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T is now nearly five years fince the Editor published
the Fourth Volume of this COLLECTION of FARCES.

From the great demand for the work, and conftant applications for additional volumes, the Editor has been induced to collect and print a Fifth and a Sixth Volume; which he hopes will be found of equal merit with any of the former ones, and meet with the same favourable reception from the Public.

The Editor hopes to be able to produce a Seventh and Eighth Volume in the course of a few years; of which due notice will be given.

EDINBURGY,
March 1788.

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BATES. 1 S he gone out? his card tells me to come dire&lyI did but lock up some

papers,

take
my

hat and cane, and away

I hurried. Sero. My master desires you will fit down, he will return immediately he had some business with his lawyer, and went out in great hafte, leaving the mesfage I have deliver'd. Here is my young master.

[Exit Servant, Vol. V. + A

Enter 2

Entor Nephew. Bates. What lively Billy!-hold, I beg your par. don-melancholy William, I think-Here's a fine revo. lution-I hear your uncle, who was last month all gravity, and you all mirth, have chang'd characters; he is now all spirit, and you are in the dumps, young man.

Nephew. And for the same reason-This journey to Scarborough will unfold the riddle.

Bates. Come, come, in plain English, and before your uncle comes-explain the matter.

Neph. In the first place, I am undone.

Bates. In love, I know-I hope your uncle is not undone too that would be the devil!

Neph. He has taken poffeffion of him in every fense. In short, he came to Scarborough to see the lady I had fallen in love with

Bates. And fell in love himself ?
Neph. Yes, and with the same lady.
Bates. That is the devil indeed !

Neph. O, Mr Bates! when I thought my happiness complete, and wanted only my uncle's consent, to give me the independence he so often has promis'd me, he came to Scarborough for that purpose, and wish'd me joy of my choice; but, in less than a week, his approbation turned into a passion for her: he now hates the fight of me, and is resolv'd, with the consent of the fa. ther, to make her his wife directly.

Bates. So he keeps you out of your fortune, won't give his consent, which his brother's foolish will requires, and he would marry himself the same woman, because, right, title, conscience, nature, justice, and every law, divine and human, are against it.

Neph. Thus he tricks me at once both of wife and fortune, without the least want of either.

Bates. Well said, friend Whittle ! but it can't be, it Than't be, and it must not be--this is murder and rob. bery in the trongest fenfe, and he shan't be hang'd in chains to be laugh'd at by the whole town, if I can help it.

Neph. I am distracted, the widow is distress’d, and sve both shall run mad. Bates. A widow too!'gad a mercy, threescore and five!

Neph.

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