Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - August 20, 1730, London, Middlesex
Q$nt0bm AUGUSTzo, i?io. Propofals for ere&ing a College, for the, habitation of. Grub-ftreet Authors, by Giles.Blunderbufs, J$fqj Hiftorian to the Orubean Society. Quisexpcdivit'pftttaco fuum ^�7g� -? Picafqiie doctiit. nojira verba conari ? �Magijttr arttSy ingemque largitor Venter^ ncgatas artifex fcqui voces. Quod ft..dolofi fyes refulferit nummi ; Corvospoetas, & poetridas picas . Catitare credits Pegafeium melos. Perf. HE.Street from, which our Society derives it's name has within fhefefew years been fo metamorphofedy that it is no longer fit for the reception of Authors. There is now not fo much as'One Printer or ---y,- n Bookfeller left, in it: nor any fign or" literature remaining, befide tins ungle houfe, which is ap-, ^propriated to the weekly meetings of the Society, and the xi^denjfc of two or three of it's members. And this ve^yhoufe, is'become fo crazy, that the refidentiary members begin to be. afraid of dwelling in it.any longer: and they would long ago haveremoved, if they could have ""Supported the expence of better accommodations. Nothingcan t>e more unjuft, than that thofe who are continually employing themfelves in the. fervice of the publick, (hould be deititute of a convenient habitation provided at the publick Expence. I propofe therefore either that fome new College be erefted in or near this City, or the limits of ioroe old one fufficiently extended- to receive thofe generous peribns, who are daily labouring for the .puolick good. I can think of no Situation more proper than Moor-fields, not only on account of the neighbourhood of Fore-itreet, that gnnd Emporium of pudding and peafe porridge: but .slJo becnule of it's adjoining to that famous feat of T'ar, which m *y aifprd frequent opportunities of celebrating the great achievements of our city Heroes. The vicinity of tha t College, which already Occupies the South fide of thole" fields, will be- a coniiie-r table Advantage. For as that College is made a habitation for Authors of the highert Spirit: the nearnefs of the two Buildings will make the removal of fuch as mall deferve that high Station, the lefs troublefome. On this account, it would not be improper to carry on the wings of .the old College to'the end of the fields, and ereft a new building oppofite to the body of the old one. An Edifice of this extent would be capable of containing the greateft, part of our authors, and, I believe, all of any confiderable rank, among us. The ground Floor might be allotted for Politicians, News-writers, Criticks, Commentators, and others, whole gravity might endanger the upper ftories: and a decent office might be erecled in the yard, for the writers on the praclile of Phyficfc; where, with the-affiflance of two'or three Lopking^glaf-fes, they might compleat the true facias durum cacantis, which feme of them in a great degree have already obtained. The middle .floor might contain the Divines, Fhilofcpbers, Hiftorians, &c. and the upper Story the Poets of all denominations. , Galleries might be built round the Chimneys, for the Speculations of Prophets, TheariftoandAfh-oJogcjs. The walls would furhifli a iufiicient Station for BookfeUers, after the old manner : and the whole Area jnjght be planted with Hellebore for the ufe of fuch as fhouldbe thought worthy of being removed to the Southern.part of the College. If fuch a College as this was once built, the publick �eed be at no farther expence in the fuppprt of fo many ufeful perfons. The Profits arifing from their works Would be a conftant fupply to them of food and raiment: especially, if it mould be thought proper to make this a privileg'd. place; which would much condu.ee to the �afe and tranquility of the Inhabitants. I