Grub Street Journal, May 21, 1730

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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - May 21, 1730, London, Middlesex Cf>m#&ap, mat 21. 1730. Shall i�e not cenfun all the mot/y Train, Whether with Ale irriguous, or Champaign ? Whether they tread the yak of Trofe, or climb, And whet their appetites on cliffs of Rhyme? Young's 1 Epift. to Mr. Pope. HEN in our laft we inferred * fhort Account of a curious piece of Realbn-ing, in the Preface to a certain Epiftle to Mr. A. Pope ; we had not read the Epiftle it felf, which merits a more ferious treatment. We hare been informed, that the Perfon Bioft COnccrn'd difappro-ved our taking even that Notice of it. However, no private Confideration muft prevent us from purfuing the General Ddign and Duty, of our Paper, which .is to record the Productions of Grub-frreet, and to prove our impartiality, not only by remarking upon fuch of our unhappy Brethren, as (not * unfrequently) chance to fall into Immoralities or Scandals, but by doing Juftice to our greateft Enemies, of which we have now a glorious Opportunity, even to Mr. Pdpe. We muft be forCd to own, this Piece, tho' truly Grub-ftreet, will be taken for a Libel, till the Fafts flerted in it are proved, and till it be known Who are the Authors that aflert 'cm. For all Accafations againft � Man's Character, without an Atttfltr, are in Moral fconefty trefum'i Slanders and Lyes; and the Perfohs vho publifh fucb without full Proof (tho' they may be Members of our Society, tho' they may ftyle them-ielyes ever lb Gentlemanly, nay, tho' they were Knights of tbt Bathos) will be accounted Lvtfcsand Scoundrels. To remove fo great a Blot from Our Gentlemen, we sere publickly invite any PerfoQ of Credit and Character to ftand forth and atteft any of the following Facts, which are contain'd in the laid Paper. Who will be fo good as to fay ? that he bath feen or known of, any Profe or Verfe work of Mr. Pope's, call'dTta Progrefs of DuUn'tfsi or by any other Title, which included a Satire on any Branch of Science whatever betides what is now contain'd in the Dunciad ? Pref. pag. 6. v That the late Duke of Buckingham paid any Penfion to Charles Gildon, which he took from him fince bis acquaintance with Mr. P. Notes, p. a a. That the prcfent Archbifhop of Canterbury hath paft any Cenfure on Mr. P. Epift. p. 11 That Mr. P. ever writ, or fpoke, compKmental'y, or over civilly, of or to Ch-rs Ibid. That Mr. F--ri and he ever were at diflance or variance with each other. Ibid. That the Rev. Mr. Br-me ever aflerted or com-plain'd, he was net gratify'd with a competent Slim for his Share in the OdylTey ; nay did not own that he thought himfelf highly paid. lb. 19. That Mr.' Addifon or any other but Mr. P. writ, or alter'd, one line of the Prologue to Cato. Ibid. ri. Who will name any young Writer, altewlc? to Have Merit; that hath been perlbrially difcourag'd by him; or who hath not received either actual Services, of amicable Treatment from him? ibid. 8. Who will inftance any one riotous, lewd, drunken, or indecent Action, at any time by him committed ? or any unpundtual dealing between Man and Man ? or nameone perion to whom he owes a Shilling, or a Couplet ? lb. 18. 19.  Who will give any inftance of his Avarice, Or want f Hofpitality, Bounty, or Charity to any Friend, Acquaintance, or needy deferving Perfon? Or of his taking money, penfion, or prefent, for praifing or iatyrizing any one in his Life I lb. 20. Whoever will teftify any of thefe things, which you have afferted of Mr. Pope, (hall receive for reward, the Panegyricks of all our Society. But We muft here fuggeft to our Brethren a Caution or two. It Would be proper fotne body who knows fhould tell i}s punctually what is Mr. Pope's Eftate? without which, it will be very hard to judge Whether he is avaricious or not ? We would dlfo ask two Qaeftions : one in regard to what is faid pf his Learning Greek, fince Folks will be apt to think he could not well fail, during his long Employment upon Homer, to do that in ten years, which every Lad at the School and Univer-lity-caa-iq.three. My Queftion therefore is, which of you Gentlemen "hath txamin'i him, and is fure he is mors ignorant than himfelf ? The other is, tohat Evidence will you produce, in a point you hint at, (doubtiefs of great importance to the Commonwealth of Learning) Whether Mr. Pope be, or be net, * Woman's Man t Since he has no Wife of his own to appeal to, can any of your Wives or Daughters bear Teftimony in it ? Or will you procure it from a Lady (fuppos'd to have fome band in this piece) who has confidently reported He once was vhipt; and 'tis thought very well knows, whether or no he flood in need of fucb an operation? That Lady is a Woman of'Honour ; and if (he affirms it, the thing is clear-But methinks it is a little hard in you to take away All Mr. Ps. jtbili-tiesi fince you allow him none as a writer. You aflure us in the firft page he is a bad Poet; nay hardly allow him that, for you fay in the next, he is only a Stealer froitt bad Poets and Dunces: (It is ftrange he (hould chufe to' fteal from fitch; but if lb, you have juft caufe to complain of tnvafion of Property.) You aflure us, he is not even a Vtrfifytr, but fteals the Sound of his Verfes: (To fteal a