Liz S (ixwin) wrote,
Liz S
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Good journalists do exist

My mum noticed this lovely inscription on a Victorian memorial fountain in a London square, and I thought it deserved wider circulation.



ERECTED BY THE FRIENDS
OF
WILLIAM PITT BYRNE ESQ. M.A.
AFTER A DESIGN BY HIS WIDOW
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF THE RARE COMBINATION OF ESTIMABLE QUALITIES
WHICH IN LIFE HIS MODESTY CONCEALED.
TO
HIS STRICT INTEGRITY, POLITICAL CONSISTENCY, NOBLE
DISINTERESTEDNESS,
AND UNIFORM DETERMINATION
TO VINDICATE THE CAUSE OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
MAY BE ASCRIBED HIS SUCCESS
AS
PROPRIETER OF THE MORNING POST,
IN MAINTAINING THE ELEVATED TONE
IT HAD ATTAINED UNDER HIS FATHER.
HIS ACQUIREMENTS IN CLASSICAL AND GENERAL LITERATURE
HIS LOVE OF SCIENCE AND ART, HIS PROFICIENCY IN MODERN LANGUAGES,
AND THE COUNTENANCE BY WHICH HE PROMOTED THEIR
CULTIVATION,
WERE NOT LESS ATTRACTIVE THAN
HIS SINGLENESS OF HEART, FORGIVING TEMPER,
GENEROUS APPRECIATION OF OTHERS
UNOBTRUSIVE PIETY, AND PRACTICAL CHARITY,
RENDERING THIS REFRESHING FOUNTAIN
A SUITABLE MEMORIAL
OF HIS WORTH

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