do not doubt but this Pfopofal will .meet with universal approbation, and that we fhidi Soon fee this learned Society flouriflx in a degree Suitable to id dignity and ufe-fulnefs. To Mr. Bavius, Secretary to the Grubajan Society. SIR, POfTefs'd with, a Notion of the Series Firgilianar, I dipt t'other day into the uEheid at a venture, to try the King,of Spain's Fortune, and open'd, bona fide, upon this part of jiEneas's fpeech, when~taking leave of Dido: Lib. 5. Yi 3J_x. Me Patris Anchifa, quo ties humentibus umbris Nox operit Terras, queriesaftra ignea furgunt, Admonetinfsmnis, & turbida terret Imago; Me Puer Ajcanius, capitifque injuria tari, 2>uem regno Hefperiafraudo, ' fataliblts arvis. But not content with this lucky Hit, I was refoly'd to play the Critick, and fee whether (by a fmill and trifling Variation from the Original^ I cou'd not make this Paffage fHll more appofue to the Circumftances of that Great Monarch; to ufe then the Bentleian ftyle, read it thus at my Peril. Heu me Regina, quoties humentibus umbris Nox operit Terras, quoties aftra gnea furgunt, Admonet in Leclis, &f turbida terret Imago : Infans tne Cdrolus eapitifque injuria cari, fj>uem regno Hejperia fraudo, atque Ducalibus Arvis. I make no doubt that the French Criticks, and Dutch Commentators, will readily accede to this Reading; neither can the Germans in ReafbnarVd gjod Senie rciiLe .to do the fame. But, perhaps, thefe Alterations in fo critical a Juncture may feem too'hold, wherefore I'll con- ' elude my Applications wirh an Hemiftick in tbe fame 1 Speech, which his Catholick Majeily may repeat word for word after the Pious' H;er6, jfealiam honJfgonte fequor. �<&(� 173^' Yours, SpRTlfitGUS. To the Society of Grubftreer,. GENTLEMENi THE RE is one Species of News left untouch'd by all the Weekly Writers, which I could wiih you would make it your Province to communicate to the World. To entertain us with real or fi&itions Tranfa&ions is all that our greateft Hiftoriaris, either Burnet or Gulliver have pretended to:' But to give an exait Chronology of what will befal Kingdoms in future Times, is the taflc tliey have left for you to perform- ' And yet as arduous an one as it leems $0 he, if you look into the Writings of fome Revelation-Philofcphers you will not want for Intelligences of this Nature. At prefent I rnftance in the Contents of Mr. W--n's Aftronomical Leftores, wherei it is proved, it leems, That tie "grind'intermediate Breaches in every one oftbe four Monarchies were immediately preceded by great JEclipJes of the Moon; all vijible in the fame Monarchies*, and that accordingly 1736, r� GRAND PERIOD ofjtbe ten Kingdoms or of the Last State of the Roman Monarchy will be peculiarly remarkable for fuch great Mclipfes. [See Mem. of the Life of Dr. Clarke, p. 150,]-Your Society, I doubt not, will Survive the Wreck of Empires; and as you npvy'generoully publifli his Prediftion, I hope you or your Succefiprs will hereafter point out to the W�.rid the Accomplishment of it. Hut if it ihould unhappily fail in this particular, then let Pofterity know that it is eajier to calculate Eclipfes in the Heavens, than tbe Downfal of Kingdoms on the Earth. I am, Gentlemen, your Well-wifher, �sV. To the Secretary of the Grubaean Society. SIR, ll^HEN his Royal Highnefs came over into Eng-- land,, three loyal Divines exprefs'd their Zeal upon the Gccafion, in the Spirit of Grub-ftreet Poetry. However, fome dhaffe&ed Fellow was pleafed to banter their Compactions in the following Epigram. As it poffibly m%ht never have come to your Hands, I thought proper, by fending it, to give your Society an Opportunity of vindicating, if they judg'd fit, their reverend Members; among whom there feems to have been our moft incomparable Poet-Laureat. The Epigram, if I miftake