fee ftim iii the parlour. ^But what aiW you i 
iiid he. And what hai^ happened? Sure- 
you have been crying? 

Grij^tb. Vesi papki becaufe my c^fi^ 
l^s bdeii hei'e> and hniade me play with him 
2lt drafts. '.: : • 

^he Fiiii>eK^ AiA t^hat of that ? I fte no 
harm done yet ♦ for drafts arc a divcrdoit; 
thai I have gi^eti you >kav6 io take^. But 
pofflbl^ youplayifd for mcoicy.? .. 

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TItt SELF-COHRECTED LIAR. IO7 

Griffith. O I no> no, papa. 

ne F&iber. Thea why do you cry? 

Qriffitb. Beciiufe J .wilhied to Ihcw my 
cotiiiin how much money I had fayed to 
buy myfelf a book; Now I had hid it aU 
behind tht gr«t ftonc poft without^ and 
wiwa I put tny. hand into the hole, it was 
gone. Some perfon> paffing by the gatc^ 
has ftolen it. 

<Jriffith'« father, fome how or another^ 
fancied this recital to be falfe : but did not 
mention hia fufpicions then. He went ths^t 
moment to his brother's, and as foon as he 
faw little Robert, he forced a fmile, and 
began in this manner : 

Well, my child, you haye been lucky^ 
have not you, to-day ? 

CMi ! yes, faid Robert, very X^ky, fit I 

And what did you win ? 

A fhilling, faid the nephew. 
, What, fo much ? And did he pay you^ 
Robert? 

i>oubtlefs, «inc4e. 1 have it in my 
pockrt. 

Notwithftandiftg GriffiA had defcrviid * 

-gdevous puniihment^ his fat^r thought it 

mt ainifs to pardon tbis^ as^eing^s fk(V 

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falfehood; and therefore only told hira, 
with a fcomful tone of voice, that fince he 
knew that he had a liar in his houfe, he 
would tell all the fervants never to be- 
lieve him, whatfoever he Ihould fay. 

Some few days after, Griffith went in 

turn to vifit Robert, and pulled out i hand- 

Xome pencjl-qafe which his fitter hadte- 

flowed on him at Chriftmas. Robert wilh^d 

to have it> and in exchange would have 

been glad to give him every one of his 

playthings, his ball, his top, and lackets ; 

but as Griffith, he ob£erved,.would not part 

with it, hejbegan to play the bully, put his 

arms akimbo, and advancing towards him, 

faidj ** The pencil-cafe is mine: I Toft it 

at your houfe, or elfeyoaftok it/' Grift- 

fith, to no purpofej earn^ftly p.rotefted that 

it was his filler's prefent. Robert quickly 

let him fee that he mcjant.to force i^ from 

him J and as Gz-iffith gralped it with both 

hands, he clofed upon him, threw, hiin 

Adowfij got ovei; him, .^|mJ vith hk .doiibk 

fift fo pomeUed Griffith in the face th^t t^ 

;was forced to yield the cafe. 

Poor Griffith, being (ideated in this man- 
ner, polled home, his nofe all pvVr.blood, 
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and half his hair pulled ofF.-—'* Papa, papa, 
(faid he, as foon as he was come within 
his father's hearing,) look how I have been 
ufed ! The naughty Rofcert has this mo- 
ment robbed me of my piencil-cafe, and 
hjandled me as you fee." . 

But far from pitying him, his father an-.' 
fwered, '* Go, you liar ; you have loft your 
pencil-cafe at drafts, and to deceive me, 
fn^eared your nofe with muIbcrry-juice, 
and put your hair into diforder/' Griffith 
folemnly protefted^ to no purpofc,^ that- he 
fpoke only the truth. '* I cannot credit 
(faid th^ father) one who has already proved 
himfelf a liar.*' 

Griffith, quite confounded, went away 
injo his chamber, ahd bewailed moft bit- 
terly the confequences of his firft untruth. 
Next day he; begged per/nitfi^ to appear 
before his father, >and implored forgivenefs. 
" I acknowledge (faid he). ho,w wicked I 
have been in feeking to decfcive you with 
a- faiUehopd om:e : . b^t, » dear papn, MX. me 
^itr^sat you totgive up tyour refplutions of 
bflievipg mc no lopigcr Vihtn I cyen (pfak 
the truth ! :..:.. 

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aiO HECEIPT TO Bt . 

His &ther told me the other day that 
fitHn that moment Griffith had not let the 
leaft untruth cfcape him^ and; that there- 
fore he had recompenced his fon^s veracity 
by trufting him implicitly. Hef nevei- 
looked for proteftations from him : it was 
Atfficietit Grifiirii barely told him any thing, 
that he ihould take it for as great a cer- 
tainty as if hiitifelf had fecn it. 

What a fatisfaftion this, to be expc- 
rienced by a tender father, and a fon fo 
wortjiy of him ! 



RECEIPT TO BE ALWAYS PLEASED. 

I Should be very glad to play, mama^ all 
day, faid Laura. 
. Mrs. Delwiff. Wh^t, all dtiy} 

Lauras Oh! yes^ mkma. 
» Mrs.JDelwift. I fliall be v^ry glad to 
givie you any J>leafur^ ' iri my power, my 
iittte LaUra 5 but I fcaTi you Witl very foon 
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Laura. Of playing! Nev«r. Ycfu fhall 
ice that, mama. 

And fa/ing fo, the little Laura ran to 
fetch her playthings. She had got them' 
9II tagethef, fafutAvas quite akme : for both 
her fiftcrs were that day to be employed 
with difftreiit ihafters, till the afternoon. . 

At Brilj ihe played as Ifae thought pro* 
per, and wis very happy for an hour or 
riiefearbouts ; but, by degrbes, the pleafurer 
whieh (he enjoyed began to lofe a little of 
it3 power to pleafe her. 

. She had now handled her playthingt 
twenty tinle*, or oftener, and could tcH no 
longer \i'hat to do. Her favourite doll 
was* grown quite troublefome and tedious' 
to her. 

SJife defirbd her deir mama to fhew her 
fome new n>^th^ of diyerfion, and to play- 
with her; but unfortunately, .her hiama had 
very priffli^ bufiitel^ a(id tould not kt- 
tend to her, however ihe liii^ht wlfh to- 
dt>-f*. M '. .. • -: • 

Lankra, after this, &t moping in « eor-> 
ntt% !tiU her Mers had qmt;e flniflied with 
tfteir maftcfs, and wene now about to talje 
a )mit racreatuin. She mn x^ th^m in a* 

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melanch0ly modd, which was as much as 
mentioning how long their time of ftudy 
had feemed to her, and with what impa- 
tience {he had wiflied to f«e them. 

They propofed immediately fuch games 
as they fuppofed moft entertaining, for they 
loved her greatly ; but, alas ! all their foli* 
citude was ufeleis. Laura, could not but 
complain that every game which they men- 
tioned had already tired her; nay, in her 
impatience, fhe even ventured to accufe 
them of confpiring v. ith each^ther to afford 
her fuch diverfion only ai they knew would 
not amufe her; Upon which Mifs Amelia, 
her elddCl filler, aa extremely fenfible young 
lady of ten years old, took .Laura by the 
hand, and with a fmile began as follows : 

■:. Look at usv dear Laura, -and^L Will tell 
you which perfon ift' the room occiifions' 
your diilatis&jdtion. -^ - ..... 

- Laura. And who is it, filler ? For my 
part^. I don't dsnow« : c J ,\j.i c, * 

Amelia. The reafon is, you do notlook> 
at. yourfeif. Yes> Laura, you ^ourfeifoc- 
cafion.your difiatisfadiion.; for youifiae thele 
g2Mi>^a amufe us fl:ill,. though w^ hxve played 
then) Qvcr^ you. mnyifeafilyimaginci befi>i-e. 

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you were born : but then we have been botU 
at work, and therefore arc they in a man-* 
ner new to us. If you, by previous iludy 
and attention, had obtained an appetite for 
fJeafure, you would certainly have been 
j>leafed as eafily as we are. 

Little Laura, who, however young (he 
was, by no means wanted underftandingt 
was fo flruck with thefe remarks, as to dif^ 
cera that every one who would be happy; 
Ihould take care to mix improving exerqife 
with pkafing recreation. And indeedj I 
know not * whether, after fuch exper ieoci^ 
gained, the menacp of a ^hole day's pka-* 
iure would r^t have more terrified her than 
that of a whole day's labour. 



T H E T U L I P S. 

LUCETTA had feen for two fummen 
fucceflively a bed of tulips in her fa-, 
tiler's garden, which were ftreakcd with the 
moft beautiful colours. 

Like the fluttermg butterfly, (he often 

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roved froin flower to fldSver, being ftruck 
merely with their beauty, but never reflect- 
ing to what they owied -their Origin. 

Laft Autumn, (he faw her father amufef 
Wmfelf with digging up the btd and plant- 
ing tulip roots. Ah ! papa, cried ftie in a 
whimpering tone, what are you doing? 
Will you fpcfil all our fihe tulip-bed fcr, 
and inftead of thole flne flowers that grew 
there, put n^fty Oilions ifi it for the kitchen ? 

Her father -aftTwei^ her, that he fcnfcw 
^hi^' he was" about-, aitd ht tms goihg tor 
©bH hfcrthat from thdfo dmioto' wo^ld com€ 
forth nci^^ tulips ^e fdllotv^ing year f fcut 
Eucet^ iftterrapted him by he^ co(Dplaiiits> 
and would liften Co nc«:hiT\g» 

When her father faw that he could not 
make her underftand reafon. He left her to 
pacify herfelf, and continued his work while 
Ihe retired fobbing. 

During the IVintcr, as often as the con- 
verfation turned upon flowers, Lucetta 
fighedi andthfdught within herfelf ho^ 
great a pity it was' th^t her father had' de- 
ftroyed tlie finefl: ornament of the garden. 
Winter finifhed its courfe, and Spring came 

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next ro fwe^p the fnow and ice crfF tUfe 
ground- 

Lucetta had not entered th^ garden yet* 
Indeed it would have been difficult to pre-, 
vail on her to go in^ as- it was deprived of 
her fevouritc flower. One day, Jhowcver, 
ihe .entered without • thinJcing. But what; 
were: her tranfpojtB of fwrprjife and joy, 
tffaen ibe faw dtc tulip-bcai ftill mdrcbeau*. 
tiful than the preceding year i She floods 
fliliat 6d[ftx motioAlefs and^fiyknf with ad-* 
iBCfRfitm: ajKkng^ihe tbrt(w heifeifintof 
he#:f*her*$ ataiii, ;CryiDg>- Mii dear |)aprf,( 
I thank you for plucking up thofe;naft}r) 
omtensii ^ntt f*r pwfiting ih fherr place thofe 
ftrdet fiewcrs thsat I aarn fo^ fond of* 
- YoU'OW€ me no thaoka^anftrcred'herfa* 
thcr^ fcJr^hefc fweac flowe^-tfcat you are 
fo fond of fprung from nothing etfe-bUtS 
my nafty onions. 

The dWHn«te fewetta^wmild^not believe 
a word of it ; upon which her father pulled 
up cacrefoHy one of die fineft; ^lipsi> tqgc^p 
ther with the bulbous root (refembling an 
onion) from which the ftalk greWi aAd 
prefcnted it to hei^. 

LuWtta quite conftmndedj a&ed ;^rd©^ 
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fo?*'having been fo unreafonable. I par- 
don you, my dear child, with all my hearty, 
replied her father, provided you acknow- 
ledge how eafy it is for children to deceive 
themfelves, when - they attempt to judge, 
from their ignorance, of the a<5tions of peo- 
ple who have had experience. 
, Oh! yes, papa, anfwercd Lucetta, I am 
convinced of that, and therefore for the 
future ^tkaXl diftruft my own eyes; and 
whenever I flmll be tempted to fuppofe that 
I know, more of the matter than other peo- 
ple, I will think< of the Tulips and the 
Onions^ 

I am very glad,^my dear little friends, 
that I had it in my power to tell you this 
ftory ; for you will prefentljr fee what hap- 
pened to another child who had n^ver 
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THE STRAWBERRIES AND CURRANTS. 

ALLAN had frequently heard his fa- 
ther fay, that children were without 
the leaft degree of knowledge of what was 
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proper for theni ; and that all the wifdom 
which thejr could poflibly prove themfelvc* 
to poflefs, lay in following the advice of 
people older than thenifelves. And yet he 
never had fincerely wifhed to underftand 
this doctrine, or perhaps, to fpeak as 
favourably as the matter will allow, had 
.forgot it. 

His indulgent father had allotted him, 
and Profpcro, his brother, a convenient 
piece of ground, that 4ach might have a 
little garden, and difplay his induftry and 
knowledge in the cultivation of it. And 
not only this, but they had leave to fow 
whatever feed they thought proper, or to 
take any tree, or root, already growing in 
their father's garden, and tranfplant it. 

Profperor emembering the inftrudion c£ 
his father, went to have a little converfa- 
tion on this fubjeift with Ralph the gar^ 
dener, and began thus : Pray tell me what 
I ought to fow at prefent in my garden, 
and how to fet about my work. 

The gardener gave him feveral roots and 
feeds adapted to the feafojti. Profpcro that 
moment ran and put them in the ground^ 

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and Ralph was fo kind as to aflift him in the 
Work, and to give him feme inftrudtion. 
' But Alhin, feeing Profpero's docility, 
fliruggcd up his fhoulders. R^lph, notott- 
ferving this contemptuous aftion, aiked if 
he ihould give him fome affiftance and in- 
ftnidi^n likewife? 

Yes, replied Allan ; I have great occa- 
fion, to be fure, for your affiftance and in- 
ftruHion, particularly the laft ! 

On this, he went into his father's gar- 
*den ; and fcledling for his own, a quantjity 
of flowers, tranfplanted them immedrately. 
The gardener let him do as he thought fit. 

Next morning, when Allan vifited hfs 
garden, all the flowers which he had fo 
lately planted hung their heads like mourn- 
ers at a funeral, and, as he faw, were dy- 
ing. He tranfplanted others from his fa^ 
ther's garden, which the morning after hfe 
dbferved, *with miich vexation, wctfe^ex^ 
adly in the fame condition. 

He was very foon difgufted with thid 
fort of work. It was paying very dear, we 
muft ackhawledge, for the pleafurc of poA- 
feffing a few flowers. Of tourfe he-gavt 

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it up, and it was not long before his piece 
of ground was overrun with weeds and 
tfeiftlesj ^ 

Towards the middle of the Spring, as 
he. was looking at his brother's garden, he 
fa.w Something red fufpcnded very near the 
ground, which, on examination, he dif^ 
cerned to be ftrawberries, and found to 
have an exqmfite d^ree of flavour. 

Ah, faid he, if I had planted llrawbcri 
ries in my garden ! . 

Some time after, likewife, he faw certain 
little berries of a milk white colour, that 
hung down in clufters from the branches of 
a bttfti ; upon examination, they were Cur- 
rants, which to. look at. only was a ban- 
quet. 

Ah, faid he again, if I had planted cUra 
rants in my garden ! ] 

Eat as many as y^u/Uke, faid Profpero, 
as if tfeey were your own. 

It depended on yourfelf, and no one elfe^ 
rentarkcd the gardener, to have hada&good ; 
fo never for the future treat with fcorn the 
afiiftanoe and inftrudion which any xme may 
offer tyoui who is p^efled of gi^eater know«^ 
Icdgc-and experience than, yourfelf. 

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OBLIGINGNESS AND COMPLAISANCE. 

T^ MI LI A, Viiftoria^ Juliet, and Sophia, 
-*^ had a govcrnefs who loved them with 
the fondnefs of a mother. This govemefs 
was called Mademoifelle Beaufoy. 

Her greateft wifh was, that her pupils 
Ihould be virtuous in order, to be happy t 
that a friendfhip for each other fhould in* 
creafe the pleafures of their childhood ; 
and that they Ihould tafte thofe pleafures 
without diminution or anxiety. 
- A kind indulgence, and exacfl degree of 
juftice towards them, were the conftant 
motives of her conduA, whether (he had 
jmy thing to pardon, to reward, or punillv 
in them. 

, She enjoyed, with infinite delight, the 
pleafing fruits of her inftrudion and ex* 
ample. 

. The four little girls began to be the hap- 
picft children upon earth. Tlicy told each 
other of their faults, foi^ve each other, 
ftxared together of each other's joys^ and 
could not live without each other. 

Alas I 

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Alas ! by what fatality do children poi- 
fon the fource of their own enjoyments, at 
the very moment when they begin to taftc 
its charms i and how great is their happi- 
nefs when they are placed under the eye of 
a pecfon endowed with equal prudence and 
tendernefs. 

It happened, that Mademoifelle Beaufoy 
was forced to leave her pupils for a time, 
as certain family concerns obliged her to 
vifit France. She left them with relud:-r 
ance, made a facrificef of fome advantages 
to the defire of quickly fettling her affairs, 
and hardly had a month expired when (he 
returned in fafety to her little flock. 

They all received her with the greateft 
figns of joy : but, alas ! what an unhappy 
alteration did flie very foon. perceive . ia 
thefe poor little children ! 

If, as frequently it happened, any one 
among them alked the flighteft favour of 
another, the latter ill-naturedly refufed it, 
and hence followed difcontent and quar-^ 
rels :— the uncommon gaiety that hitherta- 
had been remarkable in all their little 
Iports, and made their work itfelf delight- 
ful, was now changed to pcevilhnefs and 

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TTielanGhoIy ; and inftead of thofe expref- 
iions didtated fey peace and friendfhip, 
which were before heard in all their con- 
^erfatiorts, nothing now prevailed among 
them but inceflant bickerings. Did either 
wifh to take an hour's diverfion in the gar- 
den? her lifters were fure to aflign fome 
reafon for remaining in their chamber. 
And, in fhort, it was enough that any thing 
ihould meet the wifh of one among them 
to difpleafe the others. 

It particularly chanced one day, that not 
contented to deny each other every fort of 
friendfliip and obligingnefs> they mutually 
tiiftreffed each other with reproaches. Ma- 
demoifelle Beaufoy, who fat as a witnefs of 
this fcene, was fo affedted by it as even to 
ihed tears. 

She could not fpeak-a word ; and pen- 
lively withdrew into her chamber, that flic 
might the better think upon the means of 
rendering back to thefe unhappy little 
on^ the plcafures of their former friend- 
iW^ and reciprocal attachment, which they 
.had loft. 

She was ftill employed in this affliding 
tsSky^ when all the four young ladies entered 

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her apartmenty with a peevifh tnd uncafy 
loakj complaining that thqr could be no 
longer happy in each other^s company. 
There was not one of them but charged the 
reft with caufing it ; and all together car-* 
neftly defired their govemefs to reftorc 
them, if pofliWe, ta their loft happinef^* 

The governefs received them in a verjf 
ferious^ manner,, faying, I obferve^ my chiU 
<iren, you obftruA each other in your plea^ 
fures ? therefore,- that this circuzuftance 
may never come to pafs again^ let eadf 
take up her comer in this- very room,, i^ 
fhe thinks proper> and divert herfelf in an|p 
way that ftie Hkes> but fo a» not to^interi^ 
fere with cither of her fifters« You. majf 
Jiave recourfe ta this^ new mode of recrea^ 
tioi\ inftantlyj^ as you have leave taptay tii& 
iiight ; but each (remember) in hercoraex> 
as Ifaid juft now. 

The little girls were charmed witih thia 
propofal^ took their places,^ and began id 
play. 

ySophia entered into conyerlation witl^ 

her doll^ or rather told her many little fto^ 

Ties ; but her doll could not reply, and bacji 

no ftories in her turn to telU It was iii vaio 

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to look for any entertainment from her fif^ 
ters ; they were playing, each afunder, in 
their corners. 

Juliet took her battledore and Ihuttle- 
cock, yet none applauded her cfexterity ; 
befides, Ihe would gladly have 11 ruck it 
acrofs the room, but in that cafe there was 
nobody to fend it back. It was in vain 
to hope fuch fervice from her fillers ; they" 
were playing, each afunder, in their cor- 
ners. 

Emilia could have wiflied to pafs the 
time that now hung heavy on her at, a 
game, of which (he was very fond, hunt the 
flipper : but, alas ! who was there to pafs 
the. flipper from hand to hand? It was in 
vaintoaflc her fillers; they were playing, 
each. afunder, in their corners. 

And Vidoria, who was very Ikilful as a 
little houfewife, thought how fhe might- 
give her friends an entertainment, and of 
courfe fend out for nwny things to market. 
But who was to receive her orders ? It was 
in vain to pitch upon her fillers ; they ^vfcrc 
playing, each afunder, in their corners. 

It was juft the fame with every other 
plav. * AH of them fuppofcd that it would 

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be compromifing matters to approach each 
other, and therefore they difdainfully con- 
tinued in their folitude. At length the 
day concluded. They returned again to 
Mademoifelle Beaufoy, and begged her to 
Ihew them a better fort of amufcment thaa 
that which (he had already recommended* 

I can only think of one, rny children^ 
anfwcred fhc^ which you yourfelves knew 
\^ry well formerly, but ^vvhich it fecms you 
have now forgotten. Yet, if you wifli to 
put it once more into pradice, I can cafily 
remind you of it, - 

Oh! we wifli to recoiled it with'all our 
hearts, replied they; and flood all atten- 
tion to feize with ardour the fi'rft word 
that their governefs fhould utter. 

It is, anfwered (he, that reciprocal obKg- 
ingnefs, that mutual friendfhip, which fif- 
ters owe to each other. O, my deareft 
little friends I how miferable have you con- 
trived to make yourfelves and me too, fince 
you loft it ! 

She flopped (hort when (he had uttered 
• thefe few wojds^ which yet were interrupted 
frequently by fighs, while tears of tender- 
nefs ran down her cheeks. 

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The littk girls appeared aftonilhed and 
Uruck dumb with forrow and confufion in 
her prefence. She held out her arms ; they 
Tufhed at once affcAionately towards her> 
and fincerely promifed that they would 
love each other for the future^ and agree 
as they had done before ihe left them. 

From that moment they betrayed no 
iigns of peevifhnefs to trouble their har-^ 
monious intercourfe* Inftead of bicker- 
ings and difcontent amongft thera, 'nothing 
now was known but mutual condefcenfions 
which -delighted all who had' the opportu- 
nity of being with them. 

They preferve this amiable charadcr at 
prefent in the world "among their friends^ 
of whom they are acknowledged to be the 
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THE EiNNET's NEST. 

MAMA, mamai cried out little Sam^ 
one evening, running out of breath 
into the parlour j fee, fee, what I have here 
in my hat. 

Mrs. Baxter. Ha, ha t a linnet !" Wbcnr 
did you get it ? * 

Sam. I happened to find a ncft in the 
morning, as I paffed along the white-thorn 
hedge, below the filh-pond. And waiting 
fill the evening, I crept along the hedge 
as fofitly as I could, and flap ! before the 
bird could be aware of me, caught her by 
the wings. 

Mrs. Baxter. Was fhe by herfelf, then*, 
in the nefl ? 

Sam. No, no ; the little ones w^re in it 
too. But they are fo little yet that they:^ 
have not got their feathers. Oh ! they can't 
cfcape me ! ^ 

Mrs. Baxter. And what do you intend ta 
do with thi» linnet ? 

Sam. Put it in a cage^ marna^ 

Mrs. Baxter. And with the young ones ^ 
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Sam. Oh ! Til take the young ones too, 
and rear them. I will run now and fetch 
them. 

Mrs. Baxter. I am forry, Sam ; but you 
will not have time to get them. 

Sam. Oh ! it is not far off. Don't you 
Jcnow the Windfor pear-tree ? Well, it is 
clofe by that. I have taken care to mark 
the place. 

Mrs. Baxter. But that is not the matter. 
What I mean is, that our neighbour, Juf- 
tice Sharp, has fent to take you up. The 
conftables are very likely come^ and at the 
door. 

.Sam. The conftables ! to take me up ? 

Mrs. Baxter. Yes, yes ; to take you up ! 
Thej uftice has your father in cuftody already ; 
and the conftables who took him, told us that 
they would foon come back for you, with 
Kitty, Bell, and Sally, and then carry you 
all four to prifon. 

Sam. Oh ! dear me ! And what does he 
defign to do with us ? 

Mrs. Baxter. You will be fliut up in a 
little room, and not have permiffion to 
come out a moment. 

Sam^ Oh ! the wicked juftice ! 

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Mrs Baxter. However^ he will not do 
you any harm. They wilf give you, every 
day, good things to eat and drink. You 
will have nothing to complain of but your 
lofs of freedom, and the pleafure of feeing 
me. {Sarn begins to cry.) Well, what is the 
matter with you? Is confinement fuch a 
great misfortune, if they give you every 
thing that you want ? {Sam cannot /peak for 
fobbing.) Thejuftice treats your father, fillers,, 
and yourfelf, as you would treat the linnet 
and its young. You cannot call him wick- 
ed, therefore, as you da, without confefling 
that you are fo yourfelf. 

Sam, (fobbing.) Oho ! I will let the lin- 
net fly, mama, this infl:ant. [He opens his 
baty and the bird flies out at the windozv.\ 

Mrs. Baxter, {taking him into her arms.) 
Be of comfort, my dear Sam f for I only^ 
meant to give you fome inltrudion by this- 
little ftory of thejufl:ice; neither will your 
father, or your fifters, or yourfelf, be fent 
to prifon.. All I wifhed was to convince 
you how wicked' it would be to (hut up the 
poor little bird.. As much as you appeared! 
afflided,, when I told you that they would 
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take you up^ fo much the little bird was 
certainly when you deprived her of her li- 
berty. Conceive how much the cock would 
have lamented to be parted from the hen, 
the young ones from their mother, and the 
mother from her young ones. This I am 
fure you did not think of, otherwife you 
never would bave taken it. Tell mie, would 
you ? 

Sam. Never, dear mama; I did not once 
think of all this. 

Mr^. Baxter. Well, think of it for the 
future, and forget not that birds, as well 
as every ^ther creature, were created to en- 
joy their liberty, dnd that it would be cruel 
to fill up with forrow that fhort period of 
cxiftence which God had granted them; 
and, to remember this the better, you ftiould 
get by heart a little piece of poetry that 
your friend has written. 

Sam. What! the Children's Friend ? Oh ! 
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THE LINNETS.. 

I HOLD it faft, this linnet's neftV 

With one, two, three^ four young oncs^ 
in. it : 

Long did I watch you, w-ithout reft,. 
But prisoners made you in a minute. 

Cry, little rebels, as yon pl^aft. 

And flap your wings ; but vain you'll^ 
find it ! 
You cannot get away with eafe r 

So flay with me, and never mind' it* 

But, don't I hear their mother's cries 

Deplere their- durance that has boundi 
them ? 
Yes; and their father likewife flies^ 

Sadly cornplaining, round and xound^ 
them. . ^ 

And fhall I caufe them fo much pain^ 
Who us'd to go lafl fpring, and heap 
them 
From yon broad oak pour down dieirflrain. 
While the whole grove was mufic near 
them? 

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132 THE LINNET'S NEST. 

Alas ! if from my mother I 

Should thus with violence be parted> 
I knoWj with forrow fhe would die, 

Orj if fhe liv'd, live broken-hearted. 

Should I then, cruel fpoiler ! tear, 

Thofe innocents from her who bore thenv? 

No : I'll not doom you to defpair ! 

Take back your young, I here reftort^ 
them. 

Teach them, in fome o*er-arching glade. 
Round you, from morn till night to 
hover, 

X-earning to harmonize the fhade. 

Throat anfwering throat, and lover lover^ 

$0 will I come and fit, next year. 

With the firft dawn, till day's defcending^^ 

Under the oak, a«nd feaft my ear 

While their foft notes are fweetly blend- 



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THE SPIRIT OP CONTRADICTION. 

Mrs. Cranfietdy Helm, her daughter. 

HelenS^^O, mama: I had much rather 
-^^ finifti this purfe. 

Mrs^ Cranfield. But then^ Helen, Caro- 
line would certainly be a great deal better 
pleated with the work-bag. Do not you 
recolledj Ihe feemed delighted when you 
fliowed her yours ? and the bag you have 
above flairs is made exadly like it. 

Helen^ Notwithftanding that, mama, I 
know fhe would like the purfe a great deal 
ibetter. 

Mrs. Cranfield. Be it fo ; but will the 
purfe be finilhed ? There are flill at leaft a 
Jozen rows to do ; whereas, the work-bag 
only wants a ribband to complete it. Sure 
you would not pay a vifit to your coufin, 
©n her birth-day, and go there, without fome 
prefent for her ? 

Helen. O, mama, you know, I fhould 
not like to do fo ; but believe me, you Ihall 
fee the purfe very foon finifhed. 

Mrs,^ Cranfield^. Think before you come 
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1^4 '^^^ SPIRIT OF 

to any refolution. Your father, I fuppofe 

you know, fets out at four o'clock exad:ly, 

and if any one among you has not finifhed 

what {he had to do, Ihe will not go with. 

him. 

- Helen. He fets out at five o'clock, mama, 

not four. 

Mrs. Cranfield. Helen, will you never be 
rid of this (hocking trick ? Will you always^ 
be determined to affert the abfolute reverfc 
of every thing that you hear ? 

