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DRAMATIS PERSON ..
Pave Smalltrade Sir Thomas Roundhead Latitat Hippy Warford Sir Charles Dazzle Plainly Nab Formal Servant Sir Charles's Servant Sir Thomas's Servant Smalltrade's Servant
Mr. Lewiss Mr. Emery. Mr. Munden. Mr. Fawcett. Mr. Townsende Mr. Pope. Mr. Betterton. Mr. Powell. Mr. Farley. Mr. Thompson. Mr. Rees. Mr. Ledger. Mr. Simmons, Mr. Blurton.
Mrs. Glover: Miss Murray. Miss Chapman.
SCENE-A SEA-Port TOWN IN ENGLAND,
TRIXTID AT THE ANTI-JACOBIN PRESS, BY T. CROWDER, NO. 2,
TEMPLE-LANE, WHITE TRIARS,
SCENE 1.-An Apartment in SMALLTRADE's
Banking House-Doors open in the Hall, and Clerks seen writing
Enter WARFORD and PLAINLY.
PLAINLY. NAY, do not think me curious or impertinent, Mr. WarfordI have lived so long with you
and your uncle, that I cannot see you unhappy without enquiring the cause.
Warford. My uncle is himself the cause-his weakness and credulity will undo us all.
Plainly. Excuse me, fir; but I'm afraid the young lady now on a visit at our banking housethe charming Lady Henrietta !-has she not made a very deep impression?
Warford. To confefs the truth, she has; and though from my inferior situation in life, I can never aspire to the gaining of her affections, she may still have to thank me for saving her from ruin.
Plainly. From ruin, sir !
Warford. Ay; she is now on the very brink of it - When her father, Lord Orville, went abroad for his health, he gave her a fortune of eight thousand pounds, and left her to the care of her uncle, Sir Thomas RoundheadAt his country seat, Mr. Smalltrade met with her, and being banker to her father, he thought it his duty to invite her to his house.
Plainly. And she had no sooner enter'd it, than she became acquainted with Sir Charles and Miss Dazzle-I suspect their infamous designs.
Warford. Yes, Plainly ;-when Miss Dazzle has robb’d her of her fortune at the gaming table, Sir Charles is to attempt to deprive her of her honor-but if I don't shame and expose them! Oh! think of the heartfelt satisfaction in saving such a woman as Lady Henrietta ! 'Tis true, most of her fortune is already lost, and Sir Thomas is so offended at her conduct, that (wanting an heir to his estate) he has adopted his god-daughter, Rofa.
Plainly. 'Sdeath! I wish Sir Charles and his fifter were driven back to London-- They are a disgrace to this, our fashionable sta-bathing town.
Warford. What most I fear, is left my uncle Thou'd join their confederacy-I know it is their plan to lure him into partnership, and he is fo anxious to encrease his fortune, that under the