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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - September 24, 1730, London, Middlesex                                ourn Numb, 38: rtHU0bap, SEPTEMBER 24, 1730. Ecce iterum Crifpinus. %be folk-aing Letter having been Tent as direcled, and re-fired by the publifer of that Taper, we prove our Impartiality by injerting it here, tbo' it contains a complaint againft ourfelves. Mr. C-n's 2d Letter, being an Explanation of his Firft, of Sept. 8th. To the Author of the Daily Journal. Am an Irifhman who have paffd thro'' life* being yet very young, with the greateft Caution and regard to Probity, having made feveral flips, and now am in danger of being deprived of their reward by the Grub-ftreet Journal. I lately fet forth fome Pieces which were all out before, called, The Speculatists. This Boole, they fay, is * a Fraud and Impofition 'on the Publick, becaufe it connfts only of old Britifh and London Journals'. ' Is not this horrid Malice and Virulence thus to throw fcan-dal into Print from behind a Curtain ? Could I give any provocation, when I only faid three year: ago, (and never fet my name to it) the fame thing, upon the pub- lifhing Dr. Sw---'s and Mr. P-'s Miicellanies, viz. ' That a great part of 'em being printed before, I thought ' it was CurPs, or fome other Bookfeller's Fraud upon the * publick ; but at laft I found it was' done by J-- * .Swift and A---Pope : the latter of whom I had * .heard had been often concerned in fuch Jobbs, and hired ' out his Name to Bcokfellers. ' Now I'm fo modeft as to hope it will be feen, there is nothing but Malice and Virulence in the firft of thefe Quotations, and nothing but an Impartial liberty in the laft. 2dly. This Journal fays, / accujed that Gentleman of -nud.   I look'd over the paflage, and could find no fuch . ord as Fraud in the whole Period ; fo I told you in my Letter ; and if it be there, I believe, by my Soul, it got there fince. 3dly. 'Tis pretended I faid a flanderous thing, c That he ' had been often concern'd in Jobbs. ' No, no ; I was too wife and too cunning to fay any fuch matter; I cautioujly introduced it with, / heardjv, and that faves all; for fureitwas v,ery true before it,prov'd a Lye ; and if it did, was I an immoral Man for faying Jo fight a thing? Surely, furely, any moral Man may print and publifh a Lye, provided he has but heard it ? Now I heard it from people with names, and zoithout names : and well I might hear it, for I was one of them my felf. And what did I hear of? Why of two Books, to one of which he fnd fet his name, and therefore, I alfo cautioufly introduced the word often, which in my Irifli Dictionary fignifies once. I own I am fometimes miib.ken in Numbers, for when I charg'd them with abufing two great Characters, I lhould have faid only one. But pray, can a Matter of Fad be called in Englifh an abufe? For if not, I mould not fay they abus'd that one neither ? Some of my Enemies the Wits, will have it, that if Mr. Congreve did actually commend a Nobleman for a certain thing, it was no abufe to fay he did; and if that Nobleman did not do the thing, it was no abufe to fay he did not ; but that the only abufe on Mr. C---had been to fay, he flatter'd a Nobleman, or told a falfhood ; to prevent which abufe was the very purpofeof that Paragraph. Well, if I have wrongVi them, I will do like my honeil Countryman the Witnefs, who when he had fworn an innocent Man into a Plot, wss ready to fwear him out again. The truth is, I thought every Body too': this for a reflexion, becaufe /did : and it mui'c be allow'd fome people are not fo quick as others, at taking either a J eft or an Obligation. I did take what they call my Obligations to Dr. Swift to be only Civilities : now how I return Civilities, fee my Journal of November the 27th, 1727. I never injur d him, for I only fay, he's a Divine that fcat-ters Fire-brands, Arrows, and Death ; I never gave into private Jcandal, for I only fay he's a Lampooner ; I never us'd foul Language, for I only call'd him Impudent, Malicious, Poifonous, Sec. A cle's Libels faid a hundred times work ; but thofe I did not write, I only printed them.   This I do not deny j nor that I have writ diffe- rent ways, for Money ; but I leave it to three halves in four of my Countrymen and Journalifls, to judge, if I'm not a Moral Man for all thefe flight things ? I defire you to publifh this Paper, which muft be true, for it is my own account of my felf. M. C. We think this Gentleman in the right to appeal to the Judges of his own Country : for his Reafoning and Language are not underftood in ours.   What were his Obligations" to Dr. S-, it is certain no body ought to know better than himfelf. Yet we cannot but doubt whether he does or no, for three Reafons, which this Letter has furnifh'd us with. Firft, That a Man who fo little feems to underftand the nature of an abufe, may as little con-' ceive that of an Obligation. Secondly, That he is one-who looks upon the very fame things and words, as Injuries in others to him, and only as Impartial liberties in himfelf to others ; and laftly, One who thinks there is no manner of harm in printing and publifhing a Falfhood to all the world, provided he can but fay he has heard it. We return him therefore to that obfeurity he defires, with no other mark of diftinftion than what, the has fet upon him for having the boldnefs to attack his betters, unprovok'd. To the Secretary of the Society of Grub-ftreet. SIR, Cambridge, Sept. 16. TAm afraid your correfpondent from Oxford has mifta-ken Mr. Whifton, when he reprefents him as reflecting On metaphfics. The words he quotes from him are thefe. ' Mctaphyfical fubtilties have fometimes had pernicious ' confequences, even againft common fenfe and common ' experience'. To prove this, he inflances in the cafe of Dean Berkley; who, he tells us, afierts, that * Matter ' is not a real thing': and adds, ' though I am not able ' to anfwer his premifes, yet I do not at all believe his * conclufion1. Now all this I take to be unworthy of Mr. Whifton. For, to talk of the pernicious confequences of any feience, the defign whereof is to affift the mind in the fearch of �uth, feqms to be very unphiiofophical : but, To prove fuch an afTcrtirm, by fuch an inftance, in fuch a manner; is an abfurdity, fo great a man could never be guilty of.