Francis Bacon (1561–1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations," (1597-1625).
In his Annotations to Bacon (c. 1798), William Blake commented: "What a cursed fool is this, Ill Shapen! Are infants or small plants ill shapen because they are not yet come to their maturity? What a contemptible fool is this Bacon!" (In Complete Writings, ed. Keynes, 1957).