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Daily Courant (Newspaper) - November 25, 1730, London, Middlesex The Daily Gourant N�. 909& Wednel3ay, November 25, 1730. ^ /� Mr. D'ANVER S, cccafiontd by the Craftfman Extraordinary. Homr/T CALEB, IHave been a Spectator* not an Indifferent one Iafiure you, of tbac terrible Fray which lately bappen'd between yott and a Letter-writer in the Courant : Ac bis firft Attack I trembled for you, ic was begun with fuch Fury and carried on with fucb Vigour; but your undaunted Relolution, your fettled Intrepedity, foon convinced roe and 4II the World, chit yon were the Man we took you for, another Achilles, invulnerable and invincible, covcr'd with impenetrable Ar-jmour, and conducted by another Goddefs; I mean her whdfe diief Worfhippers are faid to come from the Land which occafion'd this Conteft, Who gave or took the Lye with the Beft Grace, is what I won't pretend to deter-ming : I am an Advifer, not a Flatterer, (as you have very often and modeflly faid of your felf, with regard to Majefty j) and therefore won't put you our of Countenance with Praife : I (hall only fay, in the Phrafe of Mr. Figg's Amphitheatre, that ic wis well done on . both Sides. Some ill-inftru&ed Perfons, ignorant of the Rules by which Controverfies of this kind fhould be managed, atTetft to fay that you have proceeded to a Triumph without a Vidtory ; that the beft you can pretend to is an Ovation, as the Romans term'd it; for you have neither wounded' your Adversary nor led him Captive: Indeed, you have return'd the Lye manfully* as all the World allows ; but you have not difprdv'd any thing, that he threw down his Gauntlet to make Good. On the contrary, you have only wag'd Battle upon a Proportion that he laid- before you ; to wit, thac fame French Officers were lately in Ireland: His other Fads ftand undifputed by you. Yet 'tis granted, that you behav'd very well according to the Laws of Billing/gate ; fo well, -that you are fairly imitled to the Rewards which the Amazons of that Region have time out of Mind delerved for their un-controulable Bravery of Spirit. I think Butler defcribes the manner of their Triumph, according to the beft and moft ancient Authorities 1 it was to be ---mounted in a. Chair curule, . ,, Which Moderns ftile a Cuckjng-Stool, For as Ovation.was allow'd For Conqueft purchas'd without Blood ; So Men decreed thofe lefTer Shows For Victory gotten without Blows. But chefe are malicious and envious People, whom you need not mind, you may call them Penfioners, and that's a fufficieric Anfwer : For my Part, let them fay what they can, I ihill ftill be of Opinion that you are in the right to ftrut and crow over your Antagonist^ it looks as if you really had Game; Blood in you; and let me tell you, the wane of a good Quality is no great Inconvenience, a* the World ftands, provided we can preserve the Appearance of it: The World is taken by Appearances, or elfe how the1 Devil fhould the Letter-writer pafs for a State/man, Or you for a Patriot l But \ advife you to be moderate in your Exultations j whatever Airs you may put on to the World, don't be transported at home; I admire your Courage much, but cftn't pay rhe like Compliment to your Conduct; it was fcarcely prudent to cry out Fire,'before you faw any Smoal^, tho' you had Addrefs enough to patch up that Blunder, by railing a* Cloud of Puft, which might pafs upon fome Eyes for fuch a Vapour. However, as J faid, fupprefs your Raptures, and reflect with Pyrrkus, after he had defeated the Remans, tbac fucb another ViHory would undo you. There is one Part of your Behaviour which I cannot let pafs without its Elogium, that is, your extreme Sagacity in difcerning your Adverfary ; far tho* he enter'd the Lifts with his Beaver down, yet you knew him by his Air, or his Armour, or fome fucb in. fallible'Criterion ; and 1 warrant you could tell bis Name, and Character, and Place of Abode, and Hiftory and Parentage; if you pleafed. In the Courfe j>( my reading I have obferved, that in great. Battles where Monarchs have been upon the Spot, it has been ufual to accoutre either common Soldiers or Subaltern Officers in the Arms and Habiliments of the Prince, and difperfetbem thro' the Field, either to raife the Courage of the Troops upon a Suppoition of their King^s Prefence, or to divert the Rage of the Enemies from his real Perfon. Now I, Sir, who muft own my felf to want a great deal of your Penetration, took ic that your Foes had by an Artifice like this impofed a common Perfon upon you, as thinking fuch a one good enough to deal with you. But you were not to he fo blinded ; you quickly fmoak'd him for a PrivyCounfefor at Ieaft, wifely confidering, that as you have often pafs'd for a Perfon of fuch DjftirxfHon, no lefs a Man durft pre fume to break, a Lance with you ; not unlike the B: havoor of your renowned Predeceflbr in Knight Errantry, Don Quixote, who, after he had been dubb'd by bis Landlord at the Inn, thought it beneath him to encounter any