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Morley called himself a Comtist ing ideas and sharing patriotic

or a Positivist? What purpose did he serve by inviting, or if possible compelling, others to pin the same label on their backs? And he had not the excuse, which religious Methodists might plead, that he was doing his best to save friendly souls from burning. He was employing all his zeal to convince friendly souls that whatever they said or thought or did, they had no chance of burning at all. But he grew out of his early Methodism wisely and triumphantly. "In later days," says Mr Hirst, "he would never, I think, have laboured to convert a Christian, Jew, or Moslem into a Lucretian." We are perfectly sure he would not. In fact, "the mellowing process went on," teste Mr Hirst, "until he could poke fun (as he once did with me) at the disestablishing zeal of Carvell Williams." How happy a deliverance!

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aspirations with a leader of
Humanitarian Reds. Yet all
the time you were only standing
on tiptoe and trying to peer
over the park palings. A most
outrageous imposture, I de-
clare. What will you bet that
you don't hobnob with the
Hatfield chieftain before ten
years are over?" Again, when
Trollope is torn to pieces in his
own 'Fortnightly,' Harrison
cannot conceal his satisfaction.
"How Helen Taylor crushes
up Trollope," he writes. "I
hear his bones crack like the
eating of larks." But these
were trivial topics for men so
great as Morley and Harrison
to discuss, and they are more
easily at home when Harrison,
vastly daring, is persuaded to
attack the monarchy in the
pages of the 'Fortnightly.'
They both took this project
with profound seriousness, and
seem to have thought that
they were engaged in
in the
pleasant pastime of earth shak-
ing. When the article came
which was destined to "raise
the subject from the cataract
of cant, in which it has been
drowned," Morley was en-
chanted. "I am unable," he
wrote, "to think of anything

The questions asked and answered by the two friends are many and various. When Morley chaffed Harrison with going to Hatfield, Harrison takes the taunt with an engaging solemnity. "The drawing-room is the Capua of patriotism, but your article which reached laughed Morley. "I went to Hatfield town, and not to Hatfield House," was Harrison's retort. Morley would not let the matter rest there. "The picture was most delightful and instructive," said he, "the leader of the Church Conservatives graciously exchang

me yesterday. Its brilliance and energy, its changes from force and strength to the most admirable wit, make it a true masterpiece, and it will be the literary sensation of the season." But

when the article was printed and read, the friends were disappointed. Harrison

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had begun upon a note of confidence. "Thoughtful men, of whatever party," he had written, see that the ultimate adoption of the republican form by both branches of the English race is as certain as the rising of to-morrow's sun." The world was not impelled to enthusiasm by the pure doctrine of Frederic Harrison. "The brilliance," complained Morley, "has had scandalously inadequate recognition. In fact, there is no audience in England, certainly not in the London press, for this admixture of striking literary expression with political judgment. Our people are afraid of it. It has a French smell about it, and that is the smell of burning palaces." And to-day it is all forgotten-the article, and its reception, and the smell of burning palaces. Nothing remains of it but this belated record of the disappointed pride of Editor and Contributor.

Presently John Morley left the 'Fortnightly' for the 'Pall Mall Gazette,' and at last reached the haven towards which he had always been sailing the House of Commons. Like many another, he cheerfully laid down the rôle of an apostle, and listened with infinite satisfaction to the raucous voices of the electorate. He looked back on his new profession of politics with the same cynicism with which he

embraced it. He knew that he was sacrificing what of old had seemed the one thing worth living for - the search after truth. Reason was no longer the deity of his worship. "It seemed absurd," he wrote in his 'Recollections,' "for one who had begun life on the literary side by repudiating conventions, to launch into political action, which has for its very first working principle compliance with conventions. What was the sense of a chartered preacher against MenPleasers embarking on an enterprise whose chance of success depended . . . on pleasing a majority out of 20,000 or 30,000 men with votes ?" Nor did John Morley stop there. He grew, in his last incarnation, into a finished man of the world, contented with his lot, and mellow with the gathered knowledge of the years, careless, perhaps, of the harm which he must have known that his policy in Ireland and India had prepared for us, and as fine a master of amiable discourse as can easily be encountered or remembered. Mr Hirst's volumes will not supplant Morley's own Recollections,' because Morley knew himself better than does his biographer, and was a harsher critic of his early extravagances than Mr Hirst could be, who still clings to the doctrines and the heresies of Morley's youth.

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