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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.
I AM happy in having your permiffion to inscribe
to you this complete edition of the truly poetical works of your late ingenious friend OLIVER GOLDSMITH. They will prove a lafting monument of
Every lover of science muft deeply lament that this excellent writer, after long ftruggling with adverfity, finished his mortal career just as his reputation was firmly established, and he had acquired the friendship of SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, DR. JOHNSON, MR. EDMUND BURKE, the DEAN of DERRY, MR. BEAUCLERC, and MR. CUMBERLAND, names which ADORN our age and nation.
It is, Sir, being merely an eccho of the PUBLIC VOICE to celebrate your admirable productions,
"In which to lateft times the artift lives."
Had Dr. Goldfmith understood the art of painting, of which he modeftly declares himself ignorant, his pen would have done juftice to the merits of your pencil-he chofe a nobler theme, by declaring his ardent affection for the virtues of your heart.
That you may long continue, Sir, the ornament of your country, and the delight of your friends, is the fincere wish of,
VOLUME THE FIRST.
LIFE AND WRITINGS
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M.B.*
"THE life of a scholar," Dr. Goldfmith has remarked, "feldom abounds "with adventure; his fame is acquired in
* In the Memoirs, which were published in London, foon after the death of Dr. Goldfmith, were several mistakes, with respect to our author's age, the time of his admiffion into the college of Dublin, &c. which are here corrected from accurate information.