Helen. ^ But if I am. fure that papa fetli 
out at five, and not before ? 

Mrs. Cranfield. Well, well,. Helen ,• • it 
will very foon be feen which is in the- 
right. But I advife you, as a friend, to be 
prepared againft the hour that /mention^ 

Helen. O, if that be all, mama, you may 
be fure to find me ready, even at four : for 
look ye, it is, as one may fay, quite finilhed^ 
I fhould gain a quarter of an hour befide, 
were I to, run and wprk below there, in the 
garden. 

Mrs. Cranfield. Why fo, pray ? 

Helen. Becaufe it is fo much lighter 
there. 

Mrs. Cranfield. But fure, you will lofe a 

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in going 


thither and 


return- 


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Helen. O ! do not fear but I fh^ll reco- 
ver it again. My work will go on teft' 
times the better for it. 

Mrs. Cranjield.' As you picafe, Helen; 
but remember, I have forewarned you what 
may be the cafe. 

Helen. I will take the confequence upon 
niyfelf, and run as fall as poflible. 

In fait, Ihe did run thither very fafl: ; fo 
faft that fhe arrived quite out of breath* 
She wanted more than half a dozemninutes 
to recover ; and at laltj when fhe w ai^ ikl at 
workj her hands were in a tremble, owing 
to her flurry ; fo that ftie frequently took 
up one ftitch for another. In the end,- 
when Ihe was quite recovered; it muft be 
owned, Ihe pufhed her work on very faft. 
And yet, in fpite of all her diligence, it 
feemed to grow beneath her fingers. Mrs. 
Cranfield, who was really uncafy, came to 
find her. 

Mrs. Cranfield. Well, Helen, how goes 
bufinefs forward ? Have you finiflied ? - 

Helen. No, not yet, mama i nor is it fiv^ 
o'clock yet. -• 

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' Mrs. Cranfield, Right, Helen ; but it h^ 
four : the clock has juft ftruck. 

Helerr. Not ftruck, mama. I have beem 
Kftening r fo i am fure of that. 

Mrs. Cranfield. I do not know how it 
came about then that I heard it ; and your 
felther muft have heard it likewife, for you 
will find that he is fetting'out. 

Helen. O ! now, I am. fure, you are jok- 
ing : that can never be. 

Mrs. Cranfield'. However, Dick has put 
the horfes to, and here are your brother 
and your fifters coming. They are ready. 

Helen. O, dear me ! You do not fay fo^ 
mama ! 

^he Brother, {coming forward.) Where 
are you, Helen ? We are waiting now for 
iione but you. 

Helen. One moment, brother.. 

The Brother. Four o'clock has ftruck;, 
and you remember, papa at dinner told us^ 
that he ftiould go precifely to a^ minute j 
having an appointment here, at half pad: 
five. 

Mrs. Cranfield. Well now, Hclen^ you. 
remember what I told you, 

Helen. But, mama— 

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{Helen's three Jijlers enter, crying out,) 
Helen ! come, come, come ! 

Hele^t, (vexed.) Do not be in a hurry 
children. 

The Brother. How, Helen, have you not 
done your purfe yet? See here the little 
landfcape that I Ihall give my coufin* 

Firjl Sifter. A nd this pot of flowers, which 
will be my prefent. 

Second Sifter. And this houfewife of my 
making for hen 

Third Sifter. And thcfc garters* that I 
have knit her.— But here comes papa. 

Mr. Cranfieid, (coming-in.) Well, we arc 
ietting out. You know, Helen, I never 
make any one wait for me, therefore I ne- 
ver ftay for others. If you are ready, come 
ajong ; but if not, remain behind. 

Helen. My purfe is not done yet : I have 
but two Ihort rows to finifh. 

Mr. Cranjield. (beckoning the other chiU 
dren to follow.) Well, good bye, Helen : I 
will give yc»jr love to Caroline, and fay that 
you wilh her well and happy, on her birth- 
day. (They go out.) 

Helen, (crying.) They are fettingout, and 
I muft ftay at home quite melancholy ! I 

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that waited with fo much impatience for 
this day > Caroline will have sL prefent frpnv 
ev^ry one of them, and I, the eldeflr> am 
not of the party t What will ftie think o£ 
me? 

Mrs. Cranfield. In reality^ the cafe is pi- 
tiable, I mall Own J and more particularly 
fo> as it depended.on yourfelf aloae, to Ihun 
this mortifying fituation. . I forewarned you- 
what would be the cafe, in .proper time ^ 
and if, inftead of being obftfnately bent to- 
go on with your purfe^ you had but put a. 
ribband to your work-bag ; if you had not: 
loft fo many miftutes as you did in running 
hither; if you had not taken it into your- 
.head, from the firft, that your father was 
jnot to kt out till five, you would have faved 
yourfelf all this vexation. The misfortu9e^ 
is now come,, and you have only to fup— 
port it, as you ought> with patience^ 

Helen. But my aunt and uncle, what wilt 
they think of me ? They will imagine that 
I am in difgrace> or clfe that I do not love 
my coufin* 

Mrs. Cranfidd. You muft own, Helen^ 
they will have fome reafon to fufped: as 
ixuich. ^ 

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Helen. Ah, dear mama ! inftcad of lef- 
lining, you increafc my forrow ! 

Mrs. Cranfield. No, Helen, I am xia lefs 
forrowfiil than you : but then, if you think 
proper^ I can end your forrow. 

Helen. Oh now, you are quite good! 
Yes, yes ; I will make an end as foon ai» 
poflible, and then we ^ two will take the 
purfe- , My uncle, aunt, and coufin too, 
will be agreeably furpriled, and fee that 
my coming fa late was not my fault, i 
fuppofe then, you will fend xxit ta fetch a 
coach, and in the mean time I fhall finilh^ 

Mrs. Cranfield. No, Helen, that would 
be to difobcy your father, and deprive yott 
of the benefit accruing from. an ufejfiil lef- 
fon. You ftiall not, at tleaft tOrday, ga 
fee your coufin ; but may have it in your 
power to be as happy as you would have 
been by going. I have a certain method 
to propofe to you for that purpofe. 

Helen. And what is it, pray, mama ? 

Mrs. Cranfield. To form, from this time 
forward, a determined refolutipn not to- 
iettle matters juft as you yourfelf think 
proper ; to renounce particularly that into- 
lerable trick that you have of contradidt- 
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ing everlaftingly whatever you hear faid i 
and to rid yourfelf of the vile habit of op- 
poling your own ridiculous ideas to the 
counfels of fuch people as you know to be 
wifer than yourfelf. I am perfuaded, you 
have fufficient courage to take up any refo- 
lution, and to fupport it. 

Helen. Yes, indeedj mama, I will, I 
will do fo. 

Mrs^ Cranfield. I expcdcd nothing left 
from you, Helen i and if during the "re- 
mainder of the week I fee you pcrfevcrc ifi 
your laudable refolution, we will go next 
Saturday and fee your coufin. We {hall 
then carry her the purfc and the work-bag 
alfo, which will make her think that you' 
have delayed your prefent with a view of 
complimenting her with fomething worthier 
of herfelf, and more expreflive of your ge- 
nerofity. 

Helen, {embracing her mama.)' Oh! dear 
mama, once more you make me happy !. 

Mrs. Cranfield. You, Helen, make me na 
lefs happy. Poflibly this very moment you 
are laying the foundation of your whole 
future happinefs^ 

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( I4X ) 

THE DESERTER, 
A Drama, in Three Acts. 

CHARACTERS. 

MooRHOusE, - a Publican. 
. Grace, - his Wife. . 

George their Son, a Corporal. 
Trunnion, - his Comrade. 
Thomas, - Moorhotife's Brother. 

Steward. 
Captain. 
Serjeant, 

During the two Jirji afis, the fcene is laid in 
. the Publican's hoiife \ but changes to a pri^ 
Jon in the lajf. 

ACT I. 

SCENE I. 

Moorhou/e, (entering,) Grace, (/pinning with 
a diftaff andjpindle.) 

Moorhoufe. T T E R E is a foldier coming, 
•*• -■• Grace. 
Grace ^ {letting fairher fpindle.) A foU 
dier I What are we to do ? Our trade gone, 
and a foldier quartered on us ! 

Moorhoufe.. 

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Moorboufe. After all, pcrliaps, though it 
is not likely that he fliould help us, he will 
have jsiore compaffion on our poverty than 
richer folks. A foldier*s character, my 
dear, is much mifreprefented : he has far 
more coufcience thana ftcward, who is har- 
dened to opprefs the poor by dint of habit, 
while a foldier is often thinking of another 
li&» as he ha^ death before him often. 

S C EN E IL 

Moorboufe^ Grace, trunnion. 

Trunnion* Save you ! I am come to be 
your gueft. See, here is the billet : it is 
for two. Another is on the road. 

Moorboufe. We would entertain you, foU 
dier, with all our hearts, but we really have 
hot the means. Though we keep a pub^ 
lic-houfe, yet trade is fo dead that we caiv- 
not renew our licence, which is almoft out. 
We fignified as much to Juftice Parfons in 
the neighbourhood, and begged that no fol- 
diers might be fent us ; but he anfwered> 
till our licence was expired we muft ))e 
looked upon as publicans, and take the 
confequence. Indeed, w^e have hardly now 
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» fingle cuftomer: the houfe is deferted, 
and our Hock of liquor out to the very laft 
drop. 

Trunnion. But, for heaven's fake^ my 
good people, tell me how you live without 
a bit of iire ? 

'^r/!/T. A-'licn one has got no fuel, and^ 
no i-> r.f.v to buy ^rvY''^ 

trunnion. For my part, I muil have fomc 
to warm me, and a bit of dinner likewife. 
Have you any thing to give me ? 

Grace. Nothing ; not fo much as bread. 
We live from hand to mouth; and when 
Vft get one meal, cannot tell when we Ihall 
liave another. If you do not believe me, 
take a look about the houfe, and fee if 
you difcover any thing but poverty with- 
in it. 

Trunnion. No, no ; I believe and pity 
you* I haye a little money in my pocket, 
which I cannot do better than Ihare with 
you. My good friend, here is a Ihilling 
and fome halfpence : go, buy us fomething 
, good to eat ; youthall take a bit along with 
us, but firft, a little wood, 

Moorboufe. Vou are very kind ; I will run 
immediately. {He goes out.) 

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. SCENE III. 

trunnion, Grace* 

Trunnion^ And m the mean time^ with 
your leave, good mother, I will examine 
how my arms are, 

Grace. With my leave, good friend ? Do 
what you pleafe; you are welcome.-— 
{Afide.) My hu (band is right ; foldiers are 
much better chriftians than too many gen- 
tlefolks. — {To Trunnion.) My fon is a fol- 
dier likewife, 

Trunnion. In what regiment ? 

Grace. Colonel Sheffield's. . 

Trunnion. What is his name then ? 

Grace » George -Moorhoufe. ■ Heaven 
knows if he be ftill alive. I have not heard 
about him for thefe four years. 

Trunnion. Do not you be uneafy, my 
good woman, he is ftill living. 

Grace. Dear fir, do you know him then I 

Trunnion, (emiarraffed.) I can't tell that ;: 
but I fuppofe he is living, as he came of 
/uch good folks. . 

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Trunnm. But I wiih your hufband were 
returned. If I had^ but the wood, I would 
make a fire. My comrade is rather boif- 
terous, and will certainly be angry if he 
does not find things ready when he comes. 

Grace. Oh ! you will excufe us. A good 
word from you will pacify him. 

Trunnion. Words will not do with him, 
and belides he is a corporal. I muft not 
(peak to him as I pleafe. 

SCENE IV. 

Trunnion^ Grace^ Mborhoufe. 

Moorhoufcy {tbrcnving down a faggot.) 
Here is fome wood, and a nice bit of meat % 
and turnips tl^at a gardener gave me. I 
have brought you back a little change too. 

Trunnion. Keep that to buy us fome fmall 
beer. I thought to have had a pint of 
porter; but my family is increafed, and fo 
my liquor muft be weaker. 

Gra<e. Come, my dear, open the faggot, 
and I will make a fire : the gentleman fays 
that his comrade is rather hafty. 

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I42t T«^ DESERTER. 

TrunnioHp Yes,, and being a ^ton^-com- 
nuflioned officer befldes, he "will expe<9: 
things to be as they fhonld. He is .giving 
orders in the company;, otherwife he would 
have hcea here Jbefore now. Ah ! here he 
Comes« 

S C E N E T. 
Trumkftg Grace, Moorbwfe^ iSe$rge. 

Georgf.. Well, is dinner ready ? Make 
hafte, gpod people. 

MoQrbo^fe. It is not our fault, good fir, 
that matters are no forwarder, Yourcom- 
radjc ^iil inform you fo. 

^rumioH, (in a win/per tp George* ) Come, 
finifh this child's play, and . tell them who 
you are (To Grace ^) Confider this yDung 
man, good mother. - r 

George. Do not you re<50llcA m^ ?^ \ 

Grace, {qfter having looked at George with 
attention.) Heavens! can it be Gfeorge? 

Ge<^rge. Yes, yes, it is, dear mother. 
Oh, what pleafure to behold you after fuch 
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Mmrkonf^. Is it poifiUe? mf fon! Oh, 
welcome dear,jde5ur hay, a tkou(knd timesil 

Grfl€ey {enihr&cing bim:) 1 fee you then 
Oence nu>rebef6re I die ? Heayen be pmiffedl 

Mmrhttufe. And how have ywL contrived 
to live? fo many^ my dear fpn, arc ^^d, 
but you in fafetyi 

George. Yes, and yet I have never been 
deficient in my duty. I owe it certainly 
to your prayers, that I hiavc efcapcd fafc 
and found from all dangers. I find I am 
quartered on you : Are youfbrry fpr it ? 

Moorbouje. Can you aiH if We arc lorry ! 
iince thie day you left usj we have xtts^ 
htftn fo happy* 

Grace ^ (whi/pering •Truwfim.} My good 
&iend> you told me fomething of a ctxrpo^ 
ral>Jthinki 

^ ^TUMimi Why, George is a corporal. 
Don't you fee it ? 

Moofhmfe. Then yofi are ][)romoted \ but 
how came that about ? You could iiot 
read. 

Ge^rg^i^ My captain had metaught. 

Maorhquje. Oh, \yhat a charming man 
this captain muft be ! 

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Grace. Let them tell us now that fol- 
dicrs arc not fpecial people ! 

trunnion. \ will anfwer for it, -George 
will foon be higher than a corporal. {To 
George.) But how came you not to tell me, 
when you iaw the billet, that you were 
quartered on your father ? 

George. Comrade, I was fo full of joy that 
I could not fpeak. 

Grace. How long are you to ftay with 
us? 

George. Two days. We halt here. 

Moorboufe. I am glad of that, my dear 
boy ; we fliall have time to talk of a few 
matters. 

Tfu^nion. Well, well, I can fee you have 
enough to talk of thefe three hours or more 
perhaps : fo, mother, Ihew me where to 
make the fire and drefs the meat ; I will do 
the whole myfelf. 

Grace. At lekft I will help you, my 
good fir. 

Trunnion. No, no ; you have enough to 
do with George, fo do but fliew me to your 
kitchen ; then you may come back^ and talk 
together at )rour ieale. . 

Grace. Sinqe you wifl have it fo. 

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Moorboufe^ George. 

George. Then, father, you are not at your 
eafe ? 

Moorboufe. At our eafe ! Oh, no. Our 
trade is fallen from us, and in ihort, thefc 
two years pall, it is wonderful how wc 
fubfift ! 

George. But how is that poffible ? you 
that were formerly fo well to live ! 

Moorhou/e. You have reafon to be fur- 
prifed at it, knowing as you do how labo- 
rious we always were, and that we did not 
manage like one half of pur neighbours, 
who do not know how to lay by any thing 
againft 'a rainy day. However, we have 
had fevere loffes fince you left us^ and now 
the worft of it is that we are indebted to 
our landlord upwards of four pounds, Wfe 
cannot pay. it, and the fteward threatens 
every day to turn us out of doors, in which 
cafe we muft beg our bread. 

George. Juft Heavens I could I have 
thought to find you in fo fad a fituation ! 
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Mocrbm/e. We ihould nerer have been 
in it, had the fteward not contrived to 
make ycu^ as he did, a foldier. It was 
wholly a cohtrivance on IMS' part; I will 
tell you the particulars fome other oppor- 
tlinity. When he was nothing bftt a bai- 
liff, and had fcarce a coat to wear, I would 
Aj* lend him money, and it was then that 
h» feffiof all began to hate vts. AtmI atf 
l%Agt1\ he has completed his revenge. Our 
houfe is to be fold, and you will not pof- 
ftft a groat belonging to your father^ 

George. If yoti had but fomethfngto fub- 
fiftoii, I fliouldriot regard myfelf. Here 
is all the money that I poflefs. 1 give i* 
you with tears, bccstufe I have no mott tor 
fp^tc yoii. 

Miorbim/e. May heaven repay it to you i 
hundred fold, tny dear child ! This will 
keep tis a few^ days. 

Oe&rge. Let me think a little. Cannot 
I fpeak wlfli this lame fteward ? 
.M^rMufe. He wiH be here this very' 
day.' •''•-'- '^'^ 

Ge&rge. Th^h ! will be furc to tiell him 
fomething that pfiay do you good. The 
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you fhall go and tell him your iad fitua-« 
tion. 

Moorbou/e. I go tell him ! I fhould not 
be able to pronounce a word before him. 
I Ihould ftand ftock ftill, or pci:haps run 
away through fear and terror, were 1 forced 
into his prefence ! . . 

George. Never fear : he would return you 
a kind anfwer. I was once a centinel at 
Windfor, on the Terrace, when the king 
was walking there : it was upon a Sunday 
evening. I fhall never ftire forget with 
what familiarity he fpoke to people 5 but 
tfiat is ttOthii^ ; for he met one ^lorning 
with a poor man's^ child as he was walking 
through the town, and entering into con- 
verfation, found him ftich a clever littte 
fellow, that he ordered him a guii^a : when 
the father heard it, he was ever on the w^tch 
to fall in with his majefty, as he was walk- 
ing out. He proved at laft fo fortunate as 
to obtain a hearing, when he thanked hin> 
for the guinea; upon which the king, 
would you believe it, ordered him another 
gijinea for his gratitude^ as he particularly 
mentioned. ? ; 

M^prbpiife* You don't tell md Xoi 

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George. Believe me, I wotlld much ra- 
ther have to fpeak with him than many-of 
our officers. 

Moorbou/e. Wtia,t a gracious king! 

G^^r^. There cannot be a bearer. So 
pray hear what I intend to do ; I will get 
our quarter-mafter to write me a petition ; 
and though poffibly yo^ flioujd have twaity 
miles to walk, no mattey. 

Moorbm/e. And what^ think y 0% wiU the 
king do for us ? 

George. I cannot tell exadUy, but we will 
talk further about it to*morrow. In the 
mean time^* be aflured* dear ^(bc«i it it 
much more agreeable to have to dp ^ith 
^reat than little pe(^le. Com^ let ui 
take a turn or two together through the 
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MoorhdHfii Grace, 'Geof^e/fjianjihig/niar a 
• tdMe.r ' •'" ' 

. ' Gn^r^. We have no more than ttro piatcr. 

George. No matter, mother.' Our pro«- 
videt ^ilP be Ivlth tis very ftiortly.^ 

Moorbou/e. Wh^t a deal of pains lite takes 
xn oui- account ! 

George. Ybu do liot know* hitn yet t next 
to fighthig) he likes Aothing half lb wd} as 
cooking : here he comets *• - • 

Trumion, {enming wkb the' Meat^ 4nd 
turnips dreJlfed.)^litetp9cif, ifriends. Here 
is w^at will warm our itomachs this cbld 
weather. I )iavc made a little broth ; and 
li^ke a foldier's word, you will find it ex- 
cellent. So let Us fit down ; but firft fay 
grace*^-— ^Comb, hclpyourfelves^-^They fay 
there is no fuch thing as eating broth with^ 
out a fpoon : and fo here is mine. {He 
takes a knife and fpoin out of his pocket.} . 

Moorbmfe. I am very glad of that : wc 
have bat two# HTbey help theinfelves.) 

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Qrsce^ (to A&orbou/^.} The brotK ^&,€x- 
ccllcnt! I : 

^ Mowhoufe. }, luv€7io|L caf f^ good thefc 
many years. 

^^^gi* JP9 l^ot ip^e it then. To fay 
the trutht I have tafl;^ worfe. 

Grace. We would never wifh for better 
:e$ long 95 wc live : nsqr, nor yet fo good> 
czcfpt on Sundays, . 

GeoY^e^ Well, let iw now begin upon thjc 
meat,' .V 

trunnion, (to Moorhou/e.) But how js. tbiii> 
iny frien^, ydu have no plate ? ( 
^ 6r%^. Oh, n/^yer mind: pnp glale wiU 
fefveus both. ' 

Trutmon. Here is mine. , * 

Moorhou/e. By Bomtilte. 

^rmnion. I can make myfdf a plate. 
{He €UU aflice of tresd, 0^4 puts MstneaS 
upon it.) Weihpuld be finely offiii crartp^ 
H" we were forced to wait for plates ! . 

George^ But father, you do not eat, what 
i9flls you.^ 

Moorhoufe. Ah I 

trunnion. What makes you figh ? 

Mtfothoufe. I caiwiot hdpiighin^i to re- 
fled. I fliould haye treated George at mjr 

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€xpence on Kis tetuhij biit was without a 
bit of bread xo give him. 

(jeorge. ft^yiiO toot talk at this rate, 
fether. 

TrunnioH. No, no, do not evert think 
about it. Come, your health 1 {be drinks.) 
Now you, good friend. 

Moorbou/r, (faking tbe mug.) Comc, here 
is our benefaAoi^s health ; and many bleT- 
iings on him for his Hndnefs. (Drinksng,) 

Grace. Oh! a thoufand bleflfaigs f-— -» 
(Drinking.) 

George. Comrade, my h«rty thaiMIt^ to 
you ibr'this day's friendlhip fbcwtt my 
parents. 

trunnion. Do you with to make Bie 
proud? You drink my heal^ as if I iiad 
won a battle ! 

^oorboufi. Ay, and you deftrve we Aould. 
Yoii have yourfelf but little, and part wiA 
it for our fakes. [A knock witbqftf.) 

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Moorhcufe^ Grace, George, TrunnioHi^^tbi 
Gapfain, ^rjeafif. '^ 

George. Our captain ! ^ 

, Serjeatfi, {iviib a pockef-i^kin his band.) 
How many arc you hcrei 
' George, (rififig.^ Twro* . (^bey all rijej 

f'be Captain. Very wdl. • Do not ftir : 
and you too, my good people, keqp your 
feats, make Jio. ceremonjr* I am charmed 
tQ fee fn inush^lKWTTjony and corfJtality 
amongil yoii. Have you {io Moo^^oufe) 
,aijy jd^mplaint s^ain^ thefe^men ? ■ . 

iMo^rbn^fe^t Oh I no fi/ ; tf they arc &ti&- 
fied with us- 

. * Tijv Captain,* {to, George.^ Do you like 
your, quarters ?. . 

G^'(?r^V Sir, I am quartered with my fa- 
ther : ifeirai^my comrade's part to anfwef. 

Trunnion, We have every thing that wc 
defire. 

The Captain, [to Moorbou/e.) What! is 
this young man your fon ? You are very 
happy then j for I can tell you, all the regi- 
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ment love him. (He looks round about bim.) 
I am afraid y<|ur cirjcuiiiftipiccs arc not of 
the eafieft : but you are rich in having fuch 
afonl . 

George. I thank fouj captain^ for referv-* 
ing this favourable teftimony of mt for the 
cars of my parents^ and Ihail fo behave 
myfelf, I hope, that they niay nc.ver k)fc 
the happinefs that itafia^ith^m*^ .< 

Moorbou/e^ Oj gocK^firJ my bo^om ovei*- 
flows, with joy. 5 ; ' * 

Grace. We Ihould be happier, icaptaiii, 
could you let hinv (lay wi^ lis. . ; 

Motxrhoufei. What, wife^ todie ql hunger}? 
Would you think it> fir, this geverc^s fol- 
dier, though *a ftranger to ifSj, bought the 
xtimiet! that we have been eating* otherwift 
we fhould npt have had brg^ tq^give our 
fon?. We have Jpft our cuftom; and be- 
$des> our landlord, for about four pounds 
that we owe him— 

ne Captain. Threatens perhaps to turn 
you out of doors ? The cafe, alas, is far too 
common : and I pity you fincerely. Here 
is a piece of gold that I . chance to have 
about me : it will be of fome affiftance to 
you. George, this is what your condudt has 
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deferved ; fot it is on your account I give 
it to your parents, 

George* Ah, my generous captain ! if you 
knew how ferviceable fuch ^ gift is> you 
would fay youifelf that I never cjui repay 
you at I ought. 

Maorh^ufe. God only cam repay (uch 
Ibounty. 

Grace* May he gr^t you many years of 
liapf^ifiefs! Jf I ftild twenty children, I 
would lef you have them every one with 
pteafure. 

^T&f d/>/«^^. Good woman ! you repay 
my kindifefs^ vet-y miich indeed. One child 
in valual^ to a parent, and you would 
^ve ihc twenty f l>ut I interrupt yoiir din- 
ner. FJiifewell, good people. I wiB come 
©net agiin and fee you, if I can, before 
we go* ' /■' • } 

Serjeant. Trunnion, be ready fpir the next 
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SCENE III. 

Mo&rJmfe, Grace, Gecrgty Trunnion. 

Trunnion, {drinking.) Long live our noble 
captain! ' 

George. So I fay indeed ; for he hat ikved 
us all frOii(i dying, , 

Moorboufe. He y«. never faw u«v and we 
get a piece of gold ! who could have thoilgkl: 
that a ftranger vto\x\A compailiaiiate • our 
fituatioHj, when we are treated with fo mttch 
barbarity by thofe that inow; us ? 

Grace^ P the blefled gentleman 1 buf how 
much is it worth ? [looking at tbe piece <f 
gold.) It muft be of pretty large value. 

, Mo9rbou/e. Good heavens ! could I fup^ 
poic that I (hould ever Hand in fuch need 
of a fingle piece of money ! What is it I 
Do you know its value, George ? 

George. I never faw fo large a piece. 

Trunnion. It is more, I am certain, than 
a guinea : but I cannot tell how much.— t^ 
Stay, let me fee.— Oh! now 1 recoUedt. 
It is what they call a fix-and-thirty : ther<^ 
arc fcveral now going about. They come 

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from Portugal : it is nearly worth tw# 
guineas. . - 

Grace. Wiiat! two guineas! almoft half 
our debt : if the fteward would tafce this in 
part, it would make us eafy. 

Moorbmfe. I hope he will give us a little 
time for the remainder. 
: Grace. Do you think that is likely ? I 
fliould be content to live ypon dry bread till 
next winter, provided we were not obliged 
to leave our houfe. 

Geprge^ Do not bie uneafy nu)ther, I will 
try what I can do with him; 

Grace. We vftood fo much irt^-fear of, fol- 
xiiets, and a foldier is now our guardian 
angel ! - God's good providence be praifed 
for this .repaft, and the afliftance that he hM 
fent as. {I'hey all rifi^) 

Tru^tnm, Well now, I will put evttry 
thing away. 

Grace. Yes^ truly, if I would i let youi. 
Reft yourfelf J I will do that myfelf. > 

^rmmoH. No, ^o ,• it i$ patt of ^my. cm- 
ploy. - I will have you rccolle*^ the day we 
quartered in your little cot as long a&i you 
both liv^v ■■''"• ' '^ -'i '^' '''"'■ '' 

Grace. ThQre is no refiftingyouL ^Trun-^ 

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nkn taimbe things out.) lamjiotfurprifed 
that the women are fo fond of foldkrs ; 
they tnoft make £ich hufbands! they do 
ail tbe work themfeivesr and. with fd much 
dexterity ! but I muft foUoWi or he will 
wafli the plates. (She is going, hit returns.) 
Ah ! here is brother Thomas; Let usob- 
fervc if he will remember Gcoi^ge. 

SCENE IV. 
Mo^bonfe, Grace, George, Thomas. 

Gracet, {t^ Thomas.) Lookj hrot|ifir,,hcre 
is i young man. come to fee.^jif Doii't 
take him for a common foldier thougli* 
Have you any knowledge, of hitfk) or you 
Georgej have you ? go to him : it is your 
uncle Thomaiu 

George. Juft as if I did not recollcft him ! 

Thomas. I your uncle?-— let me fee. 

No — Yes — Yes, he himfelf. My nephew, 
as I live \-^{Tbey em trace.) One need not 
aflc about your health ; you look fo very 
well! 

George. I hope, dear uncle, you are as 
well as I am* 

Grace. 

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Grace. \ could Mrifh you did but know 
how much his captain praifes him ! I wifh 
I could ftay and teH you ; but I am forced 
to go, or I belicYC our cook would itt the 
houfe to rights from top to bottom. 

S C E N E V. 
Moorhoufe^ Thomas, George. 

