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intill the world was a beggarly clerkship in Saw Sir P. My next boow, Sir, was till your ain ney Gordon's counting-house, here i' the city of mother, whom I ran away wi' fra the boardingLondon, whach, you'll say, afforded but a barren school, by the interest of whose family I got a sort of a prospect.

gude smart place i' th treasury; and, Sir. my Eger. It was not a very fertile one, indeed, vary next step was intill parliament, the whach 1 Sir.

entered wi' ass ardent and ass determined an Sir P. The revearse, the revearse. Well, Sir, ambeetion, ass ever ageetated the heart o Cesar seeing mysel in this unprofitable situation, I re- himsel. Sir, I boowed, and watched, and attendflected deeply, I cast aboot my thoughts, and con- ed, and dangled upo' the then great mon, till I cluded that a matrimonial adventure, prudently got intill the vary bowels of his contidence-hah! conducted, would be the readiest gait I could gang got my snack of the clothing, the foraging, the for the bettering of my condection, and according contracts, the lottery tickets, and aw the poleetical ly set aboot it -noow, Sir, in this pursuit - bonuses; till at length, Sir, I became a much beauty_beauty, ah! beauty often struck mine wealthier mon than one half of the golden calves eyne, and played aboot my heart, and fluttered, I had been so long a boowing to. [Ile rises, and beet, and knocked, and knocked, but the deel EGERTON rises too.] And was nae that bouwan entrance I ever let it get-for I observed that ing to some purpose, Sir, ha? beauty is generally a prood, vain, saucy, expen Eger. It was, indeed, Sir. sive sort of a commodity.

Sir P. But are ye convinced of the gude effects, Eger. Very justly observed, Sir,

and of the uteelity of boowing ? Sir P. And therefore, Sir, I left it to prodigals Eger. Thoroughly, Sir, thoroughly. and coxcombs, that could afford till pay for it, and Sir P. Sir, it is infallible-but, Charles, ah! in its stead, Sir,-mark- I luocked oot for an while I was thus bouwing and raising this princeancient, weel-jointured, superannuated dowager: ly fortune, ah! I met many heart sores, and dis

-a consumptive, toothless, phthisicky, wealthy appointments, fra the want of lecterature, ailowidow-or a shreeveled, cadaverous, neglacted quence, and other popular abeelities; Sir. gin I piece of deformity, i' th' shape of an ezard, or an could but ha'e spoken i'th' house, I should ha'e empersi-and–or in short, any thing, any thing, done the deed in half the time; but the instant I that had the siller, the siller; for that was the opened my mouth there, they aw fell a laughing north star of my affection -do me, Sir ? ai me: aw which defeeciencies. Sir, I determined Was nae that right?

at any expense till have supplied by the polished Eger. O doubtless, doubtless, Sir.

education of a son, who I hoped would yane day Sir P. Noow, Sir, where do ye think I gaed raise the house of Maesycophant till the highest to luock for this woman with siller-nae till pinnacle of ministeerial ambretion; this, Sir, is court-nae till play-houses, or assemblies—ha, my plan: I ha'e done my part of it: Nature has Sir, gaed till the kirk, till the Anabaptists, In- done her's : ye are ailoquant, ye are popular; aw dependent, Bradleonian, Muggletonian meetings; parties like ye; and noow, Sir, it only remains for till the morning and evening service of churches ye to be directed—completion follows. and chapels of case; and till the midnight, melt Eger. Your liberality, Sir, in my education, ing, conceeliating love-feasts of the Methodists, and the judicious choice you made of the worthy and there at last, Sir, I fell upon an old, rich, sour, gentleman, to whose virtues and abilities you enslighted, antiquated, musty maiden; that luocked trusted me, are obligations I ever shall remember -ha ha! ha! she suocked just like a skeleton in with the deepest filial gratitude. a surgeon's glass-case-noow, Sir, this meeserable Sir P. Vary weel, Sir-vary weel; but, vbject was releegiously angry wi' hersel, and aw Charles, ha'e ye had any conversation yet wi' the warla; had nae comfort but in a supernatural, Lady Rodolpha, abot the day of yeer marriage, releegious, enthusiastic dcleerium; ha! ha! ha! yeer leeveries, yeer equipage, or yeer establishSir, she was mad -mad ass a bedlamite. ment?

