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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 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