Ardent Pittite

funkymbtifiction:

Amazing Grace: William Pitt [INTJ]

Introverted Intuition (Ni): discarding excess information to focus on a single goal, planning for the future

Extroverted Thinking (Te): taking swift, judgmental action, to change events in the world around them

Introverted Feeling (Fi): the need to remain true to one’s personal beliefs, no desire to negotiate

Extroverted Sensing (Se): living in the moment, enjoying dangerous experiences

William Pitt sets out to become the youngest Prime Minister in history, and makes it happen (Ni-Te). His forward-focus is both an asset to his friend Wilberforce and to his political career, as he is forever preparing for the next war or upheaval in the House of Commons (Ni). He develops a lifelong intention to assist Wilberforce in abolishing the slave trade (Ni), but prefers to work behind the scenes so as not to damage his career (Te). He is a man of action, driven to practical, real-life application and solutions (Te).

His reasons for supporting abolition are personal and rarely shared with anyone else; despite their common goal, Pitt has very different ideas than Wilberforce and has no problems stating them (Fi). He is quick to seize opportunities when he sees them and enjoys testing the limits of his strength now and again, but finds it difficult to live in the moment (inferior Se).


From what I remember of Amazing Grace, this is a fair assessment of Pitt’s character in the film. But I’m more interested in the real Pitt, so I hopped over to Wikipedia to read up about MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Masterminds and the INTJ personality type.

This is from the article on Masterminds, who correlate primarily with the INTJ type, and make up about 1% of the population. Anyone who has studied Pitt will find much of this description strangely familiar:

Masterminds are introspective, logical, rational, pragmatic, clear-headed, directive, and attentive. As strategists, they are better than any other type at brainstorming approaches to situations. Masterminds are capable but not eager leaders, stepping forward only when it becomes obvious to them that they are the best for the job. [Yeah, maybe not that bit.] Strong-willed and very self-assured, they may make this decision quickly, as they tend to make all decisions. But though they are decisive, they are open to new evidence and new ideas, flexible in their planning to accommodate changing situations. They tend to excel at judging the usefulness of ideas and will apply whatever seems most efficient to them in accomplishing their clearly envisioned goals. To Masterminds, what matters is getting it done—but also learning the principles of how to get it done efficiently and well, that is, at a professional level of quality. However, they may not give much thought to the social cost of getting there, “focusing so tightly on their own pursuits [that] they can ignore the points of view and wishes of others.”

Masterminds are highly pragmatic, and they will put forth a great deal of time and effort to implement effective ideas. They are driven to solve complex problems and to create organized, decided, and executed solutions. Masterminds tend to make positive statements instead of negative ones, focusing on how to make the organization more efficient in the future rather than dwelling on past mistakes.

Masterminds are also highly theoretical, and one of the more open-minded of the 16 role variants. Before Masterminds adopt a theoretical notion, they insist on researching all the available data and checking the idea against reality. Masterminds are suspicious of theories based on poor research and will discard ideas that cannot be effectively implemented.

As leaders, Masterminds are skilled in contingency planning and entailment organizing, which are directive activities that tell the planner what activities to do and in what order to do them. Once in a position of power, Masterminds are known for their efficiency and willingness to adopt useful ideas.

INTJ is one of MBTI’s 16 personality types, characterised as follows:

I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INTJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extraverts gain energy).

T – Thinking preferred to feeling: INTJs tend to value objective criteria above personal preference or sentiment. When making decisions they generally give more weight to logic than to social considerations.

J – Judgment preferred to perception: INTJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability, which to perceptive types may seem limiting.

So far so fairly Pitt-like. I’m not so sure about ‘N’, though:

N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INTJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.

Well OK, you don’t last very long as Prime Minister if you don’t get the big picture. But Pitt’s real strength was his supreme ability to drill down - to comprehend and assimilate the complex details of a problem, and then use that acquired knowledge to solve it. So I think in this respect he had at least as much ‘S’ as ‘N’ in his make up:

S – Sensing preferred to intuition: ISTJs tend to be more concrete than abstract. They focus their attention on the details rather than the big picture, and on immediate realities rather than future possibilities.

So - which character type does your fave historical person belong to?

british-history:

The French instigated invasion of Fishguard, remembered as the “last invasion of Britain,” began on this day in British history, 22 February 1797. Approximately 1,400 troops from La Legion Noire (including 800 irregulars) landed at Carregwastad Head near Fishguard on 22 February. Upon landing discipline broke down amongst the irregulars, many of whom deserted to loot nearby settlements. The remaining troops were met by a quickly assembled group of around 500 British reservists, militia and sailors. After brief clashes with the local civilian population and the British forces on 23 February, the invaders were forced into an unconditional surrender by 24 February. 

The images above show the centennial and bicentennial monuments to memorialize the landing of the last invasion of Britain at Carregwastad Head, Wales, and the Battle of Fishguard.

creepingbite:

Several years ago I drew a portrait of Dumbledore, with flawless skin (except for his cursed hand) in the pose of Napoleon as painted by Antoine-Jean Gros. No, I don’t know why. You’re welcome.

