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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - June 4, 1730, London, Middlesex The Grub-ftreet Journal &ar0Dap, JUNE 4. 1730. Who*flings moft filthy and wide pollutes around, The ftream, be bis the Weekly Journals bound. Punciad, B. II. 3flBSi5BB.R- Pamphutiero defir'd leave to read to q^P&B^n the Society a paragraph or two out of the Utt i8P London Journal, May 30. which he did, tffifflaSB �5 follows. ' The vilionary and whimfi-KsSEESo ' cal, the disappointed and envious, poor * and idle Fellows, half-Scholars, and fcatce * lulf- Wits, have been always troubling the World with * Schemes of Reformation.-Mr. Qkthoddxo, begging pardon for the interruption, faid The obicrvation was very juft, and that this very Author had given a verj flagrant inftance of the truth of it in his Journal of May 16, where he had recommended the ltudy of natural or experimental Philofophy, to the intire exclufion of Divinity; and had propofed to reform the world by the reading of the book of Nature, which book alone he affirmed would infa/iibiy teach a man the will of his Creator, and his ozvn duty, and five him the trouble of reading any other Books. Then Mr. Pamphleteero proceeded : c We fwarm at * this time with State Mountebanks, Political Quacks, * and Reforming Vermin; who, without a Shilling in ' their Pockets to buy a Dinner, and without one Vir-' tue to cover 'em from Infamy, write Satyrs upou the * Age, and cry aloud for Orthodoxy in the Church, and � againft Corruption in the State. � Some faucy pert < Fellows, through their own ill conduct thrown upon * the World, offer the fervice of their Pen to a Great � man for Bread, and humbly beg to become fordid Ad-' vosatesjor Power, and Patrons of Venality: but fancy- * ing, that they are not rewarded equal f_he means * equally] to their Merit* they ftrut, look big, vow re- * venge, and immediately turn Pamphleteers and Jour- * nalills againft the Government. Nonjuring Jacobite * Priefts, fhabby, wandring, vicious, ignorant Parfons < without a Cure, Night-Houfe-Wits, aod beggarly Poe- * taftets, are our great fribbling Statefmen, and railing * Advocates for publick National Faith, and public Ro- < man virtue. Thus far our Author. Mr. Prelident, Tho* this Society paiTed a Refolutio n, Jan. z 1. nottopublifh any Political Differtations in their Journal, yet fince feveral of our Members do it weekly in; other Papers, thofe Difiertations come properly under our cognizance, and we ought to commend or cenfure thole, whofe labours in that kind delerve either our approbation or auimadverfion. And I think we fhould take particular care, as far as we are able, to promote civility and politenefs among thofe of different Parties ; and oblige them to treat one another like Gentlemen, with decency and good manners. But abo76 all, we fhould hinder, as much as poiTible, all fcandalous Reflections upon the Perfons or ProfeJfions of each other. On this account I thought proper to read to you the foregoing paragraph, in which the Author abufes feveral learned Perfons among you, with the moft opprobrious names, calling them vifionary, whtmfical, difappointtd, envious, poor, idle fellows, Half-fcholars, fear ce Half-wits, State Mountebanks, Political Shsachs, Reforming Vermin; faucy pert Fellows) nonjuring Jacobite Priefts ; flabby, wandring, vicious, ignorant Parfons without a Cure ; Night-H* vfe-wits and beggarly Poetaflers. This ftrain of Rhetoric he certainly learned in our Society, and which may properly be ufed towards fome perfons, and on fome occafions.- but it is bafe and ungrateful in him, to turn this artillery againft us- The upbraiding lbme of us with our poverty and inability to buy a dinner, is a plain proof, that notwithstanding his averfibn to Divinity, he has not preferved his Humanity. The want of virtue (a want in his opinion much lefs to be dreaded than the want of a dinner) which he objects to us in the next place, is a vile, geoe-ral afperfion, built on no other foundatiou than a political Maxim, always aflerted by the Superior, and as con-ftantly denied by the inferior, Party. The maxim is this, That whoever write againft the prefent admini-/Iration of the Government, have not one virtue to cover 'tmfrom infamy. Which is equally true with that Maxim generally received by Dedicators, That all thole who are at any time io the Adminiftration, while they continue therein, have all the virtues which can adorn the brighteft