1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Anonymous, in "Edmund Burke" Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



Having met with a pun in company, which he particularly admired, he was once desirous of transplanting it into his own conversation. The peas at the table happened to be of a remarkably ill colour, and the gentleman immediately directed his footman to take them to Hammersmith. The point of the jest lay in the matter, that Hammersmith was in the way to Turnham Green (turn'em green). Doctor Goldsmith eagerly sought the occasion to introduce this pun, perhaps without any nice attention to the favorableness of the circumstances; and being asked, why he would have the peas taken to Hammersmith, replied, that was the way to "make them green."