Edmund Burke writes a fitting monument to Goldsmith, in a letter to Thomas Davies, 28 June 1776
Burke is known to have burst into tears when he heard on 5 April 1774 of Goldsmith's death. After Retaliation appeared on 19 April 1774, with its memorable portrait of Burke, everyone expected that Burke might reply to the accusation that he 'to party gave up what was meant for mankind' (Retaliation, line 32). But Burke never did. Instead he continued to think of Goldsmith as one of England's greatest writers, as the following letter indicates.