Too good not to reblog.

ao3org:

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ao3org:

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Join us in celebrating over at the AO3 News blog
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If it exists, there is fanfic of it…somewhere in that 1 million. Go AO3!

gunneratlarge:

Paul Sanby, Hyde Park 1780
Royal Artillery, two Soldiers and a grenadier sorta just talking and hanging out


One of several temporary encampments set up round London during the Gordon riots.
I guess this was a slow day for rioting.

gunneratlarge:

Paul Sanby, Hyde Park 1780

Royal Artillery, two Soldiers and a grenadier sorta just talking and hanging out

One of several temporary encampments set up round London during the Gordon riots.

I guess this was a slow day for rioting.

Hello! Do you know if Pitt was ever referred to as "the father of income tax" (or similar) in his own day? And please don't worry if you don't have the time to answer this kind of question!

Hello back! I must say I don’t recall ever seeing Pitt referred to as “the father of income tax”. Certainly during his lifetime I think it would have been highly unlikely - he only introduced it 7 years before he died. He also only intended the tax to be a temporary wartime measure, and it was actually briefly abolished after 3 or 4 years. It was reintroduced by Addington, his successor, and then abolished again after the Napoleonic War ended, by which time Pitt had been dead for several years. If he did eventually come to be regarded as the “father” of the tax, I’d guess it was by the Victorians who resurrected it and brought it back for good.

ladycashasatiger:

'The plumb-pudding in danger: - or - state epicures taking un petit souper' by James Gillray, 26 February 1805


'The plumb-pudding in danger' is probably Gillray's most famous print. It achieves its impact through the simplicity of its design and the brilliant economy with which Gillray captures the political situation. Napoleon Bonaparte and William Pitt face each other across a steaming 'plum-pudding' globe, both intent on carving themselves a substantial portion of the world. Pitt appears calm, meticulous and confident, spearing the pudding with a trident indicative of British naval supremacy. He lays claim to the oceans and the West Indies. In contrast Napoleon Bonaparte reaches from his chair with covetous, twitching eyes fixed on the prize of Europe and cuts away France, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the Mediterranean.
— National Portrait Gallery

ladycashasatiger:

'The plumb-pudding in danger: - or - state epicures taking un petit souper' by James Gillray, 26 February 1805

'The plumb-pudding in danger' is probably Gillray's most famous print. It achieves its impact through the simplicity of its design and the brilliant economy with which Gillray captures the political situation. Napoleon Bonaparte and William Pitt face each other across a steaming 'plum-pudding' globe, both intent on carving themselves a substantial portion of the world. Pitt appears calm, meticulous and confident, spearing the pudding with a trident indicative of British naval supremacy. He lays claim to the oceans and the West Indies. In contrast Napoleon Bonaparte reaches from his chair with covetous, twitching eyes fixed on the prize of Europe and cuts away France, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the Mediterranean.

National Portrait Gallery

anoondayeclipse:

My guest blog post on the 208th anniversary of William Pitt’s death.

Go read!

british-history:

23 January 1806: William Pitt the Younger Dies at Age 46
William Pitt the Younger was a British politician at the turn of the 19th century. He is remembered as being the youngest person to become Prime Minister, an office he first occupied at age 24. Pitt’s tenures as Prime Minister (he was Prime Minister two separate times) coincided with the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, conflicts in which he showed great skill in leadership. He was a finance expert and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer during his ministries. Pitt suffered ill health during the entirety of his life, and on 23 January 1806, he died a premature death due to a stomach condition.

…conflicts in which he showed great skill in leadership…. Or as Pitt himself put it, “I distrust extremely any ideas of my own on military matters…”

british-history:

23 January 1806: William Pitt the Younger Dies at Age 46

William Pitt the Younger was a British politician at the turn of the 19th century. He is remembered as being the youngest person to become Prime Minister, an office he first occupied at age 24. Pitt’s tenures as Prime Minister (he was Prime Minister two separate times) coincided with the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, conflicts in which he showed great skill in leadership. He was a finance expert and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer during his ministries. Pitt suffered ill health during the entirety of his life, and on 23 January 1806, he died a premature death due to a stomach condition.

…conflicts in which he showed great skill in leadership…. Or as Pitt himself put it, “I distrust extremely any ideas of my own on military matters…”

Billy’s Ghost, or, Seasonable Admonition, by Charles Williams, 1806.
On this day, 23rd January, in 1806, William Pitt breathed his last. Shortly afterwards he returned to haunt Charles James Fox: 
Thou hast now stept into power; and tho’ my opponent through life, let me give thee this Council - Trust to your own powers - give no ear to the blood-suckers of the Court or the City, they are a miscreant race and will leave thee nothing but poor Mens curses, loud and deep. Raise John Bull and his Family to their former comforts, and be to the People of England what my Illustrious Father was when he closed his glorious career - Farewell, remember my Council.
Fox never recovered from the shock, and he too died later the same year.
All true.

Billy’s Ghost, or, Seasonable Admonition, by Charles Williams, 1806.

On this day, 23rd January, in 1806, William Pitt breathed his last. Shortly afterwards he returned to haunt Charles James Fox:

Thou hast now stept into power; and tho’ my opponent through life, let me give thee this Council - Trust to your own powers - give no ear to the blood-suckers of the Court or the City, they are a miscreant race and will leave thee nothing but poor Mens curses, loud and deep. Raise John Bull and his Family to their former comforts, and be to the People of England what my Illustrious Father was when he closed his glorious career - Farewell, remember my Council.

Fox never recovered from the shock, and he too died later the same year.

All true.