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Uniform, but of different Sizes, &c. according to the different Gesiuses and Dispositions of those who are to be admitted. In this Point too the Situation of the Chambers ought to be obscryed; for Instance, the Compilers of Vade-mecum's, Abridgment* makers, &c. should be stationed in the Cellars under Ground; the Ode Writers next to the Sky-light; the Translators on the Ground-Floo r; and the Epic and Dramatic Authors on the first and.second Stories. In.the Midst of the Whole I would have a large Hall, where the whole Society should meet three Times a Day, to be provided at every Meal with Dishes adapted to their Constitutions : for Care must be had, that the Gentlemen who soar " above the vi"Jible diurnal Sphere" do not eat of Beef, or any other Meat that is subject to clog the Intellects; but be sed, as Pindar and the Bards of old were, with Food: that elates and puts the Fancy on the Wing. This College mould be governed by a President and Twelve Directors, all of whom have been Book* sellors in London for the Space of Seven Years before the Time they are elected such, that they may be thereby qualified to judge properly of the Pretensions of the Candidates to this Charity. Every Candidate must have the Recommendation of one or more of the Directors, and a Certificate under the Hands and Seals of four of the Company of Station* ers, that he has been Muse-rid for ten Years, in such a Manner as to be entirely incapacitated for any other Vocation in Lise. If these Things seem clear, the Person shall be admitted without any farther Trouble, except it is proved he is worth
Money, for a rich Man must be as incapable to en* ter this Hospital as the Kingdtm of Heaven.
We next come to the Choice of proper Servants and Attendants. Now, as there are in the three Kingdoms innumerable Footmen and Chamber Maids, who spend best part of their Time with Lee and* Otway, and daily condemn Fate for having placed People of their uncommon Talents in such a Situation, a» to be subject to be called every Moment from the heroic Company of Alexander and Roxana, and sent to converse, much against their Inclinations, with the Dregs of the People; I would have all such as are disposed to live retired, and to have frequent Opportunities of conversing not only with deals Poets but living Wits, come and offer their Service to the Hospital; where they shall be furnished with every thing necessary for Lise, and be allowed, after the little Labour that shall be required of them is over, stated Hours for their favorite Studies.
When these things are all settled, and a handsome Subscription opened, the Legislature, no doubt, will give Encouragement to so noble, useful, and charitable a Foundation, by establishing the Lands and Funds raised for its Support by parliamentary Authority; and, if it would not be looked upon as Presumption to give a Hint to so wise and august an Assembly, a Tax might be laid, which would bring in vast Sums annually, and at the fame Time be no Burthen to the industrious Subject, but on the contrary tend to promote every Branch of Trade in the Nation. The Tax I mean should be upon that unprositable Commodity, that abounds so much in these Kingdoms, commonly called Scribling. There should be in every Parish an Inspector into this Manufactory (suppose the Parson), who should take his Rounds once a Week, like the Exciseman, to visit those that are Dealers, and receive the limited Duty i and, to obviate any Fraud, very large Penalties should be laid upon all such, as should clandestinely make Verse or Prose, or a Mixture of both (which I think is most in request at present), Without previously acquainting the ecclesiastical Officer, or at least informing him immediately after. This Expence would hinder many an Attorney's Clerk and Prentice from Pbillising away his Time, and1 keep him from being reduced at last to the Hospital.
Should it be objected, by the Proprietors of the Magazines, or other periodical Miscellanies, that such a Tax would deprive them of many an ingenious Performance both in Verse and Prose, the Grievance may be redressed by applying to the Directors, and compounding with them for so much a Year for all their Authors in a Lump, as those People do with Commissioners of Turnpikes, who live near the Gate. Thus, Sir, having thrown together some loose Thoughts of my own, I leave you and the Reader to make what farther Improvements upon the Project you are able. I am
Your most Humble Servant, tfi.