Eger. Not improbable, Sir; there are numbers Eger. Not yet, Sir. of poor creatures in the same enthusiastic con Sir P. Pah! why there again now, there again dition.

ye are wrong ; vary wrong. Sir P. Oh! numbers, numbers; now, Sir, this Eger. Sir, we have noc had an opportunity. poor, cracked, crazy creature, used to sing, and Sir P. Why, Charles, ye are vary tardy in sigh, and groan, and weep, and wail, and gnash this business. her teeth constantly, morning and evening, at the Lord L. (Singing without.] tabernacle. And ass soon ass I found she had the siller, aha! gude traith, I plumped me doon

What have ve with day to do? 4.c. upo' my knees close by ber, check-by-jole, and

Sir P. Oh! here comes my lord! sung, and sighed, and groaned as vehemently ass Lord L. (Singing without.) she could do for the life of her; ay, and turned up Sons of care, 'trus made for you. the whites of my eyne, till the strings almost cracked again. I watched her attentively ; hand- Enter Lord LUMBERCOURT, drinking a dish of ed her till her chair; waited on her hame; got

coffee ; Tomlins waiting, with a suirer in his

hand. most releegiously intimate wi' her in a week; married her in a fortnight; buried her in a month; Sons of care, 'twas made for you. touched the siller; and wi' a deep suit of mourn: Very good coffee indeed, Mr. Tomlins. ing, a sorrowful veesage, and a joyful heart, I began the warld again: and this, Sir, was the

Suns of care, 'twas made for you. first effectual boow I ever made till the vanity of Here, Mr. Tomlins. Gires him the rup. human nature: noow, Sir, do ye understand this Tom. Will your lordship please to have another doctrine ?

dish? Eger. Perfectly well Sir.

Lord L. No more, Mr. Tomlins. (Exit Tom.

at once.

LIXS) Well, my host of the Scotch pints! we have Lord L. This evening, my lady: come, Sir nad warm work.

Pertinax, let us leave them to settle their liveries, Sir P. Yes, you pushed the bottle aboot, my wedding suits, carriages, and all their amorous lord, wi' the joy and veegour of a bacchanal. equipage for the nuptial camp.

Lord L. That I did, my dear Mac-no loss Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! axcellent! weel, I voow, of time with me--I have but three motions, old my lord, ye are a great officer: this is as gude a hoy, charge !--loast!

-fire! - and off we manæuvre to bring on a rapid engagement, as the -ha! ha! ha! that's my exercise.

ablest general of them aw could ha'e started. Sir. P. And fine warm exercise it is, my bord, Lord L. Ay, ay; leave them together, they'll especially with the half-pint glass.

soon come to a right understanding, I warrant Lord L. It does execution point blank-ay, ay, you, or the needle and the loadstone have lost their none of your pimping acorn glasses for me, but sympathy: your manly, old English, half-pint bumpers, my (Exeunt Lord LUMBERCOURT and Sie dear.—Lounds, Sir , they try a fellow's stamina

PERTINAX.
But where's Egerton ?

Eger. What a dilemma am I in! [Aside. Sir P. Just at hand, my lord; there he stonds, Lady R. Why, this is downright tyrannyluoking at your lordship's picture.

it has quite damped my spirits, and my betrothed, Lord L. My dear Egerton.

yonder, seems planet-struck too, I think. Eger. Your lordship's most obedient.

Eger. A whimsical situation mine! (Aside. Lord L. I beg your pardon, I did not see you Lady R. Ha! ha! ha! methinks we luock like I ain sorry you left us so soon after dinner; had a couple of cawtious geenerals, that are obliged you staid, you would have been highly entertain- till take the field, but neither of us seems willing ed: I have made such examples of the commission- till come to action.

(Aside. er the captain, and the colonel.

Eger. 1 protest, I know not how to address Eger. So I understand, my lord.

her.

