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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - April 11, 1752, London, Middlesex The Co vent By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of GREAT Price 3 APRIL 1752 To be continued every TUESDAY arid Ttf TV TO tt EPICURI APUD To do Good to others is not only more lau but more DELIGHTFUL than to re ceive it fo the C E N S O My Dear Wasextremely pleaf ed with the Re commendation of Havards Bene fit in your lad Pa and I am the more pleafed with as I am in Formed you have no other Acquaintance with the Perfon efpoufed than with his of which I am you have given a very juft Account to the This is that my which our favourite Barrow hath pointed out to in one of his excellent 4 A good fays ftints not his BeneVoknce to his own Family or to his Neighbours or to thole of his own Seel or or of his Humour and Difpoficion to fuch as ferve or oblige orpleafe but extends it to mere to wards fuch who never did him any or can ever be able to do him 16 So preached that worthy who truly taught the Doctrines of whofe Follower he profeffed and who truly iivd the Life Jie Let us fee chen before us both his Precept and Example j let in the Language of Leave all meaner Things o low Ambition and the Pride of Kings and with that firft of human the glorious Patron of make voknce at once the Bufinefs and the Plea fure of our Whatever our Talents let us con vert them to the good of Cha rity is not confined to giving If perhaps it would be but little within your or But the divine Founder of bur Religion never intended to rellrain a Virtue fo eflentially neceflfary to a to the Rich As one Mans Talent lies in his ano thers may lie in his Pen a third may employ his and afourtlj his Hands for the Service of nay the mod Impotent may perhaps fully exercife this Virtue even with their moft certainly they may with their With what generous Pity a Mind of this Temper look down on a Wretch who is burfting with Malice and Envy Whofe Underfeeding io iiichired with his who hates every Man that is better or or happier than iiiin whofe whole Study it is to under mine the Fame and the Fortune of his Neighbour a fecret Enemy to but a more and perhaps more bit ter Enemy to himfelf There is fcarce even among thofe few for I they are that refem ble this who would not view it with We will rile therefore one Step from the odious to the infipid Cha from thofe who delight in doing to thofe who have little or no Delight either in the Good or Harm which happeneth to Men of this Stamp are fo taken in contemplat ing that the Virtues or Vi the Happinefs or Mifery of the reft of Mankind fcarce ever employ their This is a how ever truly contemptible it may which hath not wanted its Admirers among the Thefe Men have been called and in the heathen Syftems they might deferve that Name but in the of the Chridian Dif they are fo farfrom being en titled to any that they will be called to a fevere Account thofe efptrcial ly who have received very confiderable Talents of any Kind for converting fole ly to their own what was entrufted only to their Care for the general I poceed by another to a third Species of who will boldly tell us that they act upon Chriftian Prin ciples and will find their among many who profefs rhemfelves very fincere Believers in the Chriftian Reli The Men I here of alj the greateft Being pof either by their own Roguery or by that of their of a thoufard times more than their Share of the gocd things of this they expect by part ing with the ten thouiandth Part of thefe Things to purchafe Heaven a lumping Every Jirtle Ad of Kind nefs which they every trifling Alms which tney beftow is fure to be brought into the nay to be doubry pcft ed For firft they by fome pau try to bind the Perfon to whom it is in Bonds perpetual Slavery nor are they thus but Heaven is made Debtor into the as the Beggars tell and feem to is to reftore them a hun dred fold whatever thry give on But furely fuch mercenary Goodnefs as done as it were by way of can have but little Such Dabs of fqueezd out of a hardbound Ge can produce no very fweet find ling in rhe Senfe of a truly wife and benevolent Being much lefs of a Being who in an infinite thofe Let my foar a Pitch higher Let us leave the Merit of good Adions to let us enjoy rhe Pleafure of In the Energy itftlf of Virtue fays Ariftotle there is great Pleafure and this was the Meaning of him who firft That Virtue was its own A Sentiment moft truly however it hath been ridiculed by thofe who flood it If we examine the Mattel and with due we may extend the Obfervation of Ariiiotle to every human PafTion For in but in the Energies can the Pleafures of and be conceived to lie What Rewards do thefe fevere Tafk mafters beftow on their Slaves for all their but that common Reward of all the Labour itfelf Why is not Benevolence therefore as capable at leaft of repaying us with herfetf as any other
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