chapter  56
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An anonymous aside from the Retrospective Review 1820

And, indeed, it is remarkable enough, how few of those who have astonished their contemporaries by their wit and genius, and whose name were in their own age held up to an almost idolatrous admiration, have left behind them memorials sufficient to justify their fame…. In the compositions of Rochester, what foundation can we find for that reputed predominancy of wit which all his contemporaries allowed him, and which seemed almost to excuse his profligacy and extenuate his vice. We look in vain, in the productions of such men, to find an adequate cause for the lavishness and superabundance of praise which was heaped on them by the devotion of their co-evals.