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"ciety for coffee and tobacco, in order to enable them “ the more effectually to defame him in coffeehouses.
“ Resolved, That towards the further lessening the si character of the said I'ope, some persons be deputed “ to abuse him at ladies tea-tables, and that in confide“ ration our authors are not well dressed enough, Mr
-y and Mr Kelbe deputed for that service. “ Resolved, That a ballad be made against Mr Pope, " and that Mr Oldmixon *, Mr Gildon t, and Mrs Cent“ livre f, do prepare and bring in the same. “ Resolved, That, above all, fome effectual
and " means be found to increase the joint stock of the repu“ tation of this society, which at present is exceeding “ low, and to give their works the greater currency; “ whether by raising the denomination of the said works “ by counterfeit title-pages, or mixing a greater quan
tity of the fine metal of other authors with the alloy “ of this fociety.
“ Resolved, That no member of this society for the “ future mix ftout in his ale in a morning, and that Mr
remove from the Hercules and Still. • Refolvedt, That all our members (except the cook's - wife) be provided with a sufficient quantity of the “ vivifying drops, or By field's fal volatile.
“ Resolved, That Sir Richard Blackmore || be appoint“ed to endue this society with a large quantity of regu
* Oldmixon was all his life a party-writer for hire: and after having falsified Daniel's Chronicle in many places, he charged three eminent persons with falsifying Lord Clarendon's hiftory, which was disproved by Dr Atterbury, Bishop of Rochefer, the only survivor of them. Hawles.
+ Gildon, a writer of criticifms and libels, who abused Ms Pope in several pamphlets and books printed by Curll. Hawkey.
1 Mrs Sufanna Centlivre, wife of Mr Cenilivre, yeoman of the mouth to his Majesty, wrote a song before she was seven years old, and many plays: he wrote also a ballad against Mr Pope's Honer, before he began it. Hawkes.
|| Sir Richard Blackmore, in his Essays, vol. 2. p. 270. accused Mr Pope in very high and fuber terms, of profaneness and immeality, on the inere report of Curll, that he was author of a travestie on the first Pfalm. Hawkej.
" lar and exalted ferments, in order to enliven their cold sentiments (being his true receipt to make wits *.”
These resolutions being taken, the assembly was ready to break up, but they took so near a part in Mr Curll's aiflictions, that none of them could leave him without giving him some advice to reinstate him in his health.
Mr Gildon was of opinion, that in order to drive a Pope out of his belly, he should get the mummy of fome deceased Moderator of the general asembly in Scotland to be taken inwardly as an effectual antidote against Antichrift; but Mr Oldmixon did conceive, that the liver of the person who administered the poison, boiled in broth, would be a more certain cure.
While the company were expecting the thanks of Mr Curll for thefe demonftrations of their zeal, a whole pile of Sir Richard's Elays on a sudden feil on his head; the fock of which in an instant brought back his delirium. He immediately rose up, overturned the close-stocl, and besh-t the Efays (which may probably occalion a second edition), then without putting up his breeches, in a most furious tone he thus broke out to his books, which his distempered imagination represented to him as alive, coming down from their shelves, fluttering their leaves, and flapping their covers at him.
Now God damn all folios, quartos, oilavos, and duodecimos! ungrateful varlets that you are, who have so long taken up my house without paying for your lodging! Are you not the beggarly brood of tumbling journeymen! born in garrets among lice and cobwels, nursed up on gray peas, bullocks liver, and porters alo??.
· Was not the first light you saw, the farthing candle I paid for? Did you not come before
time into dirty freeis of brown paper!
And have not I clothed you in double xopal, lodged you handsomely on decent jhelves, laced your backs with gold, equipped you with iple: did titles, and sent you into the world with the names of perjons of quality ? Muit I be always plagaed with you? Why Alutter ye your leaves and flap your covers at me? Dainn ye ell, je welves in fisceps cloathing; rags ye were, and to rags ye shall return. Why hold
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forth your texts to me, ye paltry sermons ? Why cry ye, at every word to me, ye bawdy poems? To my shop at Tunbridge ye shall go, by G-, and thence be drawn like the rest of your predecessors, bit by bit, to the paf. Jage-house; for in this present emotion of my bowels, how do I compassionate those who have great need, and nothing to wipe their breech with?
