Was it not a greater thing to ennoble them than to destroy their artistic representation ?
He was not an original thinker, but a diligent student, distinguished by great learning, by a turn for historical and philological criticism, and by an earnest purpose to uproot false teaching - especially Christianity, to ennoble men and train them to goodness.
His A Few Words on Horse-racing, a sport which he did so much to introduce and ennoble, appeared in 1839.
All vitality had been sapped from the old order of nobles, reduced in prestige by the savonnette a vilains (office purchased to ennoble the holder), enervated by court life, and so robbed of its roots in the soil, from which it had once drawn its strength, that it could no longer live save as a ruinous parasite on the central monarchy.
In a monarchy, where the king can ennoble, this ideal cannot be kept.