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Unsigned notice on Goldsmith's pride, in European Magazine, January 1784

One of the great points in the Doctor's pride was to be liberal to his poor countrymen, who applied to him in distress. The expression pride is not improper, because he did it with some degree of ostentation: one that was artful never failed to apply to him as soon as he published any new work, and while it was likely the Doctor would be in cash. He succeeded twice, but very often found that all the copy money was gone before his works saw light. The Doctor, tired of his applications, told him he should write himself, and ordered him to draw up a description of China, interspersed with political reflections, a work which a bookseller had applied to Goldsmith for at a price he despised, but had not rejected. The idle carelessness of his temper may be collected from this, that he never gave himself the trouble to read the manuscript, but sent to press an account which made the Emperor of China a Mahometan, and which supposed India to be between China and Japan. Two sheets were cancelled at Goldsmith's expence, who kicked his newly created author down stairs. While this ingenious man was in the pay of Newbury, and lived in Green Arbour-Court, he was a tolerable