Excerpt from The Art of Conversation, Vol. 1 of 3: In Three Parts Interspers'd With Many Foreign Proverbs, and Pleasant Stories; The Whole Fitted to Divert, Instruct, and Entertain Person of Every Taste, Quality, and Circumstance in Life To enumerate all the Benefits and Advantages of Society; to fpecijy the various Branches, and jhew the the Topics, and Management of facial Confidence and Conneryhtion, would he to; write a Treatifi, and antici. Pate the Defign of the fillowing Work. Ire/lead of which, let us hear the Account the Author him/2h gives, in his Proem, of the Occafion and Reeyons of his writing this 'piec'e, which was fr/l puhli/hed upwards of 160 nars a o. G He fays, that his Duty requiring him to pay his Reypee'ts to his old Friend and Mafler, lewis gonzaga, Duhe of Nevers, Lieutenant General of the mo/l Chri/tian King, charl-es IX. Then at Saluce, he found near his Perfin, his Brother william guazzo, hut reduced to jb weak and low a Condition hy the Severity of a Quartan figue, that the Sight of him drew' Tears from his Eyes. But not willing to di/eourage him, jays this Writer' his Brother, I put on a chearful flir, and gave him Hopes of recovering his: Health, if he would hut oifit his Parents and Friends, who longed to fee him: at Rome; and where lihewifi he might have the fld'vice of fame ahle Phyfi cian. Accordingly, fame floort Time after, the Duhe coming to that City. To; pay his De'voirs to his Con/in, the Prince/s leonora of Aufiria, he too/e with him my Brother, and permitted him to [lay with his Relations the Space of fix Days. Upon which we had a Coryultation of the mo/f eminent Ploy/it.
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