Tuesday, February 22, 1752

Covent Garden Journal

Location: London, Middlesex

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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - February 22, 1752, London, Middlesex j By Sir DJUWCAN Cenfor GREAT Price 3 FEBRUARY To be continued every TUESDAY and populum late Nation of Kings and T feems very won derful and furpriz that when fo many learned Wri ters in all have difcourfed on Go vernment and its various there fhould fliJl remajn one Form of it un and indeed unmentioned by any of Cicero are entirely filent on the Subjedl Harring Lord take no Notice of it and even the ingenious Writer of LEfprit des who feems to have fifted and confidered the feveral JCinds of Government with fuch critical hath either Negligence or made not the Jeaft mention of that moft extraordinary Syftem of Poli which I am now going to With a Gravity becoming fo important a Not to keep my Reader any longer in the Government I mean is that of the Stage a Government founded on a Set of Politics peculiar to and by no other Nation in the known Parts of the No of which we have anyRe cord in hath ever fuffered a greater Variety of been en gaged in more continued or torn to Pieces with more intefline Divifions Yet hath itfubfifttd an infinite Num ber of outlafted all the Kingdoms of the and ftill remains in very profperous and flourifhing Now as the Length of its Continuance mult be thought an incontcftible Proof of the Excellence of its it feems to me both an ufeful and amufing Specu to examine by what particular Maxims of Policy this extraordinary People regulate their The fol lowing flight Remarks may ferve to in tro Juce the and excite fome abler Penman to difcufs it more at o Theatrical State can neither be called a an or a but feems rather a Mixture and Compound of them It is indeed for ever in a fluctuating Condition inclin ing more or lefs to each of thefe Sorts of Government at different Times What is very the Revolutions happen without difordering the Conftitu and Affairs go on as with very little Thus the Theatrical State of from which we mall chiefly derive our was about an Age ago under the Jurifdiction of a who called rhemfelves Booth and each of them their diftinct Provinces of Booth pre fided aver the Affairs of Wilks overthofe of and Cibber re ferved himfelf in a neutral ready to add Weight to the Scale of either of his as the other faould feem to Not long afterwards the Government changed itfelf into a and is at prefent under the joint Power of two both of whom are efteemed by all to be the ableft that ever ruled over that Peo and the State accordingly triumphs in their Thefe Archons or chief are ufually filled as that learned and ingenious Hiftorian Colley Cibber fpells Menagers of the Houfe and thrirBufmefs is to appoint the Mem bers of the Commonwealth their feveral to inflruct them in the Parts they have to acs to regulate their Sala to manage the public and do many other Things too tedious here to They are likewife the final Judges of all Caufes and Controverfies that happen within their The Dignity and Magnificence of thefe Managers may be collected from that they have many Kings among the Number of their in which they feem to refemble the Majefly of the an tient like the old Ro their Modefty is very in taking upon them no higher Title than that of at the fame Time that many of their Subjects arrogate to themfclves the fplehdid Appellations of Emperors and the Another Inftance of the Modefty of thefe Archons or Managers that tho5 their Power feems to be abfolute and un they never take any Step of Confequence without confuting their Council upon The Council afiembles every Morning in a Chamber of which they call the where the of the Government are filled and all Affairs relating to the Commonwealth There is a very fingular Cuftom among thefe practifed by HO other admitting Women to a Seat in the and a the Management of public This is often the Caufe of great Inconvenien cies for as the Ladies of this Country are extremely vain and fond of Preemi grievous Quarrels often arife a mong to the great Difturbance and Interruption of public remarkable Fray of this Kind is faid to have happened two or three Years which fet the whole Greenroom in an and tis confidently that one of thefe Ladies went fo far as to call her Antagonift a even while the Council was and in the very Prefence of the This is the only State perhaps in which the Talents of Men are and applied to what they are moft fit and feem diredted to by In other Nations it is not at all unfrequent to fee a Man placed at the Head of an who is entirely void of Courage and military Conduct another created with Out having the leaft Knowledge of the Laws a third inftalled Brihop or Cardi who is perhaps a Heathen and an Atheift But in the beft regulated theatrical if we make fome few we hail find Men difpofcd and placed in fuch particular Offices as their Talents enable them to This efpecially is tneCafe in that famous Nation now governed by Garrick and his whofe Plan of Palicy I would recommend as a Pattern to all his cotemporary The theatrical State is certainly the only State under the in which Rewards carejulhjuppliedfcr tie j

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