Thomas. I iiejoice, dear nepkcw, with all 
my heart, to fee you fafc come home : 
howeirer truft mo if you have not heard 
the whole already, you could never have 
returned to find us more unhapjiy. We 
are all a) poor, as if the country had been 
pillaged. 

Moarhdi^fe. \ And our landlord's wicked 
fteward would gladly, if he could, fuck 
out the little blood that is left us. 

George. You no longer need have anj^ 
fear of him, a3 you can pay down half tfce 
^m that you owe him. He muft needs be 
patient, tlli fuch time as you can pay 
the rcft.^ ' r • - * . 

Moorhoufe^ {letting Thomas fee bis fUve of \ 
gold) See brother; fee what George^has 
got roe. 

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Thomas^, (M George. ) Did you fare it from 
your pay, or is it plunder? ^ 

George^. Ndthcr one, nor the other ; it 
is a prefent from my captain who was here 
juft now. 

Moorboufe. It is to George however that 
I am obliged for it r his captain gave it 
me, becaufe he had behaved himfelf fo weU. 

Thomas. In truth I am fo much better 
pleafed j becaufe a foldier, who would lay 
up fuch Or deal of money from his (lender 
pay, muft certoinly deprive himfelf of many 
nttle comforts in this life: and, a^toi>lun- 
dcr, jtiftify it how you will, it is always 
villainouny got, and never profpcrs. 

George. Thsit was what I abvays thought i 
and therefore never would go pillaging: 
indeed with all the plunder that others got, 
I found they were not richer than myfelf : 
but on the contrary, fpent'half their tdime in 
the black hole, being always guilty of fomc 
crime or other, after they had been a rob- 
bing,, for it was nothing elfe ; whereas my 
officers were never troubled with com- 
plaints of me. 

Thomas. I cafily believe you. All your 
family are honeft people ; and you would 

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not, I am furcj be the only good-for-no- 
thing fellow of the number. We are poor 
indeed, but have the fear of God before 
our eyes, and that is much better than the 
greateft riches. 

Maorboufe. Yes ; and if the fteward — 
Thomas. Softly brother, here he comes^ 

SCENE VI. 
MocrhcH/e, George^ Thomas, the Steward. 

The Steward. Well, Moorhoufc i to- 
morrow 38 Juflat hand. You are ready I 
fuppofe to pAy your rent, or elfe to quit 
yoi^lrhoufc. 

idoorhou/e. I. cannot, my good fir, pay 
more than ,hal^; nor.fhould I have been 
abk to do that, if Providence had not af-* 
fifted me. Be fo indulgent as to wait till 
Karveft for the reft, and dp not complcat 
my ruin by diftrefling me ftill further than 
I am diftreiTed already. 

The Steward. By diftrefling you ! the 
common cant : the more one does, the more 
one may for fuch as you. How long, pray, 
has not this fame rent of yours been grow-» 

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ing? yet my lord diftrefles you ; and why ? 
becaufe at laft he tells you that he will have 
his money ! 

Moorboufe. But is half of what we owe 
him nothing ? Take that half,* let me be- 
feech you, and intreat my lord in our 
behalf. 

The Steward. Yes, yes, intreat him to let 
you lead him by the nofe another twelve 
month ? I Ihall hardly do fo : therefore pay 
the whole ; or elfe I feize, that's certain. 

George. Oh! a little mercy, my good fir; 
and think that with a fingle word you have 
it in your power to make my father happy. 
, If there*s nothing goes unpunilhed in this 
world, *tis furely no fmall matter to reduce 
an honeft man to beggary. 

The Steward. Mind your mufquet, and 
not my affairs. 

George. My mufquet, fir, belongs to the 
king, and I fliall take care of it without 
yoiir inftrudtions. , If the king were here 
prefent, he would not take it amifs that 
I;iilioaidr> fpcaak for itiy parents, and yet, 
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Tb^ Steward. Mr. Soldier, you may fcavc 
feen fervice, as they call it, but remember 
that you are not talking now to ibmc boor 
whom you have plundered^ and have at 
your mercy. 

George. I aever t9lk€d *to any ,aiapi as, 
I think, I Ihould to you {now I ktioTff your 
difpojitionj were I to meet you in an enemy's 
country. 

The Steward, Ypp will ixcver have th^t 
fatisfadtion. 

Thomas. Excufe a foldier's blyntncj&, my 
good fir. 

The Steward. Hold ypur tongue lik?- 
wife. — I have you: down in my ps^r^j.t 
believe. 

Thomas. I am fure you Imve ;.and n^ mc 
only, but all honeft people. . 

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Meorhouff^ George, Thomas, the Steward, 
Grace, Trunnion. 

' .Grace. The fteward here! 

Moorboufe. Be quiet, wife.- -For Hea* 
ven's fake, ]et me beg you, Mr. Steward— 

The Steward. All your prayers are ufe- 
left ; and to-morrow you ihall fet out on 
your travels. 

Grace. You will furely have fomc pity on 
us. We fhall foonget work. Here is half 
your money, and our houfe will ftill be 
ftanding for the other half, if we should 
break our word. 

The Steward. Still ftanding ! you may 
bum it : but if not, I muft obey the orders 
of his lord^ip. 

George. Has his lordlhip ordered you to 
ruin a whole family^ for what my father 
owes him ? You are paid to take whatever 
care you can of his affairs ; and by pro- 
ceeding as you would you do not earn your 

wages. Therefore take my xounfd, and for 
onceifulfil your duty. 

The Steward. Will you tell mc ^hat my 

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duty is? you may keep your counfel ta 
yourfelf ; I tell you that. 

George. And you, I tell you, may be civil. 

The Steward. Who taught you all this 
impudence? 

Trunnion. Suppofe yourfelf a moment in 
this young man's fituation. He is a foldier, 
and a foldier always knows what he is to 
fay ; a thoufand times better, at leaft^ than 
any fteward. You havc.dajred before his 
face, to tell his father that he Ihall g© upon 
Jiis travels. We all* know the mejuiing of 
that phrafe : and would you have him ftand 
there like a port before you, w ithout hayii^ 
the fpirit to open his lips? Who could 
keep4iis temper if he faw his i^mily on the 
point of being ruined by an ill-natured cur 
of your ftamp ? We know wha? ftewards 
are, and how they make fortunes* This, 
young ;Tian fpoke to you civilly at firft, and 
you flighted him. He is in the right now 
to fpeak the truth ta you. 

The Stewards This is paft bearing. {Turns 
in a violent rage to Moorbou/e.) Are you dif- 
pofed to pay ? I alk you but once more. 

Moorboufe. I have told you that it is not 
in my power. 

Grace. 

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Grace. And offered you the little that wc 
have. 

The Steward. I will have the whole or- 
nothing.— If it is not fent to-morrow, you 
ihall hear from me. 

George, (Jiopping bim.) Once more. 

The Steward. Let me go. PU not have 
any thing to do with fuch a ragamuffin. 

George, {ftriking bim.) Ragamuffin ! You 
are fpoking to a foldier, fir, take that : and 
ojut with you. ^ Old rafcal ! get you gone ! 
{b^ pujhes him out.) 

^be Steward. Oh ! vengeance ! waig'^'' 
ancel 

SCENE XIII. 

Moorhoufe, Grace, nomas, George, Trunnion. 

Giace^ George, my dear George, what 
liave you done t 

Moorhoufe. We are ruined. 

George. Do not be frightened, father* 
Had you wept even blood, he would not 
have relaxed. I never ftruck a man be- 
fore ; but I was never called a ragamuffin 

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in my life till now. Coyld I be a faldier 
had I borne it ? 

trunnion. If you had not ftruck him* I 
was ready to ftrike you. 

Moorhoufe. Who know^s. .what it may 
coft us ? 

George. What, becaufe I would not be 
infulted ? 

Grace. It was very wrong in youj for 
notwithftanding he infulted you^ yet „ ftilL 
you. Ihould have recoUeded that he is ray 
lord's fteward. 

George. Plhaw ! he is not the firft of his 
profeflion that has undergone a foldier's 
vengeance. Ij for my part, think it per- 
fect fympathy, that when a foldier fees a 
rogue, he naturally knocks him down. 

Grace. I can't help thinking we fhould 
certainly have foftcned him at laft. 

George. No, truft me, never. 

Grace, [to Moorboufe.) What think you,. 
my love ? It will be much better for «s to 
go after him. 

George. It would be ufclefs. 

Moorboufe. That may be; but I am rc- 
folvcd, it Ihall not be faid that I have left 

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any means untried So GracCj ict us go 
together. 

George. Wtllj fince you ^vill go, let it be 
fo : but if he yields, I'll eat my hat. 

Moorhoufe^ Come, wife, let us try this 
only method left us ; and Heaven's v^ill be 
done, if it ihould fail. 

Grace. Sure, fince we have ftruggled 
through life thus far. Providence will not 
let us perifh with hunger at laft. 

'Trunnion. Your mother. Lean fee, has aH 
her neceflary conlblations ready when (he 
wants th^m. I wHl go fee, on my fide, 
what our comrades are doing. 

SCENE IX. 

George, nomas. 

George. And do you thinlc, uncle, that 
I have expofcd my parents to the fteward's 
malice jnpre, by m/ behaviour, than they 
were already ? 

nomas. Truft me, fo I fear, though it 
w as bad enough before between them. And 
yet, nephew, they might certainly have 
mended their affairs laft week, if they had 
49nJ[y had a little lefs compaflioa. 

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, George. How, dear uncle ? 

T!hpmas. They difcovex'ed a deferter, but 
woyld not inform s^inft him, notwith- 
ftanding the reward. 

George. Indeed! 

Thomas. The blackfmith here hard bjr 
was not fo fcrupulous, and got the money. 

George y {to bimfelf. ) A deferter ! a thought 
Urikes me.— (9^9 Thomas.) O uncle! I can 
fave my father, if I pleafe ; but muft have 
your affiftance. May I truft you ? 

Thomas. Certainly. 

George. But can you keep a fecret ? 

Thomas. I have always thought I could. 

George. Whatever happens ? 

Thomas. Yes, provided there is no wick- 
ednefs in the s^fFairl 

George. None, uncle, 
• Thomas. Well then, fpeak. 

George. But were you to betray me ? 

Shomas. It muft fure be fome extraor- 
dinary matter ? 

George. Yes ; but you will have no rea- 
icn^ tQ fear any thing. 

Thomas. WeU,<ome then tothe purpofe. 

George. I will dcfert this very night. 
You Ihall fccure me, and get forty Shil- 
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lings, by it> which, will nearly pay my fa- 
ther's debt. 

Thomas. I fancy you are turned fool I 
What, I fecure you? I, your uncle? Why 
not bid me take a mufquet up at once, and 
Ihoot ycm ? 

George. There is no mufquet in the cafe. 
A foldier is nevef fiiot the firft time that he 
4ef6rts* 

Thomas. WeU thcn>. at leaft he is^ flogged 
fcverely. 

George. But I need not fear even that ^ 
for all the oiSicevs of the regiment lave me^ 
and I am fure 1 fhall get off. 

Thomas. No, no; I cannot confent. Sup- 
pofe your fiither was to know it ? 

George. Can he know it, if we keep the 
fecret ? For deferting, a& I have told ytju, I 
fhajl not be Ihot *«. though. Were there any? 
loom to fear it, I have often rifqued my 
Bfe to benefit my country ; I can rifque it. 
fufely then to benefit my &thcE; Think 
too, he is your brother, and that by this 
way only we can fave him and my mother 
too from beggary, and perhaps from deaths 

Thomas^ The devil, fure, has brought me* 

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into this temptation. I cannot tell what 
rcfohition I ftioukJ take. 

George. Remember you have promifed 
me, will you break your word ? In my dc- 
fpair I ftiall defert, and then my father will 
get nothing by it : fp that you have no af- 
fe(9:ion for your family if you refufe me. 

7bomas. No affcdkion I— You hold out a 
knife before me, and are ready, as it werc^ 
to ftab me to the heart. 

George. Well, uncle, take your choice* 
Time prefle^. 

Thomas. But (hould you deceive me, ne« 
phew ! Should your fentencc be 

George. Of death, I have told you, there 
is no fear. At worft, it will not exce^ a 
whipping. I know how to fufier, and at 
every lafti I ftiall bethink me that I have 
faved my father. 

Thomas. ysftWthtxx, I confent to do as 
you dired: me ; but Ihpuld matters fall out 
otherwife— • 

Georgf. Hqw can they fall out othcrwife? 
Give ^e youjr handj and be fecret. Our 
people call theJRoU, as we term it, at fix 
o'clock, and he that does not anfwer to his 
joame is miarked down as a deferter ; now 

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you {ball conduft me to the guard-room 
to-night, and inform them that you appre- 
hended me ten miles out of town, as I was 
deferting from the regiment. 

Thomas. It is the firft deceit that I ever 
was concerned in* 

George. Do not reproach yourfelf with it, 
dear uncli, lince it will get us both a 
bkffing. Let us embrace once more ; and 
now go, find my father. But take care ! 
let me conjure you not to caufc fufpicion. 
If I am doing wrong, God will alTuredly 
forgive me. What Ihould not a duteous 
fon do for the prefervation of his parents ? 

ACT IIL 

S C E N E I. APrifon. 
Drums and other muftc at a dijiance. 

Trunnion^ {coming in.) Oh! my poof dear 
Georgd 1 He ftiould have told us his diftrefg 
about the cniK^ ftewarcf, and nor thus de- 
ferted*. Who would liaVe imagined it laft 
night ? to have gone off, been apprehended, 
and fufFered his puniftiment all within the 
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compafs of a night and a morning I But it 
is over, and I am glad of it. H^ has borne 
it like a hero ; never uttered a fingle groan ; 
the regiment that loved him fp well hither- 
to, will, I am fure, not love him the worle 
for it ; , for my part I could have gone 
through half the punifliment for him. But 
bere he comes* 

SCENE II. 

Trunnion^ Georgr^ Serjeants 

George ^ {entering^ lifting up his hands cmi 
eyes to heaven.) Thank heaven I it i» ovcfj^ 
and my father i& fafe ! 

Serjeant, {in'furprife.) Ms father is fafe ! 
what does he mean by that ? 

George. Dear Trunnion I 

trunnion, {embracing bim.) O my deareft 
friend ! how fares it with you ? 

George. Do not flied tears for my fake,, 
comrade ; 1 am much happier than you 
think. 

Serjeant, {ajide.) What can all thia 
mean ?— Shall I go fetch the furgeon ? 

George. No Serjeant, I thank you. 

Serjeantf, 

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is fomething of a myftery in all this. I 
will go and tell my captain what I think. o£ 
the aiFair, {goes^ouf.y 

, SCENE IIF. 

George, Trunnion. 

Trunnion. Well a? leaft then take a drop^ 
pf fomething to fupport you^ {Giving binr 
a gf^fs of liquor.) 

George, (fqueezing Trunnion hy the hand. \ 
Thank you heaxtily, good comrade* [He 
drinks. )i 

Trunnion. I am rejoiced that the court,. 
in confequence of our requeft in your be- 
halfi remitted fo much of your fentence. 
B;it pray tell me, comrade*, what poffeffed 
you to defert thus !" 

George. I am afhamed, dear Trunnion^. 
to conceal the reafon from you ; fo do not 
aflc me ; it is a fecret that I can. never 
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SCENE IV. 

Trunnion, George, Thomas^ 

Thomas, ( entering vMently agitated.) WclT> 
mow are you fatisfied ?— 

Trunnion. Softly !• foftly ! You feem agi*- 
tated. Do not difturb your nephew, hc: 
wants reft- A man is not airways the fame.. 

George, (wbi/pering biis uncle.) You arc 
angry, uncle.. Should you fpeak of the af- 
feiir between us, you will undo me^ 

Thomas. I am undone atready. 

George. Are you ferious ? — (to Trunnion.}} 
Prithee, my good friend, leave us a mo-- 
ment to ourfelves. (Trunnion retires a little. X 

Thomas. Your father is in fo great a paf- 
fion that he will not fee me, on account of 
my having informed againft you, and re- 
ceived the money. Befides he will not ac- 
cept a ferthing of it. When I offered it 
to him, he rejeded it with horror. God 
forbid !' cried he, it is the price of my fbn*s 
blood. What then fhall I do ?' Thiere is fcarce- 
a boy in the village but will pelt me for- 

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my treachery, as they call it ; and all this 
through you. 

George* Be pacified, dear uncle! every 
thing will yet be well. The worft is pad : 
and you have only to go back and tell my 
father that I dcfirc to fee hin>. 

Thomas^ No, not I: — ^he won*t permit 
me to approach him* I informed you fa 
before. But how is this ! I fee him coming 
with my lifter* 

SCENE V. 

George, Thomas, Moorboufe, Grace* 

Grace* Where is my fon? Let me fee 
bim. 

Trunnion. This way, good mother ; here 
he ia. 

Grace, (running up to George. \ What have 
you been doing, fon ? How could you caufe 
u& fo much forrow I 

Moorhoufe. {in anger*} Are you here,, un- 
Ji^ppy wretch? You have yourfclf con- 
verted all the joy that you gaye me yefter- 
day into diftrefe and forrow. I will never 
fee you more. 

I 6 George^ 

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George. Dear fether, pray forgive me ! I 
luve undergone my puni(hm«it. 
- Mpcrhoufe. Yes, for flying from your co- 
lours ; but you have not (uffered for diC- 
gracing us in our old age. Sure fixty 
years, all pafled without a blot upon our 
charadtcr, entitled us to . hope that wc 
ihould have died without one : and yet uow 
you have covered us with, infamy. But wer 
renounce you ! 

George. Pardon, pardon me,^ dear father f 
Heaven is my witnefs, 1 have not difgraccd 
you, and was far frcwn wilhing to di%racc y<fti* 

thomas^ [afidf.) Oh I what torture ta 
hear this, and yet be forced to ftand thus 
filent ! 

George, (follozving Moorboufe.) Do not,, 
do not> father, leave me thus> without em- 
bracing me ! Oh ! flay a moment ! And you, 
mother, can you ftiew yourfelf a$. cruel ? 

Grace,. What can I do^. fon ? 

Moorboufe. Never call him fon- He has 
forfeited thaft name. 

Grace.. Forgive him> good maa! He is. 
ftill our child. 

Thomas. Yes, ferother, let your heart be 
moved to pity his afflidion. 

Moorboufe^ 

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Moorh^uji^ Hold ywitr tongue ! You arc 
full as bad as he is ; you that fell your 
acphew for the fekc of moneys I will np» 
more be your brother^ than his father^ 

Grace, (having talked a little while with- 
George. \ Hear me, hufband \ He makes fo- 
lemn promife*. Do» not make us both, 
wretched I After all, he is our child, the 
only one that we have, and can we then not 
love him ^ 

Moorhaufe. Don't fpeak one word more^ 
woman, but follow me ! {He is going out, but 
Trunnion holds him.), 

Trunnion^ Comc^ mafter Moorhoufe;; 
enough I You have vented your paflion t 
let all be forgotten-. The king accepts him* 
again ; why fhould not you ! Give him, 
give him your hand* Do you think that I 
fliould continue to have a regard for him> 
if he did wyX deferve it ? 

Grace. Hear that, my k>ve f Do not be 
more hard-hearted towards him than ftran* 
gers are* Befides, confider what his cap- 
tain faid yefterday in his behalf-. 

Moorhoufe. I fee him coming : fo I will 
fpeak to him before I anfwen 

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S CE N E VI.; 

Ge^rge^ Thomas^ Mwrhouft^ Gfttce^ Capfaift, 

Maorbouje. AhT fir^ does it not a&kfl 
you, when you recoiled that ydlerday you 
faid fo much in praife of my unworthy fan ? 

The Captain. He had deferved it j: though 
indeed I could not have fuppofed my comi* 
mendatioa would have had fueh bad ef- 
feds. But {to George) tell me what could 
poflibly induce you to defert! Ypu mufl: 
have had fomc very urgent motiy^,. Let 
me know the fecrets of your hearty what- 
ever be the c©nfequence. You have beeij. 
puniftiedj, and have therefore nothing now 
to fear* 

George.. My worthy captain^ do ^^U I 
befeech you, take away your favour fromi 
me ! I will endeavour to deferve it. , 

^be Captain. If you tell the truths I wilt 
not. For to fancy that you dcfcrted fpr a: 
quarrel, which, I underftand, you had with 
a lie ward, is abfurd,. . . . 

George^ And yet, your, honour may be 
certain,, there is no other reafon. Itis welt 

knowBi, 

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known, I never was remarkable for quar- 
relling with any one. The leaft offence 
appears enormous, when one has not been 
accuftomed to it. I was. fo difturbed at the 
affair th^t it took away my reafon; and 
befides^ the unhappy fituation of my father 
aided to diftradt me. 

The Capiain^ What then fignified t^efc 
words that you faid on entering the prifoa 
with the ferjcanl? Thank Heaven, it is over ^ 
4>nd my father is Jafe t 

Moorboufe, {aftonijbed.) Were thofc his^ 
words,, fir ? God forgive me> but the devil 
furely muft have turned his brain. 

George^ (JrghingJ I do not remember to> 
have faid thofe words.. 

Serjeant. I rraiember to have heard you' 
iky thpm, when you firft entered this room.. 

Trunnion. Yes, yes, comrade, that you 
did. I myfelf heard you alfo, now I re- 
colled. 

George. They nrnf^ then have certainly 
cfcaped me in my pain.. 

The Captain^ They might fo^; yet they 
are not without a meanings 

Ge&rg€, (in great embarrc^meni.) I do not 
know what anfwer to make you.^ 

The 

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^be Captain J (takifjg him by the band.) Db> 
mot, my honeft fellow, ftu^dy^ to deceive us^ 
TbU defenioa has £oma othex. reafoa th^^ 
your quarrel. Your difSmulatiou Tcry muck! 
difpleafes me y and you ai« Mkely to. lofe all; 
my fricndlhip. Was it not on accoua( of 
your fathe r ■ 

George y (eagercly.) How fay yofi>- fir- Do 
not beHeveT->— 

The Captain^ I fee, you are not worth the 
trouble that I am taking for you, and no- 
longer wiih to be informed of any thing, 
about you. You are more indifferent w^ 
me than the wbrfl of men* You do not 
know, perhaps, how much you^ have lofl by 
this^ prevarication. 

Tbctmas. I muft tell it then, at hrf^. 

George,, {interrupting bim.\ Dear uncle,, 
would you wifh ta make u& mojpe unhappy 
than w^ are? 

Thomas, {to the Captain.), I c^t explain 
the whoLe affair, fir; but have reafan to; 
fear left the mifchief fhould become flilfc 
greater. 

'The Captain. No, you h^c nothing to- 
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V^mas, Wcfll thert, good fir, it was to 
fave his parents that he dcferted. He found 
means to make me turn informer, and get 
fortf ihillings, that his father might have 
wherewithal to pay his debts ; but now, his 
father will npt hear a word about the mo- 
ney or his fon. Let me befeech you there- 
fore, fir, to rid me of this money, which 
I cannot keep, iuid interpofe at leaft with 
your authority and kindnefs^ that my bro- 
ther may be profited by what his fon has fa 
affeSionately done to benefit him i for the 
affair is exadly as I relate it to you. {Eveiy 
9ne appears aftonijhed.) 

The Captain^ George what do you fay 
to this ? 

George, {hurfting into tears.) You have 
heard the truth* However, I befeech your 
hcmour to believe that nothing but my fa- 
ther's fafety could induce me to defert my 
colours, I defpifed the danger, hoping to> 
fave him ; but, fince every thing is difco- 
vered^ and my hopes all loft, I mufl: fuffer 
more feverely. 

Moorhoufe, [embracing George. ) What, dear. 
George ! and was it for my fake you did all 
this. ? 

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Gracr^ {embracing bint atfo.) Yes/ now in- 
deed we may embrace him; though. In- 
deed my heart informed nie all along that 
he could not be fo guilty. 

^e Captain t {taking George hy the hand.) 
Oh, my generous youth ! what affedlion 
and what courage ! Yet, to fay the truth, 
your filial piety has carried you too far ; for 
to defert is always blameable. 

Moorboufe. Moft certainly I Heaven keep 
me from becoming richer by a penny of 
this money I 

George. There now, uncle, fee what comes 
of your revealing the affair ! I have made 
myfelf a double criminal to get my father 
money, which you find he will not accept. 

Thomas. Yes, yes, you have this to lajr 
to my charge, I muft acknowledge ; but his 
honour made me a promife firft of all. 

The Captain, {to Thomas.) Let your bro- 
thcrhave the money. Take it, {toMoer^ 
hoiije,) my -good friend j for George has dc- 
ferved it richly. 

Moorboufe I can never bring ftiyferfw 
take fuch ill-got money. 

The Captain. I will have you take irf 
and what is more, I will go and tell xYtc 

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matter to our colonel. — (To George.) You 
have not done your duty as a foldicr, I ac- 
knowledge; but have fhown yourfelf a fon 
in fuch a manner, that he cannot but be 
moved when made acquainted with it. 
Wait me : I will return immediately. {The 
Captain and Serjeant go out,) 

SCENE VIL 
George, Thomas, Moorbou/e, Grace, Trunnion^ 

George. My confolation is, that I can 
now with greater confidence entreat you to 
forgive me, as I have finiftied your misfor- 
tunes, and the fteward will-not have it ia 
his power to hurt you. 

trunnion. Yes, my good old man, for-^ 
give your fon ! He will be cured the fooner^ 
if he has your bleflitig : and befides, you 
ought to confider that he is to poflefs your 
cottage after you. 

Moorhoufe. He is, and therefore I will 
preferve it for him. Come, my fon, for- 
give your father, who has ufed you thus 
unkindly. Heaven can tell how much I 
fufFered, from the thought that yoi: had left 

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your colours ; and it feems^ you were dif^ 
charging even then your duty towards mc* 
How fhall I repay yqu for fo much affcdion^ 
in the little time that I have to live ? 

George. By loving me, as you have always 
done. 

Grace. Oh, yes! and ten times more; 
for every bit of bread that we cat^ we wilt 
fay to one another, it i^ our dear fon's gift. 

George. I am fatisfied.. And I thank. 
you> uncle, for the fervicc that you hay« 
done me. 

Thomas. You thant mc^ do you I I am. 
glad that matters have turned oat as well 
as they have* But never make fucb a tick-* 
Ulh experiment again.. And now, brother,, 
have you ftilf a gBudge againft me ? If it had 
not been from my wifh to ferveyou, I would 
never have been concerned in my ne|Aew's 
fcheme, no more than he would ; and fincc 
you pardon him, you may extend your libe- 
rality to me. 

Mocrboufe^ What can excufe your con- 
duct:, brother? I may throw myfelf into 
the flames, but he that lights them for me. 
wght to be CQoiidered crueL Yes, indeed.. 

^owevej;^ 

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Howctcr, I will not hate you : there is mjr 
hand. 

Trunnion. Comrade, hitherto I have loved, 
but now refpeft you. Let us embrace then^ 
and be always friends* 

SCENE VIIL 

GetfTge^ Thomas, Moorhoufe, Grace, Trunnion^ 

the Captain. 

The Captain. Good luck! good luck! 
You are a ferjeant on the fpot. The colo- 
nel, when I told him the affair between 
your father and yourfelf, was happy to pro- 
mote you. Take this alfo {giving him a 
purfe of money) from him, as a witnefs how 
much he applauds your filial piety. 

. Moorboufe and Grace. O, fir, may heaven 
reward you ! 

. The Captain. Nothing in all this is due 
to me : the colonel has done every thing. 
{George embraces his parents one after the 
other, ,^nd then turning to the Captain, fays) 
IM^g your honour's pardon ! 

The Captain; You dcfcrve the pleafure of 
embracing thofe that gave you birth, to 

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whom you have fo well difcharged your 
duty. 

Thomas. Well, could any one have thought 
that old Thomas, fimple as he is, would 
come to make a ferjeaut, as, it is plain, I 
have ? 

Trunnion. Yes, yes : and therefore, Mr. 
Serjeant— 

George y {embracing bim.yCill nie nothing 
but comrade and friend, as we have always 
been. 

Trunnion. Well then, comrade, let us 
break off a little for the prefent : and as 
nothing like good liquor fuits a joyous time^ 
let us^ as foon as we are able, make up 
for the forrows of laft night and this morn- 
ing. His honour and the eoloncl Ihall be 
toafted fijft. 



THE BED OF DEATH. 

TTVUNCAN, a bricklayer's labourer, 
-*^ living in a diftant country town, had 
loft hiis wife about a quarter of a year be- 
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fore the event we are to write of. The ex- 
pences of a tedious illnefs, and the inter- 
ruption of his labour by a very rainy fcafon^ 
had reduced him to the laft diftrefs. His 
children were half naked, and had really 
no bread to eat. This circumftance was of 
itfelf fufficiently tormenting ; but to aggra- 
vate the fcene, Sufanna, his poor mother, 
laid upon a little ftraw in the corner of the 
cottage, was almoft in the agonies of death. 

Duncan, at fuch a profpedt round about 
him, overwhelmed with forrow, took a 
broken matted chair, and at a little diflancc 
from Sufanna's bed fat down upon it, hav- 
ing both his hands held up; that he might 
hide his tears. 

