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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - July 23, 1730, London, Middlesex                                GruB-ffreet Journal CjmrgDap, JUlT 23, 1730. i\&       falfi dicere audeat, fte quid veri lion audeat.       '       Cic. S I R, Send you the character of one of the greatcft Genius's of the laft Century, Monsieur deThou, drawn up by one of the greatcft of tits, L Carteret. I with there may arile feveral as gnat, or even excelling h:m, before the next Century commences. Ac prc/'ent, I believe, it may be faid, without flattery, that tor a fcho-Jar and a ftatefman, he ftands without a rival. This account of Thuanus's Hiftory is in Mr. Buckley's third Letrer to Dr. Mead, concerning the new E-dition he is juft putting to the prcls of thac admirable Writer. 'Tis ftrong and maiteriy, and written with an ioneft and free ipirit; As I am a Lover of learned *"en, and beautiful Editions of their Works, I fee with vatt picture five or fix hundred of the greateft names in Em ope, Sublcribeis to this new Edition of Thuanus's Hitloiy ; at th.i juncture of time too, when Sutf.riptioi.s arc lb very much in difgrace, through the folly ana knavery of Iome per. fons, who, if they can but nummos in locuinm demit' reres have no value for their reputation! When a private man undertakes a great and ufeful Work, which he can't carry on without the afliftance of ram of fortune ; in fuch a ofe 'tis right to fubfenbe ; but one that begs Subfcriptions becaufe be" wants pockec money, mould bedifcouraged and mgicc" " Thcanus is an Hiftorian of the firft rank, with reject to the exteniivenefs and dignity of his fubj.di; fvhichhe has treated in the mod proper and ornamental fth'�N No writer ever did more honour to his country. He aiv^ays vindicates the juft lights of France, and has furniftietf Iris countrymen with loJid arguments to maintain them. The Rights of the Houfe of Bourbon art by him fet in the clearcft-light. -Yet fuch were the times in which he lived, that the Ceartiers at Paris.were not afhamed to fjcnftce him to the refentments oi the Court of Rome  with this aggravation, that his own Heroe Henry IV,-was^uhileady in his defence, and fufrercd this mo'ft learned, candid, and free-fpirired Frenchman, Ks moft faithful fubjedt and ufeful friend, to be infultcd by Priefts and Bigots; who Would, if they could, have luppreflcd this immortal Work. And this is an initance, in which Henry IV. did not ihew his ufual grandeur of mind j but was wanting to himielf, in not fupporr-ing a roan he loved, and efteeracd, and was obliged to, againft the iniquity of Perfons he defpifed. Whbever reads this Hiftory with attention, will fee, tbatTHUANUs fpeaks truth of himfelf, when he fays, That he rather declined honours at Court than fought them; and that he piaced his whole dignity and lecuri ty in a good conscience. Tho' the Work is brig, collectively conGdered, yet it is Hot long in its refpective Parts- He leads the Reader tbroughtfae whole World; is very entertaining in whatever Be writes; and, for the moft part, is very inftr'udtive. It is not to be expected, that he could be fo exact in what he writes of Foreign&Countries, as he is in what relates to- his own. %he principal value of his work con-iifts in what he deliyj*ri concerning the Courts of Rome, France, and Spain : and in treating the tranfadtions of thole Courts, he is to be looked upon as an original Hiftorian. There are many curious matters relating to Germany ; but as they are taken from other Writers, he has not the merit of being the original in that refpect: but yet his copy, if we1 may fo call it, exceeds infinitely all the originals in beauty and ornament of writing. There are many curious things relating to feveral Courts in Italy; iome of which are to be found no where elfe. As to the Low Countries, he gives the beft and fulled account, from the beginning of the Troubles to the Truce fet on foot in 1607, of any Author extant. The great Revolution in Portugal after the death of Don Sebastian, is admirably told, anno 1570. As to the Tmkifti matters, and the affairs ot theXE.UFFus in Africa, he exceeds all who have