E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Son of the Rev. Dr. Primrose, very green, and with a good opinion of himself. He is chiefly known for his wonderful bargain with a Jew at the neighbouring fair, when he gave a good horse in exchange for a gross of worthless green spectacles, with copper rims and shagreen cases. (Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.)