Excerpt from The Law Review, and Quarterly Journal of British and Foreign Jurisprudence, Vol. 21: November, 1854-February, 1855
When the attacks upon the Prince were mentioned at the opening of the Session, nothing could be more judicious than the course pursued by some of the Ministers; but others are not entitled to this commendation. His having refused the place of Com mander-in-chief, at least prospectively, was stated to his praise. It was said that his being successor to the great man who held the ofice had been mention ed during his life by himself, and that the Prince had at once intimated his determination to decline it, if the Sovereign should be advised to make the offer. It is quite manifest that he never could by possibility have taken the oﬂi cc; and the wonder is that any one, above all the great Captain himself, should for an instant have allowed such a notion to pass through his mind. It is no fault of Prince Albert, and it is not his misfortune, -o it is his good fortune - that he was born into the world after the war had ceased; and that he has never seen ser vice. To have placed him over all the warriors of England would have been an act which hisvworst enemy could hardly have advised; to have taken that position would have argued in him not merely an entire loss of the great discretion by which he has ever been guided, but a want of even ordinary prudence. To bring this anecdote for ward, then, could never raise him in our estimation; it only tended to lower others.
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