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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - April 9, 1730, London, Middlesex - if s (gfyW&to&Pi A P R 11 9. 1730. home Considerations on the Limitation of Juries^iii'a Difcourfe read before the GroBsea-n Society, b,y Timothy NoodleyEiq; -Fuit hcec fapientia quondam Publico, privatis fecernere, facra profanh ; ConcuUtu prohibere vago, dare jure mantis, Hor. tfe.  .'.-.laBif^''';' j.H E injudicious Verdict*, which" fome Jate Juries havc brought in, having made it necelTary tocon-iidcr on fome means of redrawing them: I hope it will not be thought improper, if I lay betoTC' this leurned AfTtmbly iqme Reflections I have made on that important-Subject. My detign at prefent is to fpeak only of two Cafes; Adultery and Rapes ; which, as persons of fafhion are chiefly cphcern'd in them, ought,net to-be left to the determinarfen of thole of a meaner rank, ci whom our Juries are chiefly compos'd. With regard to adultery;" it.his been the cuftom, to impofe an exorbitant Fine on the Gentleman, who had been free with another's wife. Now, in my opinion, nothi8g.can be more abfurd, than to infect fo grievous a puniffiiBent, for the commiffion of what ail weil-bred gerfcns efteem a piece of Gallantry, and not a Crime. The virtuous Author of the Ep'Jile from Calista to Altamont has fct this in fo beautiful a light, that I cannot deny myfelf the 'pleafiire of repeating fome part of that ufetul, as well as entertaining Poem ; Thinks vhilft my Falfliocd to thy Bed I own, . Ihe- bard Misfortune it not thine alone: 8w*v*y the guttering World, and thoufands ft Fftlfe at Cat'fta, ld loathi like Geld, the griping Mifer's hand. In pleafurt's Garden-all oar- hours are pafs'd, Weview the-Ffuit, and where zoe> like,: W9 tafte* He then proceeds to quote the Examples of feveTal per-ions of. diftinction, under fcign'd names, who were bred to thefe polite and free maxims, and acted accordingly. Iconfcfs, indeed,'that a certain Gentleman was pleas'o, not longago, to declare, that the Author of this Puem ought to be vhipt and pillory'd. But as he is univcrfaliy acknowjedg-'d'to be the greatrft adverfary to this Society, now living, his cenfure will, without doubt, be under-Rood as a confirmation of the tru.h of what I am urging; Since then this vulgarly reputed Crime is approved and pradiiftd by all who have ary tafle of polite-neftj I would propofe that the Fine fhould he laid on the Husband, who diiturbs the peace of Society, with making a publick complaint of ah offence, at which he Is bouad in honour to connive. In fuch caufes as theft, the" Jury fhould cotrfift of Gentlemen of large Eftates, who havebeen brought; up in fucb free and polite maxims, as the-Author-before cited recommends. They ought tlfo tor be fingle men, becaufe tbofe who are married ^are apf to be prejudiced in favour of the Plaintiff. Were theft Rules oblerv'd; "I am peffuaded' the Peace of Society would be no longer difturb'd with thefe frivolous tjgi vexatiou* fuits. As for Rapes i they feem to me to be wholly out of the. way of common Tradefmen. This, being ore of thole diverfions which are proper only for Geaheraen, is often very improperly left to the determination oPa Jury of Citizens, who are'as unfit to judge in an affair of this Nature, as a Jury of Countrymen would be to infli6t a penalty for breaking a hedge, or trampling down Conr. In a Cafe of' this kind, the Jury ought co ccn-_fift'of Officers, or other Men of honour, who would 'braHe-'tO'judge- whether the accufed perfon was quali Bed'to ravifh or not. And if it mould appear, that the iuppofed Criminal is a perfon duly qualified, eirher by Birth; Education, or Fortune, for fuch Entertainment?; and that the perfen pretending to be ravilhed is much in- ferior to him in Condition; then it might be thought, proper to acquit the Gentleman honourably, and oblige che Woman to live with him, as he fhould pleafe. But if he fhould defire to have no farther Converfation with her, (he might be fent to fome houfeof Correction. Thefe Method,, if weil purfued, would foon pur an entire flop to thefe troublefomc Indictments; and Gentlemen would beable to enjoy their proper Diverfions unmolested. As for perfons of a lower Rank, a fmall Fine ough" to be laid on them, not exceeding the penalty for taking rural diverfions, wirhout being qualified. Some (I imagine) will be apt to object, that it will be very hard on the Women, that they (hould fuifer violence ; and afterwards not only have no redrefs, but run the riiqut: a?fo of being punifhed To this i snfwer, that om well-bred Autho; before-cited (hews, that'Wo men of lafhion are too po'.ke, to give any occifion tor violence. Anri as for tho/e^if an inferior Rank, they ought to be punifiied for- reftifing what they have no right to deny, Th� two following PaperVwere ftnt By one of our content Readers., The rirfr. fhews how much th-.: ftyle of a Writer is elevated hy being fafe from the Infuits of his Creditor... Our Correlpoi.-dent aflures us, that it is the Copy f a Letter from Mr. Turpin. to his Correfpon-dent or Detbr Mr. Samuel Tamer, Thrtad-mzker and H-tberdafier in Friday-fireet, London. Th.