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you, you do offend. What is the meaning of this
Ryer, I never did—nor do I intend it. *u Per. Sir, I do not believe you—I do not believe u. But, sir, I know your connections and associo, and I know too, you have a saucy lurking prelice against your ain country: you hate it; yes, or mother, her family, and your brother, sir, have the same, dark, disaffected rankling; and by that their politics together, they will be the ruin of -themselves—and of aw who connect with them. —However, nai mair of that now ; I will talk at :e to you about that anon. In the mean while, notwithstanding your contempt of my advice, and r disobedience till my commands, I will convince of my paternal attention till your welfare, by my agement of this voluptuary—this Lord Lumber!, whose daughter you are to marry. You ken, that the fellow has been my patron above these and thirty years.
ger. True, sir. Per. Vary weel. And now, sir, you see by roligality, he is become my dependent; and acingly I have made my bargain with him : the a baubee he has in the world but what comes gh these clutches ; for his whole estate, which hree implecit boroughs upon it—mark—is now y custody at nurse; the which estate, on m
ig off his debts, and allowing him a life rent of housand pounds per annum is to be made over e for my life, and, at my death is to descend till ad your issue.—The peerage of Lumbercourt, en, will follow of course, So, sir, you see, are three impleecit boroughs, the whole patriof Lumbercourt, and a peerage at one slap.–
it is a stroke—a hit—a hit Zounds ! sir, a may live a century and not make sic an hit
or. It is a very advantageous bargain indeed, it what will my lord's family say to it? per. Why, mon, he cares not if his family were the devil, so his luxury is but gratified:—only n have his race-horse to feed his vanity ; his on to drink drams with him, scrat his face, and to periwig, when she is in her maudlin hyste
ents to abuse the ministry, and settle the affairs of the nation, when they are aw intoxicated; and then, sir, the fellow has aw his wishes and aw his wants, in this world and the next.
Enter Tom LINs.
Tom. Lady Rodolpha is come, sir, Sir Per. And my lord? Tom. Not yet, sir; he is about a mile behind, the servants say. Sir Per. Let me know the instant he arrives. Tom. I shall, sir. [Erit. Sir Per. Step you out, Charles, and receive Lady Rodolpha; and, I desire you will treat her with as much respect and gallantry as possible ; for my lord has hinted that you have been very remiss as a lover. —So go, go and receive her. Eger. I shall, sir. Sir Per. Vary weel, vary weel;-a guid lad : go, go and receive her as a lover should. [Erit Egerton.] Hah! I must keep a devilish tight hand upon this fellow, I see, or he will be touched with the patriotic phrenzy of the times, and run counter till aw my designs. I find he has a strong inclination to have a judgment of his ain, independent of mine, in aw po
y litical matters; but as soon as I have finally settled
the marriage writings with my lord, I will have a thorough expostulation with my gentleman, I am resolved—and fix him unalterably in his political conduct.—Ah ! I am frightened out of my wits, lest his mother's family should seduce him to desert to their party, which would totally ruin my whole scheme, and break my heart-A fine time of day for a blockhead to turn patriot—when the character is exploded, marked, proscribed Why, the common people, the vary vulgar, have found out the jest, and laugh at a patriot now-a-days, just as they do at a conjurer, a magician, or any other impostor in society.
RIG fit in ONOU RABLE rol, LY AND BASE FLATTERY.
Sir PERTINAx and Lord LUMBER count.
and three or sour discontented patriotic depend
Lord Lum. Sir Pertinax, I kiss your hand.
