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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - August 6, 1730, London, Middlesex                                The Grub- Numb. 31. Cfjursimp, jugustc, 1730. Sufnite materiam veftris, qui fcribitis, equam Viribus. -- Hor. ;E have carefully avoided, and we fhall continue to avoid, all fubjects which do not appertain to. our Province. Among thefe we reckon all political and party Writing}. Ue have not animadverted on the Productions of fome Authors^ tho' thej tranfgrefs pretty often their own Bounds and ramble into our Diftnct j becau/e thefc Authors having not had, as yet,- the happinefs to be acknowledged Members of our-Society, we do not-fup-pofe that our cen/brial Power extends over them. Nay, we have been fo nicely fcrupulous upon this Head, that we have not hitherto meddled even with the Members of our own Body, who have prefumed to enter into the political Difputes of the Times, but observing their Numbers to encreafc daily, and fearing that they may give Advantage to our Adversaries, if they are left any longer without Controul, we have refblvcd, on mature Deliberation, to purfue tbefe Rovers in their Wanderings, and to watch over them with fraternal Care end Soiicitude. Genuine Sons pf Grubflreet can never be concealed under any Difguife, io that the honour and inrereft of  iwmifpl�ced or miftimexf.: If he writ for ihe Publick, :theobjccSon might lye, becaufe he could not resfonably tope.tOigain .the Pubjick over to his fide, by affuming a dogmatical Air, by calling thofe Authors names, wbofcem to have the PubUck on their fide at prefenr. ;-fiut our Brethtr cannot be fufpected of any fuch de-figri^ after the heroical Contempt of tie Vt4gary which he has matufefted j and therefore we mud acquit-hir^ of this .Charge; The objection we make to his Altercation is this, we think it too unguarded. Rogue, Raskal, iXailir, SUa-Jerer, Libeller, Lyart Incendiary, are terms, moft or ail of which ouj Brother has employ'd already, and may, in our opinion, .very fafely and very inoffcn/ively employ again, whenever he has much aager in his. Heart, and little'matter in his-Head. They are grown into fuch common ufe, that they neither affect the Perfons, at whom.they are dirtfted, nor lead to any particular Reflection on the. Perfon, who enlivens Jbis Writings with them. But the profound Learning and the acute Wit of our 'Brother, carried him beyond his Etglijh Common Place. He thought fit to point hie Climax with Latin, and Co xjll his. AnUrgonift Scttrra in Trivi'is. This we 'tai as impudent, and, to % the Truth* our Brethren fcldom fucceed when they dabble in Latin, Might not the Qtafifnuuii Correfpondent have retorted on this occafion the Scurr*jn AulA ? Might he not have (hewn the latter to be the. lower Character of the two, fince the &�r-rn in Aulal is always the obfequious follower of fome Icurf* mJTrniis or other ? Might he not have illuftrated this Example ? Might .he not-have fix'd it by Application*'We .hope our Brother will be more on bis guard, after this friendly Admonition* AnotbepCaution, which we think proper to give him . is, that lie mould not fuffcr himielf to be drawn in fo far as ro defcend much into Particulars, when he is ac-eufed of wrong Quotations, or Mifreprefenrations. Thefe are the b%& defenfive Weapons, as Altercation is Ve beft offmfiveWeapon, with which we can arm our felves. But when they fail us, and they are not of long defence againft fome Adverfaries, our beft recourfe is to the great Arc of Evafion. In tbefe Cafes, the method purfued by the moft renowned Authors of our Society has ever been to take Advantage in their Reply of the Information they received from the Anfsotr ; to affect to have known as much before ; for. this purpolc to mifquote even themfelves 5 to conf-fs and avoid} to dwell in Generals j and when the mat er is fuffkiently. perplexed, to get off as faft as pof-fibly from the flippery Ground. All this our Brother executed in a maftcriy manner, when he found himfclf pufhed for m'Treprefenting the ufe his Antagonift had made of a PafT3ge in Matchtavtl; and we were therefore the more furpriled to fee him fall into the contrary Error in the very next Paragraphs. That the Deflrutlion of Rome by the Gauls W3s owing to xbzlnvafion of Rome by the Gauls, icems plain. That Lrvy attributes, (and "Plutarch does not contradict him) this Invafion to the Conduct of the Roman Am-bafladors, and to the fcreening of them from Juftice, we find likewise, upon