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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - March 21, 1752, London, Middlesex By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of GREAT BRIT Price 3 MARCH To be continued every TUESDAY and a w T ice iW HOMER allow1 t worft of Tyrant an ufurping one file Jove commits the Sway His are the and him let all HO of the three Forms of Govern ment acknowledg ed in the all have been very warmly and as warmly defended j in this the different Advocates I very readily that there is not one of the three which is not greatly to be preferred to a total Anarchy a State in which there is no no lawful and no fettled Government but where every Man is at Liberty to act in what ever Manner it pleafeth him As this is in Reality a moft deplorable I have long with great Angnifh of that it is at prefent the Cafe of a very large Body of People in this An AiTertion as it may furprrze moft of my I will make Hafte to by declaring that I mean the Fraternity of the that Body of Men to whom the Public afiign the Name of However abfurd Politicians may have been pleafed to reprefent the Imperium in it will I doubt be found on a ftriel Examination to be ex tremely The Commonwealth of Literature being indeed totally diftincl from the greater and no more dependant upon it than the King dom of England is on that of Of this our Legiflarure feems to have been at all Times as they have never attempted any Provifion for the Regula tion or Correction of this In one it is there are I fhould I fay there were fome Laws to reftrain them For if I am not have been formerly punifhedfor and Libels againft the Government nay I have been that toflander the Repu tation of private was once thought unlawful here as well as among the as Horace tells had a fevere Law for this Pur In enacting thefe Laws whatever may be the Reafbn of fuffering to grow obfolete the State feem to have aded very wifely as fuch Kind of Writings are really of moft mifchievous Conie quence to the Public but alas there are many many horrid daily fpringing up in the Commonwealth of which appear to affect only that at leaft immediate of which none of the political Legif lators have ever taken any Notice nor hath any Civil Cpart of Judicature ever pretended to any Cognizance of Nonfenfe and Dulnefs are no Crimes in Foro Civili No Man can be queftioned for badVerfes in WeftminfterHall and amongft the many Indict merits for Batte not one cm be produced for breaking poor Prifcians tho it is done al moft every But tho1 as I have thefe Evils do not affect the greater Com monwealth yet as they tend to the utcer Ruin of the fo they have a remote evil even on the State it felf which feems by having left them unprovided to have remitted for the Sake of to the Go vernment of and to the Superin tendence of Magiftrates of this Jeficr Commonwealth and never to have forefeen or fufpecled that dreadfulState of which at prefent prevails in this leffer Empire an Empire which hath formerly made fb great a Figure in this and that indeed almoft within our own It may appear that none of our fpoken clear ly and of this letter Empire but this may be Well accounted when we confidfr that all thefe Hiftdries have bjen written by two Sorts of Peribns 9 that is to either Politicians or Law Now the former of thefe have had their Imaginations fo entirely filled with Affairs of the greater that it is no Wonder the Bufinefs CM rhe jelkr fhould have totally efcaped their Cbfer And as to the hey are well known to have ten yen tie acquainted with the Comr ealtli of and to have always acted and written in Defiance to its From thefe Reafons it is very difficult to with the exact Period when this Common weal h firft began a mong Indeed if the Originals of all the greater Empires upon and even of our wrapped in fuch Obfcnri ty that they elude the Enquiries of the moft diligent Sifters of we cannot be furprized that this Fate fhould attend our liitle oppofed as it hath been by the Pen of overlooked by Eye of ihe and never once fmelt after by rhe Nofe of the In the carlicil the literary State feems to hive been an Ecclefiuftical De mocracy For the Clergy are then faid to have had all the Learning among them and the great Reverence paid at that to it by the appears from That whoever could prove in a Court of Juftice that he belonged to this by only reading afmgle Verfe in the was vetted with the high and might do alnioft what he pleafed even with And this Privilege was cal led the Benefit of the This can fcarce be faid to have been in any flcurifh ing State of old even among the Clergy themfelves inafmuch as we are that a Reclior of a Parim going to Law with his Parifhioners about paving rhe q6bted this Authority from Paveant illi non pave am Which he conftrucd thus clbey are to AU imaginable Care bath been taken to fupply the Subscribers with this but am Gen tleman or Lady jhonld not have received on fending their Names either to or the Univerlal Regifler CecilStreet in the they will be carefully fupplied for the
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