An Encounter with Goldsmith
You [Rousseau, 1712–78] met at [the] Mitre Dr Goldsmith whom you had before called upon. You both went to Mr Johnson’s, who was still bad and would not come out. ‘Come then,’ said Goldie, ‘we will not go to the Mitre tonight, since we can’t have the big man with us.’ But we had sent for Davies,1 and I insisted on going. Goldsmith said, ‘I think, Mr Johnson, you don’t go near the theatres. You give yourself no more concern about a new play than if you had never had anything to do with the stage.’
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