Dedication. To the Revd James Austen Sir, The following Drama, which I humbly recommend to your Protection & Patronage, tho’ inferior to those celebrated Comedies called “The School for Jealousy” & “The Travelled Man”, will I hope afford some amusement to so respectable a Curate as yourself; which was the end in veiw when it was first composed by your Humble Servant the Author. Dramatis Personae Sir Arthur Hampton Lord Fitzgerald Stanly Willoughby, Sir Arthur’s nephew Lady Hampton Miss Fitzgerald Sophy Hampton Cloe Willoughby The scenes are laid in Lord Fitzgerald’s House. Act I Scene the first, a Parlour — enter Lord Fitzgerald & Stanly Stanly. Cousin, your servant. Fitzgerald. Stanly, good morning to you. I hope you slept well last night. Stanly. Remarkably well, I thank you. Fitzgerald. I am afraid you found your Bed too short. It was bought in my Grandmother’s time, who was herself a very short woman & made a point of suiting all her Beds to her own length, as she never wished to have any company in the House, on account of an unfortunate impediment in her speech, which she was sensible of being very disagreable to her inmates. Stanly. Make no more excuses, dear Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald. I will not distress you by too much civility — I only beg you will consider yourself as much at home as in your Father’s house. Remember, “The more free, the more Wellcome.” exit Fitzgerald Stanly. Amiable Youth! “Your virtues, could he imitate How
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