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   Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - October 21, 1752, London, Middlesex                                By Sir ALE X A N D E R D RAWC AN Cenfor of GREAT BRITAIN Price 3 S ATURD O C T OB E R 1752 To be continued every S AT 0 R DAY in the Facunda culptf fecula Primum et et do Hoc Fonte derivata clades In populumque Pollution in our wicked Fruitful of every kind of Crimes Firft nfes in the Marriage There is its muddy Fountain Thence in more Torrents than the It overflows and waftes our T is very remark fays Da that Horace fhould attribute all the Miferies of and all the civil Wars of the Romans to no o ther Caufe than to their And this feems to me the more remark able when confidr the Character of the Pott who hath given us this We have noc here the Sentiments of a reclufe be fufpeded of of a cynic who might beaccufed of or Chriftian whom fome would infi to be fwayed by Intercft but we have before us the Words of a Man of the who lived in the and fplcndid of and in the Intimacy of the greateft Men of that of one who united in himfelf the the the the the andthe Man of Nor is there in thefe Lines the leaft Appearance of Jeft or Irony on the contrary are introduced in one of his graved and wKich was written on the an Ode addrefled to his lamenting the wretched Condition into which they were tracing their political Difeafcs tip td their arid pointing Out the Methods of their In this Ode he mentions the Pollutions of the Marriage Bed as the Caufe of allthe Corruptions of And that this was his ferious appears further from his repeating it in other In the Ode of the fame he feems to prefer the Man ners of the Getes and Scythians to thole of his own principally on ac count of the fuperior Virtue of their Wo who neither attempt to govern their nor liften to an adulterous Again in the fth Ode of the 4th hepaysa Compliment to Auguftus for the Inflitution of the Lex by which capital Punifhment was infiifred on Adulterers and fpeaks of this Lawas likely to produce the greateft Advanta ges to the Under the Authority therefore offo fine a Gentleman as 1 may without apprehending the Imputation of Pedantry or Morofe nefs to encounter the prefent general Opinionj and to queftion whether Adul tery be really that Matter of Jefl and Fun which itis conceived to and whether it might not be decent and proper to coiT trive fome fmall Pimifhment for this Vice in a civilized much more in a Chrif tian I will begin then as far as my Reading and Memory will en what Punifhment hath been in flided on this Crime by the Laws of other And hence I think will ap that moil Legiflators agreed with in their Opinions of the civil Con fequences of this In that Firft and mod perfect Table of which God himfelf was pleafed to to the Jews Adultery is among the ten exprefsly forbidden and in this Table it follow the Crime of dt was equalled in its Punifhment for in Levi ticus we The Man that commiUeth even he that commitfeth Adultery Jball furely be put to Well there fore might the wife Author of the Pro verb Whofo commit teth Adultery lack eth The Egyptians were fomewhat lefs fevere in their Animadverfion on this diftinguifhedlikewife between the Punifh ment of the Men and the The former of whom was to receive a thoufand and the latter to have her Nofe cut off for they thought it fays to deprive lafcivious Wo men of thofe Charms which they ufed to the Purpofe of unlawful Among the old Arabians this Crime with Death for their Phi as we read in Alexander ab A thought it worfe than What Senfe theantient Greeks had of this Crime may appear from Homer fcr whether the Rape of Helen was the Caufe of the Trojan or was only feigned to be fo by as I am ape to ima in either Cafe the great A bhor rence of this Crime in thefe will be equally manifeft fmce we cannot fup pofe that Homen would have brought to gether all the Princes of Greece to avenge by a common an Injury which had his Time been thought of thehighefl As for that Paffage in the third v i upon which Da ier remarks that Hedtor threatens Paris with being ftoned to iwhich was the Punifhment forAdulterers in thef I omic it as the Words will by no Means bear that Interpretation for Hec tor is there reprefenting not the Punifh ment which he deferved of the Greeks for his but of theTrojans for itsCon By the Laws of the Locrmns which were eftablilhed by the famous the Punifhment of Adultery was the Lois of Valerius Maximus after hav ing pailed very high Encomiums on thefe relates that the Son of himfelf having been condemned for this the Father could not be prevailed T This Paper is to fa UmveVfif   

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