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THE

MISCELLANEOUS WORKS

OP

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M.B.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS.

A NEW EDITION, COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR THOMAS NELSON.

1837.

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PAGB

sist the power of long and pleasing

temptation

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XVIII. The pursuit of a father to reclaim

a lost child to virtue

31

XIX. The description of a person discon.

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tented with the present government,

and apprehensive of the loss of our

liberties

32

4XX. The history of a philosophic vaga-

bond, pursuing novelty, but losing

content

35

XXI. The short continuance of friendship
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among the vicious, which is coeval

only with mutual satisfaction 40

XXII. Offences are easily pardoned where

there is love at bottom

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8 XXIII. None but the guilty can be long

and completely miserable

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XXIV. Fresh calamities

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9 XXV. No situation, however wretched

10 it seems, but has some sort of

comfort attending it

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XXVI. A reformation in the gaol. To

make laws complete they should

reward as well as punish

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XXVII. The same subject continued . 51

13 XXVIII. Happiness and misery rather

the result of prudence than of vir-

tue in this life; temporal evils or

15 felicities being regarded by Heaven

as things merely in themselves trif-

ling and unworthy its care in the

distribution

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17 XXIX. The equal dealing of Provi-

dence demonstrated with regard to
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the happy and the miserable here be-
low. That from the nature of plea-
sure and pain, the wretched must be

repaid the balance of their sufferings

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in the life hereafter

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XXX. Happier prospects begin to appear.

Let us be inflexible, and fortune

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will at last change in our favour 58

XXXI. Former benevolence now repaid

with unexpected interest

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23 XXXIL The conclusion

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I. The description of the family of Wake-

field, in which a kindred likeness

prevails, as well of minds as of

persons

II Family misfortunes. The loss of for-

tune only serves to increase the

pride of the worthy
III. A migration. The fortunate circum-

stances of our lives are generally
found at last to be of our own pro-

curing

IV. A proof that even the humblest for-

tune may grant happiness, which

depends not on circumstances but

constitution

V. A new and great acquaintance intro-

duced. What we place most hopes

upon generally proves most fatal
VI The happiness of a country fireside
VII. A town wit described. Íbe dullest

fellows may learn to be comical for

a night or two

VIII An amour, which promises little

good fortune, yet may be produc-

tive of much

18. Two ladies of great distinction intro-

duced. Superior finery ever seems

to confer superior breeding
X. The family endeavour to cope with

their betters. The miseries of the
poor when they attempt to appear

above their circumstances
XI, The family still resolve to hold up

their beads
XII. Fortune seems resolved to humble

the family of Wakefield. Morti-
fications are often more painful

than real calamnities
XIII Mr Burchell is found to be an

enemy, for he has the confidence to

give disagreeable advice
XIV. Fresh mortification, or a demon-

stration that seeming calamities

may be real blessings

XV. All' Ir Burchell's villany at once

detected. The folly of being over-

wise

XVI. The family use art, which is op-

posed with still greater

XVII. Scarcely any virtue found to rem

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25 AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRESENT STATE OF PO-

LITE LEARNING

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I. Introduction

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