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Cockshut to emphasize the inabilities of Smiles as a writer is to negate his role as a biographer whose sense of structure and presentation of subject matter equalled the demands of his time and his wide readership. In his celebration of work and its virtues, Smiles confirmed the Victorian ethos through triumphant examples. In the concluding paragraph ofPast and Present, Carlyle predicts the rise of the labourer and the general advancement of man via his activities: Ploughers, Spinners, Builders; Prophets, Poets, Kings; Brindleys and Goethes, Odins and Arkwrights; all martyrs, and noble men, and gods are of one grand Host: immeasurable; marching ever forward ...

Johnson, for a series of which Morley is editor ... I am half ashamed of the business in one way, for it seems wicked to pick the plums out of poor old Bozzy, and yet that is all that is to be done; and the plums are very fine ones. J. in any way and guess that he would have hardly attracted me very much in his life-time; but I don't know any one whom I enjoy so much in 'the subjective stage of existence,' as the positivists say. His unreason is so incomparably better to my taste than Macaulay's good sense.

Pleasant and amusing. Indeed there is some [argument] in having one far-away man of this sort. It makes the series both more comprehensive and Froude's name is very valuable, of course. 6 June 1878. Morley to Craik on Hutton's Scott: It is good, but entre no us, it rather wants charm and that is just what Scott ought to have had- the faithful admirable man. 21 October 1878. Morley to Macmillan: James is working on the Hawth~rne: but he has not yet 36 Biography: Fiction, Fact and Form answered my questions about biographical material which is a condition since given him.

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