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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - June 18, 1730, London, Middlesex                                in ourna N�MB. CijUtSfcap, JUNE is, 1730. throne ; And prove no miracles are like (by own. Dunciad, B. III. . Mr. V-'-iolstun having though' fir to pybufh very lately a hc     P -rt or h:s Defence, the Society ordered tbe fo!~ luw.i.i> Letter, fenc asout two months sgo, to be bow pu-v. filed. b.wius, j i-'i E great ufefulncfs cf fuch a Paper as yours is geacraily acknowledged, which may af-lift us in fouiiing a juft judgment of Pooks. Nothing can depreciate this fort of Criri-jfgj cifrn, butill-nature,and perfonalrcflecTbnf: neither of which (with grcar plea/are I can fay if) have I yet found in years. in\otirlaft fb-irjg N� 13 ] you made /bme fborr Rem-rks upon a Jar; Pamphlet concerning the Materiality And mo'tality of ih> foul, which endeavoured to deprive us of the belief of future exiftence, and of the plealing hopes of a"glorio!is immortality. You have fijfficientiy expefd the abfurcirv of that Authc:'s criticifms c.n th.e Sc.ip?ure, in three or four flagrant inftances; by which we may judge of the reft. It was thole Remarks, which en com aged me to fen J you this ; not doubting hut the generous design of it wili meet with your approbation, ano be feconried by fome-thing of the like nature, more worthy and accfptablc to the Public. In that Paper you curforily touched upon the character of Mr. Woolston; which occafioned the following confiderations upon bis Cafe. I had no iboner read the firft of his fix Difcouries, but I plainly perceived, that this undertaking did nor proceed from an honeft and fin-cere defire of removing error, and re-eftablifhing truth: for then he would have written with good nature, mo-defty, and decency. But fince his Pieces are full of malicious reflexions, arrogant boafts, and fcurrilous banters; iince he has treated not only his Adverfarits, but even his Subject, the moft facred Perfon, and the moft facred Things, with a moft audacious and blafphemous ridicule ; it hs evident the true" motive of his undertaking was only to gratify the irregular paflions of his own depraved heart. Upon this, one would at firft fight imagine, as iuch Pieces juftly deferve a legal profecution, th.it this was the moft proper method to prevent the mifchief which would probably aiife from fufTering them to be fprsad abroad among the people with impunity, But allowing the right of fuch prof'.cutions to be built upen the ftrong-eft foundation ; yet 1 think th?y ought in good policy very feldom to be put in practice. It is natural to pity-all perfons who fufter the penalities of laws; and clpe-ci3lly thole who have brought thefe fuffaings upon themfclvcs, by a dhinterefted defign (as tbey pretend j of undeceiving others, and by obeying the delates of their confeience, in pub.idling to the world ufeful and neceffary truths. Such proiecutions feem to carry in them an ir/.imation, which is always propagated as much as polTibie by the fuffercrs, that there is fc-me-thing ex'raordinary in what he has advanced, which cannot be anfwered by argument, and therefore this coercive method is purfued. And thus a Perfon is often rendered very confide:able in the eyrs of the world, who was either altogether obfeure, or even contemptible before; end bis writings and notions are much farther diffuferl by thofe very means which were intended to fupprefs them. The firft ftep therefore to be taken, in relation to fuch Writings, is to publifh a proper anfwer to then]: which v fhould not be written by a perfon who is in a much higher ftation in the world, or is more famous in the republic of letters, than the Antagonift. For the dignity and reputation of the Perfon concerned renders the controverfy more confiderable, and imperceptibly raifes an obfeure adverfary to a kind of equality with his opponent. And as elevation is generally attended with envy, if any hafty thoughts, or unguarded exprtffions appear in fuch a Wprk, uader the fan&ion of a great name, the world is apt to difregard the moft laborious and learned performance. Such an Anfwer ought likewife to be written in the fame manner with the Piece which is to be refuted; and muft accordingly be either /.Tious, or .'cdicrcus, or both. Whoever under r..kcs to mount the il?ge, and depute with a Merry Andrew, scult mtt on grava, or comical air*, in conformity to hts: :.*ir :r ho be deficient in either, he will be judged by the h. �.:.'! aucicace to be inferior in the argument. This co;id=..& cev.'ards heretical Buffoons, fcems to be tecomncn-icd by thewrfeft cf m
                            

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