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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - June 16, 1752, London, Middlesex I Covent Garden Jo By Sir ALEX AN D ER DRAWCAN S I Cenfor of GREAT BRITAIN Price 3 JUNE To be continued every TUESDAY and 0 thougreatejl of all the Modern HERE is a cer tain thouniverfal Confent hath not enrolled it among the Cardinal is often found of not only to carry its PofTefTor through the but even to carry him to the Top of It is almolt perhaps unneceflary to inform my that the Quality I is Impudence fo dear is this to one Fe male at that it effectually recom mends a Man to Fortune without the Afliftance of any other She feems indeed to with the He wko batb fat all Things bath a fair and accordingly provides that thofe who want want nothing What are the particular Ingredients of which this Quality is or what Temper of Mind isbeft fitted to produce is perhaps difficult to afcertain fp far I think Experience may convince like fome Vegetables it will flouriih beft in the molt barren To fay I am almoft inclined to an Opi that it never arrives at any great De gree of Perfection unlefs in a Mind to tally unincumbred with any or with any great or good Quality what It would indeed feem that Nature had agreed with in fetting a high Value on and had ac cordingly decreed that thofe of her Chil dren who had received this ridf Gift at her Hands were amply provided for without any further And furcly it is not without that I call this the Gift of Nature in deed Genius itfelf is not more We may here apply a Phrafe which the French ufe on an Occafion not fo proper1 to be and Wai it is not in the Power of every Man to be impudent would be A Man born without any Genius may as reafonably hope to be come fuch a Poet as or fuch a Critic as Longin is as one born without Impudence can petend without any Merit to afpiir to tuck Nature hcwtvtr miift give the Art may cultivate To im prove or to deprr fs their is great ly within the Bovver of To lay down the proper Precept for this would require a large and fuch I may pofTibly here In the mean Time it mall fuffice to mention only two Rules which may be partly collected from what I have above aiTerted1 and which are of tnriyerfal This is with the utmoft Care to fupprefs and eradicate every Seed or Principle of what is any wife but ofthe Mind and fecondly to preferve this in the pureft State of than which nothing more contributes to the higneft Pcrfedtion and Confummation of Impu dence the more a Man the more inclined is he jo be it is indeed within the Province only of the higheft human Knowledge to iurvey its own narrow It 1 be predicated in Fa vour of that it is which of a41 we are capable of carrying to the greateft fo for that did not the ftrongeft Force of Evidence convince USof the Truth of fbme we fhould be apt to doubt the of their What but the cbncvjrrent Teftirnony and the indubitable Veracity of Records could impel us to that there have been Men in the World of fuch aftonifhirvg as in Op to flit cert iin Knowledge of ny Thoufands to take upon themfelves to perfonate Kings and Princes as well in their as after their Death And yet our as well as foreign Annals af ford us fuch the greateft Hero in Impudence whom perhaps the World ever appeared in France at the End of the latt His Name was Peter Me and he was a common Soldier in the This Fellow had the Affif tance only of one who had been a Foot man to a certain Man of Quality called Scipion le Brun de Seigneur Caille de a Nobleman who had fled from France to to avoid a religious With thisConfederate PetefMe ge had the amazing Impudence to per fonate the young Seigneur de who was at ihat Time dead and this in the Lifetime of the in of all his noble Relations then in Pofief fion of his forfeited the Spot where the young had lived to the Age of Twentyone and all this without the leaft Refemblance of or Stature wichouc being acquainted with any Part of the whom he was tarepre qr beingable to give the Ac count irf any his indeedt with out being able to wrice and But how rpuch more 11 the Reader be furprized that moft im pudent Attempts fucceeded fo far in the Parliament of Provence in of the Spldjer An4 trfis Succdi woulihave beea hod not j Clinton pf Bertie interpofedt and obtained ah Appeal to the Parliament of whets laft th Impoftor was de and t tnc Mis Paper h to be bad at the Univerfal Regifter next Corner of CornhilL
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