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But he did note that he would whip himself, sometimes after conversations with the prostitutes he attempted to persuade to give up their profession. The Public Record Office opened files Tuesday that describe how a homosexual scandal involving some of the highest in the land was hushed up in the last years of the reign of Victoria, who died in These rather sensational facets of Gladstone's life are, of course, only a small part of the character of a man who stands a giant in British political history.
His intellectual prowess, his facility for oratory, his public achievements have placed him on a pinnacle from which not even these disclosures will dislodge him. As historians here noted, to describe Gladstone only as a man with sexual problems would be as if Churchill were described only as a man who liked brandy and cigars.
For the most part Gladstone's diaries, the first two valumes of which were published seven years ago, are of interest only to scholars because of their sketchy nature. He noted the initials of people passing in and out of his life, the names of restaurants, his feelings on the death of his second daughter and his activities—votes in the House of Commons, walks in the snow, journeys.
Colin Matthew, lecturer in Gladstone studies at Oxford and one of the editors of the volumes, which were issued by the Oxford University Press, noted in an introduction that the diaries were not always easy reading. He said there were no jokes, except perhaps For three buried footnotes.
The diaries, covering the years to and ending 12 years before Gladstone became Prime Minister, portray him as a tortured man in a sexual crisis in early middle age; the crisis coincided with his work with prostitutes. At some places in the diaries, he indicated his private activities by a small sketch of a whip. One such sign was drawn after he went to see Elizabeth Collins, a prostitute he was trying to rehabilitate. Returned and, [the sign of the whip. The diaries show that Gladstone's sexual problems were a source of deep shame.