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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - February 12, 1730, London, Middlesex Numb. VI, The Grub-ftreet Journal. Cf)tttg&ap, FEBRUARY, 12. 1730. As all is dullness, when the Fancy's bad So without Judgment, Fancy is hut mad. D. of Buck. Eflay on Poetry. NEW Comedy, called, The Humours of Oxford, having been read before the Society with' great approbation ; they cou'.d not but exprefs their wonder at the bad tafte of the Town, which had (hewn fo little regard to fo excellent a performance. The young Gentleman, who has modeftly declined putting his name to this Piece, in his Dedication to the Earl of Che-fterfield, modeftly calls it an infsgnificant Trifle; which yet, in the vain hopes that it may entertain his Lord/hip in the Study, he humbly begs leave to lay before him. This however he fliould not have prefumed to have done, had not the approbation of the rational and unprejudiced part of the Town flump fome kind of value upon it. Several of tbefe Gentlemen who fhewed themfelves fo rational and unprejudiced on this occafion, are Members of our Society; whoftampt a juft value upon this Piece very early, at its fir ft Rehear ("aU of which the learned Author of the Weekly Medley of'J an. 3. gave the firft account, informing us, that it was rehearfed with great applaufe to a very [mall audience. The defign of this young Author is very laudable, it being to expofe one of thofe two Seats of Learning (as they are falfly called) which breed up perfbns in the greateft enmity to our Society. For being there confined to the reading of the dull Authors of Antiquity, they often contract fuch a pedantic turn of thought and of exprcffion, as is directly opposite to the Grubean Erudition. But notwithstanding all the care of thefe two Seminaries of Pedantry, to propagate it throughout the Nation ; there arife yearly at both places Perfons of a fublime genius, who fcorning to be confined to fuch narrow bounds, fpend the greateft part of their time in genteel diverfions 5 and the reft in reading the polite Authors of the laft and pre-fent age. By this means they come to diftinguifti themfelves very early in the world, by fome furprizing Compofition ; fuch as that of this Gen. tleman; who, we hope, may live to be a great ornament to our Society 5 tho' the vivacity of his Wit does not feem to prefage any great longevity. In vindication of this excellent Comedy, againft the ill-groundecf cavils of the irrational and prejudiced part of the Town, who did all in their power to damn it, there needs nothing more than to lay before the Reader a plain reprcfentation of the whole Drama; from which, without any illuftrations, the extraordinary Art of the Poet in conducting it, will evidently appear. Act I. Lady Science, becaufe Gainlove could not give her a fatisfactory account of all the different Sects from Socrates to Whifton, being come to Oxford, with her niece Clarinda, and her daughter Victoria; Trumore, a Colonel of the Guards, and Shamwell, a pretended Lord, come thither like-wife, in purfuit of Clarinda. Gainlove, who had lately courted Lady Science, now makes his addrefles to her daughter Victoria,- only with a defign to debauch her ; who is likewife courted by Ape-all, an Oxford Scholar, with the fame view. Thefe are all fuppofed to walk in Parad'fe-walks fome morning pretty early. j Act IT. Ape-all, having received news of his Father's death, and thereupon thrown off his academical habit, comes into thefWalks, followed by a femnt with a large looking-glafs. Here he meets with Kitty, a Tavern man's daughter, with whom he had an intrigue on promife of marriage ; which he refuting now to perform, [he refblves to be even with him. Haughty, a Fellow of a College, who courts Lady Science, gallants her hither; where; meeting with Clarinda, Victoria, and Ape-all, abundance of polite and fmart repartee partes betwixt them. Trumore, who had been difgufted at Clarinda's ill treatment of him, and thereuponrefolved to return to London, comes in in 3 riding habit; but, upon further ili treatment, refblves to ftay, in defiance of her power. Act III. Trumore, having received a letter from an unknown hand, in-feming him that Shamvoell was an Irifh Fortune-hunter, comes into the Walks, and delivers it to Clarinda. Meanwhile Gainlove, firft by arguments, then by force, endeavours to debauch Victotia ; who getting from him,, comes to Clarinda. She, having charged Trumore with forging the letter, gives it Shamwell, at the fame time fpeaking very advantageoufly of his accomplifhments: upon which he declares, that he wrote it himfelr, in order to difcover the fincerity of her affection. Victoria, who had been a filent Spectator of all this, being now leftjlone," and feeing Gainlove coming, hides herfelf in an arbour; where [he hears a foliloquy of his declaring his reformation; upon which fhe appears, and a reconciliation follows. Ludy Science returning with Mr. Haughty, Gainlove owns his paflion for Victoria to her, to which [he abfolutely refufes her confent; and refolv/s to marry her to old Mud-brains, Fellow of Brazen-nofe? recommended by Hmghy. Act IV. Haughty having fent for Conundrum, a Fellow of 'the fame College with himfelf, to a Tavern, lets him know, that he had been married three times already, and was juft upon the fourth match; at which Conundrum pretends to be very angry with him for his perjury: but upon Haaghty's recrimination of knavery, fornication, and adultery, they agree; sad Conundrum promifes to marry him next morning to Lady Scitnce, who was to come to fee the chappel. After this they get drunk together, and are taken by the Vice chancellor. Da(h, the Drawer, who has an intrigue with Kitty, tells her, that he had been informed by Victoria's maid, that an old Granum of her Miftrefs was juft dead, and had left her iocoo 1. which Lady Science concealed fiomher, left [he fhould refufe to marry old Mudbrair.s. Trumore, difguifed like a Lawyer, in order to find a flaw in Shamwell's writings, by accident meets Gainlnie difguifed like old Mudbrahs ar Lady Science's lodgings ; and after fome time they difcover each other, and their defigns. Gainlove psffes upon her Ladyfhip for old Mudbrahs; and receives her content to marry Victoria immediately, with whom he is to have zocool. fortune: but Ape-all unluckily comes in, and accidenta'ly difcovers him. ThoJ Trumore, who had pafled upon Shamwell for a Lawyer, and drawn him into a bargain about the forging of writings, had difcovered this to Clarinda ; yet Shamwell was mafter of fuch devihfl) c/.nning, as to tarn all to h:s own advantage ; upon which (he declaies herfelf refolved to marry Shamwell next morning. N. B. Thii cunning being of a devilifti naturei the Toet did not thinh proper to acquaint the Audience with it. ActV. dpe-r.ll enters with a letter figned Victoria, appointing bim to meet her (dreft in a veil) at eleven, in order to be married,- which in his tranfport he (hews to Trumore, and leaves in his hands. Trumore lhows ic to GairAove ; who theieupon meeting Victoria, flying to him from her Mother, to avoid marrying old Mudbra'm?, quarrels with her. Ape-all ai.d 20///, (in a veil,.pjffing for Victoria,) as they go to be married, are met by Gai-Aove, who challenges Ape-allj but upon Kitty's fhew-ing her face, he deiifts. Whiie Apt-all zv\d Kitty are marrying, Gn'wlove and Victoria being,reconciled, agree to be married themfelves by the fame perfon who coupled the others. While this is tranfacting, Trumore meets Chrinda and Shamwell as going to the next Church for the fame purpofe : when [he, by feigning to have a regard folely for Shamvoell"s perfon, draws from him ,a confeiBon, that he is only a pretended Lord ; and then promifes to marry Trumore. Lady Science and Haughty enter at her lodgings, with Conundrum in a Clergyman's habit, as juft manicd by him. To them Api-all and who, pulling off her mail;, difcovers herfelf. Then Gainhvt and entering, ask Lady Science biefiing ; who refufes it. As.Ape-all goes out, he meets his Father, whom he imagined to b
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