Excerpt from William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, Vol. 1 of 3
IT is a somewhat humiliating reﬂection that it should have been reserved to a German scholar to write the first detailed biography of the elder Pitt which has appeared in recent years. The lives written by Mr. W. D. Green and by Mr. Frederic Harrison in the Heroes of the Nations and in the Twelve English Statesmen series are in their way admirable; but the exigencies of space forbade the exhaustive treatment of events made by Dr. Albert von Ruville. The latter has made great use of the Newcastle Manuscripts in the British Museum, that mine, which has even now by no means been worked to its full extent, and of the diplomatic reports pre served in the Record Offices in London and Berlin. When the bearing of the evidence depends so much on the prejudices and inclinations of the witness, and when the mass of material is so great as to necessitate selection, there will always be room for much difference of opinion. Dr. Von Ruville at once proves his title to be considered an impartial! Critic by the manner in which he deals with the stock German charge against the British negotiators of the Treaty of Paris, 1763, of having betrayed their ally Frederick the Great. With this instance before us we must admit that, if we find ourselves differing from the author, the fault does not arise from any lack in him of the judicial temper.
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