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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - November 4, 1752, London, Middlesex The Covent Garden c By Sir ALEXANDER D RAWCAN S I Rv Cenfor of GREAT Price NOVEMBER 1752 To be continued every SATURDAY in the Nimirum infaniis Baucis videatureo Maxima parshcminum Few Men may Madnefs this or Folly Formoft Men are infeftedwith HERE are a kind offilly Fel whom I do not remember to have feen fully ani madverted upon by any antient or Many given us feveralthrewcl Hints concerning have attacked them as it were obliquely and in the dark but none have ever fairly declared War againft and have dared to oppofe them in open Field the true Reafon of which feems to that the World in general will be alrnoft fure to be of their and to maintain their Not to keep my Reader in tco long a the filly Fellows I here are thofe to whom the common Voice oives the Appellation of Wife A People however they may be for tined and it is abfolutely necef fary to encounter and utterly to before it will be poffible to inrroduce any true Notions of or indeed of common among Man kind for to all thcfe the laid Wile Men are profcfkd and all fuch No tions they will be fure to or rather tolTuke out of the Wo by thaf 3an hiking or their with wfci6h they are ufually fo certain of tri umphing over their to pre that by Men here I do not underfiand Ptrfonsendowed with that Wifdom of which Solomon was tclls us is more eligible than Gold to which he advifcs us to open cur Ears and to incline our Which David tells cornerth out of the Mouth of the and which Solomon is defpifed by Neither do I mean that Wifdom here which was the Deity of the antient which Seneca is fu perior to all the Efforts of and according to makes a Man a King of and places him in to Jupiter By Widiora I mean that VV ifdom of this which Paul ex prefsly tells us is Folly that Wifdom of the as we read both in Ifaiah and in the Js threat ned with Deftrudlion There in tend that Wifdom in the Abundance of as the Preacher tells there is miicbof Grief if would be alone fufficient to evince the extreme Folly of thofe who covet and purfiifc fuch TVif But tho the Scriptures in the Pfoces above and in many others do very fcvcrely treat this Character of worldly 6r mock they have very fully defcribed unlefs perhaps Solomon hath done this ironically under the Niime of An Opinion to which I am much inclined and in deed what is in the loth Chapter Ecclcfiafles of the gnrat Exahuiori of a muft be underftood of a Fool in and fuch is the Wife Man here pointed In the fame the brft Writers among the Heathens have obfcurely anci ironically characterifed this What is a covetous Man is both Fool and a Now Avarice is the very higheft Perfection and as it were Quinteitence of this Kind of Again fays the fame Cbufe any you pleafe out of the Crowd i he is either opprefled with or miferable Here you have the two great this Avarice and in one the Poet tells were the Purfuit of all the wife Men in as indeed they have been in all other Coun And with this Opinion the Judgment of the World hath fo abfolutely coinci that I am extremely doubtful whe ther by a Wife Man is generally meant any other than a Man who is purfuing the direct Road to Power or however dirty or thorny it may A wife in in the common Efti is he who brcomes great or rich nor are all the Labours he under or all the Frauds and Villanies which he commits ever taken into the of in the Jeaft confidered as any Objections co his But however wife a Man may be who outwits and overreaches he feems not much to defervethat Name who out wits and overreacheshimfelf 5 and am is always the Gafe with tfie moft abfolute Slaves of either of thefe that is to with the wlfeft of It is certain that a Man may per haps with greater DifficultyJ impofe on himfelf as well as on others for it hatli been aliened and I doubt that an habitual Liar will come in Time to believe his own In the fame Manner may a Man make a Fool of and this is perhaps the higheft Degree of worldly Thus very artful Childrendofometirrks outwit thofe who have the Care of and by fuch Means do into all kinds of Mifchief on which I think none will difpute but that the little Wretches have likcwife been too hard for purfuing I fuppofe the O pinions above cited from Solomon and have taken great Pains to prove that the Man who facrifices his Hopes in another World to any Acquifitions in however wife he may call himfelf or may be called by is in Reality a very filly Thefe have endea voured ro fiVw that a Rafcal gibber ed up as itwere on the Mount of or a Wretch wallowing in the Mire of is io Truth a This Pahcrhto be bad at the Univerfal Regifter next the Corner of
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