John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works eBook

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and keenness of his observation, and the strength of memory with which he stored up every thing he had ever seen, heard, or read.  Nothing escaped his notice at the time of its occurrence:  nothing was forgotten by him afterwards.  His friends often found, to their astonishment, that he knew far more about any passages in their lives that he had been made aware of than they could themselves remember; and, whenever that disclosure was made to them, they must have been rejoiced to think, that this memory of his, instead of being, as it might well have been, a dangerous garner of severe judgments and fairly-grounded prejudices, was a magic mirror, in which their follies and foibles were hardly at all reflected, and only kindly reminiscences and generous sympathies found full expression.

But he is dead now.  Although the great fruits of his life—­a life in which mind and heart, in which senses and emotions, were singularly well balanced—­are fruits that cannot die, all the tender ties of friendship, all the strictly personal qualities that so much aided his work as a teacher of the world, as the foremost leader of his generation in the search after truth and righteousness, are now snapped forever.  Only four weeks ago he left London for a three-months’ stay in Avignon.  Two weeks ago he was in his customary health.  On the 5th of May he was attacked by a virulent form of erysipelas.  On the 8th he died.  On the 10th he was buried in the grave to which he had, through fourteen years, looked forward as a pleasant resting-place, because during fourteen years there had been in it a vacant place beside the remains of the wife whom he so fondly loved.

H. R. Fox Bourne.

II.

HIS CAREER IN THE INDIA HOUSE

I have undertaken to prepare a sketch of Mr. Mill’s official career, but find, on inquiry, scarcely any thing to add to the few particulars on the subject which have already found their way into print.  Of his early official associates, all have, with scarcely an exception, already passed away; and there is no one within reach to whom I can apply for assistance in verifying or correcting my own impressions.  These are in substance the following.

In the few last decades of its existence, the East-India Company’s establishment, in Leadenhall Street, consisted of three divisions,—­the secretary’s, military secretary’s, and examiners’ offices,—­in the last of which most of the despatches and letters were composed which were afterwards signed by the directors or the secretary.  Into this division, in the year 1821, the directors, perceiving an infusion of new blood to be very urgently required, introduced, as assistant examiners, four outsiders,—­Mr. Strachey (father of the present Sir John and Major-Gen. Richard Strachey), Thomas Love Peacock (author of “Headlong Hall"), Mr. Harcourt, and Mr. James Mill; the selection of the last-named being all the

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