[ Aside. Lord L. But, Egerton, I have slipped from the Lady R. He wull nae advance, I see what company, for a few moments, on purpose to have am I to do i’ this affair ? gude traith, I will even a little chat with you. Rodolpha tells me, she do as I suppose many brave heroes ha'e done fancies there is a kind of a deinur on your side, before me; clap a gude face upo' the matter, and about your marriage with her.

so conceal an aching heart under a swaggering Sir P. A demur, hoow so, my lord ?

countenance. [Aside.] Sir, Sir, ass we ha'e, by Lord L. Why, as I was drinking my coffee the commands of our gude fathers-a business of witl, the women, just now, I desired they would some little consequence till transact, I hope ye fix the wedding night, and the etiquette of the wull excuse my taking the leeberty of recummendceremony; upon which the girl bursi into a loud ing a chair till ye. [Courtesies very low. laugh, telling me she supposed I was joking, for that Eger. (Greatly embarrassed.] Madam, 1 beg Mr. Egerton had never yet given her a single your pardon. glance, or hint upon the subject.

(Hands her a chair, then one for himself. Sir P. My lord, I have been just this vary Lady R. Aha! he's resolved not to come too instant talking to him aboot his shyness to the near till me, I think.

[Aside. lady.

Eger. A pleasant interview-hem! hem! Enter TOMLINS.

(Asiile. Tom. Counsellor Plausible is come, Sir, and

Lady R. Hem! hem! (Mimics him.] Hie wull Sergeant Eitherside.

not open the congress, I see; then I wall. (ziside.]

( Very loud. Sir P. Why, then, we can settle this business Come, Sir, whan wull ye begin? this vary evening, my lord.

Eger. (Starts.] Begin! what, Madam. Lord L. As well as in seven years--and to

Lady R. To make love till me. make the way as short as possible, pray, Mr.

Eger. Love, Madam? Tomlins, present your master's compliments and

Lady R. Ay, love, Sir ? why, you ha'e never mine to lady Rodolpha, and let her ladyship know said a word till me yet upo' the subject: nor cast we wish to speak to her directly. (Exit TOM tender sigh, nor even yance secretly squeezed my

a single glance on me, nor brought forth one LINS.) He shall attack her this instant, Sir Perti- loof. Now, Sir, thoff oor fathers are so tyrannical

Şir P. Ha! ha! ha! ay ! that's excellent, this ass to dispose of us merely for their ain interests, is doing business effectually, my lord.

without a single thought of oor hearts or affecLord L. Oh! I will pit ihem in a moment, Sir tions; yet, Sir, I hope ye ha'e mair humanity than Pertinax—that will bring them into the heat of

to think of wedding me, without first admeenisterthe action at once; and save a deal of awkward- ing some of the preleeminaries usual on those oc

casions. ness on both sides-Oh, here your Dulcinea

Eger. Madam, I own your reproach is just;

I shall therefore no longer disguise my sentiments, Enter LADY RODOLPHA.

but fairly let you know my heartLady R. Weel, Sir Pertinax, I attend your Lady R. Ah! ye are right, ye are right, cousin. commands, and yours, my paternal lord.

Honourably and attectionately right-noow that

( She courtesies. is what I like of aw things in my swain-ay, ay, Lord L. Why then, my filial ladly, we are to cousin, open your heart frankly till me, ass a true inform you, that the commission for your lady lover should; but sit ve doown, sit ve doown again, ship, and this enamoured cavalier, commanding I shall return your frankness, and your passion you jointly and inseparably to serve your country, cousin, wi' a melting tenderness, equal to the in the honourable and forlorn hope of matrimony, amorous enthusiasm of an ancient heroine. is to be signed this very evening.

Eger. Madam, if you will hear meLady R. This evening, my lord !

Lady R. But remember ye must begin yeer

nax.

comes, Sir!

me.

address wi' fervency, and a most rapturous ve Eger. Then, Madam, you may command hemence; for ye are to conseeder, cousin, that our match is nae till arise fra the union of hearts, and Lady R. Why, then, Sir, the condeetion is a long decorum of ceremonious courtship, but is this; ye must here gi’e me your honour, that nae instantly till start at yance out of necessity or importunity, command, or menace, o your famere accident, ha! ha! ha! just like a match ther-in tine, that nae consideration whatever in an ancient romance, where ye ken, cousin, the shall induce you to take me, Rodolpha Lumberknight and the damsel are mutually smitten, and court, till be your wedded wife. dying for each other at first sight; or by an Eger. Madam! I most solemnly promise, I amorous sympathy, before they exchange a single never will. glance.