Sir Per. Your lordship's most devoted. Lord Lum. Why, you stole a march upon me this morning; gave me the slip, Mac; though I never wanted your assistance more in my life. I thought you would have called on me. Sir Per. My dear lord, I beg ten millions of pardons for leaving town before you; but you ken that your lordship at dinner yesterday settled it that we should meet this morning at the levee. Lord Lum. That I acknowledge, Mac.—I did promise to be there, I own. Sir Per. You did, indeed. And accordingly I was at the levee, and waited there till every soul was gone, and, seeeing you did not come, I concluded that your lordship was gone before. Lord Lum. Why to confess the truth, my dear Mac, those old sinners, Lord Freakish, General Jolly, Sir Anthony Soaker, and two or three more of that set, laid hold of me last night at the opera; and, as the General says, “from the intelligence of my head this morning,” I believe we drank pretty deep ere we departed ; ha, ha, ha! Sir Per. Isa, ha, ha! nay, if you were with that }. my lord, I do not wonder at not seeing your ordship at the levee. Lord Lum. The truth is, Sir Pertinax, my fellow let me sleep too long for the levee. But I wish I had i. you before you left town ; I wanted you dreadul!y. Sir Per. I am heartily sorry that I was not in the way —but on what account did you want me? Lord Lum. Ha, ha, ha! a cursed awkward affair. And, ha, ha, ha! yet I can't help laughing at it neither, though it vexed me confoundedly. Sir Per. Wext you, my lord ' Zounds, I wish I had been with you : but, for heaven's sake, my lord, what was it that could possibly vex your lordship 2 Lord Lum. Why, that impudent, teasing, dunning rascal, Mahogany, my upholsterer.—You know the fellow 2 Sir Per. Perfectly, my lord. Lord Lum. The impudent scoundrel has sued me *P to some damned kind of a something or other in the law which I think they call an execution.
him, my lord?
Lord Lum. Most liberally, most hi-rio, “ . there I thought the affair would have re-> should think proper to pay the scountre morning, just as I was stepping into e-oservants all about me, a follow, called. Fped up, and begged the favour of my s = threshed the upholsterer, aud of the thim, to go along with him upon a little - my Lord Chief Justice.
Sir Per. The devil
Lord Lum. And at the same instant, t. it to was accosted by two other very civil so.--> with a most insolent politeness, tess-is, a
and informed me that I must not go into my own Sir Per. O! my lord, it is my duty to oblige your chaise.
lordship to the utmost stretch of my abeelity. Sir Per. How, my lord! not intill your ain carriage ?
BATH FASHIONABLES. Lord Lam. No, sir; for that they, by order of the sheriff, must seize it, at the suit of a gentleman--one Sir Pertinax MacSYCOPHANT, Egerton, Lord Mr. Mahogany, an upholsterer.
and Lally LUMBERCOUrt, and their daughter Sir Per. An impudent villain !
Lady RODOLPHIA. Lord Lum. It is all true, I assure you : so you see, Sir Per. Weel; but, Lady Rodolpha, I wanted my dear Mac, what a damned country this is to live to ask your ladysbip some questions about the comin, where noblemen are obliged to pay their debts just pany at the Baih ; they say you had aw the world like merchants, cobblers, peasants, or mechanics-—is inere. not that a scandal, dear Mac, to the nation ?
Lady Rod. O, yes! there was a very great mob Sir Per. My lord, it is not only a scandal, but a there indeed; but very little company. Aw canaille, batiopal grievance.
except our ain party. The place was crowded with Lord Lum. Sir, there is not another nation in the your little purse-proud mechanics ; an odd kind of world has such a grievance to complain of. Now in queer looking animals that have started inuill fortune other countries were a mechanic to dun, and tease, fra lottery tickets, rich prizes at sea, gambling in and behave as this Mahogany has done, a nobleman Change-Alley, and sic like caprices of fortune; and might extinguish the reptile in an instant; and that away they aw crowd to the Bath to learn genteclity, only at the expense of a few sequins, florins, or louis and the names, -titles, intrigues, and bon-mots of us d'urs, according to the country where the affair hap- people of fashion ; ba, ha, ha! pened.
Lord Lum. Ha, ha, ha! I know them : I know Sir Per. Vary true, my lord, vary true--and it is the things you mean, my dear, extremely well. I monstrous that a mon of your lordship's condition is bave observed them a thousand times, and wondered not entitled to run one of these mechanics through where the devil they all came from; ha, ha, ha! the body, when he is impertinent about his money; Lady Lum. Pray, Lady Rodolpha, what were your jut our laws, shamefully, on these occasiors, make diversions at Bath? 10 distinction of persons amongst us.
Lady Rod. Guid traith, my lady, the company Lord Lum. A vile policy, indeed, Sir Pertinax.-) were my diversion ; and better nai human follies But, sir, the scoundrel has seized upon the house too, ever afforded ; ha, ha, ha! sic an a mixture, and sic hat I furnished for the girl I took from the opera. odditics, ha, ha, ha! a perfect gallimaufry. Lady Sir Per. I never heard of sic an a scoundrel.
