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?

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.

Democratic Leveling;—Alliance a la Francoise;—or—The Union of the Coronet & Clyster-pipe by James Gillray, 1796.
Lady Lucy Stanhope was the niece of William Pitt and the sister of the more famous Lady Hester Stanhope. At the age of 16 she married a local medical man, Thomas Taylor of Sevenoaks. Her father, the radical minded Earl Stanhope (often known as “Citizen Stanhope”) is shown wearing a Jacobin bonnet rouge and no breeches. Opposition leaders Fox and Sheridan officiate.
In fact, although the wedding did take place by special licence at the family seat of Chevening, Stanhope was against the match. To quote Tresham Lever (House of Pitt, 1947), “Lord Stanhope’s democratic principles did not cover such a mésalliance,” and the young couple were afterwards not received at the house. Luckily Pitt was on their side and gave the finger to Stanhope provided them with an income by making Taylor Controller-General in the Customs.
The marriage was apparently a happy one. Lucy died in 1814, aged 34, having borne at least eight children (seven surviving). Thomas Taylor lived until 1841 and did not, as far as I know, remarry.

Democratic Leveling;—Alliance a la Francoise;—or—The Union of the Coronet & Clyster-pipe by James Gillray, 1796.

Lady Lucy Stanhope was the niece of William Pitt and the sister of the more famous Lady Hester Stanhope. At the age of 16 she married a local medical man, Thomas Taylor of Sevenoaks. Her father, the radical minded Earl Stanhope (often known as “Citizen Stanhope”) is shown wearing a Jacobin bonnet rouge and no breeches. Opposition leaders Fox and Sheridan officiate.

In fact, although the wedding did take place by special licence at the family seat of Chevening, Stanhope was against the match. To quote Tresham Lever (House of Pitt, 1947), “Lord Stanhope’s democratic principles did not cover such a mésalliance,” and the young couple were afterwards not received at the house. Luckily Pitt was on their side and gave the finger to Stanhope provided them with an income by making Taylor Controller-General in the Customs.

The marriage was apparently a happy one. Lucy died in 1814, aged 34, having borne at least eight children (seven surviving). Thomas Taylor lived until 1841 and did not, as far as I know, remarry.

alwayswantedtobeareiter:

ardentpittite:

anoondayeclipse:

Whilst re-reading The Private Papers of William Wilberforce, I came upon a letter Pitt wrote to Wilberforce from Brighthelmstone (known as Brighton in modern times) dated Wednesday, August 6, 1783. Now, there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the letter apart from a name, or rather a…

Lol, I’ve been wondering this for years! Pulchritudo is the Latin for Beauty, and it’s always seemed to me that it ought to refer to Pretyman (being perhaps a pun on his name), except that Pitt mentions him separately. So, I don’t know. But it would take a LOT to persuade me that he snuck a woman down to Brighton…

Dear anoondayeclipse, I see what you did with that quotation. :)) There’s quite a chunk missing where Pitt talks about some of the other visitors. It ends “Mrs. Johnstone and Mrs Walpole are left to dispute the prize here. The first is clearly the handsomer woman, but the husband of the latter looks the quieter man, and the better part of love as well as valor is discretion.” I don’t think this has any reference to the mysterious Pulchritudo, but it’s still puzzling. What does Pitt mean? That it makes more sense to seduce Mrs W, even though she’s plainer, because her husband is less likely to make a fuss?? Or is he saying the unpretentious W’s probably have a stronger relationship than the loud and showy J’s?

Oh well, no doubt it all made perfect sense to Wilberforce.

Perhaps a reference to someone really ugly? Pepper Arden perhaps? *snickers*

Could also be a reference to pretyman. I’d have to see the original to work out whether there was a comma between pulchritudo and Pretyman (there may not be!). As for “the better part of love is discretion”, I just think that’s saying Mrs Walpole has possibly been up to more shenanigans than Mrs Johnstone because her husband is more likely to keep mum about it. But it is a very good motto for Pitt’s own love life, such as it was.

Incidentally the letter he mentions writing to Eliot … I transcribed it. ;-) it’s in the Pretyman Mss now. There are quite a lot of these playful little letters in there. I shall have to compile some of it in a post later.

I like the Pepper Arden idea!

Regarding whether or not there’s a comma after Pulchritudo, if there isn’t then it reads “Pulchritudo Steele”. Which is, of course, as any reader of the Rolliad knows, entirely possible! :D

I have to wonder, though, whether it refers to physical attractiveness at all. According to my Latin dictionary, pulchritudo