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T A T L E R;
VOLUME The FIRS T.
JVmed sor C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, W. Strahan,
Ms. M ATNWARI NG. \
S I R,
THE state of converfation and business in this town having been long perplexed with Pretenders in both 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 pleasurable, as well as the busy part of mankind. To make this generally read, ic seemed the most proper method to form it by way of a Letter of Intelligence, consisting of such parts as 'might gratisy the curiosity of persons of all conditions, and of each Sex. But a work of this nature 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 Bickerjlajs gained an audience of all who had any taste of wit y and the addition of the ordinary occurrences of common Journals of News brought in a multitude of xther readers. I could not, I confess, long keep up Ihe. opinion of the town^ that these Lucubrations "were wriitea by the fame hand with the sirst works