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The Bickerstaff- Partridge Papers

By Swift, Jonathan

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Book Id: WPLBN0000629553
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: The Bickerstaff- Partridge Papers  
Author: Swift, Jonathan
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR 1708. Wherein the month, and day of the month are set down, the persons named, and the great actions and events of next year particularly related, as will come to pass. Written to prevent the people of England from being farther imposed on by vulgar almanack?makers. By Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. I have long consider?d the gross abuse of astrology in this kingdom, and upon debating the matter with myself, I could not possibly lay the fault upon the art, but upon those gross impostors, who set up to be the artists. I know several learned men have contended that the whole is a cheat; that it is absurd and ridiculous to imagine, the stars can have any influence at all upon human actions, thoughts, or inclinations: And whoever has not bent his studies that way, may be excused for thinking so, when he sees in how wretched a manner that noble art is treated by a few mean illiterate traders between us and the stars; who import a yearly stock of nonsense, lyes, folly, and impertinence, which they offer to the world as genuine from the planets, tho? they descend from no greater a height than their own brains.

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Table of Contents: The Bickerstaff?Partridge Papers, 1 -- Jonathan Swift, et al, 1 -- PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR 1708, 1 -- The Accomplishment of the First of Mr Bickerstaff's Predictions; being an account of the death of -- Mr Partridge, the almanack?maker, upon the 29th instant, 9 -- An Elegy on the supposed Death of Partridge, the Almanack?Maker, 11 -- An Epitaph on Partridge, 13 -- [Partridge's reply], 13 -- A vindication of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq; against what is objected to him by Mr. Partridge in his -- almanack for the present year 1709, 18 -- A famous prediction of Merlin, the British wizard, 23 -- Annus Mirabilis: or, The wonderful effects of the approaching conjunction of the planets Jupiter, -- Mars, and Saturn, 25


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