� other he affirms to be a true Copy of a Letter from a Lady to bir Apothecary. Godmanchefier, near Huntingdon, OB. 19,1719. Mr. Samuel Turner, SNCE you are fo haftv that you won't flay no longer, you flian't have the money at al!: and I den't Care a Turd, for you and your Cits may kifs my Arfe, for I value them not a Fanhing. Now you would be be giad to take half the Money for all, but you (han't have-noae. SU R I have a filent pain in my back wich flies up in to my ftomack and there it fixis and thare it hoides me all nite and this morin it as purg me upordes and dounwordes and I have a was dele of in my wourin and frobrin when I make water and all the witrales that J have �t fince fridey I have not difgufted and I beg thut you'd mack fom rhing that tis proper for me and you hali here forder from me in the morning. The Cafe of this Lady having been referred to the con federation of a � "ommittee of the Phyiician1, who are Members of this Society, it war unsnimouflv agreea u. recommend the following Preicription, which is iterall) trancribed from the lad p3_ee or the learneu Dr. Robm: ion's New'T'-^ory of Phy/sek i B? Ch�lyi. ffcj urtns. fai pur-rift,] m. flent in int.calory donee Confjflentiam Majft arid*, -ratclus erbtt; pjfita re pete opus t'tr qu.tterve ti-mporibus, & tandem Majfa art-da facia, rtpone ufui. LONDON. Thursday, April z. Yefterday three more men weie taken out dead from under the ruins of the lute dreadful fire at Fetter-lane end, and 'tis feat'd there are others ftii) behind There are feven already found dead, and one of thofe that were maimed died in St. Bartholomew's hofpital. Courant. The Foft Boy ftp of the feven that were fent to St Bartholomew's hofpital ycfterday, two are already dead, and the 'eft are in a languifhing Condition. The Dai.y Journal fays yefterday 4 men were taken out, % of them Fire-men, the oihers fo burnt that they could not be known, and of thofe who were fent to the hofpital, z are dead. Ihe ^t. Jarres's Evening agrees with the Daily jjutnal, and adds, that it is currently-reported that the number tiken out dead are 16, befidesfeveialothers who are bruifed* in a languiffing Condition. The Whitehall F.vening tells us j- of the Fire-men are known to be kiilcd. The fame day b^gan the Quarrer SefCon for the City ana liberty of WVftmiufter, when Sir John Gunfton opened the fame with an elegant fpeech- ibid. ih Daily Journal reads Si, John Gonfon, Chair.:: n, gave an extraordinary charge, as ufual, and particularly . recommended their inquiry into all Libels, feditious Pamphlets and Gaming-houfes. On faturday night lad part of the Bridge at Reading fell'down by which accident 2 men and a woman.fell in i the men were both faved, but the woman was taken up iaft tuefday morning drowned. Ibid. The fame day the Hon. the Lord James Caveodifb,7 Brother to bis Grace the Duke of Deronfhire, and Captain-Lieutenant of a Company in the third Regiment of Foor-guards, commanded by the Right Hon the Earl of Dunmore, mounted the King's Guard at St. J?.m�s's for the flrft time fince he received his Comrniffion, and treatfd his officers in a very-elegant manner upon that occafion. Toft Boy. Yefterday morning the fpital fermon was preached at Sr. Bride's Church before the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and-Sheriffs by the Rev. Dr. Bernman, Rector of St. Mary Axe ; and aftewards they returned to a dinner at Merchant-Taylors hall, where a fine emertiinmenC was prepared by Sir John Williams. Ibid. The fame morning about 1 z at noon, an o!d foldiec and bis wife coming from Chelfea, attempting to pafs 'hro' the Pirrier-gate at Sr. James's park, were flopt by a privite Centinel upon Dury, the woman having a bun-dei and her husband inliftjwg upon h;r being admitted to pafs thro', the Centinel ftaob'd him in the Body "with a Bayonet, ibid. On ruefday Thomas Ridge, Eiq; was married to Mrs. Bendy, Daughter of theAev. Dr.Bentiy, Matter of Tri-.. airy College in Cambridge. D Voft. Yelterdsy one Bartholomew Nicholfon was commited to Newgate by Sir William Biliers, for robing a man of, 7 s. a penknife and a handkerchief: We hear ihe faid Nicholfon had two others along w;th himj they pretended to be conftables, and would fearch the man, laying' he was a thief, and fo carried orT the things above-mentioned, ibid. The Cargo of the Prince Frederick, from La Vera Cruz, for account of the South-Sea Company, confiftsof 360,000 pieces of eight, io$z feronsof Cochineal, 11 feronsof Indigp, and 167 Tons of Logwood ; the whole is, by a moderate Computation, efleemcd worth 300,000 j. Daily Journal The Company have not fitted out more than zz Ships for the Whale rifhery, (the lame number as- iaffc year) nor have any directions been given for building anymore oh'ps for that Service. Ibid. E^riy yefterday morning a Duel was fought in Hyde-park between two Gentlemen, and after a lma; encoun* ter, one of them having iece;ved a wound in his arrrj, and another in feis bodyj they (hook hands, and each having a Hackney Coach waiting, they wcDt off without being known. Ib'd> This morning died Co!. John Ellis, one of his Ma-jefty's juftices of ihe peace tor the county of Middleiex. London Evening. F ir 1 d a y, April 3. The Rev. Mr. Cox, Lecturer of St. Michael CornhiH,' having religned the fame, th; Parifhioners have appointed thurfJay the 4th of June, for the choice of another* Courar.t. Ir is to he hoped, that a fufftcient number of Qxndidate$ will ojfer, to fuppfy the Panjh with afrefli one every fmdajf during this interval, as ufual. Yefterday. the poor Children taught and cloathed in the fever^t Charity-fcbools of this City and Suburbs, to the number of about 4000, were conducted by their? Truftees, Teachers, and Parifh-beadles, to St. Sepulchre's Jhurch, according to annual cuftom, where the Lord 3