Lady R. And I, Sir, in my turn, most selemnEger. Dear Madam, you entirely mistake. ly and sincerely thank ye for your resolution,

Lady R. So noow, cousin, wi' the true ro- (Courtesies.] and your agreeable aversion, ha! ha! mantic enthusiasm, ye are till suppose me the ha! for ye ha'e made me as happy as a prop lady o' the enehanted castle, and ye-ha! ha! ha! wretch reprieved in the vary instant of intended ye are to be the knight o'the sorrowful counte- execution. nance-ha! ha! ha! and, upon honour, ye luock Eger. Pray, Madam, how am I to understand the character admirably, ha! ha!

all this? Eger. Tritiing creature !

Lady R. Sir, your frankness and sincerity Lady R. Nay, nay, nay, cousin, gin ye do na demand the same behaviour on my side. Therebegin at yance, the lady o' the enchanted castle fore, without further disguise or ambiguity, know, will vanish in a twinkling.

Sir, that I myself am ass deeply smitten wi' a Eger. (Rises,] Lady Rodolpha, I know your certain swain, ass I understand ye are wi' yeer talent for raillery well; but at present, in my case, Constantia. there is a kind of cruelty in it.

Eger. Indeed, Madam! Lady R. Raillery! upon my honour, cousin, Lady R. Oh, Sir, aw my extravagance, levity, ye mistake me quite and clean. I am serious; and rederculous behaviour in your presence, vary serious; and I have cause till be serious: ay, noow, and ever since your father prevailed on and vary sad intill the bargain; [Rises.] nay, I mine to consent till this match, has been a prewill submit my case even till yoursel-can ony meditated scheme, to provoke your gravity and poor Jassie be in a mair Jamentable condeetion gude sense intill a cordial disgust, and a positive Whining.) than to be sent four hundred miles, refusal. by the commands of a positive grandmother, till Eger. Madam, you have contrived and exemarry a man who I find has nae mair aflection cuted your scheme most happily; but, with your for me than if I had been his wife these seven leave, Madam, if I may presume so far-pray wbo years.

is your lover? Eger. Madam, I am extremely sorry.

Lady R. In that too I shall surprise you, SirLady R. But it is vary weel, cousin-vary he is [ Courtesies.) your ain brither. So ye see, weel-I see your aversion plain enough-and, cousin Charles, thoff I could nae mingle affections Sir, I must tell ye fairly, ye are the ainly mon wi' ve, I ha’e nae gaed oot o' the family. that ever slighted my person, or that drew tears Eger. Madam, give me leave to congratulate fra these eyne; but 'tis vary weel. [Cries.] I wall myself upon your affection—you couldn't have return till Scotland to-morrow morning, and placed it on a worthier object; and whatever is to let my grandmother know how I have been afbe our chance in this lottery of our parents, te asfronted by your slights, your contempts, and your sured that my fortune shall be devoted to your aversions,

happiness and his. Eger. If you are serious, Madam, your dis Lady R. Generous indeed, cousin, but not a tress gives me a deep concern : but affection is not whit nobler, I assure you, than your brother Sandy in our power; and when you know that my heart believes of you; and pray, credit me, Sir, that we is irrecoverably given to another woman, I think shall both remember'it, while the heart feels, or your understanding and good nature will not only memory retains a sense of gratitude: but now, pardon my past coldness and neglect of you, but Sir, let me ask one question--pray, how is your forgive me when I tell you, I never can have that mother affected in this business? honour which is intended me, by a counexion Eger. She knows of my passion, and will, I with your ladyship.

am sure, be a friend to the common cause. Lady R. [Starting up.] How, Sir! are ye se Lady R. Ah! that is lucky, vary lucky-ou rious ?

first step must be to take her advice upon our Eger. Madam, I am too deeply interested, both conduct, so as till keep our fathers in the dark, till as a man of honour and a lover, to act otherwise we can hit off some measure that wull wind them with you on so tender a subject.

