“ Lord Clarendon particularly excels in characters,
6 which if drawn with precision and elegance are
" as difficult to the writers, as they are agreeable
“ to the readers of history. He is, in this parti.
“ cular, as unrivalled among the moderns as
“ Tacitus is among the ancients. They both
“ saw those nice distinctions, and specific dif-
«« ferences in human nature which are visible
“ only to the sagacious. He paints himself in
“ drawing the characters of others, and we every
" where see the clear and exact comprehension,
“the uncommon learning, the dignity, and equity
" of the Lord Chancellor in his character as a
“ writer. Granger's biog, hist.