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MEMOIR OF GOLDSMITH.

MEMOIR OF GOLDSMITH.

BY THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.

Oliver Goldsmith was one of the most pleasing English writers of the eighteenth century. He was of a Protestant and Saxon family which had been long settled in Ireland, and which had, like most other Protestant and Saxon families, been, in troubled times, harassed and put in fear by the native population. His father, Charles Goldsmith, studied in the reign of Queen Anne, at the diocesan school of Elphin, became attached to the daughter of the schoolmaster, married her, took orders, and settled at a place called Pallas, in the county of Longford. There he with difficulty supported his wife and children on what he could earn, partly as a curate, and partly as a farmer.

At Pallas, Oliver Goldsmith was born in November, 1728. That spot was then, for all prac

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