enquiry, to be true. We wifh therefore that our Brother bad thought fit to nave recourfe oa this, as on the former occafion. to the greater/ of Eva/ion; inftead of going about to prose by Inferences and Deductions, that is by Rtafon, a matter of Fact", or acceding* to his nice and. fubti! diftinction, an AJfertioa of a Matter of. fact, in direct Contradiction to the exprefs Authority of Hftory. If Camillus had not been oppofd fry* our Brother, the Faflion who txpM'd him had not come into Power; tba: , Faffionfrut th. Ambaffxdcrt; that FaStitn prottHed them j that Faction Ipjl the Baule of Aliia, which was the loft of Roolc. Nop if Cdrmllu: had continued in Power, fomt Cfpthtr of\tbgje:things, had not happened. \ ' . Nota.Wg':Vurely can-fee. more ingenious than thefe Ja-ferencej and -bedu^tioDS y we were ftruck with them. '3ut to fh?w our 3r�thtr how much danger there is in oeing 160 particular on thefe occalions, and in quitting the^reat Rulerof Eyafion j one of his or our Adverfsries happening to be prefenr,' the manlmikd conteroptuoufly upon u*.,;Some.of our Members, offended'at his Arrogance,, and depending on the kaownjLiud.iuqn oPtiur Brother, attacked him in the MteTcativc &y\e'.with great vivacity. The Man, without being moved, anfwered them in thefe Words,  � The Party who eppoftd and * baniffied Camillas, was. the Plebeian Party. The Party ' of the Senate, or of the Optimates, was the Party of � Camillus. It war the Party of the Fabii likewifp. The ' Senate, not the Party^ who expelled Camilla^ fent � theft Ambaffudou to the Gauls. The Senatt, who ' thought the Ambajfadors defcrved punifhment, would ' not divert the ftorm bypunifbing the Members of their * own Party. ' The Senate referred the raatrer to the ' People, that the whole Blame of any Misfortune might � not be laid to them. The People followed the Example � and yielded to the Influence of the Senate. Favour ' and Riches, the Arms of the Senate, "prevailed; the 'Fabii were riot only acquitted, but chofin mi'itary f TrtbuntSy and put at the head of the Army. If C�-' phIIhs - therefore - had not been banifried, it is very * probable the .fame Ambaffadcrs had been fent firft ' and fcreened afterwards; and if Camillus had given ' way to it, or promoted it, this would not have been * the firft Error he had been guilty of in Party affairs, 1 even according to Plntarch.   If you fuppofc that C�- * millut would have endeavoured to prevent the jfcreen-� ing and preferring thefc Ambaffadors, when their Caufe * came before the People, it will dill be probable, that * the Senatt would have prevailed among the People * againft the Man of their Body'thc moft hated by the * Peoplt.   Make your Reflections on thefe. facts, and * teach your fuperficial Brother, if you can, to read, be-� fore you fuffer him to write any more.' When the faucy Fellow had laid this, he turned his Back and left us. This Accident has provoked the juft Indignation of the whole Society, and our Adverfaries may expect that the whole Powers of Grub-flrttt will exert themfelves at a proper time, and in a proper manner. In the mean while, great ufe may be made of it to our common Ad� vantage. It fh.-ws the dangers which our Members ex-pofe tfaemfdves to, wb'n they depart from the good o'd Rules and Practice of the Society} whey they expatiate on the particulars in old heathen Authors j and above all, when they meddle with deducing, inferring, or any kind of Reafoning. One of our Members having lately been in iCcnr, met with the following Inscription, which being of general ufe to all who travel that way, we defire our lea-ned Brethren the Society of Antiquarians to explain. K   E   E PONT HISS IDE LONDON. Thurs6ay, July Jo. Heal, July is. About 11 this morning a fhip ran a-ground on ch off-part of the Goodwin Sands, our boats are gone and going to lv r alliflanc- j the fhip lits almoffc upriglv, and 'tis fuppofed the m  her until night. It hath blown hard this morning ar S. W. C. P. 5c D.J-. Ytftcrday Was held a Court of uirtctors of the Hon: Eaft India Company, at their h f the South Sea Company's fhip Prince William, for Porto Bello, which ftill continues in Long-reacb: The Spaniards are very complaifant, and promife fair, but 'tis fear'd that at beft chey will delay her departure fo long, as to prevent ber arriving in New Spain before the galleons have fold their cargoes, and confequently very much injure the Company in the fale of their goods j f� that there i* at   

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