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AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.
dominant standard of human value, his last words
at parting were-" let me see you again in England."
first time I saw Lord Durham (in 1833), I
was drawn to him by a sentiment of attachment
which seemed to be reciprocal. Whatever trust he
reposed in me afterwards, strengthened that sentiment,
for his soul was a mirror, on which meannes,
and duplicity had never left a shade. Even in the
irritabilities of his quick temperament, there always
seemed to me a gladdening leaven of human kindness.
His foibles belonged to the accidents of his
position-his virtues were his own; and, for my part,
I could more readily excuse the unpremeditated
overflow of an impetuous temperament than tolerate
the frigid self-sufficiency which intrenches itself
behind specious formalities for the conservation of
its prerogative, real or supposed. Truth, justice,
and honesty were .the pervading elements of Lord
Durham's moral nature, and, because they were, I
honoured him when living, and mourned him when
dead. As a public man, he was surpassed by none
in devotion to his country, and equalled by few in
a clear perception of its interests; but he was in
advance of his time, and paid the usual penalty for
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/19/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .