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OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M.B.
A NEW EDITION, IN FOUR VOLUMES.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS.
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, G. AND J. ROBINSON, W. 3.
AND J. RICHARDSON, W. OTRIDGE AND SON, F. AND c.
By Nichols and Son, Red Lion Passage, Fleet-street.
I HE schoolmen had formerly a very exact way of computing the abilities of their Saints or authors. Elcobar, for instance, was said to have learning as five, genius as four, and gravity as seven. Caramuel was greater than he. His learning was as eight, his genius as fix, and his gravity as thirteen. Were I to estimate the merits of our Chinese Philosopher by the same scale, I would not hesitate to state his genius still higher ; but as to his learning and gravi.. ty, these I think might safely be marked as nine hundred and ninety nine, within one degree of absolute
frigianapon his Film as ignoraniac. They
Yet upon his first appearance here, many were angry not to find him as ignorant as a Tripoline ambassador, or an Envoy from Mujac. They were surprised to find a man born fo far from London, that school of prudence and wisdom, endued even with a moderate capacity. They expressed the same surprize at his knowledge that the Chinese do at ours. * How comes it, said they, that the Europeans Jo remote from China, think with so much justice and pre. cision? They have never read our books, they scarcely know even our letters, and yet they talk and reason just as we do. The truth is, the Chinese and we are pretty much alike. Different degrees of refinenient, and not of distance, mark the distinctions among mankind. Savages of the most opposite climates have