Sunday, December 31, 1730

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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - December 31, 1730, London, Middlesex The Grub-ftreet Journal. Numb. $2; the Evening Toft, Thurf. OEiob. 15; do hereby acknowledge, that the Edition of Stephen Ducks Poems, which is now printed, is fpurious, and that the Advertifement fubfequent to Mr. Ducks Aftver-' tifement in the D.iily Poll of the 14th inft. was inferred by me, without the knowledge of the Publifher, and I do beg pardon of Mr. Duck and the Publick. J. Jones. To the Society of the Grub-ftrtet Critics. Gentlemen, THrough your remiffhefs of late, the Journalifis feerii to have call off all fear of your authority ; and, without either grace or wit, prefume to put upon their Rear ders fuch ribaldry and riffraff, as loudly calls for ydltf feverer difcipline. Can you bear The Unwerfal Spectator, (a name that ought not thus to have been profan'd !) to fwell and open^ in his laft EfTay, Nurr.b- 115. (like a preface to a horrid, barbarous, and bloody murder) with fuch a fuperfluity of unmeaning words as I have difHnguifhed in the following fpecimen ? The great power and prevalence of Cuftom and ufage, and the man:feft good and evil influence and effect, they are [it is'] obferved to have upan the conftitutions as well as the morals of men, fhould, arid ought to be bothafland-ing, as- well as an everlaftiv.g maxim and reafon, with us at all times, very diligently and carefully to encourage and fupport every good and laudable motive, we find iri our felves ; and to fubduc and root-out every dangerous and malignant one, in its rife and beginning, &c. Can you bear J. W. a faithful Correfpondent (a/she cafe-himfelf) to blame the Writers of another Weekly Paper for their Old Geron, and Theftray Dove; and at the fame tirne^ to obtrude "upon us, thro' their canal, or rather kennel, in Numb. 136. an Epilogue to the Sbam-doclor, writ by Mr. Kihsman, Mafterof Bury-fchool; whom he would have us to regard as a jult judge of the decorum of.a pulpit : wherein he makes one of his Lads hold forth in a very impudent manner, &c. Dec. 20,-1730. Cour.tz.ey Nice. The verfes quoted in the Letter I forbear to infert, finca the republifhi' g any thing which tends to lewdnefs, tho* ii order to exp' fe it, lpreads it the more. This Conduct of J. W. is fomdwhat like that of a Gentleman, with whorri I belieye both Simple Simon and Courtly Nice are not unacquainted, who inierted a grave and religious Letter againft our Society in that IVeek'y Taper, not long after it had been defiled by the 2 lewd Pieces above-mend-' oned. We thought we had given fatisfaction fufneient, by acknowledging, the Reflection upon Mr. Holman's death to be literally abfurd: with which another Gentleman* who had likewife written to us about it, declared himfelf to be intirely fatisfied. But the Censor of Great Bri* tain would not be fo put off, but expected we fhould have publifhed, by way of penance, a long fcrious Let* ter of a column and half. In which, among othef things, he declares, that for his part he cannot reflet? onf the hanging of a Dog with fuch a thoughtlefs gayety, 8cc. and therefore I fear the following verfes will oceafion another ferioua Letter-, In fhort, to deal plainly with this Gentleman, I rnuftr let htm know, that Mr. Quidnunc, tho' perhaps very young, has left the.Univerftty a confiderable time, and noe having had an opportunity of ftudying either Divinity or1 Humanity in a Trivate Academy, has endeavour'd to humanize himfelf in cur Society. Which I am commiffioned to KfTure him will be very glad of the correfpondence of fuch an ingenious and learned Perfon, as the Censor feems to be, but is unwilling to liibmit to "the eniign of his pedagogical authority. The following tranfiation of a copy of verfes in the Car-riina Qiadragefimalia, pag. 129, .was fent us out of the Country. Ad idem fit caufa dlverforilm P Aff! Cum tnifer extremas Lubinus" duceret bora;, St btando Urfori diceret cr.t, Vale;

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