His mother turning towards him, with a 
feeble voice enquired, if there was no where 
in the houfe a rag to put upon her. I 
cannot make myfelf warm, faid fhe, do 
what I will. 

Duncan. Stay, mother ; I will pull off my 
coat, and lay it on you. 

Sufanna. No, no 5 Iwill not have it, my 
dear fon. A little ftraw, if you have no- 
thing elfe, will do as well. But have you 
not a fmglc bit of wood ftill left to make 

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a fire for thefe poor children? You will 
tell me, you cannot go into the fields, be- 
caufc of the attentioA that I require. My 
life is very long, fince I am gtowh bur- 
thenfome to you ! 

Duncan. Pray do not fay fo, dear mother. 
Would to God I could procure you what 
you want, at the expencc of my own life ! 
I would freely give it up : but this is my 
grief, that you fuffer cold and hunger, 
while I am utterly unable to relieve you. 

Sufanna. Do not let that, however, afflict: 
you much, my poor fon. Thank God, my 
agonies arc not fo great as your affedion 
fears they may be : they will very quickly 
finifti, and my blefling will be the recom- 
pence of what you are doing now, and have 
been always doing for me* 

Duncan. O my poor dear mother ! In my 
infancy you put yourfelf to many difficul- 
ties for my maintenance ; and I, in your 
old age, muft thus fit by and fee you want 
for common rieceflaries ! That, dear mo- 
ther rends my heart, 

Sufanna. I know, it is not through any 
fault of yours ; and then, Duncan, upon a 
death-bed one has few — (believe me when 

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I tell yon fo)— few earthly wapts. Our 
heavenly father has us then particularly in 
his care. I thank you heartily, my dear. 
Your love qonfoles me in this hour of my 
departure. 

Duncan. What, dear mother, have you 
then no hopes of recovering ? 

Sufanna. No; I feel within me that I 
rouft die of this complaint* 

Duncan.' You do not fay fo ? 

Stt/anna. Do not atflid yourfelf ! I (hall 
foon be in a better uorld. 

Duncan^ [with figbs.) Oh heaven! oh 
heaven ! 

Sufanna. I fay, my fon, this need not 
grieve you. You were all my happinefs 
when I was young, and now you prove the 
joy of liiy laft moments. Soon, yes very 
foon, thank heaven, you will have nothing 
left you but to clofe my eye-lids. I Ihall 
then afcend to my Creator, tell what you 
have done for me, and earneftly befeecTt 
him to reward you for it everlaftingly. 
Think frequently of me, and I will think 
of you above. 

Duncan. Yes, always, always. 

Sufaniui. There is only one thing in the 
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' i#orld that gives mc pain when I thiiik 
of it. 

Duncan. And what is that mother? . 

Sufanna. I am muftering up my ftrength 
to tell you. And believe me, I muji tell 
you 5 for it is like a Hone opprcffing mc at 
heart. 

Duncan. Comfort yourfelf, dear mother, 
then>.and fpeak. 

Sujanna. I faw your little Arthur come 
yefterday here clofe behind my bed, and pull 
out fcveral apples, which he eat. Duncan, 
thefe apples were mot ours ; for then he would 
have thrown them on the table, aAd aikM 
''me to take fome. ^ \ iNemember ftill how 
lovingly he ufed to come and 'fling himfclf 
into my arms, when he had any thing to 
give me ; faying with fo much good-nature. 
Eat fome, do, my dear grandmother. O 
my dear, dear fon ! if he (hould be a thief 
hereafter I The thought has afHidted mc 
ever fince yefterday. 'Where is he ? Pray 
go fetch him. I would talk a little toliim. 

Duncan. Wretch that I am ! [He runs 
and fetches Arthur ^ and puts him hy Sufanna ; 
Jhe raifes her/elf ibitb difficulty^ ' turns about ^ 

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stakes hotb bis bands in bers. and leans ber 
bead upon bis Jboulder. ) 

Arthur. Grandmother,, do you, want me ! 
You dion't me call Jicrc, I hope, to fee 
you die I 

Sufanna. No, no ; fear nothing, my poor 
-Arthur, I , do not defire to frighten you ; 
and yet, my deareft, I Ihall die, and very 
foon too. 

Arthur. But not yet. Do not die till I 
am bigger. 

{Su/anna falls backward in ber led. The 
cbild and father look at one another weepings 
and each takes her by the hand.) 

Sufanna^ {coming fomewbat to herfelf.) I 
am much better now that I have changed 
my pofture. 

Arthur. So then you won't die ? 

Sufanna. Be comforted, my little fellow. 
Dying is not painful to me, as I am going 
to a tender father, who at prefent waits in 
heaven to fee me. When 1 am once with 
him, I fliall be better off than here. Soon, 
4bon my little fellow, I Ihall fee him. 

Arthur. Well then, take me with you : 
I will go too. 

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Sttfanna. No, my dear, you fhall not go 
with me ; but, if it pleafes God, remain 
a good while here behind me. You fhall 
live to be a virtuous and good man, and 
when your father is as ill as I am, you Ihall 
be his confolation, and afford him the af- 
fiftance that he needs. Won't you, Ar- 
thur ? Won't you obey him conftantly, and 
do whatever you think will give him plea- 
fure ? See, he does whatever he is able for 
my fake. Arid won't you promife me that 
you will do fo too ? 

Arthur. Yes, certainly I will, grand- 
mother. 

; Sttfanna* Take care then how you per- 
form your promife. God who made both 
earth and heaven, cannot but fee every 
thing that you do. I fuppofe, you believe 
this. 

Arthur* Yes, I do believe it : you have 
taught me fo yourfclf. 

Sufanna^ How then, my deareft Arthur, 
could you fuppofe that he would not fee 
you come here yefterday behind my bed, 
and eat the apples that you had ftolen ? 

Arthur. I will do fo no more — no, never 
grandmother, believe me, while I live. For- 
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give me what I have done, and pray that 
God Ahnightjr would forgive mc too. 

Sujanna. It is true then, is it, that- you. 
ftole thofe apples ? 

Arthur^ (fobbing.) Ye-e-es. 
. Sujanna. And pray of whom ? 

Arthur. Of ne-e-eighbour Le-e-onard. 

Sujanna. You muft go to neighbour Leo- 
nard then> and aflc his pardon. 

Arthur^ Oh, do not fend me there, pray 
grandmother.; -I dare not go, 

Sujanna. You muft^ my little friend, that 
you may never do the like again. For hea- 
ven's fake, my dear child, in future never 
take. what does not belong to you ; not even 
a bit of bread, though you were ftarving. 
God will never let you want, fiace it was he 
who created you. Truft then to his aifift* 
ance,-tell him when you fufFer, and be fure 
that he will confole you. 

Arthur. Ceruinly, grandmother, cer- 
tainly, I will never fteal again : I promift 
ycu I will not : and fer the future I would 
much rather die of hunger than fteal any 
thing. 

Sujanna. God hear and blefs your refolu- 

tion from his holy habitation. I have hopes 

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that of his goodncfs he will keep you firoWi 
fo great a fin. (Sb^ clafps bim to bet beart^ 
and weeps.) You muft^ my little boy> this 
inllant go to neighbour Leonard^ and defire 
him to forgive you. Tell hint ths* Ij too^ 
beg him to forgive you. Go^ my good 
Duncan^ with Arthur 5 inforni him how it 
grieves me, that I am not able to maki^ him 
reftitution for the thrft; bUt that I will 
pray to God for his profpcrity, and beg a 
blefling on his family. Alas I hd is ho left 
poor than we ; and were it not tfiat his 
good woman woirks fo hard, he could ne* 
ver bring up fuch a £imily of children as 
he has. My dear good fon> for my fake> 
when I am dead and buried, give him a 
day's work to make him up his lofs: it 
matters not how little he has^ fufFered. We 
ihoiild dhink it crinlinal to take away a pin. 
You will remember this, Duncan ? 

Duncan. Yes, mother j fo do not let the 
matter makd you m\y more iinea(y.v 

He had hardly faid thefe words, when, as 
it chlahced, 'Squire Wealthy*s fteward tap- 
ped without againft the window. 

Poor Sulanna knew him by his ufual way 
of taj^ing, and the cough he conftantly 

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liAd on him. Blcfs me^ it is the fleward ! 
faid Ihc. Surely fomc great mifchjcf thrca- 
tenji jis. He is like a raven« croaking at the 
window feme bad tidings^ 

Duncan. Do not bp frightened thus, my 
gpod mother : I ^oi not a fingle fiirthing in 
his xiebt ; and for the rent that wjp owe, the 
'fquire at Midfummer, I will give him all 
the labour that he requires in harveft* 

Sufanna. Yes, p.rpyided he w,ill bi«: wait 
falcHigp 

Duncan ,Wicnt ojtf tp , knovr th^ ftew?ird's 
hufinefs. After l^e. was. g[Qijie^ Sufanna 
ibtchcd a grievou* figh* afld.faid, difcou^f- 
ing with herfelfj Sin(:^ ^^^i^s fq hard- 
hearted as to feize upon our §oods fqr rent, 
I. cannot fee qr. hear, hifn, but x^y heaft 
revolts at the idea; and at i)refent, in my^ 
dying moments/ he muft CQn\c ^m^; cough 
at our window. But perhaps th^ h^i>4 ^^ 
God brings him hither, as an admonition 
f^r me to difcharge my, heart of every thing 
that looks like nulice or ill-will^ %^if>/^ 
him, and even pray for mercy on hi? foul. 
Well then, my God, I am content to do fo« 
I no longer wifli him any harm* Forgive 
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his fin as I forgive it. (She bears tbejieward 
/peaking rather hud.) 

But I hear his voice ! he is in a paf- 
lion! — Heaven take pity on us! — O my 
poor Duncan, it is out of love for me that 
you have fallen again into his hands. [She 
faint s^ on which the little boy jumps off the 
hed^ and runs to fetch his father.) 

Arthur. O fether, father ! Quick, come 
here ! My grandmother is dying. 

Duncan. O my God '.—Permit me, Mr. 
Steward. I muji go to her affiftance. 

ne Steward, {going out.) Yes indeed! 
that is very neceflary. The old Jezebel 
niay die elfe!— I Ihould think it a good 
riddance of bad rubbiih. 

Luckily Duncan was got too far to hear 
thefe cruel words. He was already by Su- 
fanna's bed, who fpeedily recovered from * 
her fwoon, and thus addrefled her fon : 

The fteward came to fcold you : I could 
hear him. Doubtlefs he will not grant you 
time, when once the quarter is turned. 

Duncan. No, mother, he did not come 
for that: he brought me, on the contrary, 
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Sttjanna^ {paufing a moment ^ and appearing 
to colle£l her fpirits.) iBut is this true, mjr 
fon ? or do you only wi(h to comfort me a 
little ? What good news can be have for us ? 

Duncan. It is the *fquire's defign, he fays> 
to pull down and rebuild his houfe ; at leaft 
the front and ftables ; and to employ mc 
at it, with my neighbours. I fhall have at 
leallj he fays, ten Ihilliogs every week. 

Sujannay [with a countenance of joy.) Yott 
don't fay fo ? 

Duncan. Yes, certainly; and there will 
be a matter of two years contiiyiial work* 
Next Monday I begin. 

Su/anna. God's providence be praifed for 
all things! I fliall now die happy, feeing 
you enabled to get bread to feed your little 
ones. Death now has nothing painful in 
it. Heaven is merciful ! may you, Dun« 
can, at all times find it fo; but tell me^ 
are you not by this convinced of what I 
have fo often told you, that the more mis- 
fortunes on one fide attack us, fo much 
more God's grace awaits us on the other ? 

Duncan. Yes, I am, and ftiall be always. 
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mt quit yoii for about a minute. I \n\\ go 
fetch a little ftfaw to cover you. 

Sufanna. No, no : \ feel myfelf much 
•v^armer. father go with Arthur to neigh- 
bour Leonard's. That is What dilturbs 
me moft of all. Go, my fori, I afli it as 
1 favour. 

Hearing this, he did not ftay a moment 
in the room, but took his fon, and going 
cijt> gave Margaret a fign to come and let 
him fpeak with her. 

Tike care of your poor grandmother, 
faid he ; 'and if a fainting fit fhould feize 
her, copic and fetch me from the carpen- 
ter's \ I (hall be there. 

Leonard was at work, and Gertrude his 
%ife t<(as left all alone at home. She faw 
atxmce that the father and the child had 
both been cryihg. 

What is the matter with yoU, my gocSd 
irrpnj3> fiid Gertrude, that you have beeh 
crying ? What is the matter with you, miy 
pool" Arthur ? 

f)uncan. Ah, neighbour Gertrude ! I am 
Iquite unhappy. This pobr child of mine 
•<vho wamted vidu^ls yefterday, came here 
knd took fome apples that were yours ; he 

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has confeflcd it. My poor mother faw him 
eat thcm.^-Gcrtrude, flie is on her death 
bcdi and defircs you to forgive him. \ 
cannot piay you now the worth of what he 
took away ; but when I go to workj which 
will be very fliortlyj I will b^ furc to fa- 
tisfy you. 

Gertruik. O don't ij>eak about xtj' neigh- 
bour: it is a trifle not worth mentioning. 
And you^ my little felfc>w> promife (hat^oi] 
will never for the future take what^ is nq| 
your own. {She kiffes bim.) Vou ut bO(il 
of fuch good people \ 

jfirtbur. Oh ! I promife you I vifl Xtfft : 
forgive me^ Gertrude. I will l^ver ^cM 
again. 

Gfttrude. No^ never for the fudtfe^ my 
good child. Xou do not know yet how 
great a fin it is! When you are l^ungry> 
come to mCj and if I have a bit of bread 
myielf> I will (hare it with you. 

Duncan. Thank ye^ neighboui*; but I 
iiope, he will never want bread agauv I 
]iave got a 4eal pf work to do at ''Sqmfe 
Wcalthy's. 

Girtru4e. Yes^ I heard fo of the fervants^ 
and was very glad. 

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Duncan. I was not near fo happy when I 
got it on my own account, as for my mo- 
ther's fake. She has at leaft this comfort 
on her death-bed. Tell my good friend 
Leonard that I Ihall work with alt my heart 
to make him compenfation for his lofs, 

Gertrude. Do not fpeak about it, I re- 
qucft you once againl My hulband, I am 
certain, will not think of any compenfa- 
tion. He was out of work himfelf, and is 
to havc4:he wood- work of the job for which 
you tare engaged. But as poor Sufanna is 
fo ill, I will go and give her my affiftance. 

'Gertrude got on her cloak, and then put 
up fome peab and apples in a bag, and 
filled the little fellow's pockets Jikewife ; 
took him by the hand, and bidding poor 
Duncan go firft, came after* 

They had quickly reached Sufanna's 
chaml)er« Gertrude held out her hand, but 
turned away her face, that fhc might hide 
her teary. Sufanna> notwithftanding, faw 
her» and began as follows : 

You are crying then, my dear friend 
Gertrude ? 

' Gertrude^ Indeed I cry to fee you fufFer 
thusik 

Sufanna. 

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Sufanna. It is, or ought to be, alas! our 
part to cry. Forgive us, I befeech you. It 
is the firft time that fuch a circumflancc 
has happened in our houfe. 

Gertrude. Why what a ferious bufinefs 
you are making of a trifle ! It was excufa- 
ble in fuch a child! 

Sufanna. But if when older, he Ibould 
take to be a thief ! 

Gertrude. No, no ; I will anfwer for him, 
he will be good. My dear Sufanna,. you><Jc- 
ferve this recompenfe of heaven for your 
own honefty, and all the care that you have 
taken to bring up your family in virtue. 
Do you want for any thing ? Do not fear 
to tell me if you do : for every thing that 
we have is at your fervice. 

Arthur. Yes, indeed ; for only fee what 
Gertrude has given me ! Eat, dear grand- 
jnother, do, eat fome. 

Sufanna. No, my child, I cannot : I fhall 
never eat again ; I feel my ftrength go from 
me, ^nd I have almoft loft my fight. My 
fon, draw near me : now is come the mo- 
ment to take leave> and give, you my 
farewel. 

Duncan no focmer heard thefe word^ 

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than he was feized all over with a fudden 
trembling : he took off his hat, fell down 
.upon his knees befide Sufanna's bedj lakl 
hold with ardour of her hand, then lifted 
up his eyes to heaven, and would fain have 
fpoke, but could not : tears and fighs pre- 
vented him. 

Take comfort, faid Su£tnna ; I am going 
to a happier life than this, and there will 
wait your coming. When we once meet 
there, we (hall not payt again. 

Duncan in fome degree recovering, bow- 
ed his head, and craved his mother's Weff- 
ing. Blefs me> faid he, my dear mother^ 
I defire to follow you> vhcn onpe my chil- 
dren have no further need of my afliftance. 

Sufanna opened once again her dying 
eyes ; and with uncommon fervour looking 
up, pronounced thefe words : 

Hear me, O heavenly Father, and vouch-** 
fafe the blefling of thy grace and favour to 
my fon, the only one that I ever had> aad 
whofe affe<9:ion was the comfort of my life. 
Duncan, may God be always with you, and 
confirm in h^av^n this blefling which I 
pronounce on you for having fulfilled your 
duty fo much like a foo. 

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Hear mc now^iny dear Duncan, and 
carefully obferve what I ftiall tell you. 
Bring your children up in virtue, and ac- 
cuftom them betimes to a laborious life> 
that if they fhould be poor, they may not, 
-when grown up^ lofc courage, and be 
tempted to do wrong. Inftruft them to 
place all their truft in God, and to live good 
friends with one another ; fo that they may 
find fure confolation amidft the evils of 
this life. Forgive the fteward his injuftice. 
When I am buried, pray inform him that I 
departed without any malice or ill-will 
againft him, and befought of God that he 
would grant him of his grace to fee the fin 
that ht had committed, and repent before 
became upon a death-bed. (She flops a lit- 
tle to take breathy and then goes on.) 

Reach me, my good friend, {to Gertrude) 
that book behind you ; and my dear Dun- 
can, there is a little leather bag in our great 
cheft ; 1 wifh to have it. Good ! (Jhe takes 
and clafps them to her heart.) Tbefe are the 
only treafures that I have left on earthu 
And now I Ihould be glad to fee your 
children. 

They were weeping at a table, whence 

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their father brought them to Sufanna, put- 
ting them upon their knees befide her, while 
flie raifed herfelf a little, fo that Ihc might 
fee them, and began : 

My deareft children, I am very forry that 
I mull leave you motherlels and poor. 
Think often of me, my fweet babes. I 
have nothing that I can give you but this 
book : it has , been frequently my confola- 
tion, and as often will be yours. When 
you have learned fufEciently, read in it 
every evening to your father. It will teach 
you to be good ; and if you are but good, 
you cannot foil of being happy. 

This, Duncan, {taking out apiece of pa-- 
per from the leather tag,) is a certificate 
which I brought, your father of my good 
behaviour at our marriage. Let it pafs by 
turns to each of your three da^ughters^ till 
they marry. It is my laft requeft. , And as 
for you^ my fon, I have nothing in thp 
world to give you in remembrance of me ; 
but the comfort is, you want none. You 
will not forget me, I am certain. 

Gertrude, Ihall I requeft one otl^er fa- 
vour of you, after having pardoned Arthur? 
When I am dead, fee now and then to 

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thefe poor children,— Thejr have no one 
friend*— ^I recommend you in particular 
my poor dear Lucy.- — She is the youngeft 
of the three. — Where is Ihe ? — I can hardly 
{ct.''^''^{Sbe ^retches out ber arm with dlf^ 
ficulty.) 

Condudt my hand, and let me touch her. 
«— O my children ! (ft)e dies.) 

After a moment's filence, Duncan fup- 
pofing her to be fallen afleep, faid foftly 
to his children. Rife, and do not difturb 
her flumbcr. Might Ihc but recover, after 
having had this unexpe(5led reft ! But Ger- 
trude faw plainly that fhe was dead> and 
gave Duncan to underftand as much. What 
was his diftradion then, and that of his 
helplefs family? How they wept and wrung 
their hand^ ! How they beat upon their 
breaft3, and tore their hair up by the roots 
for anguilh I 

' Gertrude, as well a§ (he was able, com- 
forted their forrow, and repeated to Dun- 
can Sufanna's parting words, which in his 
grief he had not heard diftindly. 

She began that very day to (hew how 
much Ihe valued the deceafed, by comply- 
ing with her laft wifh. The little orphans 

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being brought up witk her own dear cJiiU 
dfen> had the fiime inftrudion; and ira- 
proving by it, grew in. time tabe a pattern 
for the village; and particularly Arthur> 
continually having in remembrance hkJirft 
fault, became remarkable in time for hi$ 
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PAS C A Li 

MR. D»wkini ^¥ii accuftomed overjr 
Saeufiifty to pay his only fon^ a^lktl^ 
toy whofe name was VafcaU mallo^ancci 
fuch as WM fufficient to procure hiin> thfi 
week through^ thofe littke pleadires and^n- 
joyments which children of his age fo na* 
turally purfuc. No lefs confident than ge- 
nerous, he never looked for an account 
from Pafcal of the way in which he laid 
out what he gave him. He fuppofed his 
principles to be fuch, that he would not 
abufe his bounty, but remember the in.- 
ftrudion which he had fo frequently given 
him upon the fubjed^ gut what lamenu-. 

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ble confequences did this too blind credu*- 
lity produce ? 

For hafdly ever had he touched his 
weekly payment, but he 'ran that moment 
to a (hop hard by, and fluffed himfelf with 
paftry and nice things. His purfe^ in thii' 
iirftonfet, underwent fo great a diminution> 
that a very little the next day was fufiicient 
to exhauft it totally : and during the laft 
part of every week, he never had a far*^ 
thing to regale himfeif withal ; yet he did 
not^ upon that account, the lefs hanker af« 
ter the fame delicacies. Wherefore being 
refolved to gratify his palate^ he prevailed 
uptfn the ptftry-cookj at firft» to give Mm 
credit t but when afterwards he found that 
the boy's allowance was never applied to 
pay off thefe arrears, while on the other 
hand the debt inereafed, he faw that it wa» 
prddent to give in his bill to Mr. Dawkins* 
Mr. Dawkins was extremely angry with the 
tradefman, reprimanded his improper con- 
du<9:, and forbade not only bim, but every 
tHadefman round about, to let his fon have 
any thing for which he could not pay on 
the fpot. This might have been fuppofed 
a good precaution ; and accordingly he ' 

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thought it could not but become a check 
on Pafcal's gluttony ; whereas it only irri- 
tated matters,, and the boy, as we fhall fee, at 
any rifque refolved to gratify his palate. 

Pafcal's chamber was contiguous to his 
father']^. After having noticed when his 
father generally flept the foundeft, he once 
got up foftly, came into his room, and 
feeling for his breeches, took out half a 
crown. Emboldened by this fatal^ fuccefs, 
he frequently repeated his offence, and for 
a time without detection : but there cannot 
be a crime, however fecretly committed, 
which ddcs not come to light at laft. 

It chanced that Mr. Dkwkins, fome time 
after Pafcal's iirft offence in that way, had 
a law-fuit on the following day to be de*- 
cided. Having thought upon it wakings 
it is not to be wondered at that it fhpuld 
take up his attention after he was gone to 
reft. In fad, he lay quite filent, rumi- 
nating on the affair, when Pafcal, thinking 
him afleep, got up as he was wont tp do. 
Unhappily for him, the moon threw light 
enough into the chamber, that a perfon 
coming in might eafily be feen. Accord- 
ingly let any one imagine if he can, what 

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Mr. Dawkins muft have felt, beholding his 
own fon thus come and rob him ! He for 
that time ftifled his refentment ; but before 
the thief could quit his chamber in the 
morningj he got up, went to him, and 
found means to turn the converfation into 
fuch a channel, as to alk him how much 
he intended to lay out that day of his al- 
lowance. Nothing, anfwercd Pafcal. I 
have given all my laft week's money to a 
poor man in the neighbourhood, and mujfl 
deny myfelf a little till next Saturday. 

His father could not poflibly reftrain his 
indignation any longer, hearing fo detefta- 
ble a lie come from him. He fprung 
forward, feized him by the collar, for by 
this time he was dreffed, and found five 
fhillings in his pocket, which was what he 
had ftolen from his father. In proportion 
as he had till now been tender and indul- 
gent to his fon, fo much the greater was 
his feyerity and rigour on this occaiion ; 
for his reprimands were only the preamble 
to a harfher treatment, ami the wretched 
Pdfcal was obliged to keep his bed for many 
da^ii in confequence of the corredion that 
hc*rcceiv«d. . 

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How difficult it is to extirpate a viec 
which has once taken root within us! Pafcat 
was not cured by this corredfeion. Mr. 
Dawkins left the key of his bureau one 
evening in the lock, and Pafcal took a 
model of the wards, and got another made 
at the fmith's. This gave him a conve- 
nient opportunity to rob his fether when- 
ever he pleafed : who, as he ufually kept a 
great deal of cafh by him, and as . Pafcal 
was more cunning than to take too much 
at once, fufpe<fled nothing of the affair. 
He was now fifteen years of age, and could 
diflemble fo well, that his parents thought 
him quite reformed, till his hypocrify was 
accidentally difcovered. 

His father had received a piece of fo- 
reign coin, among other monies, which he 
foon remarked, and put. it up in the bu- 
reau. This piece -fell into PafcaJ's hands 
that very night, and Mr^. Da'wkins milling 
it the next morning, could not but bethink 
himfelf of Pafcal's former inclinations, and 
fufpe<9: him. He refolved to fatisfy him- 
felf that moment, and examining his pock- 
-cts, found the piece of money that he had 

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loft, together with the key, by means of 
which he had obtained it. 

But Pafcal by this time was too big for 
fuch corredion as he had received before, 

- and therefore Mr.Dawkins contented him- 
' felf with fcverely upbraiding him for the 
» prefent, and threatening to withdraw the 

benefits of his affedlion from him. He 
confulted a few faithful friends that he had, 
V upon the treatment proper to be (hewn 
'him: their opinion was in general, that 
the harftieft method of proceeding would 
moft tend to his amendment, and advifed 

- his being fent to fchool in Yorkfliire, 
where for years he might not fee his family, 
but be fubjeded to the rigorous difcipline 

- and homely fare peculiar to fuch inftitu- 
tions, and of courfe have leifure to repent 
of his enormity, and be accuftomed to a 
frugal way of life. ■ This was their coun- 

< fel ; but the combats of paternal love in 
Mr. Dawkins's bofom, which was very far, 
as yet, from being quite extind:, would 
not permit him to purfue their falutary ad- 
monition ; he inclined to fom^hing of a 
gentler nature, and in grief of heart, and 
as the only moderate method which he could 

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devife to preferve him from deftrudiott; 
fent that very day to Briftol for a friend of 
his> who kept a boarding-fchool, to whofe 
attention he configned; upon the day of his 
arrival, this unworthy fon, with directions 
to let him have no other money than was 
abfolutely neceflary for his .wants. His 
friend fet off on his return immediately^ 
and Pafcal with him. 

This was a precaution ; but it came, 
alas ! too late ; the youth's principles were 
utterly corrupted. His tutor's table was 
plain, though very plentiful; for which 
reafon Pafcal would go out, and at a ta- 
vern gratify his palate with the choiccft 
wines and viands, for which he eafily got 
credit, as his hoft took care to make en- 
quiry, firft of all, into his father's circum- 
ftances, who, he found, was very rich : nor 
did he ftop at this ; for to fupply that 
want of .money which his tutor would not, 
he began to play, and pradifed every 
fpecies of deception at a gaming-houfc 
hard by. 

God's providence, as if it interfered par- 
ticularly^o reform him, punilhed all his 
vices on the fpot. Three ^mblers, his 

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^ompaaions^ who dcte(Sed him endeavour-* 
ing to deceive them with a pack 0f cards, 
that he had beforehand forted for the pur- 
pofe, fell upon him unawareSj and fo rough 
were the efFe(ils of their vengeance, that 
Pafcal was almoft drubbed to death upon 
Xhe fpot. 

He was carried home with fcarce the leaft 
remiiins of life, and put to bed. His tutor 
ran Co fee him, and afforded all the fuccour 
and afliftancc in his power. He waited till 
he faw him almoft re-eftaMiihed, to im- 
part fuch counfel as might pofTibly affed: 
him; which he did with all the foftnefs 
poffible, and pointed out the horrors into 
which he was plunging himfelf. Miferabk 
youth! faid the tutor, what can have i?i- 
duc^d you to exceflcs fo difgraceful ! You 
^iihottour, by your crimes, a name which 
the probity of thofe before you had exalted, 
and made really refpedable. You rob your 
tender parents of thofe hopes which they 
indulged when firft they laid the ground- 
work of your education. When the youth 
^of your acquaintance, who now confccrate 
that time to ftudy which you confume in 
fcandalous* exceflcs, (hall be fought out l^ 

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their country and employed in elevated fta- 
tioas, you will be Confidered as an abje<5l, 
dangerous charaiOrer. You will be batiifhed 
from all cpmpany that have the leaft regard 
or value for their honour, and the mcaneft 
xdafs of men will fcorn you. * 

Pafcal was at firft afFedted with this lef- 
fon. He broke off all commerce with his 
partners ; he was fatisfied with his pre- 
ceptor's table-fare ; and feemed as if be- 
ginning to imagine that ftudy had fome 
charms topleafe him. But this difpofition 
was foon done away, and by degrees he re- 
lapfed into his formerway of life. He fold 
his books ; his watch and clothes went af- 
terwards ; and he contrived to ftrip himfelf 
of his apparel fo completely, that he could 
not ftir abroad. 

On which his creditors came all at once 
upon, him, and receiving a refufal from the 
tutor to difcharge the young man's debts 
and fatiate their avidity, they wrote letters 
to the father, threatening to arreft him if 
they were not paid. Let Pafcal's fituation 
now be imagined. Overwhelmed with the 
reproaches of his creditors, the indignation 
of his tutor, the contempt of thofe who 
waited on him, and his own remorfe, he 
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had moreover to dread the maledidion of 
his parents. He wgs fenfible that he had fo 
much negledled to improve his underftand-r 
ing, that he tould not find the ieaft re- 
fources againft want in any calling or pro- 
feflion. He begaa to think his fituation 
defperatc. A whole day he pafled in his 
apartment violently agitated ; e\ ery now 
and then he wrung his handsj tore his hair, 
and curfed his vices : but at night, ftill 
borne away by his depravity, he went from 
home to fpend the little money that he had 
left, in a tavern. 

' Accident that evening threw two men into 
his company who were employed to raife re- 
cruits for India. They remarlced upon his 
countenance the cmbarraflment with which 
his foul was agitated, winked to one another, 
and began to uik of India. They defcribed 
the beauty of the country, and what pay 
was given to the foldiery. They fpoke of 
the advantages that a youth of family might 
meet with there, and what a probability 
there was, that fuch a one might make his 
fortune ; nay, they went fo far as to afTert 
that, many, to their knowledge, had from 
private foldiers been made officers, and 
married wealthy widow^s. 

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Pafcal heard this converfation ^ith avl^ 
dity, joined in tha difcourit, and enquired 
if it wa& diffioilt to be -enlifted with thefe 
foldicrs* If you wilh to cnlift, faid they, 
we can oblige you, though we have more 
Recruits by many than we want j but you, 
by your appearance, feem to claim the pre*» 
ference; and thereupon they offered hina 
five guineas if he would enter. ^ 

After fornc flight flruggles, Pafcal took 
the guineas, and enlifted* The remainder 
of the night he fpent in drinking; and 
when morning came, was ient to learn his 
exercife. He fojund hinofelf Xurrounded by a 
fet of ^ukward ruftics, runaway apprentices, 
notorious beggars; and convided thieves, 
who had ei\lifted to efcape the gallows. He 
was under the tuifion of g furly corporal, who 
loaded him from time to time with curfes, 
and feverely caned him, when he could not 
comprehend his meaning. 

Pafcal's mifery went on from day to day 
encreafing. All the money that he had 
lately touched at parting with his freedom, 
was already gone in riot. He had nothing 
to fubfift on but the coarfe provifion granted 
by the company to keep their new rccruUKs - 
together. Lubbcrkini who had been n 

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if^ine-herd, and was then his comrade, wis 
jtiiuch better off. He had been always ufcd 
to live on oaten bread, and therefore thought 
himfelf a prince, when he could get a bit 
of half-baked meat. But what were Paf* 
cars feelings, when, partaking of fach 
coarfc provitions, he refledcd on the deli- 
cacies of his former repafts ! 

Some davs after came an order for the 
foldicm to en^bark. Pafcal heard this news 
with much more fatisfadlion than the peo- 
ple round about him thought he would have 
tcftified. If once you get to India, faid he 
to himfelf, as you are young, and of a likely 
figure, you will make your fortune, as a 
multitude of Englilhmcn have done before 
you. 

In the midft of all thefe brilliant prof* 
peifts, Pafcal went on board the veflel 
deftlned to tranfport him and his<:omrades* 
He drank down a glafs or two of brandy at 
the monicnt of embarking, and they ferved 
to warm his head, and to make him utterly 
forget his parents. He went off with mad 
huzzas. But then the joy with which he 
uttered thefe huzzas, continued hardly 
longer than the drunkennefs that caufcd 
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them. " Thofe on board who were now ^for 
the firft time in their life at fta; begin to 
feel a death-like fickneft. Fafcal, whofe 
intemperance bad Hurt: his iniidc much, 
endured a great deal more than any other. 
He was feveraldays infenfible^, and nothing 
ftaid upon his ftomach. E\cn rhe fight of 
food difgufled him; and when at laft he 
grew a little better, and was hungry,: niouldy 
peafe, fait beef, and bifcuits full <!)f mag- 
gots, were the only vidluals that he Could 
procure. When he firft fct fail, the fol- 
diers had a pint of beer each allowed them ; 
but by degrees they were depriyed of thb 
indulgence, and compelled to put up with 
a bare fufficiency of water, and even thi$ 
they were obliged to ftrain before they could 
drink it. 

After fix long months incbfiant fufFcr* 
ing, during all which time they were in 
fear of continual ftiipwrjeck,* they arrived 
in India, wearied out with watchings for 
the moft part, and a dreadful fcurvy. 
Pafcal was marched up tlie country^ with 
his comrades, to the army : "but his^ hearty 
embittered by the horror of his iituatioji^ 
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His abandoned courfe of life, the crimes 
that he was inceflantly committing, and his-, 
numberlefs defertions, frequently fubjcdcd 
him to punifliment. He was determined, 
if he could, to quit thefe regions, watched 
his opportunity, and ftealing on board a 
veffel bound to England, hid himfelf be- 
low till it had failed ; nor did he quit his- 
hiding-place, till the Ihip was a great way 
out to fea : he then came forth, and being 
brought before the captain, promifed to 
work his paflage to England ; which the 
captain in the end accepted, as the vcflel - 
was in want of men. 

What, in the interim, was becoftie of his 
unhappy parents ? They alas ! ftill lived, if 
people may be faid to live whofe fad days 
are fpent in anguifti and defpair. The- 
crimes which their fon had committed, 
and with which the neighbourhood all 
around them rung, had forced them to re- 
nounce their place of habitation, and go 
down and live in Suflex, in a folitary quar- 
ter near the fea. 

A Ihort time after they were fettlpd here, 

the Ihip, in which Pafcal wa-s, arrived on 

that very part of the coaft where they had 

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fixed thck retirement- For while they were 
yer a little way out at lea, Pafcal, a tho- 
roi^h graduate in vice, had confpired with, 
ten or twelve defperate fellows of the crew,, 
to naurder every one on board who would 
not join in their confpiracy, and ib obtain 
ppfleffion of the fliip. They executed their 
infernal purpofe ; and foon after running 
the veffd aihore, they hoiftcd out their boat 
at night, that they might come on (horc, 
and pillage the inhabitants. 

That very night the unhappy Mr. Daw* 
kins in hi^jhoufe was up, and watching by 
his wife's fie k bed. Her grief for Pafcal's 
wretched fortune had long preyed upon her 
conftitution ; and by this time, after hav- 
ing fuflired grievoufly, ftic felt the agonies 
of death upon her. In the intervals of her 
delirium, (he called out for Pafcal : Where, 
where are you? faid the dying mother- 
Come, that I may prefs you to my heart, 
and jKirdon you before I die. At this in- 
fl:ant the door was fuddenly burft open, 
and ten villains rulhed into the dwelling. 
Pafcal, with a hatchet in his hand, was firft, 
and led them on. The father came to meet 
them with a candle ; but before his fon 

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could recoiled him— —The remainder is 
too horrid to relate : fuffice it, that Pafcal 
and his gang were apprehended on the fpot^ 
and iuiFcred at the gallo\<^s* 

Children, if when you have read this 
ftory, you dare think of giving way to any 
vice whatfoever, tremble at the poffibility 
of your becoming criniinal by degrees, and 
ending, like Pafcal, with the crime of 
parricide ! 



Gv E OR G E. 

LITTLE George was fond of talking 
in a wood that bordered on his father's^ 
garden : Now this wood was formed of lit- 
tle trees, placed very near each other, and 
two paths conducing through it, croffed 
each other. One day; as he was faunter- 
ing up and down, he m ilhed to reft hiimfelf ^ 
a little, with his back fupported by a tree, > 
whdfe ftem was yet quite flender; and^ 
which therefore Ihook thro* all irs branches, 
when his body firft touched it^ As it 
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chanced^ theiruftling frighted a poor little 
bird, which flew out of a neighbouring bufti, 
^nd foon disappeared. 

George faw it fly away, and was vexed. 
He fixed ;his. eye upon the bulh, to fee if 
it would not xeturn : and while he was at- 
tentively confidering it^ he thought he faw 
Imong the branches, at a fpot where they 
were twilled into one another, fomething 
like a tuft of hay. His curiofity induced 
him to draw nearer and examine it. He 
found this tuft of hay was hollow like a 
porringer : he thrufl: afide the branches, 
and faw certain little balls within it, of an 
oval fhape, and fpotted. They were placed 
befide each other, on a layer of grafs. 
Surely this, faid George, muft be what I 
have heard fome people call a bird's-nefl: j 
and the balls are eggs. They are. indeed 
quite little, but the bird is not fo big as 
any of our hens. ^ 

It was his firfl: defign to carry away the 
neft; however, upon fecond thoughts, he 
was contented with one egg ; and having 
taken it, ran home. He met his fifl:€r by 
the way, and thus addrefled her ; " See 
this little egg. I found it in a neft ; there 

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were five others with it/* '* . Let we have 
it in my hand ;** faid George's lifter. She 
examined it, returned it to her brother, artd 
then afked a fecond time to have it. In 
the end, they rolled it up and dowh a table, 
juft as if it were a ball. One (hovcd it 
one way, and the other pulhed it another 
way, till, in the midft of their diverfion, 
it fell down and broke. They cried, and- 
mutually accufed each other as the cailfc 06 
fuch a great misfortune. 

As it chanced, their mother heard them« 
thus complaining ; and not knowing why 
they wept, approached to confole them. 
Both began at once. She heard their dif- 
ferent ftories, and then taking each affec- 
tionately by the hand, condu<9:ed them to a 
tree that overlhadowed a green bank, on^ 
which fhe bid them both fit down. 

Be comforted, dear children, faid (he;. 
That you have broke the egg between you- 
both, is truly a misfortune; but it is one, 
however, that Ihould not much grieve yoy,. 
fince you did not mean to do. fo. 1 might 
notwithftandiiig blame you. George, with 
juftice, for the ad: of having brought it 
from the neft. You miift have fecn hen*s 
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eggs difpofed i&f in a fort of neft; The 
mother fits upon them, warms and ani- 
mate^ thdm* Chickens in about three 
wefeks are formed within them, and they 
pkree the (hell. In fome few daya, they 
come and feed out of' your hand. This 
egg would alfo have become a fort of chick, 
which yoa have killed by bringing it away. 
The bird that flew out of the bufti as you 
inform me, was the mother. Dbubtlefs flie 
will come again, and very fbortly, to her 
neft : fhe will perceive that one egg is want- 
ing, and perhaps forfakc it altogether. This 
is frequently the cafe. 

Perhaps this lofs of but a fingle e^, 
informs them that their afylum is difco- 
vered ; they have every thing to fear from 
our violence ; they guefs that when their 
little ones are hatched, he who lias already 
robbed them, will return and feizfe upon 
their tender family. If then this neft which 
you have been thus robbing, as I muft call 
it, fhould be totally abandoned, — tell me, 
would you not be forry for it ? 

Yes, mama^ indeed, replied little George ; 
and I am forry that I meddled with the 
egg i but then I did not know a fyllable 

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of what you have been telling us ; and 
thought no harm in bringii^ it to Ihew my 
HAer, which is all that I meant to do. 

My little fellow, lean eafily belifve yoUj 
faid the mother. Should you do .bad ac- 
tions for the pleafure which fome fuppofe 
there is in doing them, you would in that. 
cafe have a very wicked heart, and I 
ihould be quite forry that I had fuch a 
fon : but that I do not fear 3 for, o^ ;he 
contrary, I know you to be a very ^ood 
boy. 

Mama, faid the little girl, the neft, for 
I have feen it, out of which my brother 
took t*hi$ egg, does not refemble in the leaft 
thi)fe fwallows ncfts that we fee about our 
out-houfe roof. My dear child, faid the 
mother, every neft is not alike ; nor yet is 
every bird alike ; for fome are great, and 
others little. Some are pever kno^fn to 
perch on trees, and others live at all times 
in them. Some are large and ftupid, others 
fmall and full of induftry and cunning. 
Some are beautiful beyond defcription in 
their plumage, which has half a dozen co- 
lours ; others are of one dull colour. Some 
fubfift on fruits, fome go in queft of in«*; 

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fe(fl», and a multitude of others feize on* 
fmallcr birds, and eat them. 

Ah the wicked creatures ! cried the little 
girl, I do not love thefe laft, and Ihould 
be gkd to fpoil their nefts. ■ So too would 
many others, faid her mama ; and there- 
fore thofe great birds that conftantly devour 
the lefs, conftrud: their nefts in places 
where they cannot eafily be come at; as 
fbr inftance in woods, and in the holes of 
rocks^ whe're men appear but very feldom ; 
and at heights beyond our reach, however 
Ikilful we may be in climbing. 

Therefore, deareft children, fince thefe 
birds are greatly different from each other, 
not only in fize, but ^Ifo in their way of 
life, and in the colour of their feathers, it 
is but rcafonable that they fhould have 
nefts different alfo from each other. Thus 
the kirk which never lives in any tree, but 
lings, as you -have heard h(*r, mounting in 
the air; conftrudls her neft upon the ground; 
the fwallow builds about the roofs of houfes, 
under what we call the eaves ; the owl, 
which people only hear by night, feeks out 
old ruinoiis buildings, or fome hollow tree 
to put her eggs in ; and the eagle which I 

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fhewed you yefterday flying about the clouds 
and nearly out of fight, brings forth her 
young ones in the cliffs of craggy rocks. 
Thofe that live round about us, make their 
nefts ia trees and hedges. Thofe that love 
the water, and who find their food therein, 
build theirs among thofe ruflies that grow 
near it, upon little iflands, and at times 
upon the ftiore itfelf. 

If one of thefe fine days we go into the 
little valley at theJbottom of our large mea- 
dow, we Ihall fee a number of thefe little 
creatures bufy in feleding the n^aterials 
they compofc their nefl:s of. One you will 
obferve employed in carrying off a wheaten 
ftraw ; another will have in his beak fome 
wool or feathers ; or dried leaves ; and very 
probably a third, fome mofs. The fwallow, 
by the border of a ftreamx^you will take no- 
tice, moiftens with the water which he 
take§ up in his beak, a little bit of earth 
with which he builds his habitation. Such 
materials as are very coarfc and tfolid, he 
will take to form the outfide of his neft, 
but lines it with the foftefl: and the warm- 
eft. Nay, there are fome birds who pull 

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out their own feathers to midce up a more 
comfortable bed for their little ones. 

They conftrui^ large nefts, or fmall ones, 
in proportion to the number of young birds 
that they are to hatch within them. Seme 
^vill hang their nc^s up by a fort of thread, 
which thread they have the (kill to form of 
flax, of different forts of weeds, and pf the 
webs of fpiders. Others place it ih the 
middle of a foft and gluey fubftance, where- 
unto they carefully ftick many feathers. 
All do every thing in their power to make 
it flrong and folid, and fecure themfelvcs 
from every enemy that inftind bids them 
fear, by reforting to retired and folitary, 
places* 

There they lay their eggs. Themother,and i 
at< times the father, iits uppn them in the . 
neft, with admirable pcrfeverance. They 
are tau^t by nature, that the warmth pro- 
ceeding from their body, when theyr Jit 
upon thefe^ eggs, .put$ every thing, witliin 
them into motion, and produces little, 
creatures, which iit laft are ftrong enough 
to break the ih^ll that holds them, and 
come forth. ^ * 

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You muft have often fcen a fly in ti inrcr>. 
to appearance dead. You took it in your 
bands^ and through the warmth proceed-^ 
ing from them, it was brought to life*. 
It is nearly thus with birdi : the perfe- 
verance of the parents, when they brood> 
upon their eggs, converts them into living, 
creatures. 

When the mother fits alone, the cock wiflt 
bring her viduals, and fit by ta pleafe her 
with his mufic. When the little ones are 
once alite, they help them to get clear ofi 
their confinement in the egg. Their dili- 
gence is now redoubled ^ they do every 
thing to nourilh and defend them, and are 
conftantly employed in. this intcrefting of^- 
fice. They go very far indeed to get their* 
footle and make an equal diftribution of it, 
every one receiving in its turn what they 
have brought. As long as they, are very" 
young and helplefs, they contrive to bring- 
them vi(5tuaU fuited to their delicacy; but: 
when once they arc grown ftrong and older,^ 
they provide them food more folid. 

There is one, and that a very large one^/ 
called a pelican, who being forced to ga 
great diftances in queft of viduals for her 

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young ones, is provided with a fort of bag. 
She fills it with fueh aliments as (lie is fcn- 
fible they love: Ihe warms what flie pro- 
cures, and renders it by fqch means fitter 
for their tender ftomachs : Ihc returns, and 
empties it before them. , v 

In this flatb of being parents, they ap- 
pear as if forgetting that they want food 
themfelves, and only think upon their little 
family* If either rain or tempefts come> 
they hurry to their jnefts, and. cover it as 
well as they are able with their oi\tftretched 
wings, fo keeping out the wind, and water . 
t^at might hurt tljie brood. All night tooj 
they are bufy in the work of chcrifliing the 
little things. The fearfulleft among thcriii 
that will fly away if they but hear the 
flighteft noife, and tremble at the leaft de- 
gree of danger, know not what fear is 
when they have pnce a family to p^oted-^ 
but become courageous . and iatrepid : as 
for inflance, the con^m.da hen. As great 
a coward as fhe is when by herfeif, Ihe 
grows a very heroine, a pattern of courage, 
when fhe has young ones to defend from 
danger. She attacks the greateift dog, arid 
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will not even fear a man, who ihould at- 
tempt to take them from her. 

, So too do the lityle birds endeavour to 
defend their young, when any one would 
fteal or hurt them. They will flutter round 
the neft, will feem to call out for afliftance, 
will attack the invader, and purfue him. 
If their young be lliut within a cage, they 
will continue to come regularly, and at all 
times feed them. Frequently the mother 
will prefer confinement with them, rather 
than be freed from the nccefTity of tending 
on them, and will never quit the little 
creatures. 

Poor dear birds ! cried out the children, 
how we {hall love you fof the future ! We 
will never be fo cruel as* to do you any 
harm. We will 6nly look at your nefts ; 
and be contented to gaze on you, while 
employed in the delightful' tafk of tend- 
ing on your young, and to contemplate 
your little family, all flying round their 
parents. — Yes, dear children, flud the mo- 
ther, thus it ftiould be. Keep your refo- 
Intion as you ought, and I Ihall love you 
for it. N^ver injure any creatu^-e, or oc- 
-cafion it the leaft degree of pain for plea- 

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Aire's fake : on faying whicb> tfee motJicr 
went in doors, embracing her dear chil^ 
dren,. who were highly pkafed wi^ what- 
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JAM! Si 

AM'crclmnt, whom wefhalt Hem calt 
Jamesi had but aiingle fon, whom^ 
kc Idved very tenderly*' He wa« far from 
having a^bad heart, hi^^cowntenanccwa* nu- 
ther pretty, and his friends would all have 
been very fond of him, but that he Ihcwcd 
in every z&Aon^ a covotous propenfity whicK 
Ihocked as many as had opportunities of 
knowing h'noL This covetoufnefs nude 
fiin^ violently wilh for everything pofleffed 
by others, ft even wrought upon him to 
fb great a pitch, thi^t he would conftantly 
refiife to Iharc among his plky-mates, or 
dven Ihewi them what he had himfelf: His 
fatherv wKo was a n>an of very amiable 
charafter, wilhed greatly to reform him 
of this faulty but never had been able. All 

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ihtt he could do, was to Ihcw how mucli 
it grieved him. 

Little Jamesj however, loft a great deal 
inore by hi* propenfity to avarice, than 
Jic had ever gained thereby. Did any body 
give him fweetmeats ? He would get away 
imd fwallow them like a chuH, in fome dark 
xomer of the houfe, left any one fliould alk 
A part. Whilft he was hid, his father would 
^ive twice as much to his companions: 
Jie perceived it, and no longer hid himfelf ; 
but as foon as he fixed his eye on fwcet- 
meats, or nice things, he appeared as if he* 
would devour them : he purfued the hands 
^f thofe who held them, and his own were 
in a fort of convulfion. 

Mr. James, a^ we have faid before, wag 
very much aifli<3£d in perceiving this j and 
that he might not be afflid^d further than 
was abfoJutely neceflary, he ceafed to give 
him any nice things^ or even have them in 
the houfe. 

Had little James a wind-milj, boat, or 
mother play-thin^, he woidd never fhew it : 
iie concealed himfelf in the enjoyment of it, 
and was never happy. Or, fuppofing he 
Jiad any fort of fruit, he would not fliare it 

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238 JAMES. 

with his play-fellows, but devour it all 
alone, refufing even thofe whom he hap- 
pened to losyc moft, and fuch as might be 
hungry ; therefore none among them would 
in -turn: ihare any thing with him : they 
were indeed beft pleafed to leave his com- 
pany ; they never wifhed to have it. When 
he chanced to be in a quarrel, no one took 
his part, not even when they knew him in 
the right; but being in the wrongs all 
joined againft him. 

As it chanced, one day a little boy ob- 
ferved him with an apple in his hand, and 
gave him by furprife a knock upon the el- 
bow, fo that he was forced to let the apple 
go. He picked it up, however ; but that 
moment, to avenge himfelf upon the boy 
that had contrived to play him fuch a trick, 
hefct oflf to catch him, but in running fell 
into a flough, and was almoft fufFocated in 
the mud* He did his utmoft to get out, 
but could not : he attempted, but without 
fucceedrng, to prevail upon ^his playmates 
to hold out their hands and help him ; he 
obferved that they only laughed at his dif- 
trefs, and, in derifion, danced about the 
flough, from which he could not extricate 

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himfelf. Their cry was, " Let him now 
hold out a hand to whom you have been 
generous ! Alk afliftance of thofe \vhom you 
have obliged !" However, at length, one, 
'more compaffionate, came forward, and ap- 
proaching M'here he ftood^ ftretched forth 

his hand, and ^ot him out in fafety, 

:He fhook off fhc mud that covered him, 
and then, to flaew his gratitude to that good 
■little boy who had delivered him, bit off 
:about a quarter from the apple which had 
caufed this fad difafter, and which flill he 
held faft in his hand, and would fain have 
jiiade him take it. 

The good little boy, difgufted with' the 
gift, and way of giving, took the morfel, 
but to fling it in his face ; and this was, 
as it were, a fignal for the reft to fcout him. 
Tb^y purfued our little James quite home, 
ajid hallooed ail the way. 

He was not void of feeling, and had ne- 
veir yet been hooted : he was therefore 
thrown into a thinking humour, and did 
hot afterwards come much into his fai 
thcr's prcfence,^ but confined himfelf to 
his apartment for abbve ten days toge- 
ther. There he a(ked himfelf, what caufe 

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SL4fi JAM?;*. 

his playmates had to Tiatc him, He adt- 
jdreffed hkitfttf aks foIk)W6: ^ Fot what 
reafoa itas wt\y little neighbour, he thaet 
>even held jfne out his hand when I was in 
the mire, fuch a number of good friends ? 
Why is iie loved fo much, while I have 
not a lingle Uttie boy that witl feek my 
compuny, nor be my friend, nor console me 
in afflidion?" — ^Hc difcovered vety foon 
the reafon, by comparing the good boy's 
behaviour with his own- He recolleftcd 
that he was happy to do any one a pka- 
fure; that whenever he had any fruit, 
confcdtionary, or the like, he felt more 
joy in Iharing it with his companion, 
than in eating it himfelf, and had no 
fort of amufement which he did not wifh 
all his little acquaintances to Ihare- He 
faw plainly, on this view of things, how 
much he differed from this little boy in 
•difpolition. He refolved at laft to imitate 
him, and went out next day with both his 
pockets full of fruit, ran up to every boy 
that he met, and gave him fome : he <^oulol 
not all at once, however, give \xpfelf^ but 
left a little in his {>ocket, A^iitch he eat im 
private when got home. 

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Akhough hig liberality was not pcrfc<a;i 
he found occaiion to be fatisfied with the 
tffcA of itj iince his companions now^ on 
their part, were more generous to him : 
they ihewed themfelves more merry in 
hi$ company ; they took him as a part^ 
net in tlieir little paftimes ; they divided 
with him what they had, and he wimt home 
quite pleafed. 

Upon the morrow he did Hill a great 
deal better. M'^hcn he met his little friends, 
he did not fail to pull out of his pocket 
every thing that he had, divided it into as 
many fliares as there were mouths to eat it, 
and referved a fhare no more than equal 
for himfelf. Indeed, if there was any dif. 
ference, feme thought that he took the 
lead, and he was much more fatisfied that 
day than the preceding. 

By degrees he was habituated to be ge- 
nerous, and even to fuch as he could fee 
had nothing in return to give : I mean to 
fuch as were in want. Of courfe he was 
beloved: whenever his companions faw 
him, they ran up to meet him with the 
greatcft joy upon their countenances ; they 

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^'cre glad to give him pleafurc. In ftiort, 
he was now quite happy. 

Such a change could not efcape his fii- 
ther's obfervation, and it gave him real 
fatisfa^ion. He affedlionately took him 
iiauhis arms, refufed him nothing for the 
time to come, and. even fought occafions 
to delight him. Every day little James 
^ifcerned, that to be happy, it was abfo-« 
lutely neceflary that he fhould not defire a 
folitary happinefs, but wifh to make thofe 
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FIRE. 


A D&AMA 


, in One Act.; 


CHARACTERS. 


Mr. and Mrs. Creswell. 


Adrian, 
Julia, 




their Children. 


TruemaNj 




a Farmer. 


Jane, 




his Wife. 


LUBBIN, 

SUKEY, 


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their Children. 


Gilbert, ' - 




Mr. Cre/well's Groom. 



Scene. The entrance of a village, in the en^' 
inrons. of London, in (i part of which, \ 
contiguous to the fields, appears a fire. ' 
On one fide is a farm-^fjouji with a pump, 
and m tbf other fide a bill. 

^ S C E N E I. " ; 

Adrian, (running by a path that conduBs 
round the hilL His clothes and hair out of 
order. He hoks hack and fees the fire burfl 
forth with double fury.) * 

O Heaven! O Heaven! all burnrrig.5 
ftiil ! What volumes of thick fmokc 
and flame ! What is now become of my ; 
.^ M 2 papa, 

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papa, mama, and fifter ? Am I an unhappy 
orphan? Heaven take pity oh me, and let 
them be 6fe ; for they are more to me than 
all the world befide— Without them what 
Ihould I do ? [Opprejfed with grief and itfext-^ 
rinejsy he leans againji a tree. The farm^ 
boufe dtM" now opens, and the little petsfant 
Lubbin, who has bis breal^aji in his hand^ 
tomes out.) 

Lubbin, {without ob/ervtng Adrian.) So it 
does not finifh then, this fire ? What could 
poffefs my father to go poking with his 
horfesj juft into the middle of it ! But the 
fun is now riling. He will foon be back* 
I will fit down here, and wait till he 
returnn. 

(He goes to Jit down by the tree, and fees 
little Adrian.) Hey! hey! who is here? a 
fine young gentleman ! what brings you out 
ib early, rpy pretty mafter ? 

Adrian. Ah! my little friend, I neither 
know at prefent where I am, nor whither I 
am going. ^ 

Lubbin. How! mayhap you live in town? 
and very likely where the fire is ? 

Adrian. Yes, indeed, I have efcaped I 
cannot wdl tell you in what manner. 

Lubbin. 

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lMih6f. Is it your houfe that b on fire? 

Adrian. It was in our ftreet that the ftrt 
hsokt cnxtl I was in be^, and flcepiftg very 
foundly. My papa ran up to fnatch mc 
out of bed : the fervants drelTed me in a 
^wry, and one carried me diredly through 
the £ire> which blazed aU round us as Ive 
went forward. 

Luhbtn. Poor dear little feilow! 

{Somebody from the houfe cries out^ Lubbin^ I 
Lubbin ! But huhbin is liftening f^ Uule 
Mrian, with Jo mtub atUntion^ that Ife ioi$ 
mi bear it.) 

SCENE IL 
Adrian, LMin, Jane, Sukey. 

Jme, {to Sukiy^ at tbe entrance.) I hope^ 
lie b not gone awajr^ to fee die fire : I 
ddnfcj, ]£ cnougb to be terrified fdr his 
itdior^ danger* . 

Snkiy. No, iiOj mother : here he is. Ah! 
jbaf he it ^peakiflg to a little gentlanan. 

Jane, {to LnUin.) Wl^ did not you aa-* 
iwtr, when I called you ? 

Jjtibrn. Have you been cKlliiig me? I 
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246 T H E r I R E. 

did not hear you. I was liftening to this 
poor boy here. 

Sukey. Poor! What has happened to 
him? 