aboot till our ain purpose, and till the common Lady R. And so, ye persast in slighting me. interest of our ain passions. Eger. I beg your pardon, but I must be ex Eger. You are very right, Madam, for should plicit-and at once declare, that I never can give my father suspect my brother's affection for your my hand where I cannot give my heart.

ladyship, or mine for Constantia, there is no Lady R. Why, then, Sir, I must tell you, that guessing what would be the consequence; his your declaration is sic an affront ass nae woman whole happiness depends upon his bargain with o' speerit ought to bear, and here I make a so my lord : for it gives bim the possession of three lemn vow never till pardon it—but on yane con-boroughs, and those, Madam, are much dearer to deetion.

him than the happiness of his children: I am Eger. If that condition be in my power, Ma- sorry to say it, but to gratify his political rage, he dam

would sacrifice every social tie that is dear to Ludy R. Sir, it is i’ your poower.

friend or family.

(Exeunt.

me,

per cent.

ACT IV.

always the best wi' sic a man; ye must even come SCENE I.-A Library.

up till his mark at yance, and let him know fra

that I will secure him a seat for yane of those Enter Sir PERTINAX and COUNSELLOR PLAU- vary boroughs. SIBLE.

Plau. Oh! that will do, Sir Pertinax; that Sir P. No, no; come away, Counsellor Plau- will do, I'll answer for it. sible--come away, I say; let them chew upon it

Sir P. And further, I beg ye wull let him - let them chew upon it.-Why, Counsellor, did know, that I think myself obliged till conseeder ye ever hear so impertinent, so meddling, and so him in this aflair ass acting for me ass weel ass obstinate a blockhead, ass that Sergeant Either- for my lord, ass a common friend till baith, and side ? confound the fallow, he has put me oot of for the service he has already done us, mak’ my aw temper!

special compliments till him; and pray let this Plau. He is very positive, indeed, Sir Per- soft, sterling, bit of paper be my faithful advocate tinax, and no doubt was intemperate and rude; still convince him what my gratitude further inbut, Sir Pertinax, I would not break up the match tends for his great [Gives him a bank-bill.] equity, not withstanding : for, certainly, even without the in adjusting this agreement betwixt my lord's boroughs, it is an advantageous bargain, both to family and mine. you and your son.

Plau. Ha! ha! ha! Sir Pertinax, upon my Sir P. But, Plausible, do you think I wull word this is noble-ay, ay ! this is an eloquent give up the nomination till three boroughs ? why, bit of paper, indeed. would rather give him twanty, nay, tharty thou

Sir P. Maister Plausible, in aw human dealsand pounds in any other part o' th’ bargainings the most affectual method is that of ganging especially at this juncture, when votes are likely at yance till the vary bottom of a mon's heartto become so valuable—why, mon, if a certain for, if we expact that men should serve us, we affair comes on, they'll rise above five hundred must first win their affections by serving them

Oh! here they baith come! Plau. No doubt they will, Sir Pertinax-but

Enter LORD LUMBERCOURT and SERGEANT what shall we do in this case ? for Mr. Sergeant

EITHERSIDE. insists that you positively agreed to my lord's having the nomination to the three boroughs Lord L. My dear Sir Pertinax, what could during his own life,

provoke you to break off this business so abruptSir P. Why, yes, in the first sketch of the ly?-You are really wrong in the point; and if agreement 1 believe I did consent; but at that you will give yourself time to recollect, you will time, mon, my lord's affairs did not appear to be find that my having the nomination to the half so desparate ass I noow find they turn oot. boroughs for my lite, was a preliminary articleSir, he must acquiesce in whatever I demand, for and I appeal to Mr. Sergeant Eitherside here, I ha’e gotten him intill sic an hobble, that he whether I did not always understand it so. canna exist without me.

