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  • Years Available: 1727 - 1752
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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - August 22, 1752, London, Middlesex By Sir ALEX AN DER DRAWCAN SI Knt Cerifof of BRITAIN Price AUGUST To be continued every SATURDAY in the St not tbe Trumpeter of your own French a great Favorjta frf and whom I often quoted in my obferyes that it is very com non for Men to talk of of their Children aad their and always in the Terms of fays ifihofe who aceuftom themfelves to fuch Nar ratives could conceive how troublefome and tirefome they are to the reft df the they would pofilbly learn to themfelves a little and to fhew more Complaifance to the Pa tience of their It is moreover of to that Men who prajfing fcarce ever mention the Name of another Perfon but in order to abufe Perhaps they intend avail themfelves of the re commend their own Conduct to ge neral by the Genfure of The Motive to the former of thefe Vices is clearly Vanity as the ingenious Young Makes Dear Self on wellbred Tongues And I the little Hero of each The Motive to the laiter is Ma lice and to fay a plain I firmly believe there is no Bofom where Vanity is to be found in any great which is not at the fame Time petty cqnfidera Isly tainted with Praife Is a Mif in the Purfuit of which every vain Man muft have many and what Temper of Mind Men preferve to a need not to be To both tbefe there is no I am afraid fb liable as the Fame is fometimes his only Purfuit but this is always blended with his other even in the moft merce and for this fimple Reafon that it leads difeftly to He muft at leaft refpeft as the Cit in the Play doth his Lofs of it may tend to Lofs of But in Fact his Views are commonly more no ble Vanity not Avarice isthe Paflion he would and there is fcarce an In habitant of even among the Poor of that who will mor Henfed with one who commends hK with one who him a Dinner which being the it fol lows ot Courfe liat they muft beall Ri vals for the ofefaid and may cpniequentiv be all of bearing Malice to each there is no Writer who cap fo eafily indalge both thefe as the Writer iof Mifcelkneous It required the Genius Cicero or Boling to introduce their own traifes into political Oration or Pamphlet or the Wit of or to drag the Phitofophers and into al moft every But fuchEfTayift having a full Liberty to write not only but on what he may fill up every Page with own Commenda and with the Abufe of all other When I meditate I can fcarce refrain from taking fome Praife to myfelf I am even vain enough to think the Public have fome little Obli gation to for that Silence which I have hitherto fo inviolably maintained with Regard to my own Perfections and per haps candid among my would allow fome Applaufc to this For if they knew what a Sacrifice I make of my own by thus confulting their Eafe and Pleafure for furely nothing can equal the Satisfaction which a Man feels in writing Encomiums r on unlefs it be the Difguft which every other Perfoh is as fure to conceive at reading In this Mood of thinking likewife 1 apt challenge to myfelf fome De gree of towards my cotemporary efpecially thofe who write in my own As thefe Gentlemen are I doubt not well allured of that immode rate Envy which I muft bear to their great Genius and they will tainly acknowledge that to confine all this to to fmother thefe fcorching Flames within my own without fuffering even a Spark to feems a little to deferve their But to deal ingenuoufly qn this Occa I moll acknowledge there are fome prudential as well as generous Motives to this Two Confiderations may perhaps be fufpeded of having fome little in dilTuading d even for his own from exhibiting his owii that he be fure of being very little and in the next Place of being much lefs Thd fear of this latter may likewife havfi fome Share in prevailing on a Man to ftifle his Envy notwithftanding all the Pleafure which is to be found in giving it However fweet it was to thofe great whofe Names are recorded in the Preface to the and in the Dunciad itfelf to abufe the Characters of and and to as they that the one wanted and the other was no Poet I much doubt whether they would not have bought their Pleafure the Price of Public the former had treated them with the fame filent with which they were treated by the For this Rea fon I mall carefully avoid any Satire a gairift the Popes and Swifts of the prefent Age7 Tho Ehvy of great Men fhould boil in my own I will ne ver fuffer it to boil over fo as to tuna broad into the To fupprefs two fuch pbwerful This Paper is te h bad at the Universal Regifter next the Corner of ;