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Printed for HARRISON and Co, No 18, Paternoster Rowe







HE ftate of conversation and businefs in this town having been

long perplexed with Pretenders in bosh kinds; in order to open mens eyes against such abuses, it appeared no unprofitable undertaking to publish a Paper, which should observe upon the manners of the pleaforable as well as the busy part of mankind. To make this generally · read, it seemed the most proper method to form it by way of a Letter of Intelligence, confifting of such parts as might gratify the curiosity of persons of all conditions, and of each fex. But a work of this na. ture requiring time to grow into the notice of the world, it happened very luckily, that, a little before I had resolved upon this design, a Gentleman had written predictions, and two or three other pieces in my name, which had rendered it famous through all parts of Europe; and by an inimitable spirit and humour, raised it to as high a pitch of reputation as it could possibly arrive at.

By this good fortune the name of Isaac BICKERSTAFF gained an audience of all who had any talle of wit; and the addition of the ordinary occurrences of common Journals of News brought in a multitude of other readers. I could not, I confess, long kecp up the opinion of . the town, that these Lucubrations were written by the same hand with the first works which were published under my name; but before I lost the participation of that Author's fame, I had already found the ad. vantage of his authority, to which I owe the sudden acceptance which my labours met with in the world.

The general purpose of this paper is to expose the false arts of life; to pull off the disguises of cunning, vanity, and affectation; and to recommend a general fimplicity in our dress, our discourse, and our behaviour. No man has a better judgment for the discovery, or a nobler spirit for the contempt, of all impoflure, than yourself; which qualities render you the most proper patron for the Author of these Erays. In the general, the design, however executed, has met with fo great fuccers, that there is hardly a name now eminent among us for power, wit, beauty, valour, or wisdom, which is not subscribed for the encouragement of these volumes. This is, indeed, an honour, for which it is impossible to exprefs a suitable gratitude; and there is nothing could be an addition to the pleasure I take in it but the reflection, that it gives me the most conspicuous occafion I can ever have, of fub- . fcribing myself,

Your most obliged, most obedient,

And most humble Servant,



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