1747 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

William Warburton, Preface to Shakespeare (1747); D'Israeli, Quarrels of Authors (1814) 1:78.



Of THEOBALD and HANMER he [Bishop Warburton] says, "the one was recommended to to be as a poor man, the other as a poor critick; and to each of them at different times I communicated a great number of observations, which they managed, as they saw fit, to the relief of their several distresses. Mr. THEOBALD was naturally turned to industry and labour. What he read he could transcribe; but as what he thought, if ever he did think, he could but ill express, so he read on; and by that means got a character of learning, without risking to every observer the imputation of wanting a better talent." — See what it is to enjoy too close and intimacy with a man of wit!