She Stoops to Conquer

By Oliver Goldsmith; C. Moore Smith | Go to book overview
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She Stoops to Conquer; OR, The Mistakes of a Night.
A COMEDY.

[DEDICATION] TO SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

DEAR SIR,--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, that 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. Colman, who saw this piece in its various stages, always thought it so. However, I ventured 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 sincere friend And admirer, OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

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