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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - March 5, 1730, London, Middlesex The Grub-ftreet JourM Cfmrgfcap, MARCH, 5. i73o. acui feeler at os cernitis enfes Quos prohibete precor j facinufque repellite. - Ovid. Met. L. XV. To Mr. B avius, Secretary of the Grub-ftreet Society. S I R, Cambridge, March 1, 1730. OUR Journals were a very agreeable prefent to me, on two accounts: �ft, as they informed me of the welfare of an old Friend; and, idly, ' as they entertained me with feveral learned Diflerta-tions. I long to fee the Antiquities of your Society, which you tell us, in your Introduction, One o: your learned Members is preparing to publifh. Pray, donor fail of letting me know by your next, in what forwardnefs that Work is. I am mightily pleafed with your Collegue Mr! Quidnunc. He faves me the hbor improbus of reading the other Papers, by the judicious Collection het makes from them. His Remarks djfeover a good Critical Genius: and hadthehoneft Gentleman had the advantage of a learned Education, I fancy, he might have made a good Critic For my own parr, my leifure time has been of late chiefly fpent in correcting Milton : who has hitherto appeared with as many faults, as any of the an-tient Poets. This may, in a great meafure, be attributed to his unhappy Blindnefs: which occalioned him to make ufe of an Amanuenfis; who, no doubt, often miftaking the found- of his voice, wrote a word of near affinity in the found, tho' in the fenfe aliene from what the Author intended. Thus our vulgar Editions have in the firft book of Oreb. _ -on the fecret top for which, no doubt, Milton /aid on the (acred top. A little after we read, -Him the Almighty Tower Hud'd. headlong flaming from th' Ethereal skie> IVuh hideous ruin and combufl'On down To bottomlefi p rdition, there to dwell In Adamantine Chains.-- Can you bear this ? Is Adamant a fubftance fit to make "Chains of ? But how plain and intelligible is it, if we read In Adam, and in Chains I This frees us from all ob-fcurity immediately. In the fame book we have -Ihe glimmering pf thefe livid flames. I hid, you know, is what we call black and blue, fuch as is the colour of bruifed Flefh : and who ever faw a flame of that colour ? Surely Milton defigned living flames; ~" an eafy Error of the Amanuenfis. There are other miftakes which maybe imputed to the Tranfcriber or Printer, meer blunders j notwithftanding they have run through all the Editions. In the firft book it is always read - ;; We may with more fuccefjful hope rejplve To wage by Force or Guile eternal War. Flat Nonfenfe ! fuccefsful hope is ridiculous. If it is'attended with Succefs, it is more than Hope; it is abfolute r Certainty. I dare allure you, it fhould be read We may Kith more fuccers, full hope, refolve, &c. An cafy alteration; by which the fenfe is clear'd up at one�. Befides the mentioning.Succefs firft, and Hope afterwards is a pretty Anticlimax. In the fecond book, the common Editions read Our torments alfo may m length of time ''''% Become our Elements; thefe piercing rims ,' As [eft us now fevere 5 our temper chang'i Into their temper, which mufi needs remove The fcnfible of pain.- Here fenfible is made a Subftantive, which never was done by any Author ;.and I dare fay, not by Milton. Alter it boldly. The fenfe I bear of pain. In the beginning of the third book, when he is lament-ting his Blindnefs, they make him lay So thick a drop fcrene hath quench t their orbs; a downright Blunder, as if a drop could be thick and fe-rene (or clear,) at the fame time. An ingenious Friend of ours would read fo thin a dropferene: but I cannot agree with him. I rather think the words are "misplaced, and ought to ftand thus; So thick a drop hath quencht their orbs ferene. About the latter end of the fourth book, we have 'Satan alarm'd, Colleiling all his might dilated flood, Like Tentriff or Atlas unremov'd : His Stature reach'dthe Sky, and on his Crefi, Sat Horror plum'd. Avery pretty Image truly! as if Milton would ever have thought of dreffing Horror up with uplume of Feathers. I'll warrant you he fpoke it, -on his Crefi Sat Horror plumb. Horror fitting plumb upon Satan's Creft gives us an Image really dreadful. Belides, plumb is a word made ufe of by our Poet in other places: for inftance, in the firft book i All unawares Fluttering his pennons vain plumb down he drops, Ten thoufand fathom deep. A little after this we find, The Fiend lookt up, and knew His mounted Scale aloft.. Very pretty! if his Scale was mounted, it muft he aloft ; but fure Milton could never be guilty of fuch tautology. Depend upon it- he defigned, His mounted Scale aloof. Seeing it aloof, or at a diftance, gives us, an Idea of its being mounted to fome purpole. I could give you fbme hundreds of Emendations: but as I defign to publifh an Edition of this Author, I fhall content myfelf wirh giving you only one more at prefent. It is in the feventh book!, where fpeaking of the Creation of Fifh, he is made to 6y, �-Part, flngle or with mate, Grauthe Sea weed their pajiure; and thro' Groves Of Coral Jlray.