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########################## Predictions for the year 1708 *.

Wherein the month, and day of the month, are set down, the persons named, and the great ačti

ons and events of next year particularly related, as they will come to pass.

Written to prevent the people of England from being farther imposed on by the vulgar almanack-makers.

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* It is said, that the author, when he had writ this paper, and being at a loss what name to prefix to it, paffing through Longacre, observed a-sign over a house where a locksmith dwelt, .aud found the name Bickers off written under it which being a name somewhat un-common, he chose to call himself Isaac Bickers aff. This name was some time afterwards made use of by Sir Richard Steele, and Mr. Addison, in the Tatlers; in which papers, as well as many of the Spe&tators, it is well known, that the author had a considerable part. Dub. edit.

The papers which relate to Pärtridge the almanack-maker, are entirely humorous : and although they are not only temporary but local; yet, by an art peculiar to Swift hims.lf, they are rendered immortal, so as to be read with pleasure, as long as the English language subsists. Orrery.

In the papers relating to Partridge the almanack-maker, those.

who have a taste for mirth and humour, will find abundance of entertainment. They are defigned as a ridicule upon all that foolish tribe, who set up for astrologers, and without one rag of learking are great pretenders to science. The elegy on Partridge (in vol. vii. p. 204.) can never be sufficiently relished by those who are unacquainted with those whimsical trađt. However, it is a point worth observing, that upon all occasions Dr. Swift remembered the fanaticalparty; neither would he allow a poor cobler, starmonger, and quack; to go out of the world, until, upon his death bed, he had declared himself a nonconformist, and had a fanatic preacher to be his spiritual

guide. Swift. Z 2 faulp

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