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Letter from Wilfrid Ward to Nora Sidgwick

Ought long ago to have thanked Nora for sending him back his letters to Henry Sidgwick, but wanted to wait until he had finished Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir. Finds it 'extraordinarily interesting', and has much to say about it, but will not inflict a long letter on her. Is in the process of writing an article on the book for the next Dublin Review, and states that the theme will be Henry's intellectual character, and the effect of intellectual stimulation that he produced in those with whom he had conversations. Adds that he contrasts him with Jowett, who, although Ward was very fond of him, 'was most unstimulating'. Undertakes to send Nora a copy of his article in proof when it is ready. Hopes that her brother [Arthur Balfour] is quite well again 'after his rest cure.'

Ward, Wilfrid Philip (1856-1916) biographer and ecclesiastical historian

Printed letter from Wilfrid Ward to the editor of the Spectator

Refers to the letter to the Spectator of 15 September from 'M' [see 104/14], denying the accuracy of a claim in an article on Henry Sidgwick that appeared in 8 September, and suggests that the statements of the writer of the article and that of 'M.' both 'are true in one sense and false in another'. Claims that Sidgwick's genius was critical rather than constructive, and that his best sayings were amendments on the sayings of others. States also that he did not inspire, 'because his teaching was predominantly not the inculcation of any system - not even of utilitarian ethics - but the correction, limitation, co-ordination, or criticism of what had been more or less loosely said by others.' Adds that he did inspire many of those with whom he discussed the problems of philosophy, and especially on the philosophy of religious belief. Concludes that Sidgwick was inspiring as a philosopher, but as the exponent of a system he was not in the least inspiring. States, however, that 'the ethos exhibited in his own methods of inquiry and criticism, one it became fully apparent, was most inspiring.'

Ward, Wilfrid Philip (1856-1916) biographer and ecclesiastical historian

Letter from Wilfrid Ward to [Nora Sidgwick]

Fragment of/incomplete letter Asks the addressee to give [Henry Sidgwick] his 'affectionate sympathy'. States that they have been in 'constant communication' over the past year. Refers to his 'wise just and [ ] nature'. Asks to be kept informed of further news. Refers to Sidgwick's age.

Ward, Wilfrid Philip (1856-1916) biographer and ecclesiastical historian