Peter George Patmore and William Hazlitt
After Mr. Patmore was gone, Northcote said he was one of the persons of soundest judgment he had ever known, and like Mr. Prince Hoare the least liable to be imposed on by circumstances.
Hazlitt in Conversations with Northcote.
FRIENDSHIP was an essential part of Peter George Patmore's life--it was an art in which he excelled. His affectionate nature craved the understanding and sympathy of others, and his quick sensibility and almost feminine intuition made him an admirable and loyal friend.
His long friendship with Hazlitt is an outstanding example of this side of his character. Curiously enough, this important friendship provides a striking parallel between father and son. As Peter George Patmore was content to follow and admire the genius of his friend, Hazlitt, so his son Coventry Patmore was also happy, in his young days, to sit at the feet of Tennyson.
Past biographers and his contemporaries have not been kind to Peter George Patmore, and recently a new biographer of Hazlitt, Miss Catherine Macdonald Maclean in Born under Saturn* has a veritable field-day at his expense. Passionately in love with her subject, Miss Maclean had to find a villain for her study and has picked Peter George Patmore for the role. According to this lady, ' Patmore shabbied everything he touched on, in literature as in life'; ' Patmore, who preened himself on his success with women and on his understanding of them, professed himself learned in the mysteries of love'; 'his sympathy was not real sympathy, but merely an extension of his egoism.'
But viewed objectively, it is difficult to discover the reasons____________________