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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - January 21, 1752, London, Middlesex Co vent Garden By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of GREAT Price J A N U A R Y 1752 To be continued every TUESDAY and multi tineas Uattafque diferti Et foli carmina dofta cod Nefcio quid plus eft quod donat fecula Vifturus genium debet baker How many fear the Motbs and Bookworms And fole Buyers in this Age Wbat can tbefe Murtherers of Wit controul be Books mufl have a HERE are no human Productions to which Time feems fo bitter and malicious an Ene as to the of the learned for though all the Pride and JBoaft of Art mufl or yied to this great De flroyer though all the Labours of the Ar the and the muft fhare the fame Mortality with their Au thors with thefejTime acts in a gentler and milder allows them generally a reasonable Period of and brings them to an End by a gradual and imper ceptible Decay fo that they may feem ra ther cue off by the fatal Laws of than to be deftroyed by any fuch Acl of as this cruel Tyrant daily exe cutes on us It is there are fome tions to this Rule j fome few Works of Learning have not only but far all other human Labours in their Duration but alas how very few are compared to that vaft Number which have been fwallowed up by this great De Many of them cut off in their ve ry Prime others in their early Youth and at their very Birth fo that they can fcarce be faid ever to have as to the few that remain to is not their long Exiftence to be attributed to their own unconquerable and rather to the than to the Mercy of Time Have not many of their Authors and the Endeavours which would be exerted to deftroy and have boldly afferted their juft Claim to Im in Defiance of all the all the and all the Power of Time when we confider the many va rious Engines which have been employed for this ddtructive Purpofey it will be Mat ter of that any of the Writings of Antiquity have been able to make their This might almoft lead us into a that the Writers were really pof feffed of that to which fome of them efpecially as thofe Which feem to have had the beft Pretenfions to this have been almoft the only ones which have efqiped into our And not to mention thofe great Engines of which Ovid fb bold ly fuch as and and the devouring Moths of how many cunning Methods hath the Malice of Time of later to extirpate the Works of the and to convert the Invention of and even of Print to the total Abolition of thofe very Works which they were fo ingenioufly cal culated to The firft of Decency will permit me barely to hint to the It is the Application of it to a Ufe for which Parch ment and the antient Repofitories ot would have been utterly un To this cunning Invention of Printing and Paper have chiefly betrayed the Learned nor can I without the thofe great Enemies of endeavouring by all their finifter Arts to propagate fo de ftrufUve a Method for what is commoner than to fee Books advertifed to be printed on a foff and very proper to be bad in all a plain Insinuation to what Ufe they are according to chefe ral manifeftly calculated for only I am that one of them i by Means of a proper preparing the whole Works of Plato for the B Next to the Bookfellers are the Trunk a Set of Men who have of late Years made the mod intolerable Depreda tions on modern The ingenious Hogarth hath very finely fatyrizd by reprefenting feveral of the mgft valuable Productions of thefe Times on the Way to the If Perfens would line a Trunk with they might polTibJy do mdre Good than Harm for the Works of laft Year might be found in our when they were poffibly to be found no where elie but fo far from they feern to tafee a Delight in difmembring Authors 5 and in placing their feveral Limbs together in the moft afoford Thus while thfc Bottom of a Trunk contains a Piece of the Top prefents us with a Sheet of and the Sides and Ends are adorned with mangled Libels of various The third Species of thefe Depredatory are the Paftry What Indignation raife in a Lover of the to fee fome of thfeir beft Performances ftaind with the Juice of Cur and Damafcenes But what Concern muft the Author himfelf fed on fuch an Occafion when he beholds thofe Which were calculated to fupport the glo rious Caufe of or humbled to the ignoble Purpofe of fup porting a Tart or a Guftard accord ing to the Great Alexander and turrfd to May ft a Hole to keep the Wtiid Lintotfs for general Ufe arr For fame Folks but all Folks By this abominable the whole Works of feveral modern Authors have been fo that the moft curious Searcher into will ne ver be able to wipe off the Injuries of fo truly do the Bookfellers Ve rify that old julcis odor lucri ex that they are daily publifhing feve befides the Injuries done to Learn ing by this there is another IVfrf chief whicli Cooks may thus propagate in the Society For many of thefe wondrous Performancesare calculated only for the Ufe and of the and are by no meansproper Food for the Mouths of Babes and For that the Christian Religion a mere Cheat and Irnpofitioa on the that the very Being of a God is a Matter of great Doubfr and arc All imaginable Care hath been taken to fupply the this but mtwitkftandmg any Gen tleman or Lady Jhould not have received on their Names to or to the Univerfi Kegider cppofite CecilStreet in the they will be carefully fupptied for the
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