Rev. Richard Farmer

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:183-84.

Master of Emmanuel College, and principal Librarian, in the University of Cambridge. He is the author of an excellent Essay on the Learning of Shakspeare, which has been very deservedly honoured with a place in the elegant and complete fifteen volume edition of Johnson and Steevens's Shakespeare. Dr. Farmer many years ago intended publishing Antiquities of the Town of Leicester: but when the work was just begun at the press, he was called to the principal tuition of a college, and was obliged to decline the undertaking. The extensive learning, but still more the amiable character and disposition of this worthy gentleman, are the admiration and esteem of every person acquainted with them. We are truly sorry to add, Dr. Farmer has been so long confined to the bed of sickness by a severe malady, and the accounts of his physicians have been of late so unfavourable, that, we fear he will not be long entitled to a place in these Memoirs.