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1906 edition. Excerpt: ... who, goaded to desperation, actually
sent the play to Garrick. This, however, was a course which at once
met with the stern disapproval of his friends. Johnson himself
pointed out that it would appear as if the play had been rejected
by Colman, which would materially damage its chances of acceptance.
This it doubtless was that caused Goldsmith to write to Garrick as
follows: --"DEAR Sir, --I ask many pardons for the trouble I gave
you yesterday. Upon more mature deliberation and the advice of a
sensible friend, I began to think it indelicate in me to throw upon
you the odium of confirming Mr. Colman's sentence. I therefore
request you will send my play back by my servant, for having been
assured of having it acted at the other house, though I confess
yours in every respect more to my wish, yet it would be folly in me
to forego an advantage which lies in my power of appealing from Mr.
Colman's opinion to the judgment of the town. I entreat, if not too
late, you will keep this affair a secret for some time. " I am,
dear sir, " Your very humble servant, " Oliver Goldsmith." Johnson
then himself saw Colman on the matter, he told Reynolds afterwards,
and "prevailed on him at last, by much solicitation--nay, a kind of
force," to bring forward the comedy; VIEW FROM FRONT BOXES OF
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE (CIRCA 1770). From an Old Print. (See p.
190.) SALOON TO PRIVATE BOXES, COVENT GARDEN THEATRE, AS
RECONSTRUCTED AFTER THE FIRE IN l8o8. (See f. 338.) but it must be
recorded, to Colmans eternal discredit, he still failed to see any
merit in it. Forster says, " No laughter, or too much laughter,
seemed to be all one to him. He was not to be moved. The plot was,
he said, bad, the interest not sustained; it dwindled and dwindled,
and at last went out like the...
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