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TH E State os Conversation and
Business in this Town having
been long perplexed with Pre-
^.sders in both Kinds, in order to open
f£n's Eyes against such Abuses, it ap-
cared no unprofitable Undertaking to
publish a Paper which sliould observe
upon the ivlanners of the Pleasurable,
a$ well as the Busie Part of Mankind.

\ To make this generally read, it seemed

the most proper Method to form it by

Way of a Letter of Intelligence, con-

sisting of such Parts as might gratify

the Curiosity of Persons of all Condi-

tions, and of each Sex. But a Work

of this Nature requiring Time to grow

into the Notice of the World, it hap-

pened very luckily, that a little before

A * I had

f -'

I had resolved upon this Design, a Gentleman had written Predictions, and Two or Three other Pieces in my Name, which had render'd it famous through all Parts of Europe 3 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 Bkkerftaff gained an Audience of all who had any Taste of Wit 5 and the Addition of the ordinary Occurrences of common Journals of News brought in a Multitude of other Readers, could not, I confess, long keep up trieOpinion of the Town, that these Lucubrations were written by the fame Hand with the first Works which were published under my Name 3 but before I lost the Participation of that Author's Fame, I had already found the Advantage 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, Va

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