Questions? Call (888) 845-2887 Hablamos Español

Grub Street Journal Newspaper Archive: November 26, 1730 - Page 1

Share Page

Publication: Grub Street Journal

Location: London, Middlesex

Issue Date:

Get 1 more page view just for clicking

to like us on Facebook


   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - November 26, 1730, London, Middlesex                                The Grub-ftreet Tour UMB. 47: C{mr$Dap, NOVEMBER  26, 1730. Remember Milo'j end, Wedgdin that timber, which heJirovtf to rend. E. of Rofcommon's EiTay. The following Letter, which contains excellent advice to the Political Writers of our Society, was highly approved, and ordered to be printed without any alte- j rations, as a mark of our efteem for the Author ; to whom we return our hearty thanks. To the Authors of the Grub-street Journal. Gentlemen, HOUGH you profefs your felves Members of Grub-ftreet, and advocates for that ancient Society, I have fome re<-fon'to fufpect that you are falfe Bre thren, and have a wicked defign <-f expofing the Grubean Art to contempt, under a fpecious pretence of defending it, by the modern Jefuitical method of ironies and in-nuendes. If this is' your defign, I would advife you to take care how you put it in execution : for as mean an opinion as you may entertain of the Profeffors of this Art, I can allure you, that they are at prcfent in an high degree of favour, and under the protection of very powerful Patrons. I cannot help thinking, for my part, that the frequent correction of your own Members, the ruki you lay down to them, the bounds you prefcribe them, and the endeavours which you have uied to reftrain them from all excentrick motions, favour ftrongly of luch a defign : for the effence of Grubifm, and particularly of the political Bathos, confifts in dullnefs and Billingfgate. If therefore, the Gentlemen of that Society ihould obey your precepts, and fuffer themfelves to be led into the paths which-you have mark'd out, by obferving good manners, language, confiltency or argument; they would lofe their diftinguifhing characterifticks, and degenerate into jmere Parnaffian Writers. Thefe, Gentlemen, are my fufpicions at prefent, and they are ftrengthen'd by the minute? you have given us of your Pegafean Club; which, methinks, breathes an air fomewhat different from the climate of Grub-ftreet. But if I Ihould happen to be m'ulaken, as I hope I am, in thefe conjectures, and you are really concern'd in earneft for the honour and wellfare of that Society, which gives a title to your Paper; I mall be always ready to contribute my poor endeavours towards the fupport of a Caufe, in which thoufands of my Countrymen are fo iiearly concern'd. My defign, at prefent, is to point- out the perfections of your Political Brethren (as you affect to call them) and to give them fome feaionable hints; upon the obfer-vation of which, I conceive, the prefent fiouvifliing conation of their Society abfolutely depends. For tho' it is not your defign to enter into any difquifitions, concerning the meafures of Mi,lifters; yet you have given us to underlbnd, in feveral of your Papers, that you will examine the conduct of Political Writers, as well as others ; and give me leave to tell you, that they are poffefs'd of the largeft, as well as the moft fruitfull province, in the whole extended dominions  of Grub-ftreet. I have fomewhere met with a learned obfervation, that the dulleft and moil plodding Fellows always make the beft Statefmeni and, I remember, the Author quotes feveral inftances out of Hiftory, to illuflrate the truth of it. Another learned Writer, upon the fame fubjedt, obferves, that Mercury is of jo volatile a nature that there is no fixing it to political affairs. If this be true, that Grubeaks make the beft Politicians, it follows of confequence, and, I hope, will not be denied by the Craftsman himfelf, that they likewife make the beft Political Writers; whole productions ought always to be grave and folid ; or, in plain Englifh, hard and heavy. For this reafon, it gives me infinite pleafure to read the works of our modern Political Grubeans, who carefully avoid the leaft appearance of wit, humour or pleafantiy in themfelves, and always fpeak of them with the utmoft contempt in others. But there are two or three points, in which I think their conduct highly blameable, as it may tend very much to the prejudice of your Society. In the firft place, I think it very impolitick in them te eirclaim againft the liberty of the prefs, or to give the leaft countenance to any reftraint upon it : becaufe it muft abfolutely end in the deftruction of themfelves. The belt way of arguing with thefe Writers, is always from confiderations of felf-intereft; and I muft therefore beg of them ferioufly to confider what they are doing, when they fuffer too officious a zeal for their Patrons to hurry them into any reflections againft the liberty of writing. They cannot furely be ignorant, that their prefent favour and good plight are intirely owing to this liberty ; and that their Patrons would luve no occafion for advocates, if they hid no Writers agsinft them. The former are properly the dependents of the latter, who fupply them with materials from week to week, as well as with a pretention to rewards and encouragement. Old Isaac Bickerstaff, or h  That He lb well fiiould pay, Thou write fo ill.       3 Bavius. LONDON. T h u r d a y,  No-. i 9. The latter end or iaft  tck. :he ivy�i j of P:redtors of the India Company- appointed the R:v. .'' 'r. Wvach, Chaplain at their F.ctory at Fort S. George, and the Rev. Mr* White, Chaplain at S Helena.   C. Early yefterday morning, Mr. Clcrrcn's, a Biker in MI-ford-Unc in the Si ran4, had a   Letter thrown into his ir.op, S-.c- The following is a ro v of the laid Letter. Wednejday, London, No.'. iS, 1730. ' Mr. C!e-* ments, This is to warn you to pu-- 15 guineas this -' nigh', beiw-en 9 and 10 o' clock, unj^r the poft 35 ' your Bakehoufe door , anil ir you do t.v.-, cx-.yrr tho~ ' your Wire arid you fh.-.ll nor live a", hour artcr, and your ' houfe fhall be confumed by fire. Lii-vwifr trre-rm cur ' Brother .Smith, that he is warre-i alio :o rue 7 guinea*, ' his watch, and a ring that he wears, at the larue time, ' under the Spout that caries the water from off your ' houfe, or between the window a�d the fa ft Spout j and ' uj'on his nor fo -ioinr, he and his Wire muft likewife ' expect: to fuffer imme'iar; dest*1, with ycu -.nd jours. The fame Jtcrnoon iM . Smhh r<.cs;v
                            

From 1607 To The Present

Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!

Growing Every Second

Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 130 million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.

Genealogy Made Simple

Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!

Choose the Membership Plan that is right for you!

Unlimited 6 Month

$99.95 (45% Savings!)

Unlimited page views for 6 months Learn More

Unlimited Monthly

$29.95

Unlimited page views for 1 month Learn More

Introductory

$9.95

25 page views for 1 month Learn More

Subscribe or Cancel Anytime by calling 888-845-2887

24 hours a day Monday-Saturday

Take advantage of our Introductory Membership offer and become a member for 1 month only for $9.95!

Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!

Your Membership Includes:
  • 25 page views for 1 month
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a Monthly Membership only for $29.95
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a 6 Month Membership only for $99.95
Best Value! Save -45%
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!

What our Customers Say:

"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.

"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.

"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.

Search Billions of Newspaper Articles 130 Million+ Pages and More Added Weekly!

Uncover 400+ Years
of Newspaper Archives
(1607 to today!)

Browse by Date

Research Newspaper Articles from 11 Countries
& all 50 U.S. States

Browse by Location

Explore 6,200+ Current &
Historical Newspaper Titles
and Counting!

Browse by Publication