His witty articles in the antirepublican papers, and his attacks on established reputations, involved him in more than one duel.
But the interest of such veteran reputations is eclipsed by the more modern school.
For the next two years political interest was transferred from parliament to the law courts, in which financial scandals were exposed, and the reputations of some of the leading politicians were destroyed.'
Those small critics who are always desirous to lower established reputations ran about proclaiming that the anonymous satirist was superior to Pope in Pope's own peculiar department of literature.
He encouraged artists whose reputations were still in the making,but his patronage was somewhat capricious.