Sound is fure as ingenious as to P>i:t an Eccho-, and I wilh, for the fake of Harmony, we too had this Secret.) In page 1 a. he is as bad as Ogilby-nay as Mr. Rbwe. In page 13 he is dull, he is lively, he is quick, he is languid. In the remaining Pages, people like him tea welli he has too many Friends, he lives at Eafe, and is pretty well to pafs. All this, my Friends, we cannot poflibly help, and in Chriftian Charity fhould be foiry for. But the Devil is what follows. Your Preface forely complains, that lome of you (I hop'd all) had been abufed without Provocation. ' But Gentlemen fhould confider, that to fome people Dul-nefs is provoking; and that in fuch cafe, to call Gentlemen dull is no abuie, tho' it may be a Rudenefs. You cannof beif, Gentlemen fhould be treated as Vermine and Reptiles. Now, to be impartial, you were compar'd to Flying pipes, Swallows, Oftriches, Didappers, Tortoifss, and Parrots; not Vermine, but curious and beautiful Creatures. You complain of being rank'd with the dulleft Sedfts:. ("You great Wits have fhort memories, for you fee5 there' i� ho haft in the whole Lift) and with the dull-eft Men. Alas! alas my Brethren, what will your Enemies fa"y,.when you fpeak thus of Each other ? But I jfray, Gentlemen, do not you your leives take" too much Liberty ? Let us lay the laddie oh the right Beaft (Horfe I mean). What Pravocations could your un-kridwri Hbdours ever receive, from any of thofc Eminent Perlbns, who never heard of your names, and whom you have abufed in this" v"ery Poem, What Injury has been done any of you by the late Duke of Buckingham ? whom you call a vile Poet ; and bad Judge. Page 1. What by the Learned Bifliop Atterbury? whom you call a Blockhead, and* Bungler. Page 16. What by the Ingenious Dr. Arburthnott and Dr. Swift ? both whom you excriminate in your Preface, snd yet call the onfl * jguack, a Pedant, &c. p. 16. and the other fomethsng wcrfe. p. 20. What by Mr. Jcrvas, his Majefty's Principal Painter ? whom ) ou call a 'Breaker of God's Commandments, p. 17. What by the Right Honourable the E. of Burlington, the Lord Rathurflr, or others ? to whom you Gentlemen, thatprofels your leives lb will bred, have given as bard names, as to the reft. 'Tis true, you have at prefent omitted thefe laft, in a fober fear of Cudgels and ScMtidalum Magnatum but you have fet Afterisks, with a promife. to re-place them hcreaiter. p. 16. And may probably make i: good, as feen as thofe Noble Lords fball be either in their Graves, or oat of the Kngdom: Witnefs the Duke of Buckingham, and Bifhop of Ro-chefter, whom Gentlemen may fxfely Ibel. But, my Brethren, to carof-Tt ycu after what I have laid (perhaps with Severity, but the Severity of a Friend} Your Poem is infinitely more innocent than the Dunciad, For in the one, there's no Man abufed but is very well pleas'd to be abus'd in fuch Company; whereas in the other there's no Man fo much as named, but is extremely affronted to be rank'd.with fuch people, as ftileeach other The dulltft of Men. The foregoing Paper having been read by Mr. Mjevivs, and approved 5 Mr. Pamphletkero complained to the Society of a paragraph in Fcg's Journal of laft laturday, whkh ho .read as follows; ' If you will examine the Pamphlet, called Ohfirva-' tions on the Treaty of Seville, fuppofed to be writ tea ' by a profound Politician ; if you will lock into feve-c ral-other Pp'pers, which come from the fame Quarter, ' you will find it there pofitively aflerted, that it was tha  moft fersne Powers of Grue-Street, that hindered the ' K. of S- from accepting the pro-bifional Treaty, &c. This, he faid, he believed was a downright calumny, and that there was no fuch Reflection made in the Observations, &c. However, if there were, it was a ground-lefs Reflection, the generality of this ancient Society being extremely well affected to his Majefty, and the prefent Miniftry. In proof of this, he laid it was known, that feveral wrote.weekly Diflcrtations in defence c� the Adminitfration, particularly the two /uthns of the London Journal: who have brought fuch unanfwer-able arguments in defence of Places and Penllons, that as Auncus, in his letter published in the Cratts-mah of laft faturday, juflly obferves, ' Every good fubject will ' agree with the orthodox Writer of the London Jodr-c nal, That there is no reafon why a brave mah, who ' has worthily ferved the Public, fliould be incapucU * tared to firve it any longer, becaufe he is rewarded bf ' the Pubic. Upon this Mr. Orthodoxo faid, that as to the loyalty of either of thofe Gentlemen he had no objection,.but he wondered why Mr. Auucus fhould give either of then* the Title of Orthodox, which they fcemed both to deA pife. And that tho' they profejlcd great humanity to all mankind, yet they had treated his proftlBon with the greateft inhumanity in the fullowing paragraph in their hft Journal. c But ibme knowledge in Natural or Experimental ' Philofophy he may ealily obtain: 'tis a noble Study, � for befides the pleafure which attends thole Relearche's, ' it will infpire him with great and fublime Ideas of the [ Author of Nature; and which is more, it will infalli-1 bly teach him the Will of his Creator, and his own. ' Duty. The ftudy of this book of nature will fave him ;

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