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It cannot be said of this ornament of British literature, as has been observed of most authors, that the memoirs of his life comprise little more than a history of his writings. Goldsmith's life was full of adventure ; and a due consideration of his conduct from the outset to his death will furnish many useful lessons to those who live after him.
Our author, the third son of Mr. Charles Goldsmith, was born at Elphin, in the county of Roscommon, Ireland, on the 29th of November, 1728. His father, who had been educated at Dublin college, was a clergyman of the established church, and had married Anne, daughter of the Rev. Oliver Jones, master of the diocesan school of Elphin. Her mother's brother, the Rev. Mr. Green, then rector of Kilkenny West, lent the young couple the house in which our author was born ; and at his death Mr. Green was succeeded in his benefice by his clerical protégée.
Mr. Charles Goldsmith had five sons and two daughters.
Henry, the eldest son (to whom the poem of “ The Traveller” is dedicated), distinguished himself greatly both at