1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Farmer

George Dyer, in Privileges of the University of Cambridge, Supplement (1824) 2:16-17.



A little time after the late Dr. Farmer published his Essay on the Learning of Shakspeare, and ingenious pamphlet, that settles the controversy concerning the literary character of our immortal dramatist, he was visited by Dr. Johnson at Cambridge.

Farmer observes in this Essay, that "an article of faith hath been usually received with more temper and complacence, than the unfortunate opinion that he defended." Johnson, therefore, conversing with Farmer, on the agitations, that this pamphlet had caused among the critics, justly admonished him in some such words as these: "Fear them not, Mr. Farmer; you have cut off a limb, and must expect the flesh about it to tremble."