In other words, the endeavor for disestablishment ought to be postponed to the endeavor for far more important reforms, not to precede it. Yet I doubt whether Mr. Chamberlain
and Mr. Lyulph Stanley
will listen to me when I plead thus with them; there is so little lucidity in England
, and they will say I am priest-ridden.
One man there is, whom above all others I would fain have seen in Parliament during the last ten years, and beheld established in influence there at this juncture,--Mr. Goldwin Smith
I do not say that he was not too embittered against the Church
; in my opinion he was. But with singular lucidity and penetration he saw what great reforms were needed in other directions, and the order of relative importance in which reforms stood.
Such were his character, style, and faculties, that alone perhaps among men of his insight he was capable of getting his ideas weighed and entertained by men in power; while amid all favor and under all temptations he was certain to have still remained true to his insight, “unshaken, unseduced, unterrified.”
I think of him as a real power for good in Parliament at this time, had he by now become, as he might have become, one of the leaders there.
His absence from the