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been a gainer by the folly of others, so severe in hịs censure of it.

Sir William. Whatever I may have gained by folly, madam, you see I am willing to prevent your losing by

Miss Richland. Your cares for me, Sir, are unnecessary. I always suspect those services which are denied where they are wanted, and offered, perhaps, in hopes of a refusal. No, Sir, my directions have been given, and I insist upon their being complied with.

Sir William.

Thou amiable woman! I can no longer contain the expression of my gratitude: my pleasure. You see before you one, who has been equally careful of his interest; one, who has for some time been a concealed spectator of his follies, and only punished, in hopes to reclaim them-his uncle !

Miss Richland. Sir William Honeywood! You amaze me. How shall I conceal my confusion? I fear, Sir, you'll think I have been too forward in my services. I confess I

Sir William. Don't make any apologies, madam. I only find myself unable to repay the obligation. And yet, I have been trying my interest of late to serve you. Having learnt, madam, that you had some demands upon government, I have, though unasked, been your solicitor there. Vol. II.


Miss Richland. Sir, I'm infinitely obliged to your intentions. But my guardian has employed another gentleman, who a'ssures him of success.

Sir William. Who, the important little man that visits here? Trust me, madam, he's quite contemptible among

power, and utterly unable to serve you. Mr. Lofty's promises are much better known to people of fashion, than his



assure you.

men in

Miss Richland.

As sure as can be,

How have we been deceived ! here he comes.

Sir William.

Does he ! Remember I'm to continue unknown. My return to England has not as yet been made public. With what impudence he enters !

Enter LOFTY.

Lofty. Let the chariot let my chariot drive off ; I'll visit to his Grace's in a chair. Miss Richland here before me !

Punctual, as usual, to the calls of humanity. I'm very sorry, madam, things of this kind should happen, especially to a man I have shewn every where, and carried amongst us as a particular acquaintance.

Miss Richland. I find, Sir, you have the art of making the misfortunes of others your own.

Lofty. My dear madam, what can a private man like me do? One man can't do every thing; and then, I do 50 much in this way every day: let me see; something considerable might be done for him by subscription ; it could not fail if I carried the list. I'll undertake to set down a brace of dukes, two dozen lords, and half the lower house, at my own peril.

Sir William. And, after all, it's more than probable, Sir, he might reject the offer of such powerful patronage.

Lofty. Then, madam, what can we do? You know I never make promises. In truth, I once or twice tried to do something with him in the way of business ; but, as I often told his uncle, Sir William Honeywood, the man. was utterly impracticable.

Sir William. His uncle! then that gentleman, I suppose, is a particular friend of yours.

Lofty, Meaning me, Sir?

-Yes, madam, as I often said, my dear Sir William, you are sensible I would do any thing, as far as my poor interest goes, to serve your family: but what can be done ? there's no procuring first-rate places for ninth-rate abilities.

Miss Richland. I have heard of Sir William Honeywood ; he's abroad in employment; he confided in your judgment, I suppose.

Lofty. Why, yes, madam, I believe Sir William had some reason to confide in my judgment; one little reason, perhaps.

Miss Richland.
Pray, Sir, what was it?

Why, Madam—but let it go no farther

it was I procured him his place.

Sir William.


Sir ?

Either you or I, Sir?

Miss Richland.
This, Mr. Lofty, was very kind indeed,

Lofty. I did love him, to be sure ; he had some amusing i qualities; no man was fitter to be a toast-master to a club, or had a better head.

Miss Richland.

A better head ?

Lofty. Ay, at a bottle. To be sure he was as dull as a choice spirit: but hang it, he was grateful, very grateful; and gratitude hides a multitude of faults.

Sir William. He might have reason, perhaps. His place is pretty considerable, I'm told.

Lofty. A trifle, a mere trifte among us men of business. The truth is, he wanted dignity to fill up a greater.

Sir William. Dignity of person, do you mean, Sir ? I'm told he's much about my size and figure, Sir.

Lofty. Ay, tall enough for a marching regiment ; but then he wanted a something a consequence of form-a kind of a-I believe the lady perceives my meaning.

Miss Richland. O, perfectly: you courtiers can do any thing, I see

Lofty. My dear madam, all' this is but a mere exchange : we do greater things for one another every day. Why, as thus, now: let me suppose you the First Lord of the Treasury ; you have an employment in you that I want ; I have a place in me that you want; do me here, do you there ; interest of both sides, few words, flat, done and done, and it's over.

Sir William, A thought strikes me. (Aside.) Now you mention Sir William Honeywood, madam; and as he seems, Sir, an acquaintance of yours; you'll be glad to hear he's arriv'd from Italy ; I had it from a friend who knows him as well as he does me, and you may de: pend on my information.

Lofty. The devil he is ! If I had known that, we should not have been quite so well acquainted.


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