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TH E State os Conversation and
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