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OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M. B.
FAME, the only inflexible friend of Genius, has been singularly kind to the Author 'whose life I with much pleasure sit down to give some account of. She has sounded the praises of her favourite to the extremities of taste and literary refinement. The Court and the Cottage share with equal felicity the invaluable fruits of his elegant studies! The smallest memorial is a beacon for the incautious heart of virtue and simplicity, or a balm for the wounded soul of the comfortless! Hence the lovers of human excellence have been sedulous in establishing our writer's reputation on the basis of immortality.
Goldsmith's biographers have been many; their opinions, in some measure, different; but they all agree that he was a man of elevated genius unbounded philanthropy, and possessing the milk of human kindness in a supereminent degree.
I have their several accounts before me;
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