1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "Of Charles Churchill" New London Magazine 5 (October 1789) 501.



Dr. Goldsmith and Churchill had the sort of antipathy to each other which marks the elephant and rhinoceros. Happening to meet in public company, before either of them were much known, Goldsmith, speaking of one of their common friends, said, "he was so infernally stupid, that if a good thing was said to him he did not understand it." "Pray, Sir," said Churchill, "did you ever try him?"