Kunegunda M*Kenzie and I used to gang about till Lord Lum. Ay, but what concerns me most-I am every part of this human chaos, on purpose to recon. fraid, my dear Mac, that the villain will send down noitre the monsters and pick up their frivolities; ha,
Newmarket, and seize my string of horses. ha, ha! Su Per. Your string of horses ? zounds! we must Sir Per. Ha, ha, ha! why that must have been a revent that at all events: that would be sic an a high entertainment till your ladyship. sgrace. I will despatch an express to town directly, Lady Rod. Superlative and inexhaustible, Sir Perput a stop till the rascal's proceedings.
tinax;' ha, ha, ha! Madam, we had in one group, lord Lum. Pr'ythee do, my dear Sir Pertinax. a peer and a sharper, a duchess and a pin-maker's Sir Per. O! it shall be done, my lord,
wife, a boarding-school miss and her grandmother, Lord Lam. Thou art an honest fellow, Sir Pertinax, a fat parson, a lean general, and a yellow admiral ; von honour.
ha, ha, ha! aw speaking together, and bawling and
wrangling in fierce contention, as if the fame and Lord Lum. Yes, yes; the fellow kept a shapiset fortune of aw the parties were to be the issue of the out. I think it was a fair trial of skill se bedd siden conflict.
Mr. Egerton. Sir Per. Ha, ha, ha! pray, madam, what was the Eger. True, my Lord, but the Jew seems so base object of their contention?
been in the fairer way to succeed. Lady Rod. O! a very important one, I assure Lord Lum. O! all to nothing, sir; ha, ba tal you ; of no less consequence, madam, than how well, child, I like your Jew and your lisica Dr. an odd trick at whist was lost, or might have been It's develish clever. Let us have the resia » saved.
history, pray, my dear. Omnes. Ha, ha, ha !
Lady Rod. Guid traith, my lord, the son beasis Lady Lum. Ridiculous !
-that there we aw danced, and wranglel. 21 Lord Lam. Ha, ha, ha! my dear Rodolpha, I have tered, and slandered, and gambled, and cheated at seen that very conflict a thousand times.
mingled, and jumbled, and wallopped Loreta Sir Per. And so have I, upon honour, my lord. clean and unclean-even like the acimal asset
Lady Rod. In another party, Sir Pertinax, ha, ha, Noah's ark. ha! we had what was called the cabinet-council, Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! which was composed of a duke and a haberdasher, a Lord Lum. Ha, ha, ha!-Well, you are at red-hot patriot and a sneering courtier, a discarded girl, Rodolpha; and, upon my honour, ha, he, A statesman and his scribbling chaplain, with a busy, you have given us as whimsical a sketch as aves sa bawling, muckle-headed, prerogative-lawyer ; all of hit off. whom were every minute ready to gang together by Sir Per. Ah! yes, my lord, especially the anima the lugs, about the in and the out meenistry; ha, assembly in Noah's ark. It is an excellent picture ha, ha!
the oddities that one meets with at the Balta Sir Per. Ha, ha, ha! weel, that is a droll motley cabinet, I vow. -Vary whimsical, upon honour. ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCOTCH 300136. But they are aw great politicians at Bath, and settle a meenistry there with as much ease as they do the
Sir PertinAX MacSYCOPHANT and kis tune of a country dance.
EGERTOX. Lady Rod. Then, Sir Pertinax, in a retired part of Sir Per. Charles, I have often told you, a sve the room in a by corner-snug -we had a again I tell you, once for aw, that the manan Jew and a bishop
of pliability are as necessary to rise in the vis Sir Per. A Jew and a bishop ;-ha, ha!- a de- as wrangling and logical subileis are to rise velish guid connection that,--and pray, my lady, bar . why you see, sir, I bave acquired a wote what were they about !
tune, a princely fortune-and how do your Lady Rod. Why, sir, the bishop was striving to raised it I convert the Jew-while the Jew, by intervals, was Eger. Doubtless, sir, by your abilities slily picking up intelligence fra the bishop, about the Sir Per. Doubtless, sir, you are a blackbe change in the ineenistry, in hopes of making a stroke nai, sir, I'll tell you how I raised it: sir, is in the stocks.
it-by bowing ; (Bou s ridiculously enu'.) Omnes. Ha, ha, ha!
ing: sir, I never could stand straiyat in the pas Sir Per. Ha, ha, ha! admirable ! admirable! I of a great mon, but always boneu, and torki honour the smouse hah! it was develish clever of bowed—as ii were by instinct. him, any lord, develish clever.
Eger. How do you incan by instinct, sir !