not, is made in Imitation of Dry- den's upon Milton, which you may read in the " "piece of any Edition o� this: laft Author. In tbe fame Age and IfU, three Bards. Divine, fbeir.. Prince. to-ee^brfj^Vinv^^'ib\iliU%''': The Fir/} in Nothmgnefs of Thought furpafs'd, the Next, in Boptbafti and in Both the Lift; Dullntfs, to crown herfap'rite Laureafs Strain, Mix'd a due Pertiett of the former- Twain. Auguft the 17th, Ypurs, 1730. PtULO-Gjw&iEtrs. L O N P O N. Thu rs day, Aug. 13. Notice is given to all peers, peerel&s, and privy Counfellors, that the Court goes into mourning on fun-day the i6thinftant, for her highnefi Benedifta Henrietta, Dutchels Dowager of Brunfwick and Lunenburg. The Ladies on publick days to wear black filks, plain linnen, black and white fans, and ho colour's tippets, and on private days white or gray fills'; the men to wear black fwords and buckles, and plain linnen, and on private days to wear gray. P, His Majefty has given orders for the four ponds in Hyde-park to be laid together, in order for a fine canal to "be made there, with other commodious alterations. Ibid. Yefterday morning about 1 o'clock died at hh ho ufe in Little Ormcnd-ftreet, the youngeft daughter of the Hon. Hor�tio Townfhend, Efq; brother to the Lord Viicount Townfhend, and reprefentatiye in Parliament for Hr-ytesbury in Wiltfhire. Ibid. Thomas Barnes of Wiltfhire, Efq; has made abett of iooo guineas, that he rides 200 miles and- walks jo in one day : To be perform'd- in October next at Near-market, half forfeit. D..^' The King has been gracioufly pleas'd to give the fum of 100L to Mr- Pine, who dedicated hi^procef-fion of the Knights of the Bath to his Majefty. Ijbid* One Allen, a milk-woman in Swallow-ftreet, having had fome words with her husband, told him when he went to work yelterday morning, that fhe would hang herfelf; which fhe accordingly did at her bed's feet. Ib. Mr. Chickin, an agreeable young Gentleman, of a confiderable eftate, who lately came.oyer with the-Indian Chiefs of South-Carolina, where he was born, ?of Englifh parents, is next week to be married to Mils Bufch, of Wandfworth.in Surry ; a young Lady of great beauty and merit. The account infer ted in one of yefter-day's News-papers of the faid young Lady's" beingr to: be married next week to one of the Indian Generals, is falfe and groundlefs. S.J.E. -- The London Eyeniug has copied tbe paragraph, which this Author afferts to befalje. ���� -. � � � Yefterday died at Lowton in EfTr, the Rev. Mr. Pritchard, Recl:or of Chrift-Church in Spittle-fields, imd Fellow of Brazen Nofe College. �. E. ; Friday, Aug. 14. Yefterday at a general Court of the Governors of Chrift's hofpital, Sir Hans Slpane, Bar. refign,'d. fifs office of phvfician to the faid hospital,.and receiv1''d the tHanka of the,Court for his gopd fervices P. The fame day the- following Gentlemen were con-firm'd as Governors of S. Bartholomew's hofpical^viz. Thomas Hardy, Eiq; Thomas Garraid, Efc; Commoa Sergeant, Thomas Inwen, Efq; Marmadukc Aliiagton, E% and Thomas Tryon, Efq; Ibid On tuefclay night laft one Francis Ruflell, a centinel in the fii ft-regiment of EGOt-guards, who liv'd in Mint-ftreet, in the Minr, was commiited to the new gaol in Southwark, being charg'd with cruelly beatiog. his 'wife with the heel or his fhce, fhe being hig with chil^and afterwards cutting her throat to the wind-pipe; of which fhe dy'd on wednefiiay m'ght. D. ^ On wednefday night the women, felons under fentence of tranfportation in Newgate, who are coafin'd oh the common fide in the womens ward, attempted an eicape, and having got proper tools for that purppfevcut off one ironiar i but beipfftimcfy difepver'd by theTTurn-keys, two of the ringrleaders were put into tbeoHs. C�l Yefterday dyM at Lo�r-Layton, in EfSyr, the R*/.