written upon themj and he feems to take a particular delight in them, from the novelty and furprizing incidents that occur in them. He makes excurlions into America, as alfo into the remote parts of the �aft. He gives a very good account of Poland, Hungary, TranfLvania, and Walachia, and of the affairs of the Houfe of Auftria with thole Countries, He gives us enough of Mufcovy, Sweden^ and Denmark, PrulTw, and Livonia j and in a'lthofe particulars is highly entertaining. As to England, it mult be confefled, he is not always exact; but fome mift-kes concerning the legal part of our constitution,- and judicial marters, ate very excufable in a Foreigner. He does juftice to the Nation in great points; and Queen Elizabeth's Reign appears no where in greater nor truer lultre, than in his Hiftory. As to Scotland, he follows Buchanan, for the moft parr, as far as that Author goes, and adds credit to him. Thofe who find fault wuh fo great a performance upon little inaccuracies relating to foreign Co ;ntries, fticw but fmall experience in pubiick afTiirn, by imagining, that he could have exact accounts of ail the foreign countries in Europe, as to their domeftick ftate, and what related whoieiy to themfelves. There were few that could give him perfect accounts of their own countries; and the moft careful and judicious may be mi taken. Whatever tranfaction any Com t had with France, is accurately related; and the variety of his fubjects affords great entertainment and relief in reading- but the chief value and utility of his Hiftory coniilts in his relations concerning the three Courts of Rome, France, and Spain, which at that time gave the fp-ing to the affairs of the whole world. In this great work feveral kinds of Hifkoty arc contained, diftinct from the princpal objz&s ; as in particular, the Progrefs of Literature which is interwoven with wonderful art and hbour in the account of about 400 Per/bns. V't6 within that time were coniiderabie ,in the feveral parts of the world for their learned Works. And here his Humanity is apparent, in cenfuring none too leverely : but as .he touches faults gently, fo he gives due praife, where it is deferred, without diftinction upon the account either of Religion or Country; and for this the Court of Rome was highly incenfed againft him, and his Woik cenfured, as if writren by an Heretic. The Romifh EmifTaries have pretended, that the pofthumous Work, or Continuation of the Hiftory from the 8oth book, was to be fufpected: but that proves it felf to be genuine by its ftile and inim table freedom of lpirit, intirely agreeable to what he pub.ilhed in his life time, and fet his name to. The fymmetry and contexture of the whole Work cannot be fufficiently admired; and it is fo rich in materials, that if it was broken into Parts, and thole ranged under their relpective heads, it would make feveral excellent Hiftories: all which wou'd be lubftantial and con-cife, and fought after with eagernefs by the generality ot Readers. Whereas taking them all together, Five Volumes in Folio in Latin, for about 60 years only, deterr many from venturing upon them : but the new Edition wiJj diminish "th-t apprehenfion, by making proper diviiions; by which it will appear, that almoft every where, in half an hour's reading, there is to be found a proper pauie. It is now about 100 years fince any Edition of this Hiftory has been pub'.iftied: and as few of them are beautiful, and none of them can ftand fingly, we arc much obliged to Mrr Buckley for undertaking fo ufeful and expenlive a work; which will be fome honour to England when it comes out, as it will do Juftice to one of the beft Hiftorians, and trueft Advocates for Liberty, that ever wrote. Yours, B. T, A Letter from Mr. J- M-to Dr. J-M- im Anfwcr to his, printed in our Journal Numb. 16. Honoured Uncle, July 20, 1730. YOU fhall foon fee (as you defyre) your pro-digall Nephew, at the peftle and mortar: for I am not one of thefe fools, whom the wyfeman fayeth, you may bray in a mortar, and never mend. I allure you, I have been againft Witt, ever lince I found Witt was againft me. I hate it fo much, that I am now profecuteing a Bookfciler for but three lynes