Unsigned letter about Goldsmith’s brand of sentiment sent ‘To the Printer of the St. James’s Chronicle, March I773.' and reprinted in the London Chronicle, March I773
Her soporific Poppies (frequent as Sentiments in a modem Comedy) have spread their Influence every where; and even the Actor who repeats, yawns as widely as the Audience who sit on the Benches. Immortality to every Pen that opposes the pestiferous Infection! In this Regard, Dr. Goldsmith merits the Bosom of the Publick; and those few who seem to remember, that Nature once gave Laws upon our Theatre, felicitate themselves in seeing one Man of Genius made a Proselyte, and forsaking that dull Herd of comic Writers, who have turned the Holy Bible into Scenes and Acts.