Goldsmith and Religion
At that period of life when Dr G. lived under the roof of Dr Milner, at Peckham, he seemed much impressed with a sense of religion. Not that he was bigotedly attached to any particular system of faith, or to any particular mode of worship. He joined himself to no one peculiar sect or denomination of the christian world — but admired every character amongst them in whom devotion and benevolence were united. So far from resembling too many men of genius in that infidelity and scepticism by which our age is unhappily distinguished, he recognised with joy the existence and perfections of a Deity. For the christian revelation also, he was always understood to have a profound respect — knowing that it was the source of our best hopes and noblest expectations.