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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - September 3, 1730, London, Middlesex Numb1. 3 j Cj&UrSDap, SETT EMBER 3, 1730. True to the bottom, fee Concanen creep, A cold, long-winded, native of the deep! No noife, no fir, no motion canjl thau make, Tb* unconfcious foodfeeps o'er thee like a lake. Dunciad. B. II. To the Author of the Grub-flreet Journal. . T was but lately that I met with a Book called the Speculatift, though by Enquiry I find it has been above a month privately difperfed (in the manner proper to Libels) and hath crept about, in that blind way, as far as it had Strength to go. I found it to be a great fraud and impofition on the Subfcribers; being no other than a wretched Relique, patched up from the Wrecks of Britijh and London Journals-No doubt it will foon be (like its Author) to be fold, to more than will buy it: In fome weeks, it will be crying out for help in the Advertifements, under the ufual and laudable form of, A.few Copies of the Speculating being yet left undifpofed of, may be had at-. As I am very fure hereof, it makes it not quite impertinent, to take a little notice even of fuch a thing as this. The man has faced his old Raggs with a Bitt of Preface, and truly not at all an unneceffary one; being to apologize for certain unlucky Inconfijlencies, of himfelf and his Brother Journalifts, in their Parties, Principles and Frie/id-Jhips: Thefe he charitably accounts for, from their youth, want of Experience, Knowledge and Judgment, in what they write about; and other fuch Innocent Caufes. There is no question, thefe Authors may, and do, change their their Mihd: It were only to be wifh'd he had told us, at to hat price It is much, that any Writer fb concerned for his good neme, fhould flill continue to Write without his Name? But I can affure the Publick he is not only a Gentleman, but a Gentleman of the Dunciad: The Annotations mention him under the name of C - nc -;;, as a Writer of Scurrilities in the Journals: This he is much troubled about j though (whether out of great Shame-facednefs, or being fo required by'bis Bookfeller) he is as fearful to name the Dunciad as to name himfelf But the Scurrilities he utterly denies, and at the fame time wifely prints a Journal-full on Dr. Swift and iV'r. Pope. By which one thing at leaft faid of him by that Annotator feems to be true, namely, that he is an Iri/hman. That Journal is date'd Novemb. 25, 1727, (a year before the Dunciad came out.) It fays of Mr. P- that he had often been concerned with Bookfellers in Jobbs and Frauds. I have Authority to fay, that this C- nc-n (if fuch be his name) is Scurrilous and ?. Lyer; and he mull be content with that Appellation, unlefs he proves what he afferts. Some Slanders of- the fame fort have been dilproved fince that, Time, in the Teftimonies before the Dunciad: But thefe Gentlemen never retraB on any Conviction but one. The next Lye he tells, he may think the more fate, as the perfon is fince dead. .He reprefents Dr. Sw - and Mr. P- to have abufed Mr. Coiigreve, in thefe Words. ' It * may happen-to thofe who vent praife or cenfure too pre-' cipitately, as it did to an eminent Englijh Poet, who ce- * lebrated a young Nobleman upon erecting Dry den's Monu-' ment, upon a Promife which his Lordlhip forgot 'till it * was done by another.' Whoever Writes of Men and Facts, ought firft to know fomething of them : This Paragraph totidem Verbis, was inferted at Mr. Congreve's own defire, who was willing That Fact fhould be made known, to account for what he had written. Mr. Congreve maintained for above Twenty Years, an entire friendlhip with both thefe Gentlemen; and is known to have lived, with Mr. Pope particularly in ftrict Intimacy to his death. The above-mention'd Notes to the Dunciad give a further account of this Irijhman, which he is content to pafs in Silence, viz. ' That he was (as we fee he ftill continues ' an Anonymous Slanderer and Publifher of other Men's Slan-' ders, on Dr.Swift, To Whom He Had Particular ' Obligations.' This Truth is known to the Reverend Dr. De-y, and we can (if he pleafes) name others, who will atteft how he returned them, as-well by his own Scurrilities, as by forwarding to the Prefs thofe of A - cle, &c. but that it is fufficiently feen, by calling an Eye on this very Journal he here reprints. To conclude, with whatever Neglect wc would pafs by fuch Men as Writers, (and far be it from us, to difturb that Silence which all the world befides obferves toward their Works) yet it is the concern of all Mankind to expofe them as Publifhers of Falfities", and Defamers of Superior Chara-tlers. Therefore that the faid C - nc - n (if fuch be his name) is an immoral Man, is what every Reader ought to be told; that he is a dull one is what every Reader can find. To Mr. Bavius, Secretary to the Grubasan Society. SIR, YOUR induftrious tho' feeble Efforts towards Criticifm, manifefted by fome fo-fo Emendations of Mil ton and Chaucer, have prevailed upon my known Humanity to enrich your Paper, and eilablifh the Reputation of your Society in their Critical Capacity, by the Communication of a Till-this-Day-unheard-of Correction of that no lefs jugulating than titillating Satyrifl, Butler. See the following Lines of the firft Canto of the firft Part of Hudibrafs, where the Author defcribes his Knight's Accoutrements. L 375. This Sword a Dagger had his Page, That was but little for his Age: And therefoze-waited on him fo, As Dwarfs upon Knights-Errant do. It was a ferviceable Dudgeon, Either for Fighting, or for Drudging. What Senfe is there, my Bavy, in the Word Dudgeon ? None I fay, none at all. It muft therefore and fhall be read Durgen, an admirable old Englifh Word, fignifying a Dwarf, and every whit as good a 'Rhythm in Doggrel. But be that as it will, Butler beyond all doubt did write, or certainly ought to have writ it thus, 7/ was a ferviceable Durgen. I know not whether the egregious Ofcitancy of the Tran-fcriber or Publifhers moves moll to Companion or Laughter; could I indulge my felf in being jocular on fo ferious and important a Subject, I could fay, that I took this mon-flrous Hallucination in Dudgeon. Blundering Rafcals! Did they not know that Dudgeon lignifies a vehement Exean-defcence of the Mind, which might be evinced by a fuper-abundance of Quotations from this very Author, but let the firft Line of the firft Canto of the firft Book fuffice. When civil Dudgeon firft grew high. I am fenfible there are fome, who would juftifie the vulgar Reading by that trite Proverbial Phrafe, to wear a Dudgeon [Dagger] by one's Side, but alafs ! what ignorant Wretches are thefe! I am confident that Mr.Msevius (if he has any Sapience for true Criticifm) muft dare manus lubens to this Correction ; his right Eye muft leap for Joy, to fee with what Pcrfpicacity I have rubb'd off the corrofive Ruft of Obfoletenefs from this fignificant Word, and reftored it to its antient Luftre and Dignity. Trinity-College, Cam lam, Your Faithful Ally, bridge; Aug. 23, 1730. Sunday Afternoon, in Chappel-Time. Z O I L U S. .SIR, THE favourable Reception your Kcntifh Infcription met with from the learned World encourages me to communicate one, which was lately difcovered by an ingenious Antiquary not far from Norwich, and which I think no lefs curious than that you have already publifhed, E. D. O. R. S. I. H. T. N. Y. L. O. T. I have not attempted to imitate the Letters, but affure you that it is otherwife exactly copied: If you think it worth a Place in your Journal, I hope fome of your worthy Society will favour the Curious with a DifTertation on this uncommon Stone, which I defpair of finding in Gruter or Cambden, and it will oblige, Sir, &c. L O N D. O N. Thursday, Aug. zj. The King was pleafed to order the French exprefs that brought the news of the Duke of Anjous birth, 100 guineas. P. Yefterday the Court of Directors of the Hon. Eaft-India Company agreed to take up 13 fhips for the carrying on the trade for the year eniuing. Ibid. The fame day a bill of indictment was found at the fef-fions in Guildhall ag3inft Thomas Haflel, who did-belong to the General Poil Office, lor opening a letter, and tela-nioufly taking out of it a bank note. C This evening or to morrow morning, Mr. Baron Thom- fon came to town from Tunbridge. P. -I once, in~ tended to have made a remark on this learned paragraph : but /kail defer it till this morning or lail night. 