The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B.: Letters from a citizen of the world, to his friend in the East. A familiar introduction to the study of natural history

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John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1837
 

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Contents

xv111 Story of the Chinese Matron
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Some Account of the Republic of Letters in Eng
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xxn The Chinese Philosophers Son made a Slave in Persia
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The Venders of Quack Medicines and Nostrums ridiculed
91
Letter r
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On the great Number of Old Maids and Bachelors in LondonSome of the Causes
109
The Proceedings of the Club of Authors
116
The Perfection of the Chinese in the art of GardeningDescription of a Chinese Gar
123
The Manner of Writing among the Chinese The Eastern Tales of Magazines c ridiculed
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The Philosophers Son describes a Lady his Fellow Captive
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xxxvm The Chinese Philosopher praises the justice of a late British Sentence
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Letter PAGE
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The History of China more replete with great
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The tie of Wisdom only to make us happy Benefits of Travel upon the Morals of a Philoso
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Wisdom and Precept may lessen our Miseries
174
The Looking Glass of Lao a Dream
184
The Absurdity of Persons in high Station pur
191
England by their DressTwo instances
208
Beau TibbsCharacter of an Important Trifler 217 His Character continued with that of
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Letter page lvii The Difficulty of rising in Literary Reputation without Intrigue or Riches
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A Visitation Dinner described
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The Chinese Philosophers Son escapes with the Beautiful Captive from Slavery
236
The History of the Beautiful Captive
239
Proper Lessons to a Youth entering the World with Fables suited to the Occasion
245
An Authentic History of Catherina Alexowna Wife of Peter the Great
249
The Rise or the Decline of Literature not dependent on Man but resulting from the Vicissitudes of Nature
254

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Page 457 - Now lost to all, her friends, her virtue fled Near her betrayer's door she lays her head,' And pinch'd with cold, and shrinking from the shower, With heavy heart deplores that luckless hour, When idly first, ambitious of the town, She left her wheel and robes of country brown.
Page 457 - Tumultuous grandeur crowds the blazing square, The rattling chariots clash, the torches glare. Sure scenes like these no troubles e'er annoy ! Sure these denote one universal joy ! Are these thy serious thoughts ? Ah ! turn thine eyes Where the poor houseless shivering female lies.
Page 98 - Ye friends to truth, ye statesmen who survey The rich man's joys increase, the poor's decay, 'Tis yours to judge, how wide the limits stand Between a splendid and a happy land.
Page 13 - These vanities, however, employ much fewer hands in China than in England; and a fine gentleman or a fine lady here, dressed up to the fashion, seems scarcely to have a single limb that does not suffer some distortions from art. To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. You have undoubtedly heard of the Jewish champion whose strength lay in his hair. One would think that the English were for placing all wisdom there.
Page 257 - The family of Confucius is, in my opinion, the most illustrious in the world. After a painful ascent of eight or ten centuries, our barons and princes of Europe are lost in the darkness of the middle ages; but, in the vast equality of the empire of China, the posterity of Confucius have maintained, above two thousand two hundred years, their peaceful honours and perpetual succession. The chief of the family is still revered, by the sovereign and the people, as the lively image of the wisest of mankind.
Page 457 - Why, why was I born a man, and yet see the sufferings of wretches I cannot relieve ! Poor houseless creatures ! the world will give you reproaches, but will not give you relief.
Page 103 - Taffy in the sedan-chair was sure to set the table in a roar. Thus his pleasure increased in proportion to the pleasure he gave. He loved all the world ; and he fancied all the world loved him.
Page 288 - ... vying with that which was formed by art, the company gaily dressed looking satisfaction, and the tables spread with various delicacies, all conspired to fill my imagination with the visionary happiness of the Arabian lawgiver, and lifted me into an ecstasy of admiration. "Head of Confucius," cried I to my friend, "this is fine!
Page 335 - The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
Page 456 - But who are those who make the streets their couch, and find a short repose from wretchedness at the doors of the opulent ? These are strangers, wanderers, and orphans, whose circumstances are too humble to expect redress, and whose distresses arc too great even for pity.

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