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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - January 11, 1752, London, Middlesex Co vent Garden Journal By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of GREAT SATURDAY JANUARY i 752 To be continued every TUESDAY and Majores nujquam Rbonchi Se El Pueri Nafum Rbinoccrotis In O No Town can fuel a of Critics O J J EvnBoys turn up that Ncfe they cannot Y a Record in the Cenibrs and now in my it that at a cenforial taken Tricefimo by one of my ro more than 19 Critics were enrolled in the Cities of London and Weftminfier whereas at the laft Inquifition taken by my the Number of Peribns claiming a Right to that appears to amount to This immenfe Encreafe I to be no otherwife accounted than fromsthe very blameable Negligence of the late Cen their Office into a mere no as I can having been taken fince the Cen forfhip of Ifaac Efq in the latter End of the Reign of Queen To the fame Neglect are owing many Encroachments on all the other Orders of the That ot Gentlemen in particu I obfcrve to have greatly and that oi Sharpers to have dqgreafed in the fame Proportion within theie few All thefe Irregularities it is my firm Purpoie to endeavour 4t and to reftore the high Office with which I am inverted to its ancient Ufe and muft be attempted with Pru dence and by flow Degrees For habitual and inveterate Evils are to be cured and not by violent Of this the good Emperor Pertinax will be a lafting This worthy Man fays Dion Caffius perifhed by endeavouring too haftily to reform all the Evils which infefted his He knew it tho otherwife a Man of very great that it is not nor indeed to effect a Reformation in too many Matters at A Rule c if it holds true in private c is much more ib when it is appliedto c thofe Evils that affect the I thought not in the Hurry of my above Inquifition to make any but admitted all who of fered to be This is a Method which I mall not purfue being fully rcfolved to enquire into the Qualifica tions of every And that all Peribns may come prepared to prove their Right to the Order of Cri I fhall here let down thofe feveral Qualifications which will be infifted on be fore any will be admitted to that high In doing I fhall ftrictly purfue the excellent Rule I have and fhall aft with moil perfect Mo deration for I am willing to throw open the Door as wide as I fo that as few as poffible may be It I the Sentiment of Quinfti that no Man is capable of becoming a good Critic on a great but he who is himfelf a great This in confine theCritics on at to a very fmall Number and in drike all the except only Horace and Longinus off the Roll of the latter of thoj he was no Pope finely great all the Nine And blefs their Critic with a Poets But with Refpect to fo great a Name as that of this Rule appears to me much too It to be little lefs fevere than an Injunction that no Man ftiould criticize on Cookery but he was himfelf a To require what is generally called Learning in a is altogether as ab furd as to require Why mould a Man in this any more than in all be Lound by any Opinions but his own Or why mould he read by Rule any more than eat by it If I delight in a Slice of Bullocks Liver or of why fhall I be confined to Turtle or to Swift The only that I in fill That my Critic BE ABLE TO READ j and this is furely very reafonable For I do not fee how he can otherwife be called a Reader and if I include every Reader in the Name of it is furely very juft to confine every Critic within Number of Nor do I only require the Capacity of but the actual Exercife of that Capacity I do here ftrictly forbid any Per ibns whatever to pafs a definitive Sentence on a Book BEFORE THEY HAVE READ AT LEAST TEN PAGES IN under thePqnaJiy of being for ever rendered incapable of Ad miflion to the Order of all Critics who from and after the Firft Day of February fhall con demn any fhall be ready to give fome Reafon for their Judgment Nor fhall it be fufficient for fuch Critic to drivel dont know not but all that I I dont like that any Reafon how foolifh or frivolous fhall be allowed a good and full Jufttfication except only the Words POOR WRETCHED BAD SAD PAULTRY All which STUFFS I do forever banifh from the Mouths of all Provided that the ladmentioned Claufe do extend only to fuch Critics as openly proclaim their Cenfures for is our that all Perfons fhall be at Liberty to diflike whatever Book they without or read ing one Word of any Thing therein or herein contained to the contrary notwith But as it is reafonable to extend this Power of judging for no in this Caie of than it is allowed to Men in fome I do here that I fhall for the admit any Males to the Office of Criticifm till they of the full Age of that being the Age when the Laws allow them to have a Ca pacity of diipofing perfonal Chatties before that they have only the Pow er of diipofing of therrfelves in the trifling Article of I fhall admit fomewhat provided they be either witty or or have a Fortune of 5000 and Together with I exclude all other civil Incapacities and here I mean not only legal but real and In this Number I include all Perfons
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