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He is certainly return'd: and, as this gentleman is a friend of yours, he can be of signal service to us, by introducing me to him ; there are some papers relative to your affairs, that require dispatch and his inspection.
This gentleman, Mr. Lofty, is a person employed in my
affairs : I know you'll serve us.
Sir William shall even wait upon him, if you think proper to. command it.
That would be quite unnecessary.
Lofty. Well, we must introduce you then. Call upon me let me see-ay, in two days.
Now, or the opportunity will be lost for ever.
Well, if it must be now, now let it be. But damn it, that's unfortunate ; my Lord Grig's cursed Pensacola business comes on this very hour, and I'm engaged to attend
A short letter to Sir William will do.
Lofty. You shall have it ; yet in my opinion, a letter is a very bad way of going to work: face to face, that's my way.
The letter, Sir, will do quite as well.
Lofty. Zounds ! Sir, do you pretend to direct me ? direct me in the business of office? Do you know me, Sir? who am I?
Miss Richland. Dear, Mr. Lofty, this request is not so much his as mine ; if my commands—but you despise my power.
Lofty. Delicate creature! your commands could even control a debate at midnight: to a power so constitutional, I am all obedience and tranquillity. He shall have a letter: where is my secretary! Dubardieu! And yet I protest I don't like this way of doing business. think if I spoke first to Sir William-But you will have it so,
[Exit with Miss Richland.
Sir William (alone.) Ha, ha, ha! This too is one of my nephew's hopeful associates. O vanity, thou constant deceiver, how do all thy efforts to exalt, serve but to sink us! Thy false colorings, like those employed to heighten beauty, only seem to mend that bloom which they contribute to destroy. I'm not displeased at this interview: exposing this fellow's impudence to the contempt it deserves, may be of use to my design; at least, if he can reflect, it will be of use to himself.
Al his wit's ends, I believe : he's scarce gotten out of one scrape, but he's running his head into another.
The house has but just been cleared of the bailiffs, and now he's again engaging tooth and nail in assisting old Croaker's son to patch up a clandestine match with the young lady that passes in the house for hiş sister.
Sir William. Ever busy to serve others.
Aye, any body but himself. The young couple, it seems, are just setting out for Scotland ; and he sup-plies them with money for the journey.
Money! how is he able to supply others, who has searce any for himself?
Why, there it is: he has no money, that's true ; but then, as he never said no to any request in his life, he has given them a bill, drawn by a friend of
his upon a merchant in the city, which I am to get changed; for you must know that I am to go with them to Scotland myself.
Jarvis. It seems the young gentleman is obliged to take a different road from his mistress, as he is to call upon an uncle of his that lives out of the way, in order to prepare a place for their reception, when they return; so they have borrowed me from my master, as the properest person to attend the young lady down.
Sir William. To the land of matrimony! A pleasant journey, Jarvis.
Sir William, Well, it may be shorter and less fatiguing than you imagine. I know but too much of the young lady's family and connections, whom I have seen abroad. I have also discovered that Miss Richland is not indifferent to my thoughtless nephew; and will endeavor, though I fear, in vain, to establish that connection. But, come, the letter I wait for must be almost finished ; I'll let
farther into my intentions in the next room.
[Exeunt. ACT THE FOURTH.
SCENE, CROAKER's House.
Lofty. WELL, sure the devil's in me of late, for running my head into such defiles, as nothing but a genius like my own could draw me from. I was formerly contented to husband out my places and pensions with some degree of frugality; but, curse it, of late I have given away the whole Court Register in less time than they could print the title page: yet, hang it, why scruple a lie or two to come at a fine girl, when I every day tell a thousand for nothing. Ha! Honeywood here before me. Could Miss Richland have set him at liberty ?
Enter HONEYWOOD. Mr. Honeywood, I'm glad to see you abroad again. I find my concurrence was not necessary in your unfortunate affairs. I had put things in a train to do your business; but it is not for me to say what I intended doing.
Honeywood. It was indeed unfortunate, Sir. But what adds to my uneasiness is, that while you seem to be acquainted with my misfortune, I myself continue still a stranger to my benefactor.