Tuesday, April 06, 2010

20Jul1872, Fred Becomes Private Sect. to Gladstone

BETTESHANGER, Saturday, July 20th, 1872.
—My Fred came at dinner-time, with the great piece of news that he has decided on accepting Uncle W.'s Private Secretaryship ; a post involving much trust and intimacy, and wanting F.'s particular experience, knowledge of the P.M., and Cavendish caution, straight-forwardness, good sense, and weight. None of the family seem to me to be quick or brilliant, but they have the most wonderful accuracy, thoroughness, and grasp of a subject.

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