Sir Richard Blackmore, 'An Essay upon Wit', 1716
Sir Richard Blackmore's statement on wit appeared in 'Essays upon Several Subjects' (1716). Educated in medicine, Sir Richard (d. 1729) was appointed physician in ordinary to William III and later one of Queen Anne's doctors. He managed to write large quantities of poetry, the best of which - according to the 'Spectator' - was 'Creation' (1712). See also 'Freeholder' 45 .