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Con. Yes; but I believe I left the key on the inside -however your own key will do the business as well. Lees. True, and I forgot it in my confusion, do you stay here, and throw every impediment in the way of these rascals.

Con. Faith and that I will.

Enter CROW and WOLF.


Crow. Pray, sir, did you see a gentleman run this way, drest in green and gold.

Con. In troth I did.

Wolf. And which way did he run è

Con. That I can tell you too.

Wolf. We shall be much oblig'd to you.

Con. Indeed and you will not, Mr. Catchpole, for the devil an information shall you get from Connolly; I see plainly enough what you are, you blackguards, though there's no guessing at you in these furcoats.

Crow. Keep your information to yourself and be damn'd; here the cull comes, a prisoner in the custody of Master Leech.

Enter LEESON, and LEECH,

Lees. Well, but treat me like a gentleman-Don't expose me unnecessarily.

Leech. Expose you, master, we never expose any body, 'till gentlemen thus expose themselves, venever they compels their creditors to arrest them,

Con. And where's your authority for arresting the

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gentleman; let us see it this minute, for may be you hav'n't it about you.

Leech. O here's our authority, ve knew as we had to do vid a lawyer, and so we came properly prepar'd, my master.

Lees. What shall I do?

Con. Why hark'e, sir-Don't you think that you and I could beat these three thieves, to their hearts content -I have nothing but my carcase to venture for you, honey, but that you are as welcome to as the flowers in May.

Lees. O, by no means, Connolly, we must not fly in the face of the laws.

Con. That's the reason that you are going to fight a duel.

Lees. Hark'e, officer-I have some very material business to execute in the course of this evening: here are five guineas for a little indulgence, and I assure you, upon the honour of a gentleman, that if I have life, I'll attend your own appointment to-morrow morning.

Leech. I cann't do it, master-Five guineas to be sure is a genteel thing-but I have ten for the taking of you, do you see-and so if you please to step to my house in Southampton-Buildings, you may send for some friend to bail you, or settle the affair as well as you can with the plaintiff.

Con. I'll go bail for him this minute, if you don't want some body to be bail for myself.

Lees. Let me reflect a moment.

Crow. [To Con.] Can you swear yourself worth one hundred and seventy pounds when your debts are paid?

Con. In troth, I cannot, nor one hundred and seventy pence-unless I have a mind to perjure myself. -But one man's body is as good as another's, and since he has no bail to give you but his flesh, the fattest of us two is the best security.

Wolf. No, if we cann't get better bail than you, we shall lock up his body in prison according to law.

Con. Faith, and a very wise law it must be, which cuts off every method of getting money, by way of making us pay our debts.

Leech. Well, Master Leeson, what do you determine upon


Lees. A moment's patience-Yonder I see Mr. Torrington-a' thought occurs-yet it carries the appearance of fraud—however, as it will be really innocent, nay laughable in the end, and as my ruin or salvation depends upon my present decision, it must be hazarded.

Crow. Come, master, fix upon something, and don't keep us waiting for you.

Con. By my soul, honey, he don't want you to wait for him; he'll be very much obliged to you if you go away, and leave him to follow his own business.

Lecs. Well, gentlemen-here comes Mr. Torrington: you know him, I suppose, and will be satisfied with his security.

Leech. O we'll take his bail for ten thousand pounds, my master-Every body knows him to be a man of fortune.

Lees. Give me leave to speak to him then, and I shall not be ungrateful for the civility.

Leech. Well we will-But hark'e, lads, look to the passes, that no tricks may be play`d upon travellers,


Lees. Mr. Torrington, your most obedient.
Tor. Your humble servant.

Lees. I have many apologies to make, Mr. Torrington, for presuming to stop a gentleman to whom I have not the honour of being known; yet when I explain the nature of my business, sir, I shall by no means despair of an excuse.

Tor. To the business, I beg, sir.

Lees. You must know, sir, that the three gentlemen behind me, are three traders from Dantzick, men of considerable property, who, in the present distracted state of Poland, wish to settle with their families in this country.

Tor. Dantzick traders.

reigners by their dress.

-Ay, I see they are fo

Leech. Ay, now he is opening the affair.

Lees. They want therefore to be naturalized-and

have been recommended to me for legal advice.

Tor. You are at the bar, sir.

Lees. I have eat my way to professional Honour some time, sir.

Tor. Ay, the cooks of the four societies take care that the students shall perform every thing which depends upon teeth, young gentleman.—The eating exercises are the only ones never dispens'd with.

Lees. I am, however, a very young barrister, Mr. Torrington; and as the affair is of great importance to them, I am desirous that some gentleman of eminence in the law should revise my poor opinion, before they make it a ground of any serious determination.

Tor. You are too modest young gentleman, to entertain any doubts upon this occasion, as nothing is clearer than the laws respecting the naturalization of foreigners.

Con. Faith the old gentleman smiles very good na'turedly.

Leech. I fancy he'll stand it, Crow, and advance the crop for the younker.

Lees. To be sure the laws are very clear to gentlemen of your superior abilities.-But I have candidly acknowledged the weakness of my own judgment to my clients, and advis'd them so warmly to solicit your opinion, that they will not be satisfy'd unless you kindly consent to oblige them.

Tor. O, if nothing but my opinion will satisfy them, let them follow me to my chambers, and I'll satisfy them directly.

Lees. You are extremely kind, sir, and they shall attend you.-Gentlemen, will you be so good as to follow Mr. Torrington to his chambers, and he'll satisfy you intirely.

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