chapter  60
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William Mudford on Goldsmith’s achievement in poetry, in a preface to Mudford’s Essays, 4 June 1804

Mudford (1782-1848), a miscellaneous writer who had published in 1802-3 a critical volume on the Moral Writings of Samuel Johnson, was persuaded that Goldsmith's real greatness lay in his poetry, not in his prose-a critical precept not uncommon at the turn of the nineteenth century. The selection printed here appeared as a preface to his Essays on Men and Manners ... with a life and critique on the writings and genius of the author (London, 1804), a rare work of which the British Museum has a copy.