|Oliver Goldsmith (1730?1774). She Stoops to Conquer.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
To Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
|DEAR SIR,By inscribing this slight 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.|| 2|
| 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 reason to be grateful.|| 3|
| I am, dear Sir, your most sincere friend and admirer,|