that have only the fhadow of it. If any Witt jokes upon me, I fcek my remedy (lyke an honeft plain unwriting man) a~Law. What think you, Uncle? Is thisfetting up for a Witt ? I hsve now, tor thvfe iix weeks, bad the l)t given me pub.ickly, without reply. What think you, Uncle ? Is this feiting up for a Gentleman ? Judge yo at which end of the Tov/n I am fitteft to live. Two of vout-good wifhes for me are fulirilied: I can now livt only with my own Relations; and / fiftJy the Law. As to your thijd wifh, of my faring God, 1 cannot yet bring my felf to it; 1 have- fti.l frrrre bravery left toward him. Ever Honour'd Uncle, I do, fairly as a Gentleman, juftly as a Paymafter, and confeientioufly as a Chriftian* proteft, that I never writ fyve lynes togerher of my own, Vtrfe or Profe, in my lyfe. That Play, you charge me with, had every woid of the witt in it taken from rhe mouths of other peop e, and fet down in my table book btfer their faces. You might as well call the ihill-ings and pence in a Charity Dim the nuns that carries it about. It is true, that for a fl.ort timel was thought a Scho'ar in Town, a Witt at the Univerfity, and a Poet at the Temple: but no viii'ole deltinction now remains to me, beficies that of a Fret frlafon. No Creature, I af-fure you. Uncle, now thinks me a Witt Even my Faends at Charing-crofs, to whom I give wine and a ibpper to call me fo for a nighr, deny it the nixt morning, when they have nothing to eat but their words. It is true, I did go with fome thing againft P-pe, (or rather (iykea Puppy) carried it to and fro in my tnou:h) thefe two year? and upwards : but, believe me, the' I was about and about him fo long, 'twas but as the In'lh mau was about Court: I gat nothing by it, and had not got that neither, but for my good friend \'r Welstead. I therefor earneftly entreat you, not to give credit to the lying Journalls, or Epigrams, with which I am daily and nightly pefter'd as an Author. The only Perfon, that gives it out that I am fo. is Captain Gulliver ; now, let any one, that has read his Travell?, judge, what credit is due to bis afTertion. It is hard, Dear Uncle, very hard4 that whyle all others deny I can write, you fhculd dif-inherit me for writing. Be jufter for the future to (-:ver Honoured Uncle) your penitent Nephew.     J. M. We cou'd not refufe the good office of inferting this dutyfull letter, in juftification of a Perfon, who, have-ing by fome been treated as a Witt, by others as a G. ub-ftreet Writer, at laft appears to be no Writer at all.-We a-fc his pardon for being fo far mifbken, and promife to fay nothing more of him, concluding with his Epitaph. Here lyes what had nor Blrthy nor Shapt, rrorFame* No'.Gentleman I no man I r,o-thing! x.onamel For Jammie ne'er grew fames; and what they call More, fhrunk to Smith-and Smith's no name at all. Yet dye thoucan'ft not. Phantom, oddly fated: For how can no-thing be annihilated ? Ex nibilo nihil fit. Notwithftanding what is here laid,if an Information!)* granted againft Captain Gilli ver, we fhall print the whole Tryal, with all the fpeeches and pleadings: which we doubt not will be entertaining to the Publick. LONDON. is.P. The Evening toft: S. J- E. St.fames'sEv.PiJii W. E. Whitehall Even. Poft* L E. London Evening Pofid C. Cottrant. P. Vojl-Boy. DP. Daily Toft. D.J. Daily Journal. Important Articles omitted in our former. Walker's new invented Clock Lamp - which fhews the hours of the night exactly as they pafs-fupplying the place of a Clock, or Watch, and Candle-which being conveniently placed by the bed-lade, one may lie ftiil in bed, and lee how the time paiTes. D. p. 6. ----..; This Invention, for a perfon to fee how the time pafli* is certainly very ingenious, but not altogether fo likely to take, as one by which perfor.s might lie ftill in bed, and fleep, without knowing at all how the time pafles away. Mr. Layton of Eaft-Ham, going on board a^Veft-In-r dia Man, broke his thigh by a fall down the main hatchiV way. C. 8.-A private Centinel was whipt on rh/ Parade in S. James's Park.^P.9.-A Coach-mandril vi.ng haftily along Cheap-ncle, fell from his box, and fra�|   

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