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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - January 22, 1730, London, Middlesex                                Numb. III. The Grub-fireet Journal. cgursfoap, yaisruart 22. 1730. Tros, Rutulufve fuat, nullo difcrimms habebo. Virg. JEn. X* Extra&ed from the Journals of the SO CI E TY, Wednefday, January 21,1750. Mr. Quidnunc in the Chair. NEW Dramatick Pantomime Opera, entitled terfeus and Andromeda, was read to the great Satisfaction of all the Members prefect. A Motion was made, that Inftrudtions might be- giVen to the Secretary, to ]et the former part of the Journal be frequently employed _ on Political Diflertationsj as being a more agreeable Subject to the generality of readers, than matters of Literature. This Motion was Seconded by Mr. Noodle, who defired, that further Inftru g'reat difficulty obtainedtopj^Chairmai!?baVTn^umm'd np the iubftance of the debate, was pfaa^of^declareJliis opinion in the following manner� - -   J Gentlemen, -'!*vVvVi." '1: '� j It is impoffible for any man*of fenfe to deny, that political Controverfies iavc been always fo generally judged to belong to this Society, that very few have engaged in them, who were not members of it. The packs and Ears of many of you will be a lafting teftimony of your fufferirigs iq the glorious c|aufe of writing. But thd' it is certain, that thefe- Honours of right belong to you in your private capacities': yet I cannot psrfuade my felf, that we have any claim to them as a Body. The Unanimity which ought to appear in ? Paper published by our joint confenr, would be de-flroy'd by entring on a fubjecl, which, as this day's debate has, flewn, cannot be handled without great heata and animofities. For my kma part, I have endeavoured hitherto, in that fhar.e of our Journal, whicn you have committed to me, to fteer evenly htyW&n the two parties, and i hope, I iiave not yet given offence to titheclnmr] if I fhould hereafter do it, I af-fure you it will proceed from mKlake, not from defign. As. for the firft part of our paper, which we have committed to the learned Mr. Bavius, I am of opinion that we ought to leave the matter wholly \o hirrii who, I dare fay, choofes rather to confine himfelf to fubje&s of Literature, than to- engage in any party fquabbles. But as a-Motion has been made, I am oblig'd to put the Queftion to you, Whether �ny InflruBiom fhall be given jo the Secretary to engag$ in Political Controverfies. The Queftion being put accordingly, it was carried in the negative by a great Majority. A Letter from an unknown hand, containing an Ejfay on Miltonic Verfi, was read* and ordered to be printed ia fuch manner as the Secretary fhould judge moft convenient. To the learned Mr. Bavius, Secretary of the Grub-ftreet Society. Buck-lane, Jan. 19, 1730. SIR, THE obligations of the learned World'to your Society are greatly augmented by the generous care, which they have fhewn for the publick, in fending abroad their Journal. What may we not expert from a Paper which is publifhed with the joint confent of fo illuftrious a body 1 Your own learned Remarks on the incomparable Ode of our Laureat> have given a fpecimen of the juftnefs and accuracy of your Criticifins. In your Introduction you promiied the publication of fuch Diflertations as fhould receive the approbation of your Society. Happy fball I be, if this Letter, which I defign as an Eflay an Miltonic Verfe, may be approved by fo learned an Aflembly. Before T enter on the fubjecl: of this Eflay, I fhall beg leave tojobferve, that Poets may be divided inro two Gaffes; the Paraaflhns, and the Gru-bseans. Of the forrnjet were moft of the Antients, and of the latter are moft of the Moderns. That beautiful way of writing, which we call Imitation, has been managed after a �different manner by thefe two ClafFes of writers. The Parnaflians were grangers, to the dofe way of Imitation, wherein confiftsits gr'eateft beauty; and one of their Chiefs calls fuch Imitators fervum pecus. Their way of Imitating was very loofe, as will appear by comparing Virgil's Georgicks with thofe of Hefiod, whom he openly profeffed to imitate; Afcr&umque cuno R-omma per oppida- carmen. Mat a true Grubjeau Imitator fhould follow his Author ftep by ftep, quite Contrary to that erroneous rule of Horace; Nec verbttm verba curabis reddere fidus Interpret. By this means a Poem of the Parnaffian kind in one Language may be tranflated into a Grybjean Poerq in another. By this means a Parnaffian Tragedy of Corneille has been made to fhine with true Gruhsean honour qn the Britifh Stage, by an eminent Dramatick Writer of your SocietyJJThis Rule indeed chiefly regards Tranflations . for fhould an Imitator fo!low{|a Poem written in the fame Language with the Exa&nefs I propofe, he would rather tranferibe than imitate. In this cafe then, he may choofe a fubjecl different from that of his Author, and fo his very words may be made ufc of. Thus although the words may be Parnaffian, yet, the fence being Grubsan, the whole Poem will be fo too, but much more fo, if he can pick out fuch words as are Grubsan alfb. The reft of this learned difcourfe will be printed in another Journal. LONDON. Thursday, Jan. i r The fame Morning feveral people were robbed between IflingJJcjh .aM-Hollowayi particularly, Mr. Smith a butcher, ftript and rpbb'd b^shcrfe;   

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