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Bel. I thank youheartily, goodMr. Stockwell ; you

and I have long conversed at a distance; now we are met, and the pleasure this meeting gives me, amply compensates for the perils 1 have run through in accomplishing it.

Stock. What perils, Mr. Belcour ? I could not have thought you would have met a bad paffage at this time o'year.

Bel. Nor did we ; courier like we came posting to your thores, upon the pinions of the swiftest gales that ever blew; it is upon English ground all my difficulties have arisen? it is the passage from the river-side I complain of.

Stock. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can you have met between this and the river fide ?

Bel. Innumerable! Your town's as full of defiles as the island of Corfica; and, I believe, they are as obftinately defended ; so much hurry, bustle, and confusion, on your quays ; so many sugar-casks, porter butts, and commoncouncil-men, in your ftreets; that unlessa man marched with artillery in his front, it is more than the labour of a Hercules can effect, to make any, tolerable way through your town.

Stock. I am sorry you have been so incommoded.

BEL. Why, faith, it was all my own fault ; accustomed to a land of slaves, and out of patience with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, boat-men, tide-waiters and water-bailiffs, that heset me op all sides, worse than a swarm. of musquetoes, I proceeded a little too roughly to brush them away

with my rattan ; the sturdy rogues took this in dudgeon, and beginning to rebel, the mob chose different sides, and a furious scuffle ensued; in the course of which, my person and apparel suffered so much, that I was obliged

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to step into the first tavern to refit, before I could make my approaches in any decent trim.

Stock. Well. Mr. Belcour, it is a rough fample you have had of my countrymen's fpirit ; but, I trust, you will not think the worse of them for it.

Bel. Not at all ; not at all ; I like them the better ; was I only a visitor, I might, perhaps, with them a little more tractable ; but as a fellow-fubject, and a sharer in their freedom, I applaud their spirit, though I feel the effects of it in every bone of my skin.Well, Mr. Stockwell, for the firft time in my life, here am I in England ; at the fountain-head of pleafure, in the land of beauty, of arts and elegancies. My happy stars have given me a good estate, and the confpiring winds have blown me hither to spend it.

Stock. To use it, not to waste it, I should hope; to treat it, Mr. Belcour, not as a vassal, over whom

you

have a wanton despotic power, but as a subject, which you are bound to govern with a temperate and restrained authority.

Bel. True, Sir ;. most truly said ; mine's a commiflion not a right : I am the offspring of diftress, and every child of forrow is my brother ; while I have hands to hold, therefore, I will hold them open to mankind, but, Sir, my pasfions are my masters ; they take me where they will; and oftentimes they leave to reason and virtue nothing but wishes and my fighs.

Stock, Come, come, the man who can accuse, corrects himself,

Bel. Ah ! that is an office I am weary of; I wish a friend would take it up: I would to Heaven you had leisure for the employ! but, did you drive a trade to the four corners of the world, you would not find the talk so toilfome as to keep me free from faults.

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STOCK. Well, I am not discouraged ; this candour tells me 1 should not have the fault of self-conceit to combat ; that, at least, is not amongst the number.

BEL. No ; if I knew that man on earth who thought more humbly of me than I do of myself, I would take

up

his opinion and forego my own.

STOCK. And, was I to chuse a pupil, it should be one of your complexion ; so if you will come along with me, we will agree upon your admission, and enter upon a course of lectures directly. Bol. With all

my
heart,

WEST INDIAN.

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LORD EUSTACE AND FRAMPTON.

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Lo. Eust. TELL, my dear Frampton, have you

fecured the letters ? Fram. My Lord, for their rightful owners.

LD. Eust. As to the matter of property, Frampton, we will not dispute much about that. Neceflity, you know, may sometimes render a trespass excusable.

Fram. I am not casuist sufficient to answer you upon that {ubject ; but this I know, that you have already trespaffed against the laws of hospitality and honour, in your conduct towards Sir William Evans, and his daughter-And as your friend and counsellor, both, I would advise you to think feriously of repairing the injuries you have committed, and not increase your offence, by a farther violation.

LD. Eust. It is actually a pity you were not bred to the bar, Ned; but I have only a moment to ftay, and am all

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impatience 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 ask me fuch a question. My weak compliance with your first pro. pofal 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, may have betrayed me to actions unworthy of myself. I never can forget, that there is a barrier fixed before the extreme of bafeness, which honour will not let me pass.

LD. EUst.. 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 ;

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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 conven-
ticle, it might have its effect ; by setting the congregation to
Deep.
FRAM. It is rather meant to rouse, than lull your

lord. ship.

Lo. 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

you honour.

ever, wound

LD. Eust. I shall not come to you, to heal the wound: your medicines are too rough and course for me.

FRAM. The soft poison of flattery might, perhaps, please

you better.

LD. Eust. Your conscience may, probably, have as much reed 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 confefs part of your farcasm to be juft. Pleafure was the object of my pursuit, 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 feduce, 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 sure render them, though with the utmost reluctance ; bnt, by our former friendship, I entreat you not to open.

them. LD. Eust. That you have forfeited.

Fram. Since it is not in my power to prevent your com. mitting an error, which you ought, for ever, to repent of, I will not be a witness of it. There are the letters.

LD. Eust. You may, perhaps, have cause to repent your present conduct, Mr. Frampton, as much 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. Fråm. Ill treated as I have been, my lord, I find it im-possible to leave you surrounded by difficulties. LD. Eust. That sentiment should have operated sooner,

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