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THE

VICAR

OF

WAKEFIELD.

A TALE.

BY DR. GOLDSMITH.

Sperate miseri, cavete felices.

LONDON:
Printed for C. and J. Rivington; J. Nunn; T. Ca-

dell; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and
Green; G. and W.6. Whittaker; J. Richardson;
J. Walker; Newman and Co.; Harding, Mavor,
and Lepard; Kingsbury, Parbury, and Allen;
Black, Young, and Young; Sherwood, Jones,
and Co.; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy; E. Ed-
wards; Simpkin and Marshall; R. Scholey; and
G. Cowie.

By T. Davison, Whitefriars.

1823.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

THERE are a hundred faults in this thing, and a hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, a husbandman, and a father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey-as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and refinement, how can such a character please ? Such as are fond of high life, will turn with disdain from the simplicity of his country fire-side; such as mistake ribaldry for humour, will find no wit in his harmless conversation ; and such as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one whose chief stores of comfort are drawn from futurity

OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

OF

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M. B.

FEW of the poetical and miscellaneous writers of the present age have attained more fame than Dr. Goldsmith; and few have better deserved it,

His life presents a series of adventures such as are seldom experienced by men of a literary turn; and if the present sketch sha

appear too short to do justice to him, it must be remembered that in the novel now before the reader, he has interwoven much of his own history with that of his hero.

He was born in the year 1731, at Pallas, in the county of Longford, Ireland; and being designed by his father, who was a clergyman, for the medical profession, he was sent to the university of Edinburgh, in 1751, and remained there until the beginning of 1751. His time, however, was not so much employed in medical study as in miscellaneous reading; nor was he qualified to give deep and serious application to any regular course.

His first frolic was a tour in Europe, which he undertook without any previous means of support, and through which he wandered on foot, trusting to casual bounty or hospitality. The series of adventures he met with are supposed to be almost literally detailed in this novel, in chapter xx.

On his arrival in London, without a penny in his pocket, he procured a recommendation to be usher at Dr. Milner's academy, Peckham; but in a short time took lodgings in London, with a view to commence author. He furnished some articles for the Monthly Review, and essays for the newspapers and magazines; but these early productions contributed but little to his fame or fortune, nor was it until 1765, when he published his Traveller, that he became known to the world as a poet, and intimate

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