Friday, February 11, 1752

Covent Garden Journal

Location: London, Middlesex

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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - February 11, 1752, London, Middlesex The Covent Garden By Sir ALE X A N D E R D R AWG AN Cenfor of GREAT Price 3 T U E S T A Yj FEBRUARY To be continued every TUESDAY and utcunque ferent ea faff a Minor Whjjhould we heed what after Chink of our Follies or vur Crimes cc O S T of thofe Things fays the ingenious Doctor Sou A that have the mightieft and moft cbntrouling Influenceuponthe Affairs and Courfe of the Worlds are downright What is common which founds from aH Quarters of the and refounds back to them but nerally a overbearing Lye Wbat are moft of the of the World but ties Lies and configned over as a perpetual Abufe ap4 flm MfPQ Pofterity There I attt too much Jufbce in the Charge on Hiltory in general Juvenal hath left this Stamp of Falfe liood on the Greek Hiftorits then Quicquid Grtzcia mendax dudet in And the fame Character Pliny gives to the hiftorical Writers in his own Lan Minus profedo mirentur Gras cise qui cogitent ncftros nupef paiilo minus monftrifica dam de iifdem We jball fa left amazed at the monftrous Liesof the concerning he Gardens of the when we confider how little lefs monflrous are the Accounts of thofe Matters which we find in our own lets out with lamenting the little Attention to which is commonly found in thefe Recorders of hath an Obfervation too pretty to be The fays is more careful to embsllifh his 46 Work with Propriety of and Harmony of than with Truth For he confiders that remote Pofterity will be more likely to admire the two former than to detect his Want of the I do however conclude that the Hiftorian wheherer in ine Language of the Hounhmms he relates the fhings which is toti intends hitfifeif to mpofe a Falfehood on his Reader We frequent i i ly meet with Lies in Hiftory when the Writer 1 am did not de ftrve the ppprobious Name of a Some Writers I confefsj are hardly en titled to this candid Interpretation fuch are thofe Hiftorians who relate Falfehoods as of their own and are not only the Recorders of a but the WitnefTes of it i and thole again whofe Works cbntain fcarce any Thing befides fuch as Matter Geoffry of Mon and iome oti ers who may be fairly wfmortaltze and to con fign them aver as a perpetual Abufe and Flam upon B t it no Latitude fliould be given to I am afraia not only Mat thcw the bed of our amicnt An nahftsi but the valuableRemains of Li Dion indeed alnioft every mufl be to the The laft thcle whom I have t 11s 1 a moil notable it may indeed be called a It is the Story of an Apparitiop in the Shape of Alexander the Great who with four hundred attendant Spirits traverfed great Part of Thrace to and then crofled the Wafer to whre ter fome Time th all This Story he relatej as happen d in his a which was he rlays attefted ty mahy oi Eye In therp are other Apologies for the befides Allowan ces which We are to make for Superfthion and Gredulttyv Nqthiiig jjs fo hort lived as occafioned J by her extreme Indolence and which are fo rfiat he never cares to wag out of her own not even vific her next Dooii Phyficians oiayontht cpnctarjf well account for the long Life of fc by the conftant Exercife which flte ufes i for cording to Fanta malum quo non atiud yelocius ullum Mobilitate viget dcquirit Where Farna may very well be tranf lated a If we candidly confider therefore the Materials which the Hiftorian is obliged to make ufe and the great Difficulty with which he can come at as a Lie is always ready to prefent itfdf to his we fhall always conclude thatthe Writer intended to impofe a Falfehood on when we rejecl his Narrative as For my own though I have not quite fo much Faith at as I once had in the by Sir Richard in that wonderful Chronicle which was the great Favourite of my Youth I do yet nevertheiefsacquit the Writer of any Dcfign to impofe on And my Faith is now fomewhat ftagger ed in attempting to believe that the Devil carried away half a with many biher fuch Miracles recorded by that great I am however well perfoaded that they were firmly believed by the Writer Without purfuing this Lucubration any I will endeavour to illuftrare what I have already by prefenting my Reader with the Specimen of a Hifta ry of the prefent which may pro bably be writfen many hundreds of Years by fome future Sir Richard Ba ker under his favourite Title of Cafual ties in the Reign of George the Cafuallies happening in this Towards the Beginning of this Reign there floorifhedin ibme Part of a very extraordinary Woman who brought forth at one Birth nineteen Couple of one of whieh having been eat en bythe Royal by them declared tohave a rrioftdeikrk us the Breed was afterwards propagated all over the Kingdom of were Called Weifh and were a long Time in great About the fanre Time a Set of infernal Spirits appeared in1 and held a noc turnal Meeting under the Name of THE HELL FIRE One Prank of this Club is confirmed fo many that ir would be ridiculous Infidelky to deny our afient to This was the tak ing up the Theatre which then flood in All imaginable Care bath been taken tofupply the Subscribers with Ms hit nofwitbflanding any Gen tleman or Lady Jhould not have received on fending their Names either to or the Universal Regifter opfopte CecilStreet in the they will be car efullyfupf lied for the

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