The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN LEWIS MALLET; 31 October 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18511031-TC-JLM-01; CL 26: 222-223


31 October 1851

Of all writers on the Royalist side, indeed I may say on any side, Mallet seems to me to have taken incomparably the truest view of the enormous Phenomenon he was in the midst of: with a rare sagacity, almost from the first, he sees, if not across it and thro' it (as I might say), yet steadily into the centre of it; and refuses to be bewildered, as others are, by what is of the superficies merely. This, which, at fifty years distance from the Phenomenon was still a proof of some clearness of vision, amounted in Mallet's case to nearly the highest proof that could practically be given of that whole quality. And we may say of many other noble qualities, which are indissolubly of kin to that. …