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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
BY inscribing this slight performance to you, I do not mean so much to compliment you as myself. It may
do me some honour to inform the public, that I have lived many years in intimacy with you. It may serve the interests of mankind also to inform them, ihat the greatest wit may be found in a character, without impairing the most unaffected piety.
I have, particularly, reason to thank you for your partiality to this performance. The undertaking a Comedy, 'not merely sentimental, was very dangerous; and Mr. Colunan, who saw this picce in its vari. Ous stages, always thought it so. However I venture ed to trust it to the public; and, though it was necessarily delayed till late in the season, I have every reason to be grateful.
I am, dear Sir,
Your most sincerc friend
and admirer, OLIVER GOLDSMITH.
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.
This play is a paradox : its characters are all as natural as were ever drawn, and yet they do nothing probable nor possible from the beginning of the play to the end. No house of a gentleman was ever thus mistaken for an inn; nor did any change of dress ever disguise the acquaintance of the morning into a stranger in the evening. A man must part with two of his senses to be deceived by a young lady, he knows, in the plain dress of a chambermaid, neither features nor tones changing with the habit.
The HARDCASTle family exists in every county in England ; but the first praise must be conferred upon the design of MARLOW : it is so common that no circle of company ever wanted a hero of the sort, bold and insulting among the loose and dissolute of the sex, confounded and abashed in the presence of the elegant and the virtuous; a kind of mean mischiefs that could never soar to tempt an angelic nature.
The dialogue is written with little ambition of wit : humour there is in abundance ; much in the diction, more in the situations, most improbable.
OR, THE MISTAKES OF A NIGHT
By Dr. GOLDSMITH,
AS PERFORMED AT THE
DRURY-LANE AND COVENT.GARDEN,
REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT-BOOKS,
By Permission of the Managers.
* The lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation."
Printed for the Proprietors, under the Dire&tion of
John BELL, British Library, STRAND, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
With a sententious look, that nothing means,
I give it up--morals won't do for me ;