character. Some cf yoo,Gcntkmea, it ieems, hnvecftrfj the fervice of your pen to a Great man for bread; but fan-eying your feives not rewarded according to your merit, you firut, look big, (at which I much wonder, iince you have now neither money in your pockets, nor dinner, in your belly) vow revenge, and immediately turn Pamphleteers and Journalifls againft th: Government. In this accufa-tion I fee nothing that bears hard upon you, but the imputation of pride and vanity, which made you overvalue your ferviccs, and defcrt your Patrons. And indeed if the cafe be as this Gentleman has reprefented it, I think you are inexcufable. For not only Poverty and Pride are very inconliftent j but you have likewife acted very inconfiitently with your own offers, and your own intcrefts. You had offered the fervice of your pen to a Great man for bread. Did he not give you that, and meat-with it ? If he did, why was you diiTatisfied, and fo ambitious as to grafp at more ? Why were you fo ungrateful as to turn againft the Great man who fed you ? Had you continued th3t, which, it Seems, you had humbly btgged to bee mf, viz. fordid Advocates of power, and Patrons of venality (:ho' poor Patrons who wrote for bread) you had then become WhoU-fcholars and Whole-wits; you had had the inward comfort of a dinner; and the outward cloak of virtue to cover you from infamy, and might have made in ail refpects as good a figure as this learned and loyal Gentleman. But I prefume the Reprefentation is intirely, or at leaft partly falfe, and that you either never m2de any fuch tffers, or elfe declined the performance of them upon better motives. However, be the cafe as it will, fuch language is unjuftifiable, and altogether unfit to be ufed by one learned Gentleman towards another. Then Mr. Orthodoxo fpoke in the following manner; Tho* the Obfervarions made by thcGentleman who fpoke laft are very juft, as far as he has proceeded, yet I think the latter Part of the Paragiaph in queftion much worfe than the former, ' Nonjuring Jacobite Priefts, fhabby, � wandring, vicious, ignorant Parfons without a Cure,  Night-houfs Wits, and beggarly Poet-tafters, are our .� great fcrihbliug Siattfmen, and railing Advocates for ' public na'ional faith, and public Roman virtu;. This is a muft falft and malicious repreientaticn of our Society, as if it incoura^ed Perfons who are not only dif-affectrd, but duckred enemies to the prefent happy Efta-blifhment. As I have by taking the oaths qualified my lclf to hoid thaf preferment I injoy (with which, tho' not very confiderabie, I am p-rfectly Satisfied) I cannot look upon my Self, as particularly aimed at under the names of Jacobite Pritjl. or Par/on without a Cure. Nor do 1 know-any of my Brethren, who are concerned in writing Political Pjpers, who can come under either of thefe denominations. But even in cafe Some nonjuring Jacobite Priejl had Sent a Political letter to our Brother Fog, which he had printed in his Journal, if it were fence and truth in it felt, would the political opinions of the Author make it degenerate into nonfence. or talfe-hood ? Or could this great change in any writing be effected Solely by'the circumftmcesof the Writer j who may perhaps be a [hubby, wandering, vitious, ignorant Par/onj and yet capable enough of transcribing the Sentiments of virtuous and learned men? If a vicious and ignorant Clergy-man advance any thing of his own head, I think it ought ro be examined very carefully by the Reader ; who will indeed be naturally very backward to be Swayed at all by fuch authority. But 1 cannot See the reaSonableneSs of what this Gentleman has added to cotnplcat 'he character of a fliakby, wandering, vicious, ignorant Parfon, and render him altogether unworthy of the leaft regard, that he is without a Cure. It is true, the two former parts of this character may be removed by a good Cure, and a flabby, wandering Parfon may thereby become a Spruce and Settled Divine : but preferment, I fear, has no tendency to remove the two latter parts of the character, vice and ignorance, and to render a Clergyman virtuous and learned. If therefore Such a PerSon be vicious and ignorant, it fignifics nothing in this argument, whether he be lb with, or without a Cure* Nay, let a man be very learned and virtuous, and have likewife very good Preferment; yet this can give him no advantage m cofltroverfial Writing, over one who is in a meaner and more unfettled condition. Does this Gentlemanhimfelf pay a