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   Country Journal Or The Craftsman (Newspaper) - March 8, 1829, London, Middlesex                                The CO T RY JO OR N At:     N* ** A By CALEB D'ANVERS, of Gray's-Inn, Bfq; SATURDAY, March 8, 1728-9 w: wm'M Ta  CALEB D* A,N V E R S,. Efp $ I R> Hough, yon are a very old Gentleman (which, I hope, you have tod much Senfe to think any Refleclion or Affront*) and feem to have made -Political Affair t your chief Study; yet you have con^nc^d us, by feveral of your Writings, that you are ho Enemy to WiU and Humour and Pleafantry, andcon- ^quendy to the Stage; a Subject, which feme late Incidents ;have made very worthy of your Confideration. As the original Defign of the Theatre'is[Entertainment "and Injiruftim the Promotion of Virtue and the Difcourage-ment of Vice \ the nobleft Ends, that can be proposed by any Inflkution; It is the Duty of every fincere Well-Wifher to the Publick Good to maintain the Liberty ^ff the Stage,' on one Hand ,* and, on the other, to dif--courage every Attempt, which may tend to render it obnoxious to Thofe^ who have it in their Power to fupprefs .or redraw it.  '-.'.[ ,    -       1 One of your late Correfpondents, whofubferibed Him-i faf Hilar ius, obferved very juilly,        *V is the Duty )tf Men in Authority to take particular Care that Scan-:dal and Sedition be not exhibited to the People 9 under the { "jPretehcifof"Dramatical Entertainments,*' which may,no doubt,, �e often the Cafe, without ^ any JDefign, or even the Suf-ipicion of the Author. My Intention, in the.foUowing Let-*)ter, is to iUuftrate this Point, at large, fey feveral Initances feo1&:4^�?$^ .^ebifted: Wxitei^, and to offer a Project for preventing this Evil to the Publick. I am fenfible that fucH an Attempt may, at firft Sight, 'appear ridiculous and impracticable, without abfolutely fup-preffing the Liberty of the Stage, or fufpending it, at leaft, for fome Time, _ in Imitation of a like Propofal, lately " pufclifii'd in the Daily Journal, with delation to the PRESS j but I know veiy well, that, according to the'prefent Dilution ef fome Men, either ofthefe Attempts would be. violently oppos'd, however the pre-fent CmjUnHure might require it; and. I think that I can point out another Method, which I hope will be. liable to no Objections, fmce it does not extend cither to aSuppreflion fer a Sufpenjion. Without farther Preface, my Propofal is, that a Commit-fee of learned Gentlemen fhould be appointed, with proper Salaries, to infpect and exaniae all Dramatical Per-fwmmues, ant lent as well as modem, of what Kind foever (whether Tragedies, Comedies, Mafques, Interludes, Far-�cA, Paftorals or Operds) ^and to gbliterate-arr foften all fetch PafTages, as appear offenfve, or which They fhall apprehend, tfce prefent Circumjlantes of the Times may render fubject, in any Manner, to bad Interpretations. Fori thisPurpofe, I would have the CommiMotiers empowered to efbblifh a large INDEX EXPURGATORIUS; into which all fuch obnoxious Pajfages, is are too grofs fo bear any" Alteration, fhall be tranferib'd, ind the Players ihall be obliged,: under fevere. Penalties, to omit them in their future Reprefentations. ~ It does not become a private Man to give his Opfofoii, what Perfons are proper to be appointed upon this Casi- 1.'      -. �/ hateher Looks, rII bear a Mufqnet then    "        *Qdzoofo! This fiiews how cautious the � men da tor \tes  f bearing a Mufq^et again ft the French, We hope the French (if there mould be any Occalion) will be ib kind as to bear e Mufquet with us, and in oijr Service. It fiiews, beiides, the generous Regard of this Gentleman for the Imputation of a Brother Writer, by accommodating his Works, in this laucfeble Manner, to the Times* rather than fupprejjing the whole Play, after He hatE already had one Misfortune, of the fame Kind, this Seafon. He hath obferved th� fame Caution in the late Repre-ipntationof Henry thz Fourth, You