Having said this, and at the same time recollecting that his own was yet unwiped, he abated of his fury, and with great gravity applied to that function the unfinished theets of the conduct of the Earl of Nottinghan.
A ftrange but true Relation how Mr ED
MUND Curll, of Fleet-street, stationer, out of an extraordinary desire of lucre, went into 'Change-alley, and was converted from the Christian religion by certain eminent Jews; and how he was circumcised, and initiated into their mysteries.
Varice (as Sir Richard, in the third page of his
Essays, hath elegantly observed) is an inordinate impulse of the foul towards the amassing or heaping together a superfluity of wealth, without the least regard of opplying it to its proper uses.
And how the mind of man is possessed with this vice, may be seen every day both in the city and suburbs thereof. It has been always esteemed by Plato, Puffendorff, and Socrates, aš the darling vice of old age: but now oar young men are turned usurers and stockjobbers; and, instead of lusting after the real wives and daughters of our rich citizens, they covet nothing but their money and estates. Strange change of vice! when the concupiscence of youth is converted into the cove-tousness of age, and those appetites are now become VENAL, which should be VENEREAL. In the first place, let us Mew you
of the ancient worthies and heroes of antiquity have been undone and ruined by this deadly sin of avarice.
I shall take the liberty to begin with Brutus, that noble Roman. Does not Ætian inform us, that he received fifty broad pieces for the assassination of that renowned Emperor Julius Cæfar, who fell a sacrifice to the Jews, as Sir Edmund Bury Godfrey did to the Papifts ?
Did not Themistocles let in the Goths and Vandals into Carthage for a fum of money, where they barbaroufJy put out the other eye cf the famous Hannibal? as Herodotus hath it in his ninth bock upon the Roman medals.
Even the great Cato (as the late Mr Addison hati. very well obicrved), though otherwise, a gentleman of good sense, was not unsullied by this pecuniary contagion; for he fold Athens to Artaxerxes Longimanus for a hundred rix-dollars, which in our money will amount to two talents and thirty Jeffertii, according to Mr Demoivre's calculation. See Hefiod in bis. Seventh chapter of Feals and Testivals.
Actuated by the fame diabolical spirit of gain, Sylla the Roman Conful shot Alcibiades. the Senator with a pistol, and robbed him of several bank-bills and 'chequernotes to an immense value; for which he came to an untimely end, and was denied Cbriftiau burial. Hence comes the proverb, Incidat. in Syllam..
To come near to our own times, and give you one modern instance, though well known, and often quoted by historians, vix Echard, Dionyfius Halicarnaffeus, Virgil, Horace, and others: It is that, I mean, of the fac mous Godfrey of Pulloigne, one of the great heroes of the holy war, who robbed Celopatra Queen of Egypt of a diamond necklace, ear-rings, and a Tompion's gold watch (which was given her by Mark Anthony); all: these things were found in Godfrey's breeches pocket, when he was killed at the fiege of Damascus.
Who then can wonder, after fo many great and illu-Atrious examples.. that Mr Edmund Curll the stationer should renounce the Christian religion for the Mammon. of unrighteousness, and barter his precious faith for the filthy prospect of lucre in the prefent Auctuation of flocks?
It having been observed to Mr Curll, by some of his ingenious authors, (who 1 fear are not over-charged with any religion), what immense fums the Jews had got by bubbles*, &c. he immediately turned his mind from the bufiness, in which he was educated, but thrived litt.es
* Biblle was a name, given to all the extravagant projects, for which subscriptions were raised, and negotiated at.vait premiums in 'Change-alley, in the year 14720. A name, which alluded to their production by the ferment of the South-fca, and not to their splen. dor, emptir.cís, and inutility: for it did not become a name of reproach in this case, till time completed the metaphor and the bubble breke, Henckel..