1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

John Wooll, in Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 98n.



The disagreement which took place after a long and warm friendship between Johnson and Warton, is much to be lamented; it occurred at the house of Sir Joshua Reynolds, as I am told by one of the company, who only overheard the following conclusion of the dispute. Johnson. "Sir, I am not used to be contradicted." Warton. "Better for yourself and friends, Sir, if you were; our admiration could not be encreased, but our love might." The party interfered, and the conversation was stopped. A coolness however from that time took place, and was encreased by many trifling circumstances which before this dispute would perhaps have not been attended to.