greater deference to the reafonings of theBifliop of Sr. David's, than to thoie of Mr. Woofc- ston, becaufe the former has a very large Cure, and tre latter is a flabby, wandering Parfon without any ? What then makes the difference in the cafe, and eu'es one flab* by wandering, rye. Parfon a prerogative above another ? Heterodoxy. This covers a" multitude of Sins. And this Gentleman frankly declares in this very Journal, * I ' nev^r knew any orthodox men, who had juft notions c of Morality ; and, I think, from the Nature of their c Heads, 'tis impoffible they fhould. This is proncune'd cx Cathedra, and with all the affurance of Old Infallible: in imitation ot whom, he has lately exercis'd two iiluftrious Acts of fupreme Authority. One in his Joum� Numb. 563. where he eftablifhed a new Canon of Scrip* ture, removing the Books of the Old and New Tefta-ment, aad fubftituting in their Head the Book of Nature, His words are quoted in our Journ. Numb. 20.,_The other is in his Journ. Numb 564. being the laft but one, where he has taken upon hira intirely to alter the old Martyrology, ftiiking out at once all the Martyrs of Antiquity, and placing in their room a new fct of Saints* even the Rebels of Forty one. "His words are theft : ' They fought for us, and they perifhed for us: Theft ' were Martyrs indced\ not to idle Opinions and fenfleft ' Speculations; but to their Country, io Virtue, to tit c Laws And Liberties of England; and we, their happT ' fons, reap the benefit of thofe virtues here, which en-c titled them to fo great a fharc cf happiuefs hereafter. Thefe Patriots were firft canonized by Pope Baxter, who placed therrf in The Saints everlafiing Refi ; which did not prove fo to them : for in the next edition after the Reftoration, he left them all out, but how he difpofed of them was never known: this Gentleman can teli beft where he found them. Mr. Mjevius then ftood up and laid, Mr. PrcfidenfV I fhould not have troubled the Society with a word on this occafion, had only my own caft, and that of my Poetical Brethren been concerned, who I fuppofe arc here intended, by the terms of Night-houfe-wits and beg" garly Poetfifiirs. But when I tee almoft our whole Society ftruck at, by fome or other of the polite appellations here beftowed upon us, I think we ought to take this mattar into consideration, and fhew our juft-relent-ment againft this Apoftate member; who, I don't doubr, we fhall rind upon Enquiry either to have been, or perhaps actually to be, one of thofe very characters which he endeavours to reprefent in Such a contemptible light* However I do alTure him, I think it much more reputable to be a Parfon without a Cure, or a beggarly Poeta* fter, Speaking or writing his own real Sentiments, at occafion offers, than to be a Varfon highly preferred, or a well-fed Foxa-Jltr, vilely proftituting his pen for pay to the dictates of others. Here Mr. Prefident intcrpos'd, and faid, Gentlemen, I thir k enough has been fpoken upon this Subject. The zeal of this Gentleman for the prefent eftablifhment, I highly approve: but I wifh it had not carried him fo far into general and invidious Reflections upon our Members. Had he known any one of us who deferv'd the character of a Jacobite writing weekly againft the Government, and pointed him out; I fhould have.joined heartily with him againft any fuch perfon: rnorc.efpe-cialiy, if he were a nonjuring Jacobite Priefts whom I haye always had in the utmott deteftation. But as his Pveflcctions are general, I muft declare them to be un-juft afperfions upon us, and that he juftly deServes to be cenSur'd on this account.^ However, I think it the beft way to do nothing precipitately, but to SuSpend our cenSure for a while, in hopes that in one of his future Journals he may Soon Set this matter in a clear light, to the full Satisfaction of this learned Society. Mr. Bavius then prefented a Specimen of a Satyr which he received from an unknown hand, which being read, W3s ordered to be printed, as follows: Elasphemy as old as the Creation ; or, the Newgate Divine. A Satyr. Addrefs'd to the modern advocates of Irreligion, Profanenfs and Infidelity. Slued Ji in hoc erro, quod animos hominum immortalei effe credam, libenter erro : nec m'thi huhc errerem, qut deleftor, dum vivo, extorquiri volo. Tally. QuicqHii dixit.-Omnium animarum fociusl Tind-1. WANT, or the pride of being deem'd polite, Tempts gay apoftates to deceive, and write;

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