Lord Mahon to John Murray, 7 December 1840:
'Mr. Gladstone's volume has of late engaged much of my attention. It is difficult to feel quite
free from partiality where so amiable and excellent a man is concerned; but, if my friendship
does not blind me, I should pronounce his production as marked by profound ecclesiastical
learning, and eminent native ability. At the same time I must confess myself startled at some
of his tenets; his doctrine of Private Judgment [sic] especially seems to me a contradiction in
terms, attempting to blend together the incompatible advantages of the Romanist and of the
Protestant principle upon that point.'