JOHN DENNIS, some allusions to Rochester a) Preface to Miscellanies in Verse and Prose, 1693
The late Lord Rochester, who was very well acquainted with Boileau, and who defer’d very much to his Judgment, did not at all believe that the censure of Boileau1 extended to Butler: For if he had, he would never have follow’d his fashion in several of his masterly Copies. Nor would a noble Wit, who is a living Honour to his Country, and the English Court, have condescended to write Burlesque, if he had not discern’d that there was in Butler’s manner something extreamly fine, as well as something extreamly sensible in very many of his Thoughts. (Hooker, i. 8).