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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - January 29, 1730, London, Middlesex Numb. IV Cfrariefeap, j an. u art 29. i73o. - lane but knows Our purging*,. pumpings, blanketings, and blows ? In .every loom our labours Jhall be feen ; And the jrejh'vomit run for ever green. Dunciad, B. II. We d-n e's d ay, Jan. 2,8.  Mr. Secretary" acquainted the Society, that he had received a Letter from an eminent Bookfeller y which by their Orders he read, as follows 5 I R,  - ' Covent-Garden, fan.z$, 1730. IP O.N> the publication' of the firft Journal of your Society, I went to three or four Coffee-houies, in hopes of feeing it 5 but met with-a .difappointment, not uncommon upon the firft1 appearance of a new Paper; Soon after: this, I asked the opinion of a learned Gentleman ; who. writes for me, concerning it; who afjureS rhe, that it wasra very filly-Paper^ without one dram of wit; andSthatfome ingenious Friends of bis, who meet at a Cof&e-boufe near the Change, had pronounced its doom; . Tbat;it.couW-notlive a week, and that number the firft would infallibly be number, the laft. This has proved-a.-very falfe conjecture; and upon reading tbe three numbers already publi/Hed, I am forced to diflentfroro thofe learned Gentlemen, as much in jbe -foTmer^ -a? in the latter part of their opinion. For I think your Journal may not unfitly be compared to a Raree-Show, which, as well as,,thofe who carry it, has a very plain and mean external appearance; but if we look into it intently, the profpect inlarges by degrees, and gives us a moft furprifing and delightful entertainment, fucceffrvely pe-fenting to our view thegreateft variety of nature andof art. The thoughts ot tbe Town concerning this Raree-Show are very various: which has united all mine at pre/ent in this one, not to lofe any time in making application^ by you, to.the.lrarned Society, for the favour and honour of being appointed their Bookfeller. An honour, for which it would have been a great preemption toiollicite, without fome foundationtforfucb pretentions. On which account, that natural backwardneis and modefty, which has been a great' difadvantage to me. on many occafions, would have likewife re-ftrained me from putting my felf forwaVd on fbisj:did I notliumbly conceive, that in many refpc&s Innay juftly hope for a'prererence to any other competitor. , .; � - "' Fori can, with the gveateft veracity, and without the=leaft vanity, affirm/that no'one peHbn in the 'whole; fraternity of' Bookfellers, has fo much promoted the-iutereft ofyour members in particular, and eonfe-quently of the*-whiole .Society" in g^Deial,  as my /elf. - No man eve* employed fo great number of them, wit&ri'the lame compafs of time ; or payed them fq gweroufly^as I have done. And far- the truth of this I appeal-to thpfe Gentlemen.themfclves ; 'and to you, Sir, in particular. 1 dare challenge the moft eminent of the trade to fbew a catalogue of books of his own printing, equal to that which I am ready to produce. Let the compositions of levity be counted by number, and thofe of gravity examined by weight; the Stock of my Antagonift will be found deficient in the fum total, and deceitful upon the balance. ^ Thofe who have made the gtcrteft figure in our way have generally run chiefly upon fbme fingle branch of Science,- as Divinity,-Phyfic, Law, Poetry, &c.' and have frequently reifed an eftate,, by going on ftrvilely and ftupidly in one track of bufinefs. Bnti moved by nebler views, and having a laudable ambition to become famous in the Commonwealth of "earning, I fcorned to, confine my feif to any one of. its pamy but endeavoured to the ut-moft of ml Row?f w promote it in ail. And tno* Bjogi*phy$ fecre* rlifttrfy, natural PiMlp^hy, and. Poery, were my; chief favctiricesy yet no part of literature can, complain, that it has been diftegwde^'macb'lafi; iotirery neg- lected by me. And, I believe, a perfect Enqclopsdia of Arts and Sciences may be collected folely from the books which I have publifhed. This may ftem a paradox to thofe, who form a judgment of thenum-* ber of books printed for me, ' by feeing my name in" the Title Page j and may'thence'be apt to conclude, that where that does not appear, I was not at all concerned. This is a very uncertain way of judging : there being a great many cafes, in which it is not at all proper, either for an Author, or a Bookfeller, to put his name to the Book he publishes. And { can evidently prdve,- whenever it (hall be deemed neceflary, that 1 hav^ actually printed :and fold as many-"books under fictitious* mmes, or under none at all, as under my own. By which conduct of mine, thofe which were before kept up at an exorbitant price, have been put into a grCat many hands, at a moderate rate, to the great advancement of learning and know;-ledge. This 1 always preferred to my own private emolument, and for the fake thereof, hare expoftd my Iclf to\continual dangers end loffes. In fhort, 1 may venture to affirm,- that the myftery.of bpokfelling has been carried-to a greater height by me, than by any, either of my Prede-ccfibrs, or Contemporaries; and that I, have outgone, every one of them in his own particular way. ' I had gained fo great an afcendant over' Authors, that great numbers were always ready to write upon any f ubjeS whatever, by my advice and direction; for which I always gratified them in a bandfome manner. And as For thofe, who, out of priva'e viev?j, der clined my acquaintance, and refufed me their copies on any terms I could offer, thefe I obliged to write for me gratis;.mi publifi:ed, andfoSmany fine compofitions, both in profe and verie, under their names. This extraordinary way of trade, as it gained me the tdmiration, ofthe world, fo it raifed againft me rhe envy of many Bookfellers, and the enmity of many Authors ; which had'likefy to have proved fatal to tne. For one of the latter, having invited me to a. Tavern, under pretence ofbuunefs> infufed poifon into the winerbut thrd'-the happinefs of my con.^itutioBJ^ and the protection of the divine providence, that which was defigned for my deftruction, contributed to my health, working off only as 3 ftrong Emetic and Purge, and fo proved to be phytic iriftead of poifboi This villainous attempt upon my "Lite'was owing to Popery; a religion (Hit may be fo called) which teaches its votaries to do evil that good may corner of it, to keep no faith with Heretics, and to make ufe of private dofes and' daggers." '"' ' :, '' " r} Not long after this,  upon an irivftation from the Ring's Scholars, I* went to Weftminfter; where I was treated in a moft barbarous and inhumane? manner; without the lea ft regard totheftcred ground on which the College ftands, or to the vicinity of the Abfceyr 6f the King's moft antient Palace^ andof the Courts of judicature; which formerly were, and ought ftill tQ be, fecurc places of fanctuary and refuge to r,he innocent. T ufed my u>moft endeavours to gee -fome fatisfa&ioh for this outrageous violence: but'as if Juftice was fled ftdm Weftmirifter-Walf, as well as piety from. Weftm rifter-Abbey, I could meet with nd Lawyer who would undertake my caufe", tho* I did not pretend to confufr any mfornift pauperis. . And as thft firft attempt upon my perfon was iriade by a pf ofeft Papift ; fo I have all the reafon in the world to believe, that thefecond wsi iipproveo,if not incourSged, by a fete Biftropf� 'wfio "otice made a1 bitter inVectlve againft me in the Houfe of I