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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - April 16, 1730, London, Middlesex Cfmoefcaji, APRIL 16. 1730. - Faciei lucrum bibliopola 'fryptwn. Mart. Epig. L. xiii. Ep. 3. Die Mercarii, Ap. if, 1730. , HI S day having been appointed "j for the election of a Book ;!er, I there was a very numerous appearance at the Pegafus. Many letters from Bookfejkrs in all parts of the Town were read 3 which being written in a very different ftile, and fpelt after a different manner, yielded great variety of diverfion to the Society ; and will, no doubt, yield the fame to the Public, When it fhalJ be rbought proper to print them. As the letter of thr great Kirleus, which was published in our Journal, Numo.4. was much fuperior to all the reft: So the party which appeared for him feemed to be fo; who thought they had fecured his election by putting up a-gamfthim aperfon, who, tho'very famous in the world,-yet made no great figure in the trade, having been but newly ftt up. This Perfon was Captain L. Gulliver, who by the advice of fome friends at Dublin^ and the incouragenient of fome copies ftnt from thence, had lately removed from Reddriff, and opened a Shop near Tetnple-btr. The friends of Mr. Kirleus, not doubting but that tbey fhould carry the ejection, were very eager for putting it to the vote: when, to their great furprize, Orthodoxo flood upland made the following fpecch.. �' Gentlemen, Tho* it be certain, that fome or other " of this Society, as writing upon all karned fubje&s, m are frequently publilhing books in oppofition to re-ct vcaled religion, and in favour ,of immcxaiity : yet, -*� fince the name of the Author is feldom put to any fuch pieces, they can no otherwiie be known to " belong to our Members^ than by the flile and nun-�* ner of them. And therefore,- as the Society cannot '* fix them upon any particular perfons* they cannot-�** pafs fo effectual a cenfiure upon thofc pcrfans, as tbey *' defign, whenever the Authors have the impudence to *' put their names in the title page, Qf this they gave "**-in inftance in their cehfure 01 a reverend Renegade, ** in their Journal, Numb. 15. and tbe fame day, Ap 1. " they parted a Hefolutionj to difoQuntenance all their *' Members who endeavour to promote the caufe of In-*' fidelity and Immorality With this reiblution, I ima-* fiine, it will not Item very confiftenr, to chofe a per* ** ron for out Book feller, who has been very inftru-41 mental m corrupting the manners of the age. Mi * Kirleus has not only reprinted til the lewd books he eouH cofitect, written in Englifh 5 but UkewUe taken " care to get a great number to be translated out of fo-�* reign languages : of which feveral Gentlemen here prefent, if thej thioft proper, can give, I believe, the "** mohV convincing proof. In this f jrt qf trade he be-* eamc fo eminent, as to give oecation. to the inrkh-rug* of our language with a new term j fUthy diC ** eoujie having- now for feveral years been called* hy, ** the pojitc part of the world, Gtnbfro. Of. which ele-* gatrt worn I winder that our laborious, and learned *' Brother N. Bailey, of '-oufc-of fiis proper- bufineli Thus if a. Book-feller *" feodd1 tefl1 me, thai Coh FRiNCisco was. a very ho> " nefi and cqafte perfilni that aJf which had bean, fw^cn **� and &&& againft Mm was falfe, and confequently that '* I might fafely truft him with my money and wife " this might be juftly accouated a lie. But if the fame "perfon ftiould afflirc me, that the Bifhop of Bangor " Wrote The Trynl of the Wrtitlffes, -in order to prorrrote tl the /ale of itj this, tho' perhaps no truer than the " o:her, yet would not properly come under the notion " of lying. The reafon is: becaufe in the former cafe, " the Book feller, acting out of bis sphere, ought to fpeak " the truth, his inteieft being noc concerned whtreas * in the latter, his right to promote h s own iotereft in " his own proper bufine/s, is antecedent, and confe-" quently fuperiorj to my right to a true information. " The falfhood in this cafi is of the fame nature wirh t: that, which your well-bred, religious perfons oblige " their fervants to tell 3lmoft every hour in the day, c It -Has vcrit-" ttn 6y fuch a perfon j Ii fill! exirtmrly mil i I have " hut fa �M�p Uft i I fell it for I'ft; &c. tho" *' they all contain faithoods, ytt tbey are talfhoods of of fuch a nature, as the ignorance, acarice, and imper-" tinence of buyos have rendered seceflary 5 infomuch <c that without them it is morally impoflible to carry " on a trade to any confiderafck advantage. '< This being premifed naturally prepares the way for " a" juft vindication of the Book-fellers in general, and " of my friend in particular, as to the printing and pub-" lifhing of fuch books, as are common:y called fmutty �' or bawdy. As to thsfe there is a gvtat difference. For �' the defign of fome of tfaern is to give a true hifto-" rkal account of former tjaRfa^Jorrlr, which may ilrve �' as precedents in detei mining the like cafes which may �' happen, fuch as dfu ef m^attntj and druorc;, &c. " Others are defigned ropromote natural knowledge, as � The uft effltggipg, Arttf tiipig, Art of getting fntty " thiUren, Mjfttries of ttmjugai love, &c. which ail St tend very much to the good of the public, by in-" citing to the propagation of a found and vigorous o�t-c� {bring. And Books of Novels, if the events are un-" fortunate, ate ufefnl to deter young perfons from fol- lowing the like lafcivious courfts. Mow if the abufe " of writings of this fcfnd be an argument againft the " ufi of theroj it wiir bold equally firorg againft books " of Anatomy, Surgery, Midwifery, &c. which arc ail c" perverted by the natural cofrirptkm of fome readers *' to the promoting of lewdnefs and debanchery. � Nay evea as to thofe- bcinksj which, having been " written fclcly with a defign itr corrupt theyrnin<Js of" " perfons, contain lewd d'efcripttors of ferries of luft, c� and therefore may juftly he called bivd/'by way of ct etaiBenep, even thef? htve often an cfrcc.1 conrrary to that which was originally intt-ndVd. For ac-<� cording to the bte Duke of Buckingham's iuft obfer-" vaticrt, ........Qbfctm wrfj, tio ~%reft to move defire, like heaps ef fr�ci do but choke the fire. " fo that pofiibiy fome well difpofed perfons may fell triem, ** as (what they rea'iy are to thofe of an eicgar.t tafre) " Antidotes agevinft lechery. And with this view, per-** hi*ps^ the cboieefi.pieces collected out of Rocbfier, I " and punted nnder the title of The Cabinet of Lave, " are publicly expofed to- file at a low price, like penny I c' fermoos, for the benefit of the jpbor. " But fetting afide ail thefe favourable conftrnctions, j " fuppofiag eve� that theft books in sli probability will i � have a very bad effect ; yet a Book-feller way law-I " �h% puUiftv arid fell thfm, in order to provide a com-; " fortablfr fufc&ftence for his hnnily. If, indeed, aifioe-" maker fhoufd pretend to do this, it would be alto-� gecher unlawfal-, becanfe it would' be going, beyond " his laft, and a<fti�g out of his proper caning. But to " puhlifh and fell oeeks, being the proper buiinefi of a " Book ftlltfr, he may do it, without inquiring concern-!C ing tbeif contents, any faTther t'"jn whether they are " likely to feU or not: antf he is no more anfwerable u for the ill effeds which may be produced by them, "than a Cutler or a Gunfmirfi, for the murders com-" mitred with {w ine among the ganefalky-of the Trade; and their practice eyery day wrifies their fipm belief-of the truth of it. And e Mr. Prefident declared Capt. L� Gulmtbr duly elects l-"-k-.n-ller to the Society. Ty. ' opy of vetfis feat by out Gorre- &{;*..-..� >y. ..�v�-... Sou!s> being written in a very oifFerent ltrain from- t>:-'''^pi(He of Culi^Alo Mtsntonir it was thought proper t |pub!ift% them. The Author of? that Epifffe is a latent n. miber of our Society, and o�e who believes the Morti-' ;Y, of the foul, and its jnmt?mft I with the body, as isyew... it from the 1 concluding lines,

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