- Metaphyfics have had bad confequences.   Why ? becaufe a metaphysician has reafen'd amifs. As how ? he afTerts that matter is not a real thing. And whereas the abfurdity of that ? I don't believe it, that's enough. And Where's the harm of it ? I leave that to you to judge. This is certainly a weak way of talking; and Mr. Whifton ought to be appris'd of it, that he may do him-felfjuitice: the rather, becaufe, in my poor judgment, Mr. Berkley is in the right: though, were he in the wrong ; I cannot think of one pernicious confequence his notion can be charg d with. He well enough forefavv what would be objected to his principles ; to wit, that they banifh out of the world every thing, that is real and fubftantial in nature. His anfwer is punctual; which you will add for Mr. Whifton's fake. ' I do not argue, fays he, againft ' the evidence of any one thing, that we can apprehend, ' either by fenfe, or reflexion. That the things, I fee with ' my eyes, and touch with my hands, do exift, really ' exiit; I mai;e not the kail queilion. The only thing, ' whoie exigence I deny, is, that which the philofophers ' call matter or corporeal fubilance ': and, in doing of tlva, there is no dam-..ge done to the reit of mankind; uh;, 1 dare fay, will never mifs it. The a theift, indeed, w.ii waat che color of an, empty name, to fupport hisim-pk-iv. and the phiiof>phers may probably find, they have lou-'a great handle for trifling ; but that is all the harm I can lee done. Yours, FAiTH-and-TROTH. The underwritten are by the Author of the Ode to bis Grace the Duke of Buckingham. FUngus, by a peculiar knack, Cou'd money draw from griping friends; When, of his Word, he'd bounce and crack, And fwear he'd make them rich amends. Obfervc : now he the Rhino's got, The favour's vanifh'd from his mind : Alike the friend and loan forgot, He gives his promile to the wind. But lately it was buzz'd about, Fung was another creature grown : Had ftopt the clamours of the rout, And juftly paid each man his own. - ; I, with the reft, had learnt by wrote This change, refolv'd that all fhould know it. Alas ! I quickly chang'd my note, ^ When Fame declar'd poor Fung a Poet. The following Copy of verfes was fent by a Ge-?t?em.1^ �who writes himfelf Philo-Grubxus. They Jeem to It writ with Jome /'pint, which made me infert them in tbh paper, tho' I differ infentiment from the Author. Dijce docendus adhuc, qua cenfet Amiculus. --5 Oxford or Cambridge Wag� attend The hum-drum Counfel of a Friend : For Politic quit Lib'ral Arts; To Party facrince your Parts: Yet glof- your Penfionary Zeal With pure Regard of Public-Weal. Write not like Drapier, orjohn Bull; N But Minifterial be, and Dull. Propofe as Patterns of thy Pen, Stiff H --, pert B--, evaiiveB-=, To R - fawn like Spaniel Dog,   -Growl like a Mungrel againft Fog: 'Gainft Caleb fhew your grinning fpitc, And fnarl, tho' impotent to bite. Hop'ft Thou a P-to be made ? Then defecrate thy Holy Trade ; ' Clafp thy old-fafhion'd ufelcfs Bible \ Write a prolix infipid Libel: Was't Thou a Prophet, or a Seer ; What then ? if yet no Pamphleteer. At all revcal'd Religion laugh, And idolize the Golden Calf. Enjoy'il Tlicu a Poetic vein, Fiction will find an ample Plain : Abfurd A-s commend, And biund'ring T-s without end. Haft Thou a Taient for Difpute? Prove H--wife, Le H-. no Brute: ', Whether France D-does repair, Nor is, nor ought to be our Care : That Human Treaties cannot bind The Lawlefs Power of Sea or Wind : Louis and Neptune are Great Odds: And who would fight againft the Gods ? To fhew by Dint of Logic ftrive, That Merchants molt by Loffes thrive i Demonitrate that a Sp-Fleet Can fail at anchor, peaceful beat : But argue not in Form and Mood, Left haply You are underftood. If fond of Wit, to Virtue prone, Thou fcorn'll to turn a fcribbling Drone j Mark the PropheticWords of Grub, Thou'lt live and die a learned Scrub. I take the following Verfes to come from the fame hand. To my Ingenious Friend Mr. Bsncruitz, on his drawing 4 curious PiEiureof a Cheljea-Penfioner, aged 110. TH O' thy all-mimic Pencil well can trace Each fofteft Feature of dcarChloe's Face j Her cheek can rival in its native Die, Can ftrike the living BriL'i-mt of her Eyej Nicer the Task, and bolder the D.i'ign, To paint this Vet'ran in hi* bright feline, Wiio bravely has o'jr�Lv.pVi Life's iiatcd Line. The wond'rous Man -,n a new Stage appears, Green, and triumph :nt o'er the fpoil of years; His Term protracted to uncommon Length* Surmounting^Dotage, He acquires frefh Strength, Refcrv'd the Hero iecms by Hca\ 'nly Will, A rare Ocafion for thy matchlefs Skill ; Nature well-pleas'd may with her Fav'r: e prij } Safely confign'd to thy immortal Art. Yowrs> Si%,   

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