chapter  59
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Thomas Percy’s memoir of Goldsmith, in an introduction to The Miscellaneous Works of Goldsmith, 1801

This comedy [She Stoops to Conquer] was very successful, and afterwards kept possession of the stage as a stock play. It added very much to the author's reputation, and, as was usual with Dr. Goldsmith, brought down upon him a torrent of congratulatory addresses and petitions from less fortunate bards, whose indigence compelled them to solicit his bounty, and of scurrilous abuse from such of them, as being less reduced, only envied his success. We shall produce an instance of each.