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BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

1866.

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THE

LIFE OF THOMAS PARNELL.*

BY OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

The life of a scholar seldom abounds with adventure. His fame is acquired in solitude; and the historian, who only views him at a distance, must be content with a dry detail of actions by which he is scarcely distinguished from the rest of mankind. But we are fond of talking of those who have given us pleasure; not that we have any thing important to say, but because the subject is pleasing.

Thomas Parnell, D. D., was descended from an ancient family, that had for some centuries been settled at Congleton, in Cheshire. His father, Thomas Parnell, who had been attached to the Commonwealth party, upon the Restoration went over to Ireland; thither he carried a large personal fortune, which he laid out in lands in that kingdom. The estates he purchased there, as

* The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, including a variety of pieces now first collected. By James Prior.

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