may remember there is a Scene, where Falftaff praifes Himfelf to the Prince in a moll extraordinary Manner; which hath been-prudently omitted, ever fince one �f your Correfpondents unluckily applied it to a modern Gentleman, who is fa-^mous for the fame Kind of Self Panegyrick, I mould likewife be glad to know any' other Reaibn, why the following Pafiage hath been left out of the Village Opera, vitz. I take Shame to my felf i becaufe it pafs'd without any Cenlure the frft Night, and therefore it cannot be fuppos'd that it was omitted in Com" piaifance to the Audience. t have digrefs'd thus far, to juftify my Recommend*-tbn ei� Mr. C-rr, and �aw return to the Projtfi it feif. � ^?*m^- --^>,--y..:^ The great Rock to- be avoided, upon tins Occafiot^ h any -Reflection upon Minifiers of State, who are not only equal to Primes them/elves; but, as far as lean bbferve, much mtre facred. The Characters of Richard the Thirdt Mackbeth, Bajazett and many other wicked Princes have been long represented on the Stage, without, befog interpreted into libellous Parallels, or giving any Offence. But as foon as a wicked, . corrupt Mini-Jfer is expofed, his Character is immediately dpplfd, and the fecular Arm ii calFd upoa to puniOi the audacious TranfgrefTor. Fot this Keafon, I would have It   their Wards>rWith Shews of Care, But with Intent to fell the publick Safety,-And POCKET up his Prince. -Iamfoxry to obferve that even the late excellent and candid Mr. Addifon is guilty of fome general Expreffien* of this Nature, in his immortal Tragedy of CATO, whio� may be particularly apply d.  As for Inftaace. O Portius, is there not fome chofen Curfe, Some hidden Thunder in the Stores of Heave^ -   -:-l^d-with;ia^j5B�^^^^ t-o UsJt-ih^^Man^^ Who owes h& Greathefs to his Country's Ricini -Now Though *tis too late to learn, yet know 'Gainft you are King again, what tis to let your Subje�|s Difppfe all Offices of Truft and Power. Tne'Beaft obeys his Keeper, an>i looks up, Not to his Mafter's, but has Feeder's, Hand > And when you gave me Power to difpenfe And make your Favours mine, in the fame Hour     � - You made your felfwv Skadotoi and 'twaa my Couttdy T$ let you live %nd Reign (0 loi>g. . O liberty! O Virtue! O my Country! and to mention no more; ' �' - When impious-Menbszr iway, The Poft pf Honour is a private Station* Thefe Inftances, taken from fome of our mofi ceiebo ted Writers, are fufScient to fhew the Neceffity ^of fuch a Proteftant Index, in order to prevent the- malicious Applications of /// deJignin^Men aud preferve the Honour o�-Tboje, wha are mtrufted with Authority. It May be objected, that a ftrict Execution of tbh. Scheme will reduce' many of our mofl popular P/ays to fo narrow a Compafsy as to render them unfit for the Stage I cenfefs there is fome Weight in this Ob- jection 5 but you know, Mr. D*Anvers, that falus Popu-li eft fupremaLex; and I would propoie that thefe Chafms mould be fill'd up by fome Perfon, of unqu'eftio/Sd Attachment, whom the Commiftioners fhall appoint; or fupply'd with the^ modern Addition of a Dumb Entertainment. I fhall leave it to the Comlderationof the Publick, wh^� ther this Project may not be extended to Hiftorian?, and other Writers, antient and modern. It is well knowjj that the Church of Rome have already garbled them, in fome Meafure, to ferve the fame good End\ and I hope it can be no Reflection on the Proteftant � C-aufe, �to faBow their Example in a Proceeding, whi$fe is fo evidently calculatfi for tlie publick Welfare. 1 am Sir, your mo ft Affured Friend and    * Con ft ant Reader, DRAMATICU St this Day is Puhlijhei. '�'Borne farther Remark* on a Pamphht, in titled, Ob* derations on the Conduft of GREAT BRITAIN, particularly mth Retard tithe 'Depredations ef the Spaniards and. Letters .of Repifal. Addref/d to the CJR-AFTSMAfC~;% Which is adde4, a Poitfcript in Vindication of the. W^-^^^rohants, >5ajo^ % l^te   

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