Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - April 2, 1730, London, Middlesex
The Numb, 1,3. Perfifl, by all divine in man unaw'd ; But learn, ye Dunces, not to [corn your God. Dunciad, Book III. . T was formerly ufua', for thofe .who oppoftd the religious opinions generally receivtd in their own Country, to advance iomething. very remarkable either in the matter, or the manner of their Compofitions, which might raife in the World a favourable opinion at leaft of their learning, or their parts, or both. There was ftH iomething either in the difcovery of fome obfeure part of literature, or in the fubtilty of the argument, or the brigbtnefs of -the thoughts, or the wittinefs of the ridicule, or^the e'egancy of the flile, which ingaged perforis to read fuch pieces; iothat thofe who abhorred the tenet?, cculd not but be pleafed with the manner of delivetiog them to the woiJd. Rut of late years men have been fo much inclined to infidelity, that the retailers of it have not thought any of thefe recommendations neceflary to the vending of their poi-&n, knowing that the very employment itfeif would raife aa opinion that' they had them. Thus a reverend, unluccefsrul Author, who had by pubiifliing Icvera; whim-ficai pieces, in vain endeavoured 10 make them and hirofeir - public, (the pieces as well as the Author for many years continuing in. the darktft obfeurity) bethought himfelf it laft of writing againft the miracles of cur Saviour. Upon.this he became immediately famous, and was admired for his wit and learning by fome, who, pretending to both, have a very fmall ftock of cither, aqdmake a c'onfiderablc party in the world. This inveflive of his agaipft our blefFecl Saviour con fifti of foch" low jofess, and fuch opprobrious language, that, if we may form a judgment of the wit of the Ga-lilsean Filher-raeo, by that of the Fiiher-men and Watermen cn the Thames, Judas himfelf would have written with more vivacity and elegancy againft the miracles of Ms mafter, than the learned and ingenious Mr. Wcolston. That Faith which flopped the mouths of lions, he hop'd (to ufe one of his own polite companions.) might be fuppreffed by the braying of affes : and that religion which had born up againft the Roman Eagles, and all the grave Owls of Athens, was to be hooted off the Stage by the grinning Owls of Grub-ilreet. I am really forry to own, that this Gentleman was formerly of our Society : but elevated by his fuc-cefs, he has for a good while abfented himfelf from our meetings, and thereby faved us the trouble of expelling him out oi it. For we are fully refolyed to difcoun-tenance all irreligious Jionfenfc, leaving our Members at full liberty to exert their talents in all other kind?. Upon this account we think ourfelves obliged to take oo:ice of a Pamphlet lately publifhed by an anonymous Aurbor, who is probabiy a Member of our Society. He has indeed a little more modefty than his Brother Woolston, by fupprefling his name 5 and it had been more for the Reputation of the Diffenter?, if his Book-feller had imitated his example. The Title of this Pamphlet runs thus, Ihe materiality or the mortality of the Soul of man, and its fxmenefs -with the Body, afferted and proved from the H�iy Scriptures of the Old and New Teflnment: fitzving, that, upon the death of the Body, all fenfation arid confeioufnefs utterly ceafe, till the refurreilion of the dead. A pompous title pagey written in the Gru-bacao manner, every word of which is ftri&ly true excepting three, and proved-fljew'mg. It is not my defign to write an anfwer to his learned arguments ; but (hall only give a fpecimen of the Author's learning and ingenuity in his inrerpretarions- of Scripture, which whoever reads, will, I believe, hardly trouble themfelvcs to confider his arguments. Hefiyr, pag. 1. What I undertake to prove from the authority of Holy Writ, is--That by the word Soul in Scripture is every where meant the Body o-?ly. The* there are a great .many places of Scripture from which the truth of this aflcrtioo is as evident, as from thofe that ?fmr�imp, ap ril 2. 1730. follow, yet I ihall mention oniy fuch as are quoted in ihf. Pamphlet itielf, Gen. xxxv. 18. Ar-d it cams to pafs as h~ " " v:, *' The very Paftors of thSJShurch, Who ftuck moft o'rthq^jffy by my Ale, Since that and wine did fail, Have left me in the lurch: Peih.ps negleft me iu their Pray'rs; Their ghoftly council is notgivenj And fince I cannot pay their paft'ral cares I'm left to guefs the Way to Heaven. The Reader is defired not to find fault with thefe verfes, unlefs he -is Certain that under the fame circum-fiances he can write better. Bavius. Gentlemen are defired to direct their Letters to Mr. Bavius, Secretary to the Grub-ftreet Society. To be. left at Mr. Robens in'Warwick-lane. v LONDON. T h y.r s d a y, March z6. On rr.onday laft died at hisj lodgings in> this city, Sir Cleave Moor, of Moore-Hall in Lancafhire, Bar. and is fucceeded in dignity by his Son, Jofepb Edmonds, of Barkhamftead in Hertfordfhire, Efqj who for 8 years part hath been poflefled of an efta'e of above 2000 1. per ann. left him by his Gr.ndfather, Jofeph Edmonds of Hertfordfhire aforeJaid, Efq; D. Pojt. qEvm.Pofts. On tuefday Isft in the afternoon came on before the Right Rev. theBifhopof Winchefter, (asVifitor) afiifted by Dr.Sayer and Dr. Wood, (his GhanolloT) the hearing of the appeal of the Rev. Mr. Ayfcough, againft Corpus Chrifti College, Oxford, for expelling him from bis fel-lowfhip in the faid College fome months fince, without aftigning ("either then or lince) any cauie whatever. The council for Mr. Ayfcough were Dr. Andrews, 'and Dr. Paul 5 and for the College Dr. Henchman, and Dr. Strahan. The College pretended, that they were accountable to no body for their conduit; for that the Right was in them,-and the Bifbop had no visitatorial power over them: but that was foon over-ruled, many Precedents being produced to the contrary : and after a hearing of about 3 hours, the Bifrcp decreed, that the college fhould re ftore Mr.. A}fcough to his feilcwfljip, with a'l profits, &c. from the time of Irs expuifion , and that fuch of the Fel ows (not the College) that were con-cern'd in expelling him, fnouid pay a.i the coft. ibid.