From the Dictionary of National Biography: “Few men have had a greater power of sarcastic speech and no one has ever used such a power more mercilessly. Delivered in the most urbane manner, and in his mincing, drawling, half-affected tones . . . his sentences fell with blistering effect.” By now he was embittered, and, according to an article, “Recollections of Lord Chancellor Westbury” by “One Who Knew Him” (A. H. Kennard), “few but his own family, or those having business relations with him, sought or cared for his society” (Macmillan’s Magazine, 47 [Apr. 1883]: 469).