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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - December 3, 1730, London, Middlesex                                The Grub-fireet Journal. NtfMB, 48? Cgjttrjefrap, DECEMBER 3, 1730. The Chara&er of a goodLORt) MAYOR by Bifliop At- terbury. :Juft and wife Magistrate is a blefling as extenfive*' as the Community to which he belongs: a blefs-ing, which includes all 6ther bleffings whatfoever, fhat relate to this life; fecures to us the pofleffion, and enhances the value of them all. He will do nothing that is beneath his high ftation, nor omit any thing which becomes it. He will not proftitute hi3 power to mean and undue ends; nor fteop to little and low arts of courting the favour of the People, without doing them real fervjee. He will fta'nd his ground againft all the attacks that can be made upon his probity : no man's power mail fcarc him from doing his duty � no man's importunities fhall weary him ; no man's flattery fhall bribe him i no by-views of his own fhall miflead him. He will know how to prize his advantages, and to relifh the honours which he enjoys, as the teftimonieg of publick efteem, and the rewards of merit. Itt fliort, he will in all refpe&s. difcharge the high truft repofed in him, with integrity, wifdom, and courage. Some Magiftrates are contented, that their Places mould adorn thcra : and fome alfo there are, who fludy to adorn their Places, and to refleft back again the luftre they receive from thence. Reputation is the great engine, by which Thofe, who are poflefi'd of power, muffc make that power ferviceable to the ends and ufes of government. The rods and axes of Princes, and their Deputies, may awe many into obedience: but the fame of their goodnefs, and juftice, and other virtues, will work on more i will make men not only obedient, but willing to obey, and ready to come into every thing that is done, or defign'd, for the publick advantage, by Thole, who (they are fa-tisfy'd) fincerely mean it. An eftablifhed character fpreads the influence of fuch as move in a high fphere, on all around, and beneath them j it reaches farther, . than their own care and providence, or that of their inferior officers can poffibly do: it a&s for them, when they them-felves ceafe to a�t, and renders their ad-miniftration both profperous and eafy. Great Places are never well filled but by great minds: and it is as natural to * -great mind to feek honour by a due difcharge of an high truft, as it is to little men to make lefs advantages of it. A good Magistr ate,who would endear himfelf to thofe whom he governs, muft be endu'd witk a publick fpirit, free from all narrow felfifh views, and diligent in promoting the common good of the Society committed to his care. The well-fare of That is the chief point which he is to carry always in his eye, and by which he is to govern all his counfels, defigns, and a&ions. To this good end he muft facrifice his time, his eafe, and his private advantages; and think all f them well fpent in obtaining it. He jnuft be an impartial Distributor of juftice Quel portrait eft ceci ? - C eft le noble Chasseur; La terreur de i'Efpagne, et la joye d'Angleterre; Qui donne a toute Europe, ou la paix, ou la guerre. Non non, Je me trompe. - C'eft le fameux BrasseuRj Les delices du peuple, Un veritable Anglois, Qui gouverne la Ville, et conferve fes loix. Qui fe montrant nagueres, en moeurs et en fcience, Poli comme un Horace, a la Cour de la France, Fut le bon Compagnon de I' Arbitre des Rois. Philofophum non barba facit, non laurea vatem ; Eft Eques, eft Miles, nobile calcar haben�. Plurimus eft M1 l e s, qui nunquam praelia tentat; Multus Eques, qui vix pendulus, haeret equo. Emit fi titulos, auro fuffragia' vendens, Hunc E qu item Au r a t u m dicere jure potes.. At nofter non talis Eques: fed faspius urget Venator celerem confpiciendus equum. Pro patria in celebri M1 l e s gerit arma Senatu Civica: nam patria; militat omnis amaus. Magnos qui meruit, parvos contempfit honores, Ad famara afcendens nobiliore via, Regalem quamvis humero non fenferit ictnm, A r m i g e r, eft, plufquam nomine, Miles, Equ *s - Hard is the tafk to fhine in glorious deeds, .Where Brocas went before, and Child fuceeeds. Parsons alone can that high part fuftain: Than whom, the mace, the fword, the golden chain A grcajer ne'er did grace, nor greater fhall again. without refpeft of perfons, interefts, or opinions. When right is to be done* he will make no diftinftion of frnall or great, friend or enemy, citizen cr ftrangerj he will always countenance right, and discountenance wrong, whoever be the in* jurer, or the fufferer. Courtefy and condefcenfion is another happy quality, which never fails to make its way into- the gfed opinion, and into; ^ the very hearts of thofe who are under his infpettion. By this he doth, as if were, leflen the diftance between him I and other men, and by that means allay the envy which always attends an high, (ration; when he is eafy of accefs, affable, patient to hear jjwhen not oaly his Door, but his very countenance [and his Heart} is open to all that have any occafioo to approach him. Bounty muft be added to heighten his character.   There is fcarce any quality more truly popular than this,-or more fuitable to the publick ftation in which he fhines.  It includes hofpitality to the better fort, and charity to the poor; twa virtues that are never exercifed fo gracefully and well, as when they accompany ! each other.   When hofpitality degene-  rates in to profufenefs,, and ends in madnefi '  and folly, it ill deferves the name of virtue : but in the office9 of charity there is no danger of excefs. But of all good qualities that which recommends and adorns the Magistratb moft, is his care of religion; which as it is the moft valuable thing in the world, fo. it_ gives the trueft value to them who pro-' mote the efteem and pradlice of it, by their example, authority, influence, an4 encouragement.TJiis is the Magistrate'* -peculiar province, his moft glorious employment : to give countenancetopietyand virtue, and to rebuke vice and prophane-nefs; to put the laws of men in execution againft fuch as trample on the laws of God; and to protefr. religion, and all that belongs to it, from the daring infults of thofe who Jit in the [est of the /corner. There never was a time,when the inter-pofitionof the Magistrate was more ne-cefTary to fecure the honour of religion, and uphold the authority of thofe,grea� principles of it, by which his own authority is beft upheld.  For we live in evil days, when the moft important and con-fefs'd truths, fuch as by the wifeft and beft men in all ages have been revered, are by licentious  tongues queftioned, argued againft, derided; and thefe thing* not only whifper'd in corners, but pry. claimed upon the beuje tops; own'd and publifh'd in defiance of the common per-fuafion, common reafon, and the commoi* intereft of mankind, and of all authority both facred and civil.   Libertinifm hath erected its ftandard, hath declared war againft religion, and openly lifted men oa its fide and party; a general loofenefs of principles and manners hath feized on us like a peftilence, a peflileme that walketh not in darhiefs, but wafleth at noon-day : the contagion of which hath fpread itfelf through all ranks and degrees of men ; hathinfedted both the Camp and the Congregation. Who knows what the zeal and courage of a good Magistrate might do towards flopping it ?  Let Phineas ftand up and execute judgment, that Jo this �plague may be Jfayed, 9999999? 47943?496?003253   

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