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remember asking me what Mr. Goodwin had done for me, and I told you he took time to consider of it. Well, Sir-I found that the very next day he had been at our town, and had made very particular inquiry about me and my losses among my neighbours. When I called upon him in a few days after, he told me he was very glad to find that I bore such a good character, and that the gentlemen round had so kindly taken up my case; and he would
prevent the necessity of my going any further for relief. Upon which he gave me, God bless him! a draught upon his banker for fifty pounds.
A. Fifty pounds!
R. Yes, Sir-it has made me quite my own man again ; and I am now going to purchase a new cart and team of horses.
A. A noble gift indeed; I could never have thought it. Well, Richard,
I rejoice at your good fortune. I am sure you are much obliged to Mr. Goodwin.
R. Indeed I am, Sir, and to all my good friends. God bless you!
[Goes on. B. Niggardliness, at least, is not this man's foible.
A. No,I was mistaken in that point. I wronged him, and I am sorry for it. But what a pity it is that men of real generosity should not be amiable in their manners, and as
and as ready to oblige in trifles as in matters of consequence.
B. True-'tis a pity when that is really the case.
A. How much less an exertion it would have been, to have shown some civility about a horse or a flower-root !
B. A-propos of flowers ! - there's your gardener carrying a large one in a pot.
A. Now, James, what have you got there?
Gard. A flower, Sir, for Madam, from Mr. Goodwin's.
A. How did you come by it?
G. His gardener, Sir, sent me word to come for it. We should have had it before, but Mr. Goodwin thought it would not move safely.
A. I hope he has got more of them.
G. He has only a seedling plant or two, Sir ; but hearing that Madam took a liking to it, he was resolved to send it her, and a choice thing it is! I have a note for Madam in my pocket. A. Well, go on.
[Exit Gardener. B. Methinks this does not look like deficiency in civility.
A. No—it is a very polite actionI can't deny it, and I am obliged to
him for it. Perhaps, indeed, he may feel he owes me a little amends.
B. Possibly-It shews he can feel, however.
A. It does. Ha! there's Yorkshire Tom coming with a string of horses from the fair. I'll step up and speak to him. Now, Tom! how have horses gone at Market-hill ? Tom. Dear enough, your
honour ! A. How much more did you get for Mr. Goodwin's mare than I offered him?
T. Ah! Sir, that was not a thing for your riding, and that Mr. Goodwin well knew. You never saw such a vicious toad. She had like to have killed the groom two or three times. So I was ordered to offer her to the mail-coach people, and get what I could from them. I might have sold her better if Mr. Goodwin would have let me, for she was a fine creature to look at as need be, and quite sound.
A. And was that the true reason, Tom, why the mare was not sold to me ?
7. It was, indeed, Sir.
A. Then I am highly obliged to Mr. Goodwin. (Tom rides on.) This was handsome behaviour indeed!
B. Yes, I think it was somewhat more than politeness—it was real goodness of heart. A. It was. I find I must alter
my opinion of him, and I do it with plea
But, after all, his conduct with respect to my servant is somewhat unaccountable.
B. I see reason to think so well of him in the main, that I am inclined to hope he will be acquitted in this matter too.
A. There the fellow is, I wonder he
old livery on yet.