In a Parliamentary Committee on the administration of the law charged him with corruption under 23 counts; and so clear was the evidence that he made no attempt at defence.
Thereafter he was private secretary to Lord Lansdowne, Lord President of the Council, through whose influence he was in appointed an inspector of schools. He early devoted himself to the study of history, and is said to have been on terms of intimacy with every contemporary historian of distinction, with the exception of Guizot.
Baillie, Robert — Ainger, Alfred — Her mother having died while she was very young, and her father, who had come to London, being too busy to give her any attention, she was practically self-educated. The rationalistic tendency of certain of his writings gave offence to many readers, and the sufficiency of his equipment in scholarship for dealing with some of the subjects which he handled was called in question; but he undoubtedly exercised a stimulating influence on his time; his writings are characterised by the finest culture, high purpose, sincerity, and a style of great distinction, and much of his poetry has an exquisite and subtle beauty, though here also it has been doubted whether high culture and wide knowledge of poetry did not sometimes take the place of the true poetic fire.
Literature is a book with two major goals.