Perfon who had not been dignify *d with the fame Honour. Since I have mentioned him, another part of his Hiftory occurs to me, which I can't help repeating here, tho* it may feem to be a Di-greffion from the Matter in Hand. This ever memorable Patriot was fo inflated with a laudable Zeal for reforming Abufes, and mending the World, that the Soilicitude of his Mind fuperfeded the Operations of bis Senfes, infomuch tbac one Day .he took a Flock of Sheep which be faw. grazing on a large Plain, for an Army of Pagans coming to invade and ruin Christendom; be rode u p briskly to them, and atrack'd them with with great Valour and Refolution, for which the Shepherds had the Infolence to drub his Knighthood with a very good Will; yet he undifmay'd, even while his Bones were akeing from their Blows, had the Comfort of boafting of his Adventure, and alfuring his ftupid wondering yet unbelieving Follower (for there was but one Man publick-fpirited enough to efpoufe him in that unenlighten'd Age) that he bad put to Death with bis own Hands the Emperor ofTrape^undt or at leaft the Governor of Tripoli. But to return; tho' I can't help allowing you to be very adroit at the Management of all your Weapons, efpecially the Offtnfive ; yet there is one which I would particularly recommend to you, that is known by the Name of a Recrimination; tho* fome People of fquea-mifh Honour in thefe Difputes. efteem it unlawful, yet let not that make you uneafy ; no Man alive weilds it better than you, and therefore you fhould eternally ti'fe it, I have feen you throw in a Tu quoque with fucb admirable Dexterity, at a time when every one thought you ftruck dead with the Keeonefs, SwiftDefs, and fare Aim of your Adverfary's Blow, that I could not help comparing yott to tbac famous American Buccaneer, who, being (hot into the Breaft and thro' the Body, with an Arrow from the Walls of a Town, pluck'd it out at his Back, clapt it into his Musket, and fent ic home again to its firft Owner. Self-Defence is a purfuance of the firft Principle of Nature, therefore always lawful ^ when a Man finds himfelf reduced to the Ne-, ceffity of ufingit; nor matters it by what, means he was brought into thar NecefEty, provided he be in it. The Man who engages in a Quarrel, and is likely to have the worft of it, is in this Condition, whether he was the tuft Aggreifor or no j for he may be truly faid to fight for his Life t If then it be lawful to ufe all manner of Art, Stratagem and Addrefs, to tone's felf out of Danger, J. hope you won't condemn my Logick, when I infer, that it is therefore lawful to make ufe of the fame Methods to keep one's fcif out ir. . ' Now certainly the beft. way to keep our {elves out of Danger, is fo to annoy our Enemies, as to difable them from hurting us. Prevention is better than Remedy; 'tis more advifeable to throw Stink pors in order to keep them aloof, than let tbem come near enougb to put their Swords in qnr Guts. I have faid all this, my worthy rjjiend, and indeed the fo'e Purpofe of this Letter is, fincere2 ly and cordially to advife you, in all Engagements of this kind which you may have foe the future, to go on with your iaudabJe Cu-ftom of throwing Filth at your Adversaries $ and when you happen to becJofeiy pufhed by any of them, be fure that you P^rry their Blows by your inimitable Skill in Rgcrimina* tion. You have lately given us an Inltance of it, a Precedent worthy, the Imtratton of a9 Wranglers j and I hope is will never flip out of your own Memory, but that your conftant Practice may be crowned with de/eroed Sue' cefs. You have been accufed of uifaffe&ion, to the prefent Eftablifliment upon very flight impertinent Evidence, fome of your own Speeches and Writings : How nobly have you evaded it ? You have undertaken ta fhew that there are, as you with great Propriety and Elegance expnsis it, Hanoverian Jacobites ; that the Attorney General for declaring what is'Law, and the Miniftry for advifing to a(5t accordingly, are in that Predicament : nay, you have' gi^en Ihrewd Hints, thac the King himfelf is little better in bis Heart, efpecially if be takes fuch Counfel. It has been laid home to your Charge, thac you have abufed bis Majefty, by rraiterous Comparifons and forged Paralelh; bor you have acquitted yourfeif of that by a moft ex^ cellent Retort: You fay you did it for fear the Miniftry fhould bring in the Pretender by the help of fome RagamuflGn Peafantryj ' which the French are draining from Irelandrj Go on, CALEB, labour this Point, and depend upon doing your Bufinefs ; prove thac the Men who have ventured tfjeir Lives a*d Fortunes for the Hanover SucceJJion are Jacobites, and that thofe who endeavour to perplex the King's Affairs and difturb his Mea-fures are the only Friends to bim and his Family. Do this, I fay, and that will increafe the Profits of your Paper, and the Number of your Admirers; nay, you will bid fair>, pafs upon all the World, even upon 4 know you. already, for a very candid if cunning clevtr Fellow. Tourt( ;