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The Life of the Author
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M.B.
OUR Author was the third son of the Rev. Charles
Goldsmith, and was born at Elphin, in the county of Roscommon, in Ireland, in the year 1729. After being well instructed in the classics,
was admitted a sizer in Trinity College, Dublin, on the 11th of June 1744. While he resided there, he exhibited no specimens of that genius, which, in his maturer years, raised his character so high. On the 27th of February 1749, O.S. (two years after the regular time) he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Soon after, he turned his thoughts to the profession of physic; and, after attend. ing some courses of anatomy in Dublin, proceeded to Edinburgh, in the year 1751, where he studied the several branches of medicine under the different professors in that University. His beneficent disposition soon involved him in unexpected difficulties; and he was obliged precipitately to leave Scotland, in consequence of having engaged himself to pay a considerable sum of money for a fellow-student.
A few days after, about the beginning of the year 1754, he arrived at Sunderland, near Newcastle, where he was arrested at the suit of one Barclay, a tailor in