Luhhin. He w^s like to have been bwnt 
alive. Hijs JI;ioufe was all in fikneg, he tells 
me,^when they got him oi^t. 

Jane. How pale the poor child is ! And 
haW^did they contrive tk fave you, my lit- 
tk^mafter? 

Adri(^n. Our helper was* bid to take mc 
to the village where I had been nurfed ; fo 
he put mc on his fhoulders ; but they flop-* 
ped him in the ftreet, wanting hands to 
work. I fell a crying, - when* I faw myfelf 
alone ; at which, a good old woman took 
me by. the hand, and brought, rti^^.out of 
town, diredling me to walk ftrait forward, 
till I faw a village; fo I fblldwed her'ad- 
yice, ;and here/I am.'- .. c\ : 

e Jane. ,And gaQ ,^ovi ^ril m« what yduj 
nurfe's name was ? 

; AdriiVu ; No, not now ; ^but I can tecol- 
led I ufed, to call my little fefter-fifter, 

Sukey y [earnejllyi^ ; J/rthi;5.Hitle.boy fl^ould 

beAdrianj:riK>the$i!f e^(v .\;. i \ 

f ''1 Adrian. 

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Adrian. Yes ! yes f that is my name X 

Jane. What, Adrian, Mr. Crefwell*s fo^? 

Adrian. O, my good dear nurfc ! I ricol- 
ledl you now. And this is Sukey, and this, 
Lubbin. {T^hey embrace each other.) 

Jane, {kiffing Adrian.) How happy am I 
now ! I thought of nothing but niy poor 
dear little Adrian, fince this fire began.. 
My hulband is gone to give you all the af- 

fiftance that he can. But how tall he is. 

grown ! fhould you have recolledtcd him ! 
I think not, Sukey. 

Sukey. ■ Not immediately, indeed ; but 
when I faw him firft, methought I felt my 
heart beat towards him. It is a long time 
now fince we were lafl together. 

Adrian. I have been a great way off, at 
fchool, and came only three days fince^ for 
the holidays. Had I remained at fchool, I 
Ihould, at leaft at jft-efent, have known no- 
thing of this day*s misfortune. O, papal 
mama ! O filler ! 

* yatie. Popr dear child ! there is no caufe 
to make yourfelf uneafy . On the firft alarm 
of fire, fo near your quarter of the town, 
my hulband inftantly fet out, to fee if he * 
coiild be of any. ufe. I know him. Your * 
M 4 papa. 

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papa> mama, and fifterj, will be.fafe^ if 
f^ortal man can fave them. But, my lovely 
Adrian, you have been up and running 
thefe two hours at lead, and mult he hun- 
gry. Will ypu eat a little ? 

Lubhin. Look ye, mailer, here is a York- 
Ihire cake and butten Take it ! 

Adrian. Mafter ! You were ufed to call 
ijie Adrian, and not mafter* 

Luhbin^ {^embracing him.) Well thcn^ 
Adrian, take my breakfaft. 

Sukey. Or. ftay, Adrianj you muft ccfri 
tainly be dry as well as hungry. I will go 
fetch my milk porridge. I was j^tingia 
the bread—— 

Adrian. No, ncu my good friends. 1 
cannot have any appetite, till I fee my . 
dear papa, mama, and fiften I willreturii 
and feek them* 

Jane^ Do you think erf what yau arc fay- 
ing ? Run into the flames I 

Adrian. I left them in the flaoies ; but il^ 
was againft my wilL I did not like to ptrt 
with them» but my papa would have it fi> t 
Jie threatened m^ and in an angiy tone 
l>id Gilbert pay no heed to my reHftuce^ 
I -wi^^ forced at laft to yidd* fcr fear of 

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inmifig htm into a greater padion. I Am-* 
not hold out my longer, but^ whatever be 
thedaiiger/ 1 inuft gtf back to fiAd if ther 
arc in (afet/; 

yane. I canndt let ytfu go, th«t n edru 
ta:iik Come into the hoa& with us; 

Jdrum* You have a^ toufe th^^. Abft ! 
I ha:ve none: 

Jme. And is not o>or houfe yoan ? t fed 
you with my milks and furely theii I can* 
not deny you bread* (Sbi fortes him in^ 
and fays to Lubiin) Take care> and ftaly yoii 
hen, liiat you may fee your fiither the 
ibonefj and let us knoW of hit cinnii^;«^ 
But de n^t run ti> fte the fire. Remember^ 
IferbidyM tlwt. 

Imbbim, {aipnK) And yet I haVe hailf a 
mind to do fb. What a charming bonfiir 
if muft make! I do not fee clearly, but I 
tkink that iteeple is down, that had the 
, golden dragon on the top. There i^ many^ 
a poor foul,, by this, burnt ottt of houfe- 
and home t 1 pity them, and yet they muft 
not hinder me from iinilhing my break- 
{^'.'^{Ta Skkey, who re-enters with' a tum'* 
Men) Well niQiw, lifter, you are axlear good'^ 
gcrl, indeed, to bring me drink fo kindly; - 
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. ^«i<fy. Oh !. it-is« not for you. I am. 
come to get a gl^fs of water for poor 
Adrian, He - will htive neither .milk, nor 
^le, nor wine. '' My dear papa, (&ys he J 
nmnai: ai>d ;fift€r, r "^^^ likely, are' at pre- 
fent dry.^nd hungry^ gnd fliall I have fuch 
nice things ? .No, n<)> , indeed : let .me have 
therefore nothing but a little water ; that 
Ajill tcfvf. me .wdl* enough; cfpccially as. I 
aflfi^lhH^tty.;". : ' , , . . - .^ .^^ ., 

^ Lubi^in^r^l muft: own, .however, itisfome- 
thing comical, that Adrig^n (hould refufca* 
drop of any thing that i& good, becaufe he 
cannot; get tidings of his parent^. 

^Sukey^:Q\i ! I kn^iw^you: wclh enough!^ 
Your filler might be burnt- ^ive^ ^nd ywfl 
not ^at ^ ^of thful Jeft oa\ 4^h^t accoiiit. 
For jipy partj^ J :lliouldibe lifee. Adriait:- I 
fhould hardly think o/ eatiftgi if our Jaoufc; 
were fc5^;ofl iw"^/ 4W4 PP gpeyCipuidi^SHOT .- 
n^.wii^c ^d'/.happpf 4.;tq ipyi ^alto-x^md-j 

^ Luibin^ No, nqr I-r-pj(ovided I wer^^ net . 
hungry. . ■ \ ... 

. \i^^^*<.S%^ P^^.\^^^' be hungry, in (uc|i' 
3f^ ?i;^gk/iXq*oVvt>feitt>c Jf^Jj^V!^ DPtvthe:. 
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weep, and take on fo, has nladc me quite 
forget my hunger. 

Lubbin. So you won't eat your milk-por- 
ridge this morning ? ' • 

Stikey. What, do you want it, after hav- 
ing fwallowed your own breakfaft, with 
Yorkfhire cake into the bargain ? * 

Lubbin. No; I would only take your 
breakfaft, that, if neither you nor Adjian 
wiftied to have it, nothing might be loft ; 
that is all. But let me have the tumbler :. 
I have not drunk any thing yet. 

SukeVy (giving him the tumbler.) Make 
hafte then ! Adrian is very dry. 

Lubbin, {after drinking.) Stay,.ftay, I will: 
fill it for him. *^ 

Sukey. Without rincing it ?' 

Luhbin. Do you fuppofe then that I have 
poifon in my mouth ? 

Sukey. Very proper, truly, with the crumbs 
about the rim ! I will rince it oyt myfelf. 
Young gentlemen are ufed to cleanlinefs, , 
and I ftiould wi(h to l:t him fee as much 
propriety and neatnefs in our cottage, as at- 
home. {She rince s the tumbler, fills it up, and't 
then goes out.) 

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Lubiin, [alone. ) So, there is. my break&iOt 
done. Suppofe now that I fliould. run to 
town, and fee the fire. I (hall not bemifled 
if I fct ojit, ftay there but half an hour or 
fb, and then come back : it ia nothing hvH 
a good found fcolding from my mother. 
However, I will go a little wty, and then 
determine. It is not more than twelve or 
thirteen minutes walk before I am there.--^ 
Come, come ; feint hearty the proverb tdUb 
us^ never won fair lad/. {Hs fets off^ bui 
meets biS" father.) 

S CEN E IIL 

Luhiin^ Trueman, {with a cheft. upon hif 
Jboulders^ tired and out of breath.) 

Lubbin. What, you are come back, father ? 
I was going on a little way to meet you. 

Truiman,iv^th anxiety].) Were you ? And 
is Adrian here ? 

iMbbin. Yes, yes^ not long^ago arrived- 

TrtumaUy {putting dawn the ^i^j^.). Thank 
God ! then the whole family are fafe. (lit, 
fits down upm the cbeft.) Let me take brej^tb 
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Luhhin. Won't you come in, fechcr ? 

Trueman* No, no ; I \Yill rranain here in 
the open air, till I am recovered from my: 
hurry* Go, and tell your mother that I am 
returned. 

^ruefnan^ {alone, wiping his fau^) I (hail 
not die then, without having, in my tx^M^ 
^ligod my benefador«. 

S€ENB IV. 

Jane J, [running from, tbt farm^lm/e^ a$kl 
embracing Trnemath) Ah, my 4carl what, 
joy to fee you come back fafe 1 

^ruemany {emJ?ra<:ing Jan^ inreiMm^) Mjr 
life! But Adrian, where h hej.pjfjvy ? X^t 
me fee him. 

Adrian, {runningup*) HereJam. Here, 
hcxe, father ! (Looking round aioMt bim^Y^xxt 
what^ are you alone? Where is. my papa» 
mama, and littl? fiftcr ? 

Trueman. Safe, my child j quite fafe.— • 
Xmbiace me ! 

Adrian, (jumping up into bis arms.) O 
wliatrjoy ! 

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254 THE FIRE, 

Jnne. We have been all in very great 
perplexity. Our neighbours are come back 
already. 

Trueman. They had not their benefadlor 
to preferve, as I had. 

Jane, But the fire, dear Thomas, is it 
out, and all the' mifchief over ? 

Trueman. Over, Jane ! the whole ftreet 
is in flames. If you could only fee the 
nuns> and the* multitude of people ! Wo- 
men with their hair about their ears, all 
iruaning to and fro,^ and calling out to find 
their huibands and poor children ; to which 
add the found of bells, the noife of carts 
and engines, Vith the crufh of houfes when 
the timbers are burnt through, the fright- 
ened horfes, and the throng of people 
di^ving fulhagainft you. I cannot tell you 
how I made my way amidfl: the flames that 
' cmfled before me, and the burning beams 
that feemed' ready every moment to fall 
dowh and crulh me; 

Jane. Blefs us ! you make my blopdrun 
cdld. 

Sukey. See, fee, mother> how his hair, 
and e^e-brows are all iihged ! 

Irueman. And fee my arm too.. But 

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why fhould I complain ? Could I have only 
got away with life, I fhould not have mat- 
tered lofing a limb for Mr. CrefwclK 

Jane. How, my dear, a limb ? 
: Trueman. -What, wife,- to fave our be- 
. nefador? Was it not through his means 
that w^ both came together ? Are we not 
indebted to his generofity, riot only for thia^ 
farm, but for every thing ? And what is ftill 
more, my dear, was it not your milk that 
reared his weakly child, now fo ftrong and • 
hearty? \ Adrian clings to Jane.) Did I fay' 
that I Ihould not have mattered lofing a" 
limb for Mr. Crefwell ?-: — I fay more 5 I 
would have given my life to fave him. 

Jane. Then you have been able to affift 
him ? 

TruemanyYt%, I have that happinefs to' 
boaft. He himfelf, his lady, and his daugh- ' 
ter, had fcarce got out of thcrr houfe, as 
they fuppofed in fafety,' when a half-burnt * 
beam fell down into the ftreetbefori'them. ' 
Happily, I was not ten yards off: the 
people fancied that they were cruflied be-- 
neath its weight, and ran away. I heard 
their cries, came back, and rufhing through 
the burning ruins, brought them off. I 

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had already faved this cheft: that jmu fke^ 
here, and mjr cart, befides, is loaded wit)i 
the grcateft part of their moft valuable 
furniture. 

Adrian. Be fure, my fiuher will moft* 
richly recanipenfc you. 

Trueman. I am rccompenfed already, my 
dear little friend ! Your father did notper- 
hi^ exped: fuch a fervice at my hands,. and 
I have faved him. In that thought^ I am 
much better paid than in rcceiving-any re- 
compenfe. But this is not the whole: I 
darefJiQf he will be here prefentlyj and dl 
his family and people. 

Adriati. What then^ Ihall I fee thcto 

Trueman. Yes, my Adrian. But run, 
iKifc, , aad make a liitle preparation to re- 
ceive^ them: let feme aie he drawn^.and 
have the cow« milked inftantly. Air iheets 
to put on all our beds; and as for us> wc 
will take up our lodging in the ftable. - 

y^w. Be it fo. I' will jday rty part, I 
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SCENE V. 
^ruemau^ Adrian ,: Luhiin^ Sukiy^ 

Vrueman. And I will go put the hay up 
in fome k^nd of order in the barn^ and 
make a little room for thofc who may come 
hither requiring fome Ihelter. All the fields, 
ala3 i are covered with them ; I imagine^ I 
Hill fee them ! fome ftruck fpcechlefs^ gaze 
irith abfolute infenfibility, while they be- 
hold their houfes burnings or elfe &11 down 
on the ^round^ fatigued and fdightencd ! 
others run along like madmeh^ wrii^ theif 
bands^ or puQ their hair up by the lootf^ 
^nd utterii^ fearful cricsj Attempt to fiirc^ 
their palH^ through a line of foldkrs^ 
mrho with bayonets keep them ofF^ that they 
may fave the property of the fufierert from 
being plundered. 

Sukey^ O my poor dear Adrian I hM )Wi 
bten there^ they would have trod you uiu 
der foot« 

TruenHM. As foan as they bring biick xnf 
horfi^^ I will gf» out ugain^ and take up ail 
the children^ women^. and. old mea. tJ»t I 

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meet. Had I been the pooreft pcrfon in 
the village, this misfortune would have ren- 
dered me the richeft ; lince the unhappy 
whom I fliall fuccour will belong to me, 
{Hejloops to take the cheft up.) 

Lubbin. Dear father, let me hclp)^ou. 

Trueman. No, ito : have a care ! it is far 
too heavy for your ftrength. Go rather^ 
and bid Humphry heat the oven, arid put 
^U'our kitchen things in or,der; and let 
Carter know that I want fome flour fcnt in : 



tTiefe^mifer^ble pfeoplc whp are burnt out x>f. 
theTr habitations Ihall at leaft find where- 
withal to fatisfy their wants \ Thank God ! 
I' am not fo poor, that any one applying to 
rtiy charity (hould die for want of food. If 
t had nothing elfc, I would give them my 
iJirt'bit of bread. {He and Lubbin go out.) 



S C E N E VL 
i ■. • • Adrian^ Sukey. . 

Sukey. Oh ! that I would fhare with yon 
t»o, Adrian* Who, alas ! would have fup- 
pofed that I ihouJd have ever feen you in 
your prefent fituation ? 

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. ■ Adrian. Who indeed, my deareft Siikey ? 
for it is very hard in one night to lofe every 
thing.- ^ 

.. Sukey^^ Be comforted, however, my dear 
friend ! for do not you recolleft how happy 
we:S¥Qrc oadc together here, when we were 
kft a :gneat deal than at prcfent. Weli, we 
will be as happy with each other again. Do 
you fear that you can want any thing, ai 
Ipiigjas Lhave any thing to ^ive you ? : 

Adrian^ {taking Sukey by the:baftd^) No^j 
I 4o'nQt ijidjBed:: but then, I thaught; it 
would have been my part to mak^ you 
Jiappy, to get you a good hulband, as p^pa 
has often faid in joke, a^d to ta^§. c^r$ of 
ypifT, children, like my own. , / ■, . . - 

Sukey. 'Well, now I muft contrive tO:do. 
all thi« myfelf 5 and when we Jove cadi 
ojher, it is exaftly the fame thing. I will 
get you all the fineft flowers that I can 
make free to pull in our garden, and what- 
ever fruit they' will kt me gather. You 
ftiall alfo have my bed, and I will fleep all 
night long upon the ground befide you. 

Adrian^ {embracingher.) O my deari dear 
SiiJcey ! hojv ought I to love you ! 

Sukey. You Ihall fee likewife what care I. 

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will take of Julia. I will be al\rt^ with 
you both« We draitkj you know^ the Jame 
milk; and is not that all the fame as if 
you were my brother, pray, and I your 
fiftec? 

Mrian. Yes, and you ftiall alwaya be my 
fifter, and I da not know which of the 
two L ihail lave beft for the foture, you or 
Julia. I will prefent you alfo to papa, thai^ 
you may be his daughter : but when,^ thiid( 
you, witlhecome? 

iukey. Why IbcMald you make yoi^riS^If 
IBifiafy ? You hsive been told that lie is f^. 

AAnan^ But my father 19 Juft like youraj 
and whaean tell but he will go back again 
into the flames to- fiive fome' friend or od^« 
I mult therefore be uneafy till* I fee him 
once again. But hark ye ! do no« I hear ^ 
tread on the other fide of the hilt ? Oft I i| 
it we|-e be I 

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Adrian^ Sukey^ Oilbert. 

Adrimu Ah, Gilbert! 
. Gilbert: Ah, my little matter ! yoiP are 
fiifethen? 

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. AiriM. Truljr^ Acre is great need to 
Ojkalxnttmyfifecy! Where is papa^mamat 
smd Julia ? Are they with you ? 

dlkert^ {notkmwingwbaitofay.) With 
me? 

Adristu Yes; 3FOU have not left them be« 
hind» fare ? 

<j/i4rrf. Behind? (TurMtifg ahut.) They 
.are not behind me. 

AdrioM. They are not come with you, 
then? 

Gilbert. Unkfs they be here, I do not 
know where they are. 

Adrum, {impatiently ) You do not come 
here to feck them ? do you ? 

Gilbert^ {in cot^ufion.) Do not be frighti- 
encd, my dear little matter !— Are they not; 
come hither ? 

Sukey. None but Adrian. 

Adrian. He is confounded^ and has fome 
bad news to tell me I— They are loft, even 
after all the pains that h<Hieft Trueman 
took to fave them ! 

GiUf£rt. Hear me.— There is no caufe, at 
leaft I hopje not, to alarm yourfelf. About 
an hour or forty minutes after they had 
forced me from yoU to afllft the fufFerers, I 

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262 THE FIRE. 

fouiiid means to get into the crowd. — Dear 
Mafter Adrian, do riot be frightened ; but^ 
fo it is indeed; — I ran about the ruins to 
difcover where my mafter was/, but could 
not come at any tidings of him ; no, nor 
of my miftrefs, nor Mifs Julia./ I enquired 
of every one that I met, if they had 'heard 
of fuch a fkmily ? but conftantly. was an- 
fwered. No. 

Adrian. O Heaven! take pity on n>e! 
Dear papa, mama, and Julia, where, whers 
are you ? Perilhed, doubtlefi ! 

Gilbert. I have not told you all ytt ; but 
pray do not he frightened. — The worft part 
of the affair comes now. 

Adrian. ; What is it then ? Why do not 
you tell' me, Gilbert ? 

Gilbert. How, in Heaven's name, would 
you have me tell you/ if you let yourfdf 
be frightened in, this manner? . 

. Adrian. ^ Speak ! pray Gilbert, fpeak ! 

Gilberts Well then, the rumour was as 
follows : that a gentleman, a lady, and a 
little girl, were crufhed to dcfttH,A\hen they 
were juft out of doors, and thought them-^ 
felves in fafety. {Adrian Jwoms away.) 

Sukej. Yi^X^S help! help.! Come here 

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ito our afliftance, fome one ! Adrian is dy- 
ing. {She falls down by him.) 

Gilbert. Why, what ails him ? I men- 
tioned this but as a report; and befides, 
they could not tell me who it was. It may 
be nothing, after all. 

' Sukey. Why> how you t^lk! His fright 
at what you. mentioned overcdmie him, ^nd 
he quite forgot that my father had pre- 
ferved them 

Gilbert, (feeling Adrian's cheek J O my 
poor dear little Adrian ! he is as col'd as 
any ice! .. \ : 

Sukeyy {half getting up^) And wh^t could 
bring you here.^ it is you that have killed 
him ? . •. i \ \ 

Gilbert. .1?— And yet, I am fure, you 
heard me bid hipi not be. frightened. {He- 
raifes him a little.) Mafter Adrian ! {He lets 
him fall again. 

Sukey. How you go to work ! — Do not 
touch him any more.— He will .die, if he is . 
not dead already, with fuch treatment ! O 
my dear, dear brother Adrian ! — ^Father ! 
mother ! Lubbin ! — Why, where cart thty 
all l?e? {She runs in for help,) 

Gilbert^ {leaning over Adrian.) Nja, no,, 

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lit is not dead : he breathes a little. Were 
he dead» I would go and fiing myfeif this 
moment into fome pond. — {He colli out) 
Adrian ! Mafter Adrian !— If I knew bmt 
how to bring him to himfclf !— (/i^ ilows 
on Adrian's face.) This blowing tries XKf 
jtongs ! — It was very fooltlh, I muflr own, in 
me, to teU him what I did ; but much 
more £b in him to pay attention to it : and 
particularly when I bid him not be fright- 
ened.— Coirid I polSMy fpeak plainer ?— 
Adriaal Adrian U— He does not hear me.— 
When my dear wife died, I took on very fadly 
for her; but to die on that account, would 
have been very filly 1—* Adrian I Adrian! 
—What had I beft do ? He does not feem 
as if h^ would Kcover. O^ I fee a pump 
^^I will go and fill my hat with water- 
Half a dozen fprinklings very poflibly may 
have good cfFed upon him. {As be is com^ 
ing Back to Adrian^ Mr. Crefwell enters, ledd^ 
ing in Mrs. Crefweit and Julia. Hilbert 
drops his hati and runs away.) 

Gilbert. Heaven forgive me ! Should he 
find him dead, I do not know what he 
will do ! For my part, I am dead with fear 
already. 

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Mr. CreJwelU Was not that our Gil- 
bert ? — Gilbert, what is the matter ? Where 
is Adrian ? 

Mrs. Orefivell. Sure he ran away, as if 
afraid of meeting with us. Where can he 
he have left him ? 

Julia^ (feeing Adrian t>n the ground.) What 
is this here? A child! (Sicoping down.) O 
Heaven ! my brother ! and he is dead ! 

Mrs. Cre/welly (falling down by Adrian.) 
How Julia ! Adrian ? — Yes, indeed ! help ! 
help! 

Mr. Crefwell. Was this misfortune want- 
ing after all ? (Examining the body.) But he 
is not dead ! Thank Heaven, we arc better . 
off than that — He breathes a little. — My 
dear life, (/<? Mrs. Crefwell^) as Adrian 
needs afliftance, keep your ftrength that he 
may have it. 

Mrs. Crefwell, [nearly fwooning.) Adrian! 
Adrian 1 

Julia. Ah ! my poor dear brother ! Would 
to Heaven the flames had rather taken ^11 
from us ! {Mr. Crefwell raifes, Mrs. Crefwell, 
and brings Adrian to her. ) 

Mr. Crefwell. There is no time to lofe. 
•^Have you your falts about you ? 

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266 THE FIRE. 

Mrs. CrefivelL I catinot tell, I am in io 
great an agitation. After fo much fear and 
fright, here is one ftill greater. I would 
pai-t with all that is left us for a draught 
of water. ( Mr. Crefwell/ees the pump, and 
hafiens to it.) 

Julta, (feeling in her mother* s pocket.) 
Here is your fal volatile, mama. [While the 
falts are ufing.) Hear, hear, hear me, 
Adrian, and look up ! or I iliall die with 
grief. [He comes a little tohiinfelf.) O hea- 
vens, he breathes ! {She runs to her papa.) 
Cdme, come, papa ! come quickly ! come 
and fee him. {Mr. Crefwell brings a little 
noater in the hollow of his hand, and throws V/ 
en' his face.) 

Adrian, (figbing bitterly.) 0\i\ ohi papa; 
papa ! 

Mr. Crefwell. He fuppofes I am dead. 
That blockhead Gilbert muft have fright- 
ened him. 

Julia, {in trdtifport.) See ! fee \ his eyes 
begin to 6pen ! 

Mr. Creftvell. My dear child, do not ybu 
know us? 

Mrs. Crefwelh Adrian I Adrian I 

Julia. -Brother 1 

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Adrian^ (looking round him.) Am I dead 
or living? or where am 1 ? [He J}ts up in 
Mrs. Crefwell's lap.) Ah ! my dear mama ! 

Mts. Crefwell. My child ! and have we 
brought you back to life ? 

Adrian^ [turning tobisfatbet.) Papa too! 

Julia^ {embracing him.) My dear Adrian ! 
my fweet brother ! I am alive again, now 
you are. 

Adrian. Oh ! what joy to fee you thus 
again, dear filler ! [He turns to bis motber.) 
It was your fv\ cet voice, mama, that brought 
me back to life. 

Mr. Crejzvell, (to Mrs. Crefwell.) My 
dear, I was lamenting our misfortune juft 
before ; but now I find that there was a 
great deal more to be loft, than goods and 
fuch things. 

Mrs. CreJkvelL Let us not think a mo- 
ment more about them. 

Mr. Crefu:elL Nay, rather we fhould re- 
joice that they are in reality fo trifling. I^ 
behold you all three fafe, and can have no- 
thing to difturb me. 

Julia. But brother, what brought you into 
fuch a fituation? 

- Adrian. Would you think it ?— GilbertJ 
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Mr. Crefwell. There, I faid fo. 

Adrian. Why, he told me that you had all 
three periihed in the flames. 

Julia^ [looking towards the bill.) Ah! there 
he is, papa ; above there. {Tbey all look tip^ 
and Gilbert draws bis head in.) 

Mr. Crefivell. Gilbert! Gilbert !— He's 
afraid to anfwer me ; fo do you call him, 
Adrian. 

Adrian. Gilbert ! — Do not be fearful, but 
come down and (how yourfelf.— I am alive. 

Gilbert^ [on tbe bill.) Are you fure of 
that ? 

Adrian. I think fo. Did you ever hear a 
dead man fpeak ? 

Gilbert y (coming dozvn, but flopping on a 
Judden.) You do not intend, I hope, fir,. to 
difcharge me. If you do, I need not be 
3^t fo miuch trouble to come ori. 

Mr. Cre/well. See, fimpletbn, the confc- 
quencc of fpeaking without thought t 

Mrs. Crefwell. A little more, and you had 
been the death of Adrian. 
. Adrian. Pra^, mama^ forgive hiin I It 
was not his fault. 

Gilbert. No, certainly. I bid hipi not 
b^ frightened. (Adrian holds out his band.) 

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However, I am glad that you do not in- 
tend me any harm ; and for ; the future, I 
will think no one dead, till fuch time as I 
fee him ten feet under ground, and fairly 
buried. 

SCENE VIII. 

Adrian, Mr. and Mrs. Crefivell, Julia^T^rue^ 
man, Jane, Lubbitt, Sukey. 

Ttueman, {running in.) O the wretch! 
where is he ? . , 

Sukey, (Jhewing Gilbert.) Look yc, father^ 
here ! (Gilbert Jlinks behind bis mafier.) 

^rueman. Who is this ? (Sukey and Lub^ 
^in run towards Adrian, who prefents them 
both to Julia \ the farmer bows to Mr.- 
Crefwell.) 

Mr. Crefwell, taking him by the hand.) My 
friend ! what means this humble diftance ? 
With fuch refped to bow before me ! my 
preferver ! and hot only mine, but that of 
all my family ! " 

Trueman. Yes, fir, it is another obliga- 
tion that you have laid upon me. I have 
had the opportunity of ftiewing you my gra- 
titude for all your favours. 

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Mr. CrefivelL You have done much more 
for me than ever I did yet for you, and 
more than I Ihall ever have it in my power 
to do. 

Trueman. What fay you, fir ? The fervicc 
of a moment only. I, on the other hand, 
have lived thefe eight years part by means 
pf your bounty. You obferve thefe fields, 
this farm : from you I had them. You 
have loft your all ; permit me thei^efore to 
return them- It will be happinjcfs enough 
for me, that I (hall always have it in my 
power t6 fay> I have not been ungrateful to 
my hencfe<ibor. 

Mr. CrefwelL Well then, my good friend, 
I do permit you to return them i hut on 
this provifo, to enrich, you with much bet- 
ter. You have, luckily for me, prefervcd 
my ftrong box that had all my writings in 
it, and thofe writings are the beft part of 
my fortune 5 fo that to you I owe the pre- 
fervation of my whole property. Having 
now no houfe in London, Iwill go down 
into the country, whither you (haH follow 
me, and we will fix bur habitation at a feat 
that I have in Norfolk. All your children 
fhall be mine. 

