He was an apothecary's son, who had managed to reach his fortune by intrigues. It is not well known what title he has to his seat in the sanctuary of the muses, for no work by him is known. [...] Even so, he speaks beautifully, is a handsome man and very-well-thought-of amongst women; this, for more than one of his brother-academicians, took the place of literary merit.
This modest scholar searched for obscurity as he sought for glory. [...] He recounted much, and one always heard him; he always had philosophy in view, and that he spoke as a man of the world : it was his taste that showed the treasures of study and experience.