power of divination
Note from the Introduction by Richard Steele to the first Tatler

A reference to Mr. Bickerstaff's power of seeing the future through astrological calculations, as humorously set forth in Swift's Predictions for the Year 1708....by Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. Mr. Bickerstaff's role as prophet-astrologer is not much emphasized in The Tatler.

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