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THE history of the Victorian Age will never be written; we know too much
about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian—ignorance, which
simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection
unattainable by the highest art. Concerning the Age which has just passed, our
fathers and our grandfathers have poured forth and accumulated so vast a
quantity of information that the industry of a Ranke would be submerged by it,

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and the perspicacity of a Gibbon would quail before it. It is not by the direct
method of a scrupulous narration that the explorer of the past can hope to
depict that singular epoch. If he is wise, he will adopt a subtler strategy. He
will attack his subject in unexpected places; he will fall upon the flank, or the
rear; he will shoot a sudden, revealing searchlight into obscure recesses,
hitherto undivined. He will row out over that great ocean of material, and
lower down into it, here and there, a little bucket, which will bring up to the
light of day some characteristic specimen, from those far depths, to be
examined with a careful curiosity. Guided by these considerations, I have
written the ensuing studies. I have attempted, through the medium of
biography, to present some Victorian visions to the modern eye. They are, in
one sense, haphazard visions—that is to say, my choice of subjects has been
determined by no desire to construct a system or to prove a theory, but by
simple motives of convenience and of art. It has been my purpose to illustrate
rather than to explain. It would have been futile to hope to tell even a precis of
the truth about the Victorian age, for the shortest precis must fill innumerable
volumes. But, in the lives of an ecclesiastic, an educational authority, a woman
of action, and a man of adventure, I have sought to examine and elucidate
certain fragments of the truth which took my fancy and lay to my hand.
I hope, however, that the following pages may prove to be of interest from the
strictly biographical, no less than from the historical point of view. Human
beings are too important to be treated as mere symptoms of the past. They
have a value which is independent of any temporal processes—which is
eternal, and must be felt for its own sake. The art of biography seems to have
fallen on evil times in England. We have had, it is true, a few masterpieces, but
we have never had, like the French, a great biographical tradition; we have had
no Fontenelles and Condorcets, with their incomparable eloges, compressing
into a few shining pages the manifold existences of men. With us, the most
delicate and humane of all the branches of the art of writing has been relegated
to the journeymen of letters; we do not reflect that it is perhaps as difficult to
write a good life as to live one. Those two fat volumes, with which it is our
custom to commemorate the dead—who does not know them, with their illdigested
masses of material, their slipshod style, their tone of tedious
panegyric, their lamentable lack of selection, of detachment, of design? They
are as familiar as the cortege of the undertaker, and wear the same air of slow,
funereal barbarism. One is tempted to suppose, of some of them, that they
were composed by that functionary as the final item of his job. The studies in
this book are indebted, in more ways than one, to such works—works which
certainly deserve the name of Standard Biographies. For they have provided
me not only with much indispensable information, but with something even
more precious—an example. How many lessons are to be learned from them!
But it is hardly necessary to particularise. To preserve, for instance, a
becoming brevity—a brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and
nothing that is significant—that, surely, is the first duty of the biographer. The
second, no less surely, is to maintain his own freedom of spirit. It is not his
business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the
case, as he understands them. That is what I have aimed at in this book—to lay
bare the facts of some cases, as I understand them, dispassionately, impartially,
and without ulterior intentions. To quote the words of a Master—'Je n'impose
rien; je ne propose rien: j'expose.'
L.S.
A list of the principal sources from which I have drawn is appended to each
Biography. I would indicate, as an honourable exception to the current
commodity, Sir Edward Cook's excellent Life of Florence Nightingale,
without which my own study, though composed on a very different scale and
from a decidedly different angle, could not have been written.
Cardinal Manning
HENRY EDWARD MANNING was born in 1807 and died in 1892. His life
was extraordinary in many ways, but its interest for the modern inquirer
depends mainly upon two considerations—the light which his career throws
upon the spirit of his age, and the psychological problems suggested by his
inner history. He belonged to that class of eminent ecclesiastics—and it is by
no means a small class—who have been distinguished less for saintliness and
learning than for practical ability. Had he lived in the Middle Ages he would
certainly have been neither a Francis nor an Aquinas, but he might have been
an Innocent. As it was, born in the England of the nineteenth century, growing
up in the very seed-time of modern progress, coming to maturity with the first
onrush of Liberalism, and living long enough to witness the victories of
Science and Democracy, he yet, by a strange concatenation of circumstances,
seemed almost to revive in his own person that long line of diplomatic and
administrative clerics which, one would have thought, had come to an end for
ever with Cardinal Wolsey.
In Manning, so it appeared, the Middle Ages lived again. The tall gaunt figure,
with the face of smiling asceticism, the robes, and the biretta, as it passed in
triumph from High Mass at the Oratory to philanthropic gatherings at Exeter
Hall, from Strike Committees at the Docks to Mayfair drawing-rooms where
fashionable ladies knelt to the Prince of the Church, certainly bore witness to a
singular condition of affairs. What had happened? Had a dominating character
imposed itself upon a hostile environment? Or was the nineteenth century,
after all, not so hostile? Was there something in it, scientific and progressive as
it was, which went out to welcome the representative of ancient tradition and
uncompromising faith? Had it, perhaps, a place in its heart for such as
Manning—a soft place, one might almost say? Or, on the other hand, was it he
who had been supple and yielding? He who had won by art what he would
never have won by force, and who had managed, so to speak, to be one of the
leaders of the procession less through merit than through a superior faculty for
gliding adroitly to the front rank? And, in any case, by what odd chances, what
shifts and struggles, what combinations of circumstance and character, had
this old man come to be where he was? Such questions are easier to ask than
to answer; but it may be instructive, and even amusing, to look a little more
closely into the complexities of so curious a story.
I
UNDOUBTEDLY, what is most obviously striking in the history of Manning's
career is the persistent strength of his innate characteristics. Through all the
changes of his fortunes the powerful spirit of the man worked on undismayed.
It was as if the Fates had laid a wager that they would daunt him; and in the
end they lost their bet.
His father was a rich West Indian merchant, a governor of the Bank of
England, a Member of Parliament, who drove into town every day from his
country seat in a coach and four, and was content with nothing short of a
bishop for the christening of his children. Little Henry, like the rest, had his
bishop; but he was obliged to wait for him—for as long as eighteen months. In
those days, and even a generation later, as Keble bears witness, there was great
laxity in regard to the early baptism of children. The delay has been noted by
Manning's biographer as the first stumbling-block in the spiritual life of the
future Cardinal; but he surmounted it with success.
His father was more careful in other ways.
'His refinement and delicacy of mind were such,' wrote Manning long
afterwards, 'that I never heard out of his mouth a

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