His candour, enthusiasm and open tolerance of the opinions of others made him many warm friends and many fierce enemies.
It displays considerable research and sagacity, and even when dealing with contemporary events gives a favourable impression, upon the whole, of the author's candour and truth.
His rare thoroughness and rarer candour made it at once unnecessary and impossible that the work should be done again.
These articles attracted much attention, and were distinguished by those qualities of solid learning, thorough investigation and candour of judgment which characterized all his writings.
Meanwhile his extreme independence and excessive candour had alienated him from many of his party, and all through his life he was frequently in conflict with his political associates, from Gambetta downwards.