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patience to know, if there be a letter from Langwood, and "what he says.
Fram. I shall never be able to afford you the least information, upon that subject, my Lord.
LD. Eust. Surely, I do not understand you. You said you had secured the letters-Have you not read them?
Fram. You have a right, and none but you, to ak me such a question. My weak compliance with your first propofal relative to these letters, warrants your thinking so meanly of me. But know, my lord, that though my personal affection for you, joined to my unhappy circumstances, Biay have betrayed me to actions unworthy of myself, I never can forget, that there is a barrier fixed before the extreme of baseness, which honour will not let me pass.
LD. Ęust. You will give me leave to tell you, Mr. Frampton, that where I lead, I think you need not halt.
FRAM. You will pardon me, my lord; the consciousness of another man's errors, can never be a justification for our own; and poor, indeed, must that wretch be, who can be satisfied with the negative merit of not being the worst man he knows.
LD. Eust. If this discourse were uttered in a conventicle, it might have its effect; by setting the congregation to sleep. Fram. It is rather meant to rouse, than lull your
LD. Eust. No matter what it is meant for; give me the letters, Mr. Frampton.
Fram. Yet excuse me. I could as soon think of arming a madman's hand, against my own life, as suffer you to be guilty of a crime that will, for ever, wound your honour. ,
Lo. Eust. I shall not come to you to heal the wound : your medicines are too rough and coarse for me.
Fram. The soft poison of flattery might, perhaps, please : you better.
". LD.Eust. Your conscience may, probably, have as much need of palliatives, as mine, Mr. Frampton, as I am pretty well convinced, that your course of life has not been more regular than my own.
FRAM. With true contrition, my lord, I confess part of your sarcasm to be just. Pleafure was the object of my purfuit, and pleasure I obtained, at the expence both of health and fortune ; but yet, my lord, I broke not in upon the peace of others; the laws of hospitality I never violated ; nor did I ever seek to injure, or seduce; the wife or daughter. of my friend.
LD.Eust. I care not what you did; give me the letters.
Fram. I have no right to keep, and therefore shall furrender them, though with the utmost reluctance ; but, by our former friendship, I intreat you not to open them.
Lo. Eust. That you have forfeited.
Fram. Since it is not in my power to prevent your committing an error, which you ought, for ever, to repent of, I will not be a witness ofit. There are the letters.
LD. Eust. You may, perhaps, have cause to repent your present conduct, Mr. Frampton, as much as I do our past attachment.
FRAM. Rather than hold your friendship upon such terms, I resign it for ever. Farewel, my
lord. Re-enter FRAMPTON. FRAM. Ill-treated as I have been, my lord, I find it impoffible to leave you furrounded by difficulties. LD. Eust. That sentiment should have operated sooner,
Mr. Frampton. Recollection is feldom of use to our friends, though it may sometimes be serviceable to ourselves.
Fran. Take advantage of your own expression, my lord, and recollect yourselfi Born and educated as I have been, a gentleman, how have you injured both yourself and me, by admitting and uniting in the fame confidence, your rascally servant
LD. Eust. The exigency of my situation is a fufficient excuse to myself, and ought to have been so to the man who called himself my friend.
FRAM. Have a care, my lord, of uttering the least doubt upon that subject ; for could I think you once mean enough to fufpect the fincerity of my attachment to you, it must vanish at that instant:
LD. Eust. The proofs of your regard have been rather painful of late, Mr. Frampton... FRAM. When I see
verge of a preci. pice, is that a time for compliment? Shall I not rudely rush forward, and drag him from it ? Just in that state you are at present, and I will strive to save you. Virtue may languish in a noble heart, and suffer her rival, vice, to ufurp her power, but baseness must not enter, or the flies for ever. who has forfeited his own esteem, thinks all the world has the same consciousness, and therefore is what he deserves to be,-a wretch...
LD. Eust. On, Frampton! you have lodged a dagger in my
heart. FRAM. No, my dear Euftace, I have saved you from one, from your own reproaches, by preventing your being guilty of a meanness, which you could never have forgiven yourself.
LD. Eust. Can you forgive me, and be still my friend? Fram. As firmly as I have ever been, my lord.
But let us at present, haften to get rid of the mean bu. siness we are engaged in, and forward the letters we have no right to detain.
SCHOOL FOR RAKES,
DUKE AND LORD.
Duke. Now, my co-mates, and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
-Come, shall we go, and kill us venison?
Lord. Indeed, my Lord,
The melancholy Jaques grieves at that;
To day my Lord of Amiens, and myself,
Duke. But what said Jaques ?
LORD. O yes, into a thousand fimilies;
Anon a careless herd,