I see this paragraph in "The life of Samuel Johnson"
"Pope, who then filled the poetical throne without a rival, it may reasonably be presumed, must have been particularly struck by the sudden appearance of such a poet; and, to his credit, let it be remembered, that his feelings and conduct on the occasion were candid and liberal. He requested Mr. Richardson, son of the painter, to endeavour to find out who this new authour was. Mr. Richardson, after some inquiry, having informed him that he had discovered only that his name was Johnson, and that he was some obscure man, Pope said; 'he will soon be deterre.' We shall presently see, from a note written by Pope, that he was himself afterwards more successful in his inquiries than his friend."
What mean of "deterre"? I think it is french word
And What mean of "We shall presently see, from a note written by Pope, that he was himself afterwards more successful in his inquiries than his friend".
I think it means Pope understand Johnson better than Richardson. Right or wrong?