chapter  61
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From the anonymous Conversion of the Earl of Rochester 1840

Sometimes he [Rochester] retired into the country and exercised his malice and his wit in writing libels and satires, in which he did not pretend to confine himself to truth: and so established was his reputation for this style of writing, that most productions of the kind were attributed to him. This wicked practice, the lies he invented, and the revengeful spirit in which he indulged, he was so daring as to defend. His falsehoods he sometimes affirmed to be the greatest ornaments of his poems, which could not be omitted without spoiling their beauty;1 and as to resentment, he considered it impossible for a man to write with life unless he was the subject of it… In short he was the English Voltaire.