In Brodsky's biography the author attempts to restore the figure of Bennelong, 'so that he will be seen to be a man within his own rights.' (Bennelong 1973:10).
...breathe his faults so quaintly
That they may seen the taints of liberty,
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
A savageness in unreclaimed blood...
In the past is our true life
Robert Louis Stevenson