1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Adam Smith

James Boswell, in Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, 1786; Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 5:19-20.



Let me not be censured for mentioning such minute particulars. Every thing relative to so great a man is worth observing. I remember Dr. Adam Smith, in his rhetorical lectures at Glasgow, told us he was glad to know that Milton wore latchets in his shows, instead of buckles. When I mention the oak stick, it is but letting Hercules have his club; and, by and by, my readers will find this stick will bud, and produce a good joke.