George Daniel on The Good Natured Man, in an edition of the British Theatre published by John Cumberland in 48 vols, 1829
THIS Comedy was the first dramatic attempt of an author, dear to the lovers of English literature-Oliver Goldsmith. It was represented for the first time, on the 29th ofJanuary, 1768, at Covent Garden Theatre, with a Prologue written by Doctor Johnson. Compared with his later production, She Stoops to Conquer, it exhibits little incident and stage
effect: yet its easy flow of humour, sprightliness of character, and elegance oflanguage, place it in the first rank of Comedy; and in the absence of many requisites essential to a perfect drama, The GoodNatured Man will always be listened to with pleasure.