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Adrian. Ah ! dear papa ! I meant to beg 
a$ much. See here is my lifter Sukey, and 
here is Lubbin, my brother. If you knew 
the love and friendfliip that they have ftiewa 
to me ! Poilibly I might have now bpen 
dead, but for their kindnefs* 

Mrs. Crefwell, {g^^fp^^g Janets band.) 
Henceforth we will be but one family ; and 
all our happineft Ihall be in loving one 
another^ like, relations* 

Jane. In the mean time, enter and repofe 
yourfelves. Excufe us^ if our cottage can- 
npt affprd yo^ the accommodatiojis that M(e 
certainly could have wilhed to do. 

Trueman^ {looking jowardi the bill.) I ifee 
my cart, lir, and a number of poor people 
following. Will you giv? irie leave to go 
and offer them the fervice of which they 
are fo much in need ? 

Mr. Cre/well. I will go with you, and 
confole them likewife. I am too rnuch in- 
terefted in the melancholy accident that has 
diftrefled them, though far lefs a fufferer 
by it. — Lefs! I fhould have faid no fuf- 
ferer, but a gainer; for the day which I 
fuppofed, at firft, to be fo unfortunate, 
gives me back much more than I have loft. 
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1J% THt OOOD MOTHER. 

It gives me, \tt refurn for fuch things as 
with rponey I can purchafe, what is far be^ 
yond the value of all money ;— <i new family 
and friends, l?^ho Ihali therefore be hence- 
forth precious to my heart. 



THE GOOD MOTHER- 

ASONNST. 

np'HE mother's tender hearty round 
-■* whom 

Her children throng in youthful bloom^ 
With love and tranfport overflows. 
Such as a mother only knows. 
What time her light defcending hand 
Gently taps one with adlion bland ; 
Another to her heart clofe folds. 
Inmate already there, fhe holds. 
A third climbs joyous on her knee^ 
While pleas'd the little thing to fee. 
Her hand aflitts, and with a fmile 
Kiffing, (he pays the arduous toil. 
Her foot, held out to ferve as chair. 
Dandles a fourth when feated there ; 

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So too the reft, if more there be. 
Round her, clofe cling her progeny. 

She reads^ all written in their eyes. 
Their looks, careflcs, finiles and lighs^ 
Thefe fpeaking from the heart, declare 
The thoufand little wifties there. 
Their prattle all at once is heard. 
And Ihe replies without a word ; 
For fmiles alone are her reply v 
While joyous they ftand prating by^ 
Yet if it chance, a word amifs,^ 
A quarrel for the envied kifs. 
Or aught unfit to hear or view. 
Among the littk ones ehfue, 
A brow diflatisfied Ihe takes. 
Yet foon the low 'ring ftorm there breaks: 
And while ev'n gloom o'ercafts her mieo;^ 
That {he's a mother 'tis well feen. .. : 

In this, fo obvious to man's fenfe. 
We fee God's wond'rous providence. 
That from the ftores of heavenly grace^ 
Pours gifts on all the human race* 
The rich, in fortune's lap high fed> : 
The poor beneath their lowly fhed^ 
All on her.fnfHle fubfift and Ihare 
The blelTings pf her guardian care- 

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She knows their need, (he hears their cry, 
And views them with a mother's eye : 
To none, among her children, blind. 
But fcattering gifts on all mankind. 

Letnone then, with prefumptuous fenfe, 
Dare tax the rule of Providence 
Wkh rigorous or even partial views ; 
If for a feafon it refufe 
Some bleffing, to their heart thought dear, 
As if averfe their prayer to hear ; 
For their foul's good, God's gracious will 
Seems to fubjeil them thus to ill, 
That through affliftion's rigid ways. 
They may attain fair Virtue's praife. 
^ Or rather, for fuch love we find 
In his compaflionating mind. 
When he vouchfafes them, or denies. 
No lefs beneficent he is than wife. 



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TIT ORGAN, though a plain compa- 
•^^-^ nion, was a fpecial workman. He 
gt(pired at nothing in his heart fo much 

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as to become a mafter 5 but he wanted mo- 
ney to fet up. 

A merchant, who was well acquainted 
with his induftry, was y^illing to fupply 
him with an hundred pounds, that he might 
open Ihop. 

One may, without much difficulty, guefs 
at Morgan's joy. In his imagination^ he 
already had a warehoufe full of goods. He 
reckoned up how many cuftomers would 
crowd to buy them, and what money he 
ihould have at balancing his book$. 

Amidft the extravagant emotions of that 
tranfport into which thefc notions threw 
him, he perceived an ^lehoufe. Come, 
feid he, and entered it, I wilt have a little 
pleafure with one fixpcnce of this money. 

He demurred, however, fome few mo- 
ments, to call out for punch which was his 
favourite liquor, as his confcience loudly; 
told him that the moment of enjoyment 
was not yet arrived ; that he was, iirft of 
all, to think of paying what his friend had 
knt him; and at prefent that it was not 
honed for him to lay out a penny of the 
fum for tilings not abfolutely neceflTary* 
He was ready to come out again^ imprefled 
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by fuch right notions, but bethought him-i- 
felf, on the other hand, that if he fpent 
a fixpence of his money,! ;he fhould ftill 
have ninety-nine pounds nineteen fliillings^ 
and a iixpcnce left ; that fuch a fum Avas^ 
full enough to fct him up in trade, and 
that a iingle half-hour's induftry would 
compcnfatc for fuch a trifling pleafure as 
he wiil^ed to have at prefent. 

It wa& thus, that taking up the glafs, he 
fought to quiet his interior fcrupks ; but 
alas, his prefent conduct was to open him a 
door to ruin. 

On the mowow, fo j^rccable a recoHec- 
tion of hrf plcafare at die alc-houfe filled 
his mind> tKat he waes how kfa fcrupulous: 
with confcience ]fi% expending one more fix- 
penee at it. He had ninety-nine pounds^ 
nineteen (biHings ftill remaining. ' 

Oft^ the ibilowing days, the krve of liquor 
had befotted him m fuch a manner,, that: 
he coni^antly returned to his beloved aJe-* 
houfe> but Jncreafed the quantum ^ of his 
liquor> to a (hilling** worth at firft ;. then 
fixpence more ; and foon, till he came to 
half-a-crown ; at which be fcemed to make 
a ftandj a.id every time> he could confole 

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himfelf with faying. It is but two-and- 
fixpencc that lam fpending. Oh, I need 
mot fear bat lihall have enough to carry on 
my trade. 

Such then was hi^ dclufive w.ay of rea- 
foning, in reply to what his conscience 
whifpcred, which wcnild now and then be 
heard. It did not ftrike him, that his for- 
tune was an even hundred pounds, and 
that the ufcful application of the whole de- 
pended on the fit employ to which he put 
its parts. 

You fee then, my dear little friends, hqyr. 
by infeniible gradation he at length plunged. 
into a life of extravagance. He found no. 
longer any joy in induftry, employed en- 
tirely as he was in contemplating on his pre-- 
fent riches, which he fancied inexhauftible f,^ 
and yet, from day to day, he did not faif to . 
find that they were diminifhing. He wa^. 
convinced, and his conviAion all at once, 
came over him juft like a clap of thundery 
that he could not make amends for his pre- 
ceding diflipation, as his benefedor wouM 
not be fo fond of lending him another hun- 
dred pounds, when he had fcen him* fo 
mifufe the firft. • . . , 

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478 THZ PROPER USE OF TIME. 

Quite avercome with Ihame and grief> 
the more he fought to ftifle his ideas with 
hard drinking, fo much the fooner fey a 
great deal, did his ruin fall upon him. And 
at laft the frightful moment came, when 
quite difgufted at the thought of induftry> 
and being, as it were, an objedt of horror 
to himfelf, he regarded life as a burthen, 
fince it prefented him with nothing but a 
profpe<2: of miferable poverty whenever he 
lobk^ forward. 

He renounced his country, followed by 
iefpair, and joined a gang of fmugglers, 
formidable for the ravages which they fprcad 
through every country on the coart. But 
Heaven did not permit their violence to 
remain long unpruniflied. A difgraceful 
^eath foon ended his career of wickednefa. 
. Alas ! if when bis reafon firft of all ad- 
(flrefled him, he had liftened to the re- 
proaches of his confcience, cafy in his fitu- 
^tion, he might now have been enjoying, 
in repute and honour, the eafe of a refpec- 
table and opulent old age. 
, You ihi^dder, children, at his lamentable 
(oily. Such is notwithftanding that of mul- 
titudes among us, in the ufe which they 

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make of life. It was bellowed upon them 
that they might live h^ppy in virtuous en- 
joyments, and yet they lavifli it upon every 
fliameful dillipation. They think that there 
will always be time enough left them, "for 
the proper ufe thereof. However, in the 
interval, days, months, and years flow on- 
w^ard, and they find, at the conclufion of 
them, they have not made fuch a ufe as 
they fondly propofed. In fome fort, they 
are even happy if their condudl does not 
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B L I N D-M A N's B U P F* 
A Drama, in Two Acts* • 



CHARACTERI. 



Mr. Jephson. 
Frank, his Son. 



INBY, >• 

\ 3 



. DORINDA, 

Alice, ^ their Friends. 

Laura, a little lame, 

Elder Danby, 

Younger Danby, \ Friends to Franks 

wbojlutters, 
Roberts, their Acquaintance. 
Mr. Jephfon's Groom. 



Scene, an apartment in the hou/e of Mr.. 
Jephfon, with a table, and upon it hooks 
and other papers^ and a Jpeakini-^trumpet 
in the corner. 

A C T L 

S C E N E I. 

Frank, (/peaking to his father as he goes down 
JlairsJ 

NO, no, papa„ do not be afraid : I will 
take the greateft care that no accident 
Ihall happen to your papers. I will put up 
y.<\ your 

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your books too in the clokt. — [He comes 
forward, jumping for joy.) We Ihall have 
fome fine divcrfion ! When the cat is away, 
the mice (it is faid) will play. (To Lucy, 
who now comes in.) Well now, Lucy, is 
mama gone out, and all our little friends 
arrived ? 

Lucy. My friends are all three come ; 
but none of your companions yet. 

Frank. O, I can eafily believe you liften 
We do not want to run a gadding like you 
girls ; and fo we are not the firft to keep 
appointments of this nature. You muft 
force us from our ftudy, if you would have 
us. Look you, I would lay any wager that 
the Danbyjs, at Icaft, are hard at work, 
while we are fpeaking. 

Lucy. YSs, to fettle what fine tricks they 
can contrive to put upon us. — But pray, 
Frank, is it true that papa will let us pafs 
the evening here? our room above is fo 
very fmall, we could not have found room 
to turn ourfelves well round, 

Frank. Could my papa refufe you any 
thing, when I concerned myfelf to alk it ? 
Softly, little' girl, do not difcompofe the 
-papers. — Let them lie. 

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2i2 EtIND-MAN's BUFF. 

Lucy. Keep that advice, fir, to yourfelQ 
I meant to lay them fmooth* 

Frank, {wiib an air of importance.) No^ 
no, you cannot, mifs ; I am charged with 
that commillion. 

Lucy. Truly, my papa could not have 
given it to fo orderly a gentleman ! Let me 
at icaft ailift you then ; and afterwards I 
will put the chairs in order. Tlicfe. great 
books. I (hall remove firft* 

Frank. Do not think of touching them f 
At moft I can permit you only to take 
one by one, and pile thpm lip upon my 
bands. {Sbt does/o^ till tbeyre^cb bis chin.} 

Lucy. Th^rc is enough. 

Frank, {leaning hackxvards.) One more 
only.— -^o.—- I have now fufficicnt for one 
turn. {He takes aftep or twa, vfhen.all the 
bpoks fall down.) 

: Lucy, {b.urjling out a laughing.) Ha, ha^ 
ha, ha! there, there they go! Thofehand- 
fome books that papa would never let u& 
touch ! I fancy he will be greatly plcafed tO' 
fee them all tu^nbled together thus. \ . 
* Frank. 1 had loft the center of gravity^ 
as my tutor fays ; and you know, he is 
gravity itfelf* {He pixks /fe? hoks up, but 

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ihey tumble down as faji as be gathers them.) 
Deuce take it ! They have been at Sadler's 
Wells, I think, and learned to tumble, 
fijre ! 

Lucy. You will never finifh, if I do not 
afliftyou. So d'ye fee, I will fpread my 
apron, and do you ftopp down and pile 
them in it, 

Frank. That is well thought of indeed 1 
(Frank goes upon his knees, takes up the 
hdoks^ and places them in order in bisj}jier*s 
(tpron.) 

iMcy. Softly, brother^ they will rub one 
againft mother ! So } I have got them alU 
uyA now I will carry them into the clofet* 
{She gQe4 out*) 

Frank, {rifing out of breath.) Bfcfs me I 
I ihojuld n^ver do to live a long time ii> 
the country where men go upon all-fours 
like monkies. [He fans him/elf with bis hat. > 

Lucy, {re-entering.) Could you fee how 
neatly I have ranged them on the chimney* 
you would be charmed ! So let me have the 
reft. {Frank puts the other books and all the 
papers in his ffjler's lap, who fays, wbenjhe 
receives them,) Well, every body muft ac- 
knowledge that girls are cieverer than boys* 

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a84 blind-man's buff. 

Frank. O yes, and you particularly. Ifa- 
bclla is conftantly employed in putting by. 
your (hreds and rags. 

Lucy. And if your tutor had not con- 
ftantly his eye upon you, you would never 
know where you Ihould find your exercifes 
and tranflations. (She looks about her.) But 
I fancy, I have now got them all. 

Frank. Yes, yes ; there is nothing left i 
fo get you gone. {Lucy goes out.) 

Frank, {putting back the chairs and table 
in their places.) There; fo that is done> 
and we (halt now have elbow-room enough. 
I cannot help thinking what fine work we 
fliall be fure to make. However, I am 
furprifcd that they are not come yet. For 
my part, I can fay I hardly ever make any- 
one wait for me when a vifit is in the cafe. 
' Lucy, {entering once again, and looking 
round about.) Ay, very well: but bro- 
ther you muft hide this fpeaking trumpet. 
If your friends Ihould happen to perceive 
it, they will be fure to ftun us with their 
noife. 

Frank. Stay, ftay ; I will put it up be- 
hind the door, as perhaps I Ihall want it. 
Let your little friends come now and din 

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blind-man's buff. 285 

roe with their chattering, as they ufed to 
do, and we fhall fee who will cry out 
loudeft. 

Lucy. Pftiaw 1 we need but join toge- 
ther ; we fliould very (hortly get the upper 
hand of fuch a little thing as you. 

Frank. O no ; for if you ladies have yoi»r 
clappers fo well hung, we gentlemen pof- 
fcfs a fine clear manly voice, which every 
one refpefts : as thus — You hear me ? 

Lucy, {Jhrugging up her Jhoulders^. ) Yes ; and 
have fo much refpeA. as you fay, for you, 
that I will take myfelf away. Farewel. 1 
will run and join my friends. 

Frank. And bid the fervant fend me up 
xt\y vifitqrs when they arrive. 

Lucy. Yes, yes. (She withdraws.) 

Frank, (taking up the fptoking^trumpet.) 
Here is what has often brought me from 
the furtheft <:orner of the garden, much 
againft my inclinatiiom 5 and, \ think, I 

hear it Hill. So ho ! there ! Frank ! 

Frank !— My young friends live only at the 
corner of the ftreet. Let me fee if I can 
hurry -them; f-tt?. puts the irampet to his 
vimth, throws up. the. window, and cries outy) 
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Girls and boys come out to play. 
The mooii doth fhine as bright as day : 
Come with a whoop, and come with a call. 
Come with good-will or not at all. 

(He leaves the window^ and draws near the 
door.) Well, is not this furprifing ! It is 
like Harlequin's enchanted horn. I think 
I hear them talking to each other on the 
flairs. [He lijiens.) Yes, yes! I. proteft 
the two Danbys. {He puis the trumpet by.) 
Suppofe I were to jump now on the table, 
and receive them fitting on my throne? 
{He runs to fetch a Jiool that be mcry put 
it on the table ; and preparer to take a 
Jpring^ but the arrival of the two Danbys 
prevents him.) 

SCENE II. 
Frank, Elder Danby, Tounger Danby. 

.^ Frank. Could not you have (laid a little 
at the door till I was mounted on;my throne, 
that I might give you audience, as^ they fay, 
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Elder Danby. Good indeed ! you have no 
occafion for a throne to look exaftly like a 
king. And adive as you are, the throne 
might poflibly caufe your majefty a tumble. 

Frank. Why, to fay the truth, I have read 
of many tumbles of that nature in my an- 
cient hiftory. 

Elder Danby. And in fome fort, fuch an 
accident has happened to my brother, though 
he is no great prince. He fell down flairs, 
laft week, and hurt his nofe confiderably. ' 

TauHger Danby ^ (ftuttering.) Yes indee- 
deed ! It pains me fti-ftill a little, and that 
Ma-a-after Roberts is a very nau-au-aughty 
boy. 

Frank. Docs he defign to come to-night ? 

Elder Danby. I hope not : if we had ex- 
pcded him here, we fhould not have ftir- 
red out. 

Tounger Danby. He o-o-only thinks of 
mis-rinifchief. 

Frank. What has he done then ? 

Elder Danby. We were both going out 
laft Saturday. I flopped to get a handker- 
chief : my brother went down flairs alone, 
, and, as it happened, Roberts hearing fome 
one, came out flily, jumped at once upon 

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my brother, who was frighted, loft his 
footing, . and rolled down the flairs from 
top to bottom. 

Frank. Poor Dailby ! I am forry for you. 
Roberts looks for all the world as if he loved 
fuch mifchief. We Ihall have his company 
this evening for the firft time in our lives : 
\ his father begged papa t6 let him come and 
fee us. 

Elder Danhy. I am forry for it. For we 
do not fpeak to one another. 

Frank. My papa fuppofed you all good 
friends, becaufe you lodge together, and 
cqnfidered that you yould have the greater 
jileafure if he came. 

Elder Danhy. The greater pleafure ! We 
fliould like to have him ten miles off. 
Since he has been our neighbour, we arc 
continually uneafy. He has frequently 
amufed himfelf with breaking windows> 
and then tried to lay the blame on us. 

Frank. Does no one make complaint about 
him to his father? 

'Elder Danby. Qh ! I do not know what 
to make of him ; he is fuch an odd fort of 
a man ! He fcolds ajittle,pays the damage 
and that is all. 

Frank. 

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Prank. If I were your papa^ I would quit 
my lodgings and live fomewhere elfe. 

ElcUr Danby. Yes, fo he means to do, and 
Chcrefore yefterday gave warning ^ and now 
we are forbidden all manner cjf con- 
nexion with this Roberts, he is fo wicked 3 
Would you think it, very few go by the 
houfe, without being apprehcofive that he 
wili put fome trick upon them. Some- 
times he diverts himrelf by fquirting pud- 
dle water at them, or elfe pelting them with 
rotten apples. Nay, he will fometimes 
fallen rabbits tails or bits of rags behind 
their backs, at which the people, when 
jthey fee it, all burft out a laughing. Then 
too he has what he calls his caxenjijhery. 

Frank. Caxen fij[h|ry ! 

Elder Danby. Yes : he will take the peo- 
ple's wigs off, as they pals him, with a 
hook, as you would catch carp. When 
any poor man ftops before his window to 
converfe with an acquaintance, Roberts 
immediately goes up to the balcony, with a 
firing upon a fi(hing-rod, and at the end 
of it a lK)ok, with which he jerks the poor 
man's wig off. Then he runs and ties it 
to a dog that he has before provided for 

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the purpafe, after which he drives the crea- 
ture out into the ftreet, and, off he fets that 
inftant, fo that the poor perriwig has fre- 
quently been dragged for twenty minutes 
through the mud, before its: owner can lay- 
hold of it again. 

Frank. But this is nv>r e than mere amufo- 
ment ! 

£,lder Danby. , And yet this is nothing to 
the ftories that I could tell you, Why> he 
lances or bruifes all the dogs and cats that 
come within his reach. Not is it long ago, 
wh?n one of his relations broke a 1^, by 
flipping down upon the flairs where Ro^ 
berts had been fcattering peas on purpofe. 
Ay, it is fo ; or elfe our name is not Danby. 
And for the fervants, I am fure, his father 
would not get one to attend, if he did not 
pay extraordinary wages. 

Franks Shall I tell you now? I lojig to 
fee him. I like boys a little merry. 

Elder Danby. Nothing is more natural : 
but Roberts's mirth is not like that of other 
boys. You, I know, love laughing in. ycmr 
heart ; but would not, for the woiid, hurt 
any one ; whereas this wicked fellow laughs 
at bumps and bruifes* 

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Frdnk. Oh that does not fright me in 
the IcafV. I (hall be much more pleafed iit 
paying him as he dcferves. 

'Elder Danby. If he ihould come> you will 
hot be angry if my brother goes ? He would 
do him fome frefli mifchief. 

Tounger Danhy. Xe-ye-yes, I will go. 

Frank. No, no : we are old friends ; and 
pofitively no new comer fliall divide us. I 
will take care and manage him, I warrant 
you. — But do not I hear a noife upon the 
ftairs ? — It is Roberts.— No, I fee my lifter 
and her vGdmpany. 

SCENE III. 

Franks Elder Danhy, '7ounger Dttniy, Lucyl 
I/ahella, Dorinda, Alice^ Laura. 

Lucy. Your humble fervant, my good 
friends ! but why not feated, brother ? You 
might eafily have got the gentlemen a chair 
apiece, fiitce they have been with you. Sure 
there has been time enough. 

Frank. As if we did not know that it is- 
ufual to ftand up when we receive ladies. 

Lucy. I am charmed to find you know 
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your duty ; but ivhcre is Mafler Roberts? 
(to the Danbys.) I did fuppofe that you 
would have brought hini with you. 

Elder Danhy. It is a long time tiowi thank 
Heaven, fince we have been feparated from 
him. 

Dorinda. Is he then unluckier than Lucy*a 
cfrother? 

Laura, {drcMy.) Certainly, he would be 
Unlucky then indeed ! 

Alice. Lucy *s brother! He is a very lamb 
to Roberts. We have known him for a 
long time. Have we not, .dear filler? 

Laura. We have, and he has f>Iayle4 ft^ 
many a trick, 

Alice. He was very intimate with Ani. 
thony my brother; but he is rid of him 
entirely now : why, he is the faddeft itllo^ 
in the world ! 

Lucy. Oh, as for that, my brother is 
even with hihi there. ^ • 

Dorinda. But to do mifchief merely for 
tiie pleafure of it— there is the Vllfeifl^r* - 

Lucy. No, no, my brothtr is Btttei^tftait 
that comes to. . ■•' > i : ?ji \. 

Frank, (iviih an air of irohy.)'* J^&'^ou 
really think fo ? I am jobligcd to you ? 

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Thrinda. Well, well, ihy dear Lucy, we 
will be und^r your proteftion, you are the 
biggeft of MS ; and befides,- at* prefent you 
arc miftrefs of the hwfe, arid may conl- 
mand him. 

Lucy. Do not you be afraid, t will keep 
him perfedly in bounds. 

Frank. Yes, yes, Lucy : you fhall titke 
care of the ladies, and for you, {to the 
Danbys,\ I will take you under my pro- 
ledion. 

Elder Danby. Oh! he will hardly think 
of playii^ tricks with me. He knows mc, 
l aflure you. I only fear for my brother. 

ToHkger Danby. He makes ga-ga-gamt of 
me! yes, al-al-always ! 

Lauror. That is his way ; he always at- 
4!ack9the Icaft. He would never vex my 
>fifter, — none but me* 

Lucy. I can bdieve you : fuch a$ he are 
always cowards. I compare him to a puppy 
following clofe upon a cat as long as fhc 
keeps running : but if once the cat turns 
round, and fhews her whiikfers, then the 
puppy fcampers for it. 

Frank. Well then, filler, you fliall be 
the cat. 

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Laura. And let him fee your whiikers* 
Lucy. But methinks it would not be an)i& 
if we fat down. Though we oiped: this 
Mr. Mifchief-maker, wc have no* need^ I 
fiincy^ to remain (landing up till he chufes 
to appear* 

Frank. Hulh ! here he is. 

S C E N E IV. 

Frank, Elder Danby, Tounger Danfy, Lucyi^ 
Ifabella, Dorinda, Alice, Lamu, Roberts. 

. Roberts, {to Frank and kis J^rr, .v$ak0i 
tbmn a bow.) Your feryant. Your papa 
was pleafed to let me wait upon you : fo I 
am come to fpend the evening with yoa. 

Lucy. We are glad to fee you, a^d fl»U 
have a deal of plcafurc in your company 5 
at lead my brother. ♦ i^ 

Ifabella. Yes, indeed i he wants a good 
example. 

Frank. Do I ? So your good example 
you would' have the gentieman fiippofo, is 
not fufiicient. 

Lucy. Well, a truce to cosqapiimeKs. As 
miftrefa of the houfe, it is ncceffary that 1 

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flxotild let you know who is who. Thi$ t&ll 
young lady, in the fit-ft place, is Mifs Do- 
rinda Lambton. 

Roberts^ \mth a^rantnJ) I am charm^ 
ta hear ic. 

Lucy. And thefe are the Mifs ■■ > 
Roberts. O, I know them very well. This 
here is {pointing to Alice ^) my lady— what 'is 
her name ? Pcntwe«Ie, that will take you 
off the company, as fimple as flie feem^ : 
And there k^ipffinting to Laura, andlimp^ 
ing rtmnd the rtwm) Miis Up-and-dc^wn, 
wha broke her leg by running from the rod. 
Ifiiii gentleman, {Elder Dauby) obferve 
hqnj he is a giuve wife Grecian, who loi^s 
ftmit before him when he walks, as if he 
pitied us poor filly children. Amd this 
other good little friend of mine {point ing 
to ymng Danky^ and Utting fall biJi ba^,) is 
Pe-pe-peter Grievous, Avhofc dear nmma 
forgot^ poor creature! to untie hid tongue 
when he was born. {The children fiten^Jur'^ 
prifedy and ftare nt one another.) . . 
. Ftmki And wlto am J*, fir, for merfiinks 
you feem quite clever at this fort of por- 
trait fakctii^ ? ^ ; ^ 

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Roietts. Oh* I ^»i ^oi (bffiicietitly aicv 
quainted with you yeti tti^^take ybur Hl^- 
nefs > but I fhall let you have it fooii. ' 

Jjicy. For you J fiiH'PtdUMtiriw youait a 
glance, and I muft tell you, thefimiRtudc 
would not be vet/ pleafing. \ could ne- 
ver have fuppofed it pofliblc that any well 
bred little gentleman, as 1 imagine you af- 
fedt to be,. fliouH think of turnihg ilatufiil 
defers into a theme for banten If' rtiy 
little friends^ were not fincerely fiich, tSiey 
would have reafoh to itproacht me for ex- 
pofing them to your ihdecehcy. But th^ 
can fee that I could not: liave expcded hali^ 
fi) «iuch myfelf. 

Roberts. Why, Frank, J prbreft, your 
fifter is mighty eloqu«it. You need not 
go to church on Sundays, having fuch a 
charming preacher in the^ houfe; 

Frank. She has tolerable fkilfr, when ahy 
one isi to be told the truth ; and there- 
fore both my ftfter Ifabella and t love her 
fincerely. 

Rohris. Well, well; you fee I have to- 
lerable Ikili likewijfe in telling truth ; and 
therefore no doiAti you will love me, toe\ 

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iinc^ely. ^He bovos to Lucy.) I alk your 
p^oiij mifs, for having taken your cm- 
ploymen): out, of your hands, as you are 
yourfdf ib ^Iw^ at it# 

Li(i^cy. Your excufes and your bow are 
both an infult j but an infult, fuch as I 
defpif^. Though, were they on the other 
hand fincere, they would hardly make atone- 
rnqM^ior fo coarfe an incivility. If I had 
not confidercd every word that you faid a3 
meant in jokc> hpwever grofe I cannot but 
fuppofe it^ I ihould know what iuited me 
to do,, and ihould have done it likewife. 
I^et me therefore beg, fir, that you will 
indulge in no more freedoms of this na- 
ture, if you mean that we Ihould remaia 
together* 

Roberts, (form'what embarraffed.) Well, 
but I fee you do not underftand a little 
harmlej& piece of banter. Let us be friends. 
{He Bolds out bis band.) 

Lucy J (giving bers.) With all my heart, 
fir ,• but provided — 

Roberts, [lurning bit . back fuddenly upon 

l»ucy,.and addreffi^ young Danby^) You 

arc. an hone.ft little fellow, too, and -I 

will (hake hands with you^ {He befit at es /^ 

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give his band, and thtYefbn Roberts pizing 
on it, Jhakes bis armfi r^ugbfy, that befalls a 
crying.) ' ' . ^ ' 

Elder Danby. Matter Roberts ! 
Fratik, {faying hold bf Roberts's afms.) 
Pray, fir, let this child alone; or— 

Roberts. Well— or what ? ■ m y little 
Jack-a-dandy. 

Frank y [boldly.) I am little, I acknow- 
tedge, but yet ftrong enough ; and fb you 
ivill find me, when my friends require to 
be defended. 

Roberts. Say you fo ? in that cafe I fhould 

like to be one of thenri. But beforehand, 

if you pleafe, we will have a briifti, jjuft to 

-fee how you will be able to defeiid them. 

