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Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774).  She Stoops to Conquer.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Dedication
 
 
To Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
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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.  2
  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.  3
  I am, dear Sir, your most sincere friend and admirer,
OLIVER GOLDSMITH.
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