'Tisnow faid that the five young highwaymen in Reading gaol will not be tried this next fefhons at the Old Baily; but will, for fome reaforis, be confined till the next after. D.P. Friday, Aug. 23. Yefterday the ancient ibciety of archers that meets weekly at the Three Tons in Lamb's Conduit-fields, invited the' Indian King, &c. to come and fee them fhoot with bows and arrows at Targots, when every man performed with great dexterity and judgment. The King and thofe of his attendance did alio fhoot, but they did not perform fb well as was expected, it being the weapons of war ufed in their country; but they faid that our bows and arrows differed from theirs. P. Mr. Talbot Young, one of the Gentlemen of his Ma-jefty's Chappel Royal, is made one of the finging men belonging to Weftminfter-Abbey, in the room oi .Mr. Edwards, deceafed. Ibid. Wc hear a difcovery was lately made to the Directors of Greenwich Hofpital of a confiderable fum of money appropriated by act of parliament for the faid holpital, faid to have been fecreted ever fince the laii war j and that they are now inquiring into that affair. D-P. Saturday, Aug- 29. The Eyles Eaft-India fliip from Fort St. George and Bengal, is arrived at Portfmouth; fhe parted with thr Grantham the 17th inftant: She left at St. Helena, June 25, the Wyhdham, Greenwich, and Marlborough ; the chief Mate of the latter died in his voyage home. C. There is advice by the laid fhip, that the Princefs Ca-"� roline, an Englifh floop, had taken Captain Coomes, Commander of one of the Oftend fhips, alter exchanging fe-veral fhot; and he was afterwards kept priibner at Bengal. Ibid. A report having been fpread about the town of Mr. Alderman Parfons having been fhot at Paris, we are afTured that the fame is without foundation, and that he is in perfect health, he being expected in England, with his Lady and Family, about the ioth of next month*. Ibid. Yefterday morning Mr. Woodyer that keeps the King's Arms tavern on Ludgate-hill, having had fome words with his wife, and being under fome difcontent of mind, cut his throat; but it is hoped he may recover, being under the hands of a very able Surgeon. Ibid. One hundred and forty bills of indictment have been found by the Grand Jury at Hick's Hall fince wednefday laft. P. Yefterday the feffions began at the Old Baily, and ths Court fat very late on the tryal of the two Willis's, who were acquitted. Ibid. Monday, Aug. 31. By the fire that broke out at eleven o' clock on friday  night in Watling-llreet, near the corner of Bow-lane, three houfes were burnt down, the houie of Mr. Cornwall, a Tobacconift, where it is faid it began ; the houfe of Mr. Gollelow, a Dilliller, and that of Dr. Douglas, that lay backward ; fome other houfes were much damaged. C. On faturday laft at the feffions in the Old Bailey, the following Malefactors were cppitally convicted, viz. Gilbert Laurence, on the oath of Paul Oliver, for forcibly committing with him the unnatural fin of Sodomy ; Andrew Dalton, for Healing from John Ravvlings a horfe, a gold headed cane, and other things; Nicholas Gil bourne, for robbing John Hall, near Paddington, of 40 yards of filk and 4 pair of ftockings. Ibid, and D- P. On faturday Mr. HafTel's tryal came on at the Old Baily, for defrauding the Poll-Office of a Bank Note, when he moved by Council, that it might be deferred till the next Seifions ; and on a perfon's making oath that the mofl material evidence he had was a great way off, the Court granted his requeft. C The curious marble Statue of King Charles II. which flood in the middle of the Royal-Exchange, and which, has been taken down in order to be repaired and beautified, wa3 on faturday lail replaced on a more elevated pe- ;