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Mr. Edmund Burke, and Mr. Garrick ; but from some unaccountable circumstances, this design was dropped, and his remains were privately deposited in the Temple burial-ground, on Saturday the 9th of April; when Mr. Hugh Kelley, Messrs. John and Robert Day, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Etherington, and. Mr. Hawes-gentlemen who had been his friends in life-attended his corpse as mourners, and paid the last tribute to his memory.
A subscription, however, has since been raised by his friends, to defray the expence of a marble monument, which is now executed by Mr. Nollikens, an eminent statuary in London, and placed in Westminster-abbey, between Gay's monument and the Duke of Argyle's, in Poet's Corner. It consists of a large medallion, exhibiting a very good likeness of the Doctor, embellished with literary ornaments, underneath which is a tablet of white marble, with the following Latin inscription, written by his excellent friend, Dr. Samuel Johnson:
POETÆ. PHYSICI. HISTORICI.
IN LOCO CUI NOMEN PALLAS,
NOV, XXIX. MDCCXXXI.
THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED
TO THE MEMORY OF
OVER THE AFFECTIONS,
OF A GENIUS
FRIENDSHIP IS NOT VOID OF HONOUR,
HE WAS BORN
IN THE PROVINCE OF LEINSTER,
NOV. XXIX. MDCCXXXI.
AND DIED IN LONDON,
As to Doctor Goldsmith's character, it is strongly illustrated by Mr. Pope's line,
“ In wit a man, fimplicity a child.” The learned leisure he loved to enjoy, was too often interrupted by distresses which arose from the openness of his temper, and which sometimes threw him into loud fits of passion; but this impetuosity was corrected upon a moment's reflection; and his servants have been known upon thefe occasions purposely to throw them selves in his way, that they might profit by it immediately after, for he who had the good fortune to be reproved, was certain of being rewarded for it. His disappoint
ments at other times, made him peevish and sullen, and he has often left a party of convivial friends abruptly in the evening, in order to go home and brood over his misfortunes.
The universal esteem in which his poems are held, and the repeated pleasure they give in the perusal, are striking proofs of their merit. He was a studious and correct observer of nature, happy in the selection of his images, in the choice of his subjects, and in the harmony of his versification; and, though his embarrassed situation prevented him from putting the last hand to some of his productions, his Hermit, his Traveller, and his Deserted Village, bid fair to claim a place among the most finished pieces in the English language.
BY W. WOTY.