- I wonder any man can have, patience to read fuch fluff. Here the Sea is represented like a Garden over-run with weeds. Who ever heard of weeds growing upon the Sea? Take my word it ought to be, Graze the Sea Wood, &c. Our Author is fpeaking here evidently of the Coral, which is a woody or fhrubby Subftance, according to Pliny, L. xxxii. C. z. Forma efiFruticis, color viridis. And tho'it is hard, when brought to us; yet it is fofr, and eatable under water. We have Ovid's Authority that it is. mollis herba fub undis : and Pliny fays of its Berries, that they are candid* fub aqua, ac molles , and adds, ex-tmpt&confeflim durantur & rubefcttnt* quaficoma fativa fpecie at que magnitudine. It was'this wodd of fhrub then that the Fifh graz'd j not the Sea weed, which has no Exiftence, except in the Brains of thefe who cannot lee Wood for Trees. Pray, my good Friend, let me have your Journals every week j fori fhall'not trouble my lei" with any other News paper. I am, Yours affectionately, Zoituj.' LONDON. Thursday, Feb. z6. Yefterday, at the fittings at Guildhall in the Court of King's-Bencb, came on a Tryal between Mils Holt, of Hackney, Plaintiff, and Knox Ward, Efqj Defendant, a-bout the latter's promifing to marry her, after a long Courtfhip, but afterwards marrying another. The Contract being proved by Letters, under his hand, the Jury brought in a verdict for Mrs. Holt of znoo I Courant. " The Daily Journal addr, that Mr. Waid's Council urged, that as the Lady was not of full age at the rime of the Promife, the Engagement on her fi^e could not be' binding, and therefore fhe could not be infilled to an Action for the Breach of it on h!s > which point Jie is at liberty to argue before the Court of King's-Bench. The fame day the Seflions began at the Old Bai^y, when the following Malefactors were convicted cap^Hy, viz.' Francis Hackabout, frr robbing Aaron Durell, and George Bailyof money, a watch and other th:ngs; Peter Rivers and John Carter, foralfaulting Henry Howard on the Highway, and felonioufly- taking from him 3 s. 4 d in money, a pair of filver buckles, and other things; and Richard Han-fon, for robbing Daniel Beaufort on the High-way of a bever hat, and a rofe hat-band value 20 s. Ibid. The Daily Journal reads Heckerby for Hackabout. Laft night his Grace the Arcbbifhop of Cantetbury lay at the point of Death, at his Palace at Lambeth. FoflBoy. About a quarter paft 10 o'clock on monday night laft, Mr. Cubbert, a nored Peruke-maker, at the uvper end of Pall-mall, was fet upon by three Street robbers, in Fen-church-ftreet. Two of them took him by the Collar, and demanded his Purfe; he laid he had none: the other came up, and prelented a Piftol to his breaft, and fwore if he did not deliver his money, &c. be was a dead Man; whereupon the other-two learched him, and found j Guineas in his Fob, and made off with their Booty un-difcovfr'd. ibid. On laturday night laft, a Woman well drefs'd was taken out of the New River, drowned, near Sadler's Wells; and on monday fhe was buried at GierkenWel'. On tue� day fhe was taken up and fearched, upo.i; fufpicion of her having been murder'd, and was immediately put into the Ground again : and we do not hear that it is known who fhe was. Ibid. The walking match which was compleated laft friday noon, being performed in 10 minutes lefs than the time ftipulated, by a Poulterer of Leadeuhall-market, who walked 100 miles in lefs than 27 hours; occalioned the promoting divers other batches of the like kind, which were put by by the Conftables. Flying Foft. They tell us from Wootron-under-edge, that a Perfbn won a wager there, by e3ting 4 pounds of Bread, a quartern of Potatoes, ti Pies and Puddingy. He was to eat all this in half an hour, and performed it in 4 minutes lefs than the time. Ibid. Laft week came on the Election of a'Member for Biitiport, in the room of Col.James Pelham, the Candidates were Mr. Dukes and Mr. Bennet; the former was choftn, Mr. Bennet having declined the Poll. One Col. Broadrefs fell down in an apoplectick fit, and died foon after he had polled. Even. Fofi, St. James's Even. and Lond. Even. The Scheme for laying open the ?aft-India trade (of
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