{Roberts on a/udden tries to fling him dotvn ; 

but Frank flands bis ground, and Roberts 

falls. The company rujh in to part them.) 

Frank. But one moment, if you pldafe, 

young ladies. I will not do him any harm. 

Well, Mr. Roberts, pray how do you find 

yourfelf? I fancy I am your matter. 

Roberts, (ftruggling.) Take your knee 
off,— or you will ttifle me. 

Frank. No, no ; you mutt hot think of 
getting up, unlefs you firft afk pardon. 

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Roberts i (furioufty.) Pardoa! 

Frank. Yes, fir, ?^nd of all the com- 
pany, as you have certainly offelided all the 
company. 

Roberts. Well, well ; I do a(k pardon. 

Frank. If you Ihould infult us again, be 
aflured, we will fend you down into the 
cellar till to-morrow morning, which will 
fur^Iy cool your courage. That is much 
better than to hurt you. We do not think 
you worth the trouble.— Rife. {He gets 
from off him, and when both are up, conti* 
Hues.) You have no right to be offended; 
for remember, it was yourfelf began the 
tonteft. [Roberts feems ajhamed.) 

.Dorinda, {afide to IfabellaJ) I could nevel* 
have fuppoTed your brother half fo valiant S 

J/dbella^ Oh! a lion is hardly bolder; 
ai>d yet, Dorinda, he never quarrels. He 
is, in fhort, although I fay it, the bell tem- 
pered little fellow in the world. {To the 
^impany.) But what are we doing ? We 
ought to think of fome amufcnjent for the 
cveK^ing. 

Frank. Certainly V^ ought, or ^vhy arc 

we all come together? Well, what play 

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lliall we chufc ? awttething fimny ? What 
fay you, Danby ? i ; ^ * '^ 

Eider.Bmiy^ Wcw^ii^ttlie Iidicactaifc. 
{Roberts majtesiinaufhs^ai Frank ^d Dimby t 
tbti tefi^pretmd its if ibey iiidmtje^ hm.) 

Lacy. There, Fianl: ; ftcic is alcffoii , 
fi3r you : we may chufe. - Well ^eif, fop- 
pefc wc pfay at queftiem> jwid commands ? 
or poffibly you woiild like a game at cardt 
much hetto- ?. 

Lauvci. I Ihoiild rather play atfomcthing 
with the leaft Danby. If you have a pic- 
ture-book, we will turn it over: fliall we 2 

Tmnger Danby^ O o^o-^ob, yes, yes. 

Lucy. With all my heart, fweet deafti' 
I will carry you iq) flairs; You will nei- 
ther want-for pidiures nor playthings there..^ 
^Laura and the Younger Danby take bold of 
one another iy the band, an^ jump for Joy.)* 

Lucy, (to the ladies.) My friends, will 
you go with me for amufementinto my 
apartment ? I have a chajcming bonnet tteu 
you will like toffee. 

^11 (together.) Yes, yes, yes ; let us go.- 

Elder Danby. Will you accept my hand 
as far as your, apartment, Mifs Lucy ? 

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tucyi Rather let MifsDorinda or Alice 
have it, if they plcafe.. 
f^jfc elder Dcmiypirefewti iisi^Md tchAUce^ 

who happens to ft and near bim.) 

R^hrts. What then; do j?ou- mean to 
leave me by myfelf here ? 

Frank. ^Oy fir; thefe young ladies will 
excufe me, fo I iball ftay : but I am obliged 
to leave you for a moment. 

Roberts. Are you ? but I will follow you. 
fdo not like to be left alone by night, and 
in a houfe wJiece I am a'ilranger. 

AC T 11.^ 

« C E N E I. 

Frank, Roberts. 

Roberts. The truth is, I was apprchen- 
five left you might; think of playing mc 
fome trick ; fo I accompanied you. But 
now that we are returned, and all alone, we 
may devife fome mirth between us-«r 

Frank. Very willingly ;. J alk nofbetter* 
fo let us think a little. 

Roberts. Wenujft have fome fun^Lfancy 
with tiie younger Danby. 

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502 ttfNDfNtAK^S BUfF. 

Branh If by fun you j:»eaiifofne trick ta 
hurt hirp, I fay no: I iha.ll be in a joking 
humour ; fo pray Itave him out, if you are 
bent on mifchief. 

R&^rts*' They told me that you were al- 
ways merry, and fond of fomethii^ funny* 

Frank. And fo I am : but, notwithftand- 
ing, without hurt to any one. However, 
let me, know what fort of fun you meant. 

Roberts. Look you : here are two large 
needle^. I will ftick them both with the 
points upward in the bottom of two chaira, 
that common ^ft% Ihall npt difcern tbem. 
In the next place you Ihall offer two of 
thefe young ladies the two chairs, for very 
likely they would fufpe(9: that I meant 
them mifchief of fome fort or :^ other, and 
they will naturally both fit.jdown,: hut 
figure, to yoijrfelC what ftrange- grimaces 
they will both make ! Ha ! ha I ha ! ha ! 
It makes me die a laughing, when I barely 
think what faces we ihall fee them put on ! 
Ay, ay ! and your prudifti frfter, too> will 
find the matter quite .diverting. . 

Frank. But fupppft I W:€re to treat yoH 
juft in the fame manner, would you like it ? 

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kdlerH. Oh ! trekt me ? that is diflferent ; 

but thofe little idiots 

* Fran¥J Soymi call therri idiots, do you, 
iince they are not mifchieVous ? 

Ftoherts. Well, you are mighty formal 
and precife. Thfen Ihall I mention fomc- 
nhihg eire ? 

Frank. Yes, do. * 

Roberts. Then I hjivc fome thread as 
ftrong as whipcord in my pocket. I will 
thread one of thefe great needles with a lit- 
tle of it ; and as foon as they are ^11 come 
down, one of us (hall go up politely towards 
them, make a deal of fcrapihg, and wry 
faces, while the other, keeping ftill behind, 
ihall few their gowns together. They will 
all want to dsince, is you may guefs 5 fo 
up we will come, and take them out. — 
Ha ! ha ! you know the reft ; hsL\ ha ! ha ! 
ha! ha! 

Frank. Yes, to tear their g6wns,iand get 
them anger when their parents find it out ? 

Roberts. Why there is the fun. 

Frank. What ! have you no pleafure then 
in any thmg but doirtg mifchief ? 

Roberts. But'it does not hurt me— 

Frank. O ho ! I underftand : you think of 
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no one but yovrfcl^ajwi ajl th^yiroxW m^ 
nothing to youl > 

Roberts. Well; but wft are con^ toge- 
ther ^ di^f tt ourfelve^ and w^ muft pofi-. 
tivejy) hf^ye^fome Jaughing. So ^pppfe^ we 
frighten JLaura and the. leaft Danby ? ; , 

Pr^i, But that is quite wrong* Sug^. 
pofing any one (hould frighten yoi^ ? , . 

Roberts. With all my ^eart, ifa^iyone^ 
ik but al4e,. A am afraid of nqthi^igj, 

Fr(^k^{q/ide.}. Say you fo?-— That.^we 
ihall fee, perhaps.— (-4/(?// J /^ Rgl^tj^) 
Weil, :ab|Ou| t^is frightening ? 

i2<>i^ar/^* Lhay^-^ an ugly niaflc atjxpme* 
I will run and fetch it* And do you, when 
I am gone, contrive tp bring the-little qhiL- 
dren down,, and you (hall fee^f— I w,iU ftPtrbc 
abfent half a minujte- 
; Franky,{qfi4eA' Good tr-TJierc fliall be ^ 
better malk ready fox you^ though '.-^(^(t? 
RoberU^, calling b'm bach*) JS^vd Roberts! 
Roberts ! 

Roberts.. What is th^ ma|ter ? 

Frank. It will be better that we,,(bcjuld 
come upon thf oa . ivfeere .we ;afe, if I .cun 
bring t^h^iodiersidown; for when, there are 
but two or three in this part of the houfe^ 

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^rc fometimesf cottier i'*fi>!rii; and in 
that cafe> wc ourfehrcs ftiould be hut 
Badly off/' '' ''■' '-' / ''' ' -^ - 

Rohrfs: \^i£i^ ail thi^ftbry/^f iffpirit? 

Pf^;/*. Nay, it is true. At fifft-dhc hears 
a noife/and then a phantom witft^a lighted 
torch^ glides by, and then the room feem* 
aH-on fire*. ' (He draws Back,, as if afraid.) 
Oh ! methinks I fee it now. 

Roberts, (a Htttrfrigbfened. ) ^ See what ?— ^ 
O dear I— *And what can bring the phxa-^ 
tomhere? 

Frank, {drawing^ RoUrfi Jdivards a cor^ 
Tier, and then wbifpering to dim.) -Thtrcr- 
fon, zs we are. told, is this : There was a 
mifer who lived here formerly, and he was 
rebBedone night of air his money. Iffde^^ 
fpair he cut his throat, and now from time, 
to time his ghoft goes up and down— ^ 

Robfrls, (in a tremble.) Ohol I will ftay 
no longer here,. unlefsr)K>u get more com- 
pany., 

Frank. But recoUeA how brave you were 
juft now. 4 

Roberts. You muft not faiKy I am afraid : 
—but — ^but — ^but— but^— but I will go and 
fetch my malk. 

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Frank. Do> do : ai}d I will prq)^e things 
here. — What pleafure %ve fktllhave! ^^^ 

Roberts J {wifh a grim) Oh V tniugh'to 
make oBc4ie widi langht&g \ \) j ^ 

ir^jwi. They will be finely frijghttned \ 

Roberts. That they will ! and thcseforo" 
I will make hafte. I am at lu»ne and 
back again-^you Ihall fee hc/w (bop I {He 
goes out.) : ♦' 

Fr^ank^ (xdone.) Ahi.ahl you want ia 
frighten othei^ and are not afraid )^iirfelf t 
Well 1 well 1 1 have a thought of fomfithing 
that wiU frighten you^ car I am very mucti* 
miftaken. 

S C E N E 11. 

Frank, Ltuy, IfabeUa, Ihrinda, Mice, Elder 
Danby. 

Lucy. We faw Mafter Roberts run acfofs 
the ftreet this moment! What is the mat- 
ter ? Have you had a quarrel ? 

Frank. On the contrary, he thinks me his. 

beft friend. Ihave f^emed willing to go 

fhares with him in a trick that he means 

to put iipon the little ones above ; but it is 

himfelf that he will trick, and never wifh 

to come here a third time* 

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blind-man's EIMPTi 307^ 

Lucy. Weill what is your proj^d ? 

Frank. Yoii fli^U know very fodn. At 
prefent I haVd ho tiHic to lofcji for every- 
thing mufl be in :]:eadpief6 agariniliihisxom*^ 
ing back: /Oi ladksj I requeft f>erjmffibn 
to be abfentfor about five minutes^r • 

Dofittd(i^ Yes^. go/ ^ : but do not 
ftay longeri. We are all impatioit tx> be 
^old'what fou defign* 

Frank. I ihall certainly let you know 
when 1 4iaVe finijhe^ my prtpmitionM. So 
Mce more tdfih your leave. I will come 
i^fain in lefs^ perhaps, th^ five mkMssM^ 
(Heroes cut.) . * 

JL»^7. Ah ! ak ! ahJ— Two pretty feU 
lows together ! We ' ftiall fee what good 
comes, out between dtem! They are well 
xnatched. 

Elder Danhy. Oh ! for Heaven's fake^ 
Mifs Lucyj do not do fuch dilhonour tp my 
friend, your brother^ as to name him and 
that wicked Roberts together. 

Alict^ You arc in tl^e. right, Danby^ One 
is, jxothing but poUtcnefs, ^d the other 
quite a favage, , 

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would lay a w^JP tteit JPrailfc will be ToiI^ik!' 

Darinda. What a? pi^ce of fervice Frank 
would do u^>couj|^ke'i clear the houfe of 
iiich a fellow ! We itell hive ^o pleafure 
all th^ evening, if he ihi^r^ aanong us; 
. Ltay. I am afmd^ however, Fi&ftfc will 
proceed too^ fa», and think hiHifelf pcr:2» 
mitted to do any thing agaittft thrs^ Ro^ 

EldnDaniy} Hfc t^tt' nfevelr do «otigh ; 
and though hid fcheme ibo5td be^a little 
hard on Roberts, there wilt be ihftrudicm 
in it : i( is thje greateft fervice that^one caa 
^^hinvr apd his- &ther>^ I^ ami perfuadcd, 
witt be^pkafed vrith' Fr^k,. when he heaii 
wfaat4>ains he has taten to ti^rwSt his fon. 
Alas ! he would part with half his^&rtunci 
to have Roberts like hinv. 

Alice. So Lucy, do not' y^u gi^ubout tb 
thwart your' brothei^s good inteB&ipns;- 

Lucy. But^-my dear Mife Alice, I amiA 
atickliih iituatioa: I am naw in the place 
ipf my mamaf and cannot poflibly let any 
thing go forward that (he would not ap** 
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Mic^^ ' ^^ Isim have hu l^ay. We will 
Jake the blame of what he does Mpon Qur-- 
ielyes> -- •;: :. >.''^' - - ^ ' ■'^'- 
' IJa&eita^^^cs^ .fer hiA>,^fifteh War, I 
i^y, .war ; wax for t^^ with the Wicked 1 

Frankp {retMrning jtgtfully.)^^! iKive fet^ 
tl^ every jth4«g, aod Roberu may appear 
WjJwnever hie f biflka prbper^. We- will rt^ 
cei>*e hite.. ^ ^ > 

jL»ry. But, I hope, you will tell me— ' 

Darpfiai Yes, we will be In the plot 
toa rand more than that, aflift you if we 
.cart. .,-};■ ^ .- ■' " 

i?hw*. No, ladies, that is: not neceflary. 
Thci^^a:;little yiQlenijce, I mufr ackhow-- 
ledge, in my ploJi an.d ithercforie I will not 
make yon parties. I hav,e tbeon fettling 
evay thing with Rialph in the llsible. He 
conceives my meanlftg cfcarfyi-and wiU fe- 
ccrnddtlwith great dexterity.- \ - ' 

/j^^ Bat 'ftill, you do not ac^aiwi 

J%^:Tbi5 U aU rf the contf ivahcethat 
ypuj^ need ; ktibu^^ We^ vi^iH g6 t*) IBIfiid* 
mifn*s}<Bui^ Jtfaat fiobdt^s niay ' 1^{pt£k. no 
harm on his return. I will let myfeflFbe 
<;aught, and he pr ihe that blinds me muft 

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take care thfltt I majr have an opporttihity of 
feeing through the handkerchief, and fix- 
ing upon Roberts. After he is blinded, you 
Ihall ileal into the clofet, take away the 
lights, and leave us both together. When 
I want your aid, I wiil call yoUi 

Elder Danby. But if Roberts fhould pro- 
ceed to thralh you in your tete-i-rtete ? 

Frank: Proceed to thralh me! You bb- 
ferved how cafily I flung him down; I am 
not afraid of fuch a oile as he, for 1 have 
found him to be nothing but a coward : fo 
that is fixed. But firft, we muft have both 
thelittle ones' down flairs, or Roberts inight 
go up and frighten them while we are 
talking here together. So pray, filler, {to 
Ifabella^) go and bring them dbwn. 

Ifabella. Yes, yes. {She goes out.) 

Lucy. But, brother, I am not clear that I 
Ihould permit you 

Alue. What is the matter ? Let him do, 
I tell you, as he pleafes. 

Frank. Yes, yes, filler ; and rely on my 
difcretion. You are fenfible, I do not like 
mifchief, for the fake of mifchief : there- 
fore he Ihall not have half the punilhment 
that he merits, but come off when I have 
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frightened him a little ; and riiat Is all the 
harm that I mesm to do him, 

Lucy. Well tben^ Frank, on your promife 
of difGretion— 

Frank. Yes, I promife you no left. So 
let us make hafte, and put the things to 
rights, that all may be in order here too 
when he comes— (Ti^^^ put away the chairs 
and table. Ifahella in the mean time comes 
' down with Laura and younger Daniy.) 

Franks (going up to Laura and younger 
Danby,) — Come, come, my little friends, 
into this clofet ; but take care and do not 
make any noife, or Roberts very poflibiy will 
hear you. 

Ifahella. I will condud: them. There is^ 
a book of pi<5hires in it ; and I will ftay to 
fhew them whatever they like. 

Laura. I thought the tea was ready : 
May we not ftay here with you till it 
comes in ? 

Frank. I Ihall fetch you when the fcr- 
vant brings it : but at prefent you muft go 
intx) the clofet : Roberts wants to frighten 
you, and I will not let him. 

Toknger Danby. Ye-ye-yes, let us go, my 

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lle-de-dear. {Ifabella takes up a candle ^ and 
goes in with Laura and younger Danby.) 

Frank. We comprehend^ I fuppofe, what 
we are to do ? My eyes i>ot wholly co*. 
yered^ and, whenever I may give the fignal, 
jou muft takeaway tliejighl, and get into the 
clofet J but particularly, a perfe<3: filence. 

Dorinda. Yes, we undejftand you. 

Frank. I believe, I hear a noife ! hufh J 
hufli! huih ! {be lifiens at the door.) 

Yes, yes ; it is he ! it is he ! be quick, 
let one of you be blinded. 

Dorinda. I will begin. Who takes nny 
handkerchief? (Alice blinds Dorinda, and 
they begin to run about.) 

SCENE m. 

Frank, Lucy, Dorinda, Alice, Roberts* 

[Roberts, as he enters, pinches Dorinda, c^ 
jvhich Jh.e Jhrows her hands out, and lays 
hold of him.) 

Dorinda. It is Mailer Roberts- I well 
know him by his pinching me. 

Franks It is Mafter Roberts ; but he was 
not in the play. You muft begin again. 

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BL1ND-MAN*S BUFF. 313 

. Raherts. Undoubtedly, Frank is right. 

Darinda. Well, be itfo: but if I catch 
you a^in. It (hall be all fair. Renieinber, 
I have warned you. 

Roberts. O yes, yes. {He takes Frank 
afide^ and lets him fee a little of the majk.) 
What think you of it ? 

Frank, (feignittg to be fright ened.)'^^ how 
frightfal ! I ftiould certainly be terrified at 
feeing it myfelf. Wdl, hide it carefully : 
we will play a little, and then flip away. 

Roberts, {whifpering Ftdnk.^-^Yts, yes, 
we will : but I muft, firft of aU, do fome- 
hing to teize the ladies. 

Frank, {whiff ering Robetts.)-^! will go 
up to Dorinda, and turn her rounds if (he 
Ihould catch me^ (he will fuppofe it to be 
you, and muft fet out again. 

Roberts, {whifpering Frank.) Good I 

good ! I will have a little fun with her too. 

Alice. Well ; when will you have told 
each other all your fecrets ? Two fine gen- 
tlemen! why, do not you fee, the game 
ftands ftill ? 

Roberts. You need not ftayfor us; we 
ar^s ready. 

Frank, {keeping near Mifs Dorinda, as if 
. Vou IV. P he 

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314 BLIND-MA1*'S BUPF. 

bewijhed t9 pnll ber hy the gown, andfee^ 
ing Roberts go to fetch a chair f)'^(Afide.) 
Npw, Mi6 Dorinda, 1 will put myfdf into 
your way, 

{Roberts brings a chair, and puts it Jo that 
Thrinda may tumble over it; but Frank takes 
the chair away, arid puts himfeif inftead^ 
jfponhisJf^fids (ind/eet, with fo much ndifc^ 
that Dorinda m^y bear bdm. As Jhe ftides 
filong hex feet, as if at hazard, fie encounters 
Frank, Jioops and Jeixes him. ) 

J)orm4^ {^erbamngfelt akoi^t his cape 
qndmrifis,, andfeemingdoyitful.) ItisMaf^ 
ter Frank. > 

, Ffanf:, {in appMrance di^ncerted^)'^Ycs, 
indcfidj I »ro miftakcn. What ill luck i 

Dorinda, (pulVng oj^ tbfba»dage.)^m-0, ho I 
you wanted to fferow mc down ! I thfwght 
nobody but M^fter Robert? played fiich 
txicks ; but it ihall not be Jpng before I 
takp revenge. 

(She f overs Fr^k'seyes, but Jo that he ean 
fee a little ; le.ads him towards the middle of 
thcroqm, (xnd then, as U-tke iupm ^ the 
game,ajksbim>) How many borfe^ in yoiir 
fetH^r>A»bkl : . . ^ 

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• Frank. Three ; black, white, and gtty. - 

Ihrinda. Turn about three timed, and 
catch whom you may. . 
. {Frank gropes bis way from place to ptacf^ 
arrd lets himjelf be joflled as they plea/e. Mifs 
DorindapartUuiarly plagnes him j he prefendp 
to follow her, tut all at once tHrns rounds and 
falls 9n Roberts.) 

. Frank* h\i\ ha I I have caught you ! have 
I ? It is a boy^ It b Roberts \ (pulUng off 
$be bai{dkerc1>iefi) Yc^, yes/1 ammifltfken. 

Roberts^ (wby^ring Frank.) Why lay 
hold on me ? 

Frank, {wbifperin^ Roberts. ) Do not mind 
it. You fliall catch Danby. I will pufh 
»him towards you# 
. Roberts, {wbifpering Frank.) Do! and 
you fliall fee how I will make him fqueak s 
I will pinch him till the very blood 
comes;^ 

{Frank begins to cover Roberts* s eyer, ani<^ 
gives bis company a nod, as be bad fettled it 4^ . 
Elder Danby, ajifled by the little ladies, take^ . 
away the light, and all together run intii an 
adjoining clofet^ without maksng any noife.) ^ 

Elder Danby, {juft b^ore he fteps into the 
cl<ifet.) Well: have you finiftied? Oh, make ^ 
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3l6 BLIND-MAN*S BUFF, 

hafte^ You take a deal of time. What 
mifchief are you whifpering to each other ? 

(At ibis inftant the groom prefents bim/elf 
at the door I he has a lighted torch in one 
hand, and aftick beneath it in the other, with 
4 large fuH-^bottomed "Ooig upon it. He is co^ 
veredbead and all, with Mr. JepbJon*s gown^ 
which trails along upon the ground behind him* 
.Frank beckons him to fiay a little (it the en^ 
trance, while he if blinding Roberts. 

Frank, (putting Roberts in the middle of 
/ifr^ r^e>».} How many horfes in your father's 
Ifable? 

Roberts. Three; black, white, and grey. 

Frank. Turn iboxkt^pretending to be an^ 
gry with the others.) Be quiet pray, young 
ladiesi and not quit your places till the 
game is begun.— Turn about three time^j. 
and catch whom you may. % 

\lVhiU Roberts turns about, Frank runs 
for thdfpeaking'-trumpet, bids the groom untie 
a chain that he has about bis waijl, which 
falling makes a hideous noi/e, and then be cries 
out lufiily himfelf.) The ghoft ! the ghoft ! 
Run, Roberts, for your life. 
' {He claps the door to violently^ bides bim-^ 
/elf behind the groom M and /peaking through th^ 

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trumpet, fays) It is you then that come 1^ 
ileal my treafure ? 

Roberts, {trembling v>itb fear, and not 
daring to pull off the bcmdage.) Fire ! fire \ 
Danby ! where are you^ Frank } murder ! 
murder! Dorinda! 

Franks {Jpeaking through the trumpets) I 
have feared them all away. — Pull off your 
bandage, and look at- me^ 
,- {Roberts, without pulling off the bandagei 
puts both bands before his face, retiring as the^ 
^oji advances on him 4). 

Frank. Pull it off, I fay 

{Roberts nuikes fhift to pull the bandage 

down, which falfs.about his neck. He dares 

not lift his eyes up ; but at lajt when he ob^ 

ferves the ghoft, he f creams mt^ and has not 

power to move.) -^ 

Frank. I know you .well>^ your name is 
Roberts* 

{Roberts hearing this, runs up and downtn' 
get away :■ he finds the door Jhut faft, falls 
down upon bis knees, holds out his hands, and 
turns azvay bis head. ) . 

Frank. Whatj^ dayou think to cibape me^ 
do you ? ^ " 

Roberts, (after fever al efforts.) 1 have 
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31 8 blind-man's KUFr, 

done nothing to you. You were never robr— 
bed by me. 

Frank. Never robbed by you ? You arc 
capable of any vilkiny ! Who fquirts at 
people in the ftrcet ? Who fattens rabbits' 
tails behind their backs ? Who fifties fop-, 
their w^s ? Who James poor dogs and 
cats ? Who ftieks up pins in chairs to- 
prick his friends vhen they fit down ? And 
who ha3 in his pocket, even now, a mafic 
to frigKlen twq poor little children? 

Roberts. I have tieae .all rfxis ! indeed T 
own it ! but for heavcn> fake pardba me,, 
^ ao4 )^ tirill not do fb any more. 
, Ftank. Wha will, answer for you ? 

Roberts. Thole that yoQt have frightened 
away, if you wilj but call them. 

FranL 'Doymi promife me yourfelf ? 

Roher»ti., Ycfs, yes,; upon my. honour. . 

FranL Well then, I take pity on you r 
but pcracfmber, had it been my pleafur^, I 
might ealxly fly away with you through the 
window. 

{Here the phantom Jhc^kes his torch ^ which , 
gives a glare like lightning, and then goes out. 
Roberts almoft Jx^ooning with terror^ falls 
d^wn on his face.} 

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BtIND-MAN*3 BUFF. Jljt 

S C E N E . /*^ Loft. 
^ Robert s, Frank, the Groom, Mr. Jephfon. 

Mr. Jephjon, {entering with a candle in 
his hand.) What is all this difturbance ? 

Roberts, {without looking up.) It is not 
JL that make it. Pray, pray, do not coma 
near me ! 

Mr. Jephfon, (perceiving Roberts on the- 
ground,) Who can this be on the ground ? 

Roberts. You know me well enough, and 
have already taken pity on me. 

Mr. Jephfon^ I have already taken pity 
OB you \ 

Roberts. It was not I that robbed you. 

M^* y^phjon^ Robbed me 1 what does all 
this mean? Da not I know you. Matter 
Roberts?— 

Roberts. Yes, yes ; that is rtiy name, good', 
ghojft : fo pray do not hurt me, 

Mr. Jephfon. I am aftonifhed ! why m 
fuch a poftufe? {He puts down the light f; 
. holds out his band and lifts him up.) 

Robfrts,^ {ftruggHngfirfl of all, but know- 
ing Mr.. Jephfon afterwards.) Mr •.Jephfon, 
is it you? {hi^ features brighten.) He is; 

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gone then! is he? (be looks round ahout 
him, fees the ghoft and iurns away again.) 
There, there he ftands !•— the phantom \^^ 
don't you fee him ? 

(Frank brings the ehildrsn from the clofet. 
Laura and younger Danby are frightened at 
the groom*s appearance ; but the reft burft out 
a laughing.) 

Mr. Jephjon. Well! what fignifies all 
this ? 

Frank, ( coming fwward.) Let me explaiit 
the whole, papa. This phantom is your 
groom ; and we have put on him your wig 
and gown^ 

ne Groom, (letting fall his difguife.) Yes, 
fir, it is I. 

Mr. Jephfon. An odd fort of fport this, 
Frank I 

Frank. True ; but afk the company if 
Mafter Roberts has not well deferved to be 
thus frightened. He defigned to frighten 
Laura and Danby : I only wiihed to binder 
him. Let him but fhew the fi^ighiful maflt 
that he has about him* 
^ Mr. Jephfon, {to Roberts.) 1$ thiatfuc ? 
, Roberts, (givit^g him the majk.) 1 cannon 
ilAivj it ; heise it is, fir. 

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blind-man's buff. 321 

Mr. Jephfm. You have met with nothing, 
then, but whjit you deferve. 

Dorinda. We pcrfuaded Mifs Lucy to 
permit her brother to makcufe of this de- 
vice in prder to punifh Roberts. 

Alice. If you knew bcfides, fir^ all the 
©ther tricks that he meant to play us— 

Mr. Jeph/on. What, fir, is this the fam- 
pie that you give us of your behaviour, the 
firft time you fet foot within my doors ? 
You have been difrefpedful to me in the 
perfon of my children, who were pleafed 
with the expedation of having you as their 
gueft. You have been difrefpedful ta 
thefc ladies^ Whom I need not lay yotf 
Ihould have honoured and regarded. So 
be gone I Your father, when he comes to 
know that you have been thus turned out 
of doors, will fee how neceflary it is to 
corredl the vices of your heart. I will not 
permit your deteftable example to corrupt 
my children. ' Go, and never let me fee 
you here again ! (Roberts is confounded^ and 
withdraws.) And you, my friends, although 
the circumftances of the cafe may very pof- 
fibly excufe what you have done, yet never, 
for the time to come^ indulge yourfelvcs in 

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J2i BLIND-KTAN^S BUW. 

fuch a fport. The fears which have power 
to affed children at a tender age, ma/ 
poflibly be followed by the wcJrll confe- 
quences during their whole life. AveiTgeJ 
yourfelves upon the wicked only by be- 
halving better ; and remember after the ex- 
ampte" which Mafter Roberts has afforded 
yoU| that by intending harm to others, you 
will ofteneft bring it down upon your- 
felves. 



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