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would attract crowds to gaze at it, and thus they might hear of him, and see how well he could make a coat of so absurd a colour.'

The date of this dinner, October 16th, is creditable to Boswell's accuracy, as on reference to the tailor's account books already mentioned, it appears that a new suit of clothes of an expensive kind, is charged to Goldsmith on that day; the entry terms it “ a half dress suit of ratteen, lined with silk," and the price twelve guineas. But his dress has been so often alluded to by contemporaries who either wrote or spoke of him, that it may amuse the reader and assist the future antiquary in tracing the fleeting and most changeable peculiarities of our garb, to subjoin a few of his bills. * By these it clearly appears he was by no means an economist in the article of dress any more

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1767.

Brought from fol. 26.
March 4. To superfine suit complete
June 19. To suit complete
Sept. 8. To superfine cloth breeches
Oct. 2. To suit of state mourning
Dec. 26. To black thickset breeches

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28. To superfine frock suit

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(Paid by a draft on Griffin, Feb. 6. 1768.)

than in other matters; yet the obligations thus incurred were pretty punctually paid until a short

1768. Jan. 21.

and garter blue silk breeches March 17. To suit of clothes

colour, lined with silk, and gold buttons June 16.

16. To suit of mourning July 22.

22. To 2 yards of green livery cloth Aug. 29. To suit cleaned Sept. 24. To coat and waistcoat cleaned and

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30. To fine worsted breeches Nov. 29. To suit of grain mixture

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17. To mending ditto Sept. 19. To pair of silk breeches

24. To making frock suit of cloth Oct. 16. To making a half-dress suit of rat

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teen, lined with satin
To a pair of silk stocking breeches

To a pair of bloom-coloured ditto
1770.
April 21. To Bath coating surtout

To dress suit May 3. To suit

2 5 0 1 4 6

1 10 0 9 19 3 5 17 78

Carried forward

£51 0 3

time before his death, at which period he proved to be 791. in debt, and this appears to have been lost

Brought over

&£51 0 33 July 4. To suit

7 13 9 Sept. 8. To suit of mourning

5 12 0 (Paid £40 February 8. 1771, by a note of hand on Mr. Thos.

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gold buttons, &c. Feb. 8. To best silk breeches April 11. To frock suit, lined with (illegible)

half trimmed with gold sprig but

tons 17. To Queen's-blue dress suit Oct. 3. To suit, plain Dec. 5. To silk breeches

To jobs, mending, &c.
1772.
Jan. 4. To half-trimmed frock suit

31. To suit of mourning
March 18. To fine ratteen surtout, in grain
April 28. To Princess stuff breeches
May 1. To superfine cloth ditto

2. To suit of livery
5. To ditto frock and waistcoat

To jacket
21. To your blue velvet suit

To crimson collar for man
June 8. To altering two coats

19. To velvet suit new-coloured
July 18. To mending, &c.
Nov. 13. To making velvet waistcoat
Dec. 17. To jobs, &c.

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£93 17 3 and great coat ditto Sept. 23. To under waistcoat Oct. 2. To Princes stuff breeches

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£93 17 3 March 4. To Princess stuff breeches

1 7 6 11. To suit

10 0 0 April 12. To mending, &c.

0 1 6 May 7. To velvet waistcoat, cleaning, &c. 0 15 9 10. To altering suit, and for serge de soy

0 12 6 for waistcoat and skirts, &c. 13. To rich straw silk tamboured waistcoat 4 4 0 June 2. Tamboured waistcoat cleaned

0 1 6 To green half-trimmed frock and

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(Of this, £50 was paid the 5th April, and £60
the 14th September, 1773.)

Balance
July 23. To tamboured buff waistcoat cleaned

8. To suit of clothes

16. To stuff waistcoat Dec. 3. To mending, &c.

To great coat
8. To suit
18. To stuff breeches
24. To flannel waistcoat with sleeves

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£71 18 3

1774. March 18.

To suit

7 14 9

£79 13 0

though a loser to that amount, attributed no blame to Goldsmith; he had been a good customer; and had he lived would have paid every farthing.” Half the sum owing by him was for clothes supplied to his nephew Hodson, of which he had taken upon himself the payment.

A few days previous to the dinner at Boswell's, his goodnature was shown on an occasion when the assistance of zealous friends is most kind, and is most wanted, towards a person for whom he had nevertheless no cordial regard. This was Baretti ; whose name is sufficiently familiar to readers of the literary history of the day. He had been, as is well known, apprehended for the death of a man killed in a brawl in the street, when Goldsmith hearing of his misfortune hurried next morning before the committing magistrate, and bail being at first refused, accompanied him to Newgate, offering likewise the free use of his purse towards his subsistence and defence. This conduct exemplifies that benevolent impulse of which he has conveyed a better idea in a line, than others perhaps could accomplish in a paragraph

“ His pity gave ere charity began.” He did not admire Baretti, and Baretti knew and resented the slight; Goldsmith had formed a low estimate of the literature and morals of Italy from what he had seen during his stay in that country, and this opinion of the nation at large extended to several individuals settled in England. He thought that Baretti and Martinelli, another li

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