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LONDON
Printed for F. Newbery, in St. Paul's Church-Yard.

MDCC LXXIII.

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Dear Sir,

BY

Y inscribing this Night performance to you,

I do not mean so much to compliment you as myself. It may do me some honour to inform the public, that I have lived many years in intimacy with you. It may serve the interests of mankind also to inform them, that the greatest wit may be found in a character, without impairing the most unaffected piety,

I have, particularly, reason to thank you for your partiality to this performance. The undertaking a comedy, not merely sentimental, was very dangerous; and Mr. Colman, who saw this piece in its various stages, always thought it so. However I ventured to trust it to the public; and though it was necessarily delayed till late in the season, I have every

reafon to be grateful.

I am, Dear Sir,

Your most sincère friend,

And admirer,

OLIVER GOLDSMITH,

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