Serg. E. I assure you, Sir Pertinax, that in Plau. No doubt, Sir Pertinax, you have him all his lordship’s conversation with me upon this absolutely in your power.

business, and in his positive instructions too, we Sir P. Vary weel; and ought not a mon till always understood the nomination to be in my make his vantage of it?

lord, durante rita, durante vita-clearly, clearly, Plau. No doubt you ought, no manner of beyond the shadow of a doubt. doubt; but, Sir Pertinax, there is a secret spring Sir P. Why then, my lord, till shorten the in this business that you do not seem to perceive, dispute, aw I can say, in answer till your lorda and which I am afraid governs the whole matter ship, is, that there has been a total mistake berespecting these boroughs.

twaxt us in that point-and therefore the treaty Sir P. What spring do ye mean, Counsellor ? must end here—give it up-I wash my hands

Plau, Why this: I have some reason to think of it for ever-for ever. that my lord is tied down, by some means or Plau. Well but, gentlemen, a little patience, other, to bring Sergeant Eitherside in, the very pray. Sure this mistake, some how or other, first vacancy, for one of those boroughs—now may be rectified-Mr. Sergeant, pray let you and that, I believe, is the sole motive why the ser- I step into the next room by ourselves, and regeant is so very strenuous that my lord should consider the clause relative to the boroughs, and keep the boroughs in his own power, fearing that try if we cannot hit upon some medium that will you might reject him for some man of your be agreeable to both parties.

Serg. E. Mr. Plausible, I have already conSir P. Oh! my dear Plausible, ye are clever sidered the clause fully, am entirely master of the -yes, vary clever-ye ha’e hit upo' the vary question, and my lord cannot give up the point; string that has made aw this discord-O! I see it is unkind, unreasonable, to expect it, and I shall it-I see it noow; but haud, haud—bide a wee never, never-on no account whatsoever shall I bit-a wee bit, mon-I ha'e a thought come ever advise him to give it up. intill my head-yes-I think noow, Plausible, Plau. Nay, Mr. Sergeant, I beg you will not wi'a litile twist in oor negociation, that the vary misapprehend me~do not think I want his lordstring, properly tuned, may be still made to pro- ship to give up any point without an equivalent. duce the vary harmony we wish for-ya-yas, I Sir Pertinax, will you permit Mr. Sergeant and ha'e it—this sergeant I see understands business, me to retire for a few moments, to reconsider this and if I am not mistaken knows hoow till take a point about the three boroughs ? hint.

Sir P. Wi’aw my heart and saul, Maister Plau. Oh! nobody better, Sir Pertinax. nobodv Plausible, ainy thing till accommodate his lord better.

ship-ainy thing-ainy thing; Sir P. Why then, Plausible, the short road is Plau. What say you, my lord ?

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Lord L. Nay, I submit it entirely to you and , but yane interest for the future, let us ha'e nae Mr. Sergeant.

mair words aboot these paltry boroughs, but conPlau. Come, Mr. Sergeant, let us retire. clude the agreement at yance-just as it standsLord L. Ay, ay, go, Mr. Sergeant, and hear otherwise there must be new writings drawn, what Mr. Plausible has to say, however.

new consultations of lawyers; new objections and Serg. E. Nay, I will wait on Mr. Plausible, delays will arise, creditors wull be impatient and my lord, with all my heart ; but I am sure I can impertinent—so that we shall nae finish the Lord not suggest the shadow of a reason for altering knows when. my present opinion :-impossible, impossible, he Lord L. You are right, you are right; say no cannot give them up; it is an opinion from which more, Mac, sav no more-split the lawyers, you I never can depart.

judge the point better than all Westminster-ball Plau. Well

, well, do not be positive, Mr. could—it shall stand as it is-yes, it shall be Sergeant; do not be positive. I am sure, reason, settled your own way, for your interest and mine and your client's conveniency, will always make are the same, I see plainly. Oh! here the lawyou alter your opinion.

vers come—so gentlemen-well, what have ye Serg. E. Ay, ay, reason, and my client's con- done-how are your opinions now? veniency, Mr. Plausible, will always control my

Enter COUNSELLOR PLACSIBLE and SERGEANT opinion, depend upon it. Ay, ay! there you are

EITHERSIDE. right; Sir, I attend you. (Ereunt Lawyers.

