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UNIV OF

THE

VICAR OF WAKEFIELD:

A TALE.

BY

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M. B.

WITH

THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

BY DR. JOHNSON.

New-York:

PUBLISHED BY G. LONG, PEARL STREET."

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 refine. mont, who 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

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