John Thadeus Delane, Editor of "The Times": His Life and Correspondence - Vol. 2

John Thadeus Delane, Editor of "The Times": His Life and Correspondence - Vol. 2

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John Thadeus Delane, Editor of "The Times": His Life and Correspondence - Vol. 2

John Thadeus Delane, Editor of "The Times": His Life and Correspondence - Vol. 2

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That a man so influential in position as Delane should be sought out by Ministers and courted by society was a matter of course. He felt it to be a part of his duty to consort with the inner circle of cabinets and to mix in the great world.

Whilst his independent nature and inherent common sense ensured his escaping the enervating influences of flattery and intrigue we believe that it would be the universal verdict of the statesmen with whom he was associated, and of the brilliant crowds in which he so often appeared, that no man was so little spoiled by society as John Delane.

His social activity, as shown by his diary (especially in the period from 1860 to 1875), was prodigious, yet he allowed no mundane pleasures to prevent his going every night to his room at The Times office at half-past ten or eleven and staying there till four, or even five, in the morning.1

The least given to gossip of any man similarly situated, no one could say that Delane had ever been tempted by vanity to reveal any of the secrets confided to his keeping, constantly though his opinion was asked on matters of the most delicate nature.

As the undisputed head of his profession his social status could not fail to arouse many jealousies, still he hardly ever made an enemy, nor, so far as we know, did he ever lose a friend. When he died not a single voice was raised in disparagement of his conscientiousness, his justice, or his honour.

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