Sir P. I am sorry, my lord, extremely sorry, Serg. E. My lord, Mr. Plausible has conindeed, that this mistake has happened. vinced me-fully convinced

that the boroughs Lord L. Upon honour, and so am I, Sir Perti- should be giv p up to Sir Pertinax.

Plau. Yes, my lord, I have convinced him-1 Sir P. But come noow, after aw, your lord have laid such arguments before Mr. Sergeant, ship must allow ye ha'e been i' the wrong. Come, as were irresistible. my dear lord, ye must allow that noow.

Serg. E. He has, indeed, my lord; for when Lord L. How so, my dear Sir Pertinax ? I come to consider the long friendship that has

Sir P. Not aboot the boroughs, my lord, for i subsisted between your lordship and Sir Pertinax; those I do not mind of a bawbee but aboot yeer the great and mutual advantages that must atdistrust of my friendship. Why, do ye think tend this alliance; the various foreclosings, seiznoow, I appeal till your ain breast, my lord; do ing, distracting, and in short every shape of ruin ye think, I say, that I should ever ha'e refused or that the law can assume; all which must be put slighted your lordship’s nomination till these in force, should this agreement go ofl'; and as Sir boroughs ?

Pertinax gives his honour, that your lordship's Lord L. Why really I don't think you would, nomination shall be sacredly observed, why, upon Sir Pertinax; but one must be directed by one's a nearer review of the whole atlair, I am convinlawyer, you know.

ced that it will be the wiser measure to conclude Sir P. Ha! my lord, lawyers are a dangerous the agreement just as it is drawn-just as it is species of animals till ha'e any dependence upon drawn, my lord: it cannot be more to your ad-they are always starting punctilios and deeti- vantage. culties among friends. Why, my dear lord, it is Lord L. I am very glad you think so, Mr. their interest that aw mankind should be at vari- Sergeant, because that is my opinion too-so, my ance; for disagreement is the vary manure wi' | dear Eitherside, do you and Plausible despatch which they enrich and fatten the land of leetiga- | the business now as soon as possible. tion; and as they find that that constantly produces Serg. E. My lord, every thing will be ready the best crop, depend upon it they wull always be for signing in less than an hour-come, Mr. sure till lay it on ass thick ass they can.

Plausible, let us go and fill up the blanks, and Lord L. Come, come, my dear Sir Pertinax, put the last hand to the writings, on our part. you must not be angry with the sergeant for his Plau. I attend you, Mr. Sergeant. insisting so warmly on this point--for those

[Exeunt Lawyers. borouglis, you know, are my sheet anchor.

Lord L. And while the lawyers are preparing Sir P. I know it, my lord; and as an instance the writings, Sir Pertinax, I will go and saunter of my promptness to study, and my acquiescence with the women. till your lordship's inclination, ass I see that this Sir P. Do, do, iny lord, and I wull come to Sergeant Eitherside wishes ye weel, and ye him, you presently. I think noow he would be as gude a mon to be Lord L. Very well, my dear Mac, I shall exreturned for yane of those boroughs as could be pect you.

[E.rit singing pitched upon, and ass such I humbly recommend Sir P. So! a leetle flattery, mixed withe him to your lordship’s consideration.

finesse of a guilded promise on yane side, and a Lord L. Why, my dear Sir Pertinax, to tell quantum sutlicit of ihe aurum palpabile on the you the truth, I have already promised him; he other, have at last made ine the happiest father in must be in for one of them; and that is one reason Great Britain, and feel nothing but dignity and why I insisted so strenuously-he must be in. elevation. Haud ! haud ! bide a wee! bide a

Sir P. And why not ?—why not? is nae yeer wee! I ha’e yane leetle mair in this affair till adword a fiat ? and wull it nae be always so till me? just, and then, Sir Pertinax, ye may dictate till are ye nait my friend, my patron ? and are we fortune herself, and send her till govern feuls ; nait by this match of our children to be united while ye show, and convince the world that wise intill yane interest :

men always govern her. Wha's there? Lord L. So I understand it, I own, Sir Pertinax.

Enter SAM. Sir P. My lord, it canna be otherwise—then Tell my son Egerton I would speak wi' him for heaven's sake, ass your lordship and I ha'e | Now I ha'e settled the grand point [Erit. SAM.

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