By James William Johnson
Of the glittering, licentious courtroom round King Charles II, John Wilmot the second one Earl of Rochester used to be the main infamous. concurrently well-liked and vilified, he personified the rake-hell. Libertine, profane, promiscuous, he stunned his pious contemporaries along with his doubts approximately faith and his blunt verses that handled intercourse or vicious satiric attacks at the excessive and effective of the courtroom. This account of Rochester and his instances presents the evidence in the back of his mythical recognition as a rake and his deathbed repentance. in spite of the fact that, it additionally demonstrates that he was once a loving if untrue husband, a loyal father, a faithful buddy, a significant student, a social critic, and an aspiring patriot.
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The said Whitehall was turned out of his place; but, by cringing to the committee at London, became soon after fellow of Merton Coll. 14 Temporarily chastened by his experience with the Visitors, Whitehall extended himself to win the patronage of the most prominent Puritan in his home shire, “Rich: Ingoldesbie the Regicide,” Wood called him. ” The ploy was so successful that Whitehall adopted it as a modus vivendi. Once established in Merton, he steadily played the role of Merry Andrew, scoring off on both political sides with impunity.
Of Phys. in 1657. Since which time he made divers sallies into the practice of Physick, but thereby obtained but little reputation, and lesser by his Poetry, to which he much pretended, having been esteemed no better than a meer Poetaster and time-serving Poet. . 17 In August 1657, Whitehall went to Dublin University at the request of Henry Cromwell. There he stayed until the reversal of Cromwell fortunes set him loose to seek his fortune. Once again, he managed to get his place at Merton, where he returned sometime before 1660.
A Profane Wit : The Life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester by James William Johnson