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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - April 30, 1730, London, Middlesex The Grub-ftreet Journal. Numb. 17, CJutgdap, april 30. 1730. 1 Here all his Suffering brotherhood retire ; And fcape the martyrdom of jakes and fire. Dunciad, B. I. Thetwo following Letters (the former of which, in a particular manner, concerns our Members) having been read to the Society, were ordered to be printed. To Mr. Deputy James Jones, Wade-paper Merchant, in the Long-walk near Smithfieid. Dear Jones, F you have not quite forgotten your old Friend, let me know it. In the laft age we maintained a conftant correspondence} of which! beg I may not be deprived, tho' my privileges in other respects are now much increased. Time was, I confined my Self to one poor Kland, ----- and was content with the freedom of the city of London: but now I am become a denizoo of the whole globe, and have the choice of forty kingdoms to live in. Aod tho' the novelty and variety with which I daily meet in my travels, afford me a continual diverfion; yet I cannot forget the pains and the pleaiurc we have often taken together, in consulting the peace and happinefs of mankind, by bundling up whole heaps of the Wo.ks of the Learned, and throwing them into your dark repository of humaoe literature. The Spirit of the brain, diftilled by the" he.it of the imagination, like fbme chemical Preparations, when ex-pofed to the air, is apt to fmoke, to take fire, to crack, and bounce, to the no fmall disturbance of the neighbourhood. Nay the very iniipid phlegm, and even the caput moituutn of the brain, after this chemical operation, being mixed with ink, and fpred upon paper, have the fame combuftible, noily qualities, with the fpirits themfclves. Bur, to thy immortal honour be it fpoken, it is in thy power to iupprefi this noife, to extingu fh this flame, and todifpeil thisfmoak, fo as they (ball give no more offence to the eyes, cars, and nofes of Christian people. How often have I been an eye-witnefi of thy particular regard to my leif, and other Authors of the fame dais, in piling up our Works above the reach of the tailed and mod gigantic Critic! Long, learned, and laborious Commentaries upon the Scriptures ufuiliy formed the bafis of the Structure: upon which were raifed a great number of Sermons and theological Difcouiies. Controversies in Divinity, and Politics, fupported on both fides by the fame texts differently interpreted, defended by fcholaftic difttndtions, and confirmed by authorities of great weight, lay very heavy upon the Expositors of Scripture. Next to thefe wee placed Coutroverfies in Phytic, tending equally to the health of the body natural, as the former do to that of the foul, and of the body politic. Hi (lories of our own, and of foreign na tions, giving a dirferenr, and fometimes a contradictory account, of the fame transactions, and yet all profeffing the ftricteft impartiality and voracity, were laid all Together in the next rank. Upon thele were fpred PhiJo-foghical pieces, with a fubftratum of Mathematical Demonstrations, made eafy in an unintelligible manner to the meaneft capacity. Philofophy was prefled down ve ry clofe by Philological Books, and Pamphlets, Novels, Plays, Poems, &c. But fuperior to all appeared Daily and Weekly Ports, and Journal?, &c. which being written in hade, and containing light trivial matters, upon a thin, weak paper, required, and received from you the greateft inftances of tenderneis and care. In this dilpontion of the materials which compofed this Structure of erudition, all the world muft acknowledge your great intellectual and moral qualifications. Nothing could better manifeft your skill in this kind of architecture, and your regard to found doctrine, contained in the voluminous Works of thofe learned and painful Divines,* Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Henry,&c. than to make them the foundation of the whole learned edifice. Your great love of peace and union is confpicuous in your continual endeavours to reconcile the mod bitter -advcrfaries j whom, thoJ at never fo great a diihnce, you bring near one another, and oblige them even to lie dole together, without the lead difturbance. Thus you happily put an end to the'altercations among the Nonjurors, about .the neccSTity of mixing wine and water in the Eucharift, gtc. and to thofe among fome Bifhops and Deans, about the nature of Chrift's kingdom, &c. When polemical Writers in the heat of the argument make digreffions to things altogether foreign to the �rft fubject of the controverfy, (which is generally dune,) and rhe world begins to be tired with reading and buying* (which after a while it always is;J you then fiep in to the affiftance of the Book-fellers on both iides of the quertion, and by purchasing the whole remaioder of the impreiTion, put an end to the whole difpute. Thus you evidently prove yourl'elf that in reality, which the old Gentleman at Rome only pretends to be, The fu preme, infallible Judge of controverfy, to whofe final decision all perfons are obliged to fubmit. But your authority and power extend much farther than he even pretends to carry his : for you determine controversies in Phyfic, and other Arts and Sciences, as infallibly, as thofe in Divinity. And therefore it is hop il io, 173c. IPerfuade my felf, that the following copy of a Bill from a Welch Surgeon to one of his Patients will not be a difagreeable entertainment to the generahty of' y.-.ur Readers. I allure you it is matter of fact, the original Bill (of which this is a copv) being in a Lawyer's hands: fo that, in all probability, a law-fuit will commence between our ancient Briton and the Lady, who has a heavy charge laid againft ber, nf Hatred, Malice, Envy. &c and running away from and breaking the isin-doxes of hur Surgeon, which has confequrntly put bur Welch b:ood in a ferment. Your inferring this in your next Journal will oblige "Yours unknown, 8 S. Dr. Davey Shones his Bill, ar Ofweftrey, for Mrs. Suefanna Madox. Nov. 9, I7*9- FO R drefing hur mortify'd elcere upon hur Lege, and clen it from din kin, with fprits of Chamfire, Tinct. Myrhe, an udder dings prapor for 49 ti^ns. if tims it coft me is. 6 6. evry tim before I cow'd get the ftinkin fleffe away, and the oder 34 tims- For lancin and fcallin the boune'-� For ungts. ols, and linimt. to anointe the , ftinkin Lege -- -' For pills aurea guilded with goulde-- For drams and cordiolls for hur and hur; companeons -^ For lodgen, care, and attendunce uppon < bur .-� �- '-1 For runnin away, and hindrin me to have \ tim to make bur cure to purBcteon- J For envy, hatred, and mallis, and i'l-wil in Spaaung. uttrin, and purnouncin fev-1 rail reflections, and fuls ftorees uppon 1 me and my hous - -- -- For brekin my glas in the glas windos wkh Z hur hors is no*. j ~-~ ^ s. d. 10 a 7 7 7 6 6 6 iz 6 10 o 11 Q 1. 10 9 4
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