Excerpt from A Life of the Earl of Mayo, Fourth Viceroy of India, Vol. 2
But while I feel that in the following chapter the Earl of Mayo stands out more prominently from among those who shared his labours than he himself would have deemed right, his method of working renders the injustice less than it might be in some other cases. He had a remarkable faculty for listen ing to everything that could be said on a subject, and then shaping from many diverse counsels a course that was distinctively his own. N 0 one could tempt him into the error of being led to state his own con clusions first, and then having to ask his interlocutors' Opinion about them. He had the art of making every one feel that he followed with a personal interest their exposition of a case; but at the same time that his interest was that of a judge, not of a partisan. In India the Provincial Administrations and Heads of Departments represent the initiative, the Secretariats the critical element in the Government. A Head of a Department is almost ex aficz'o a man who has something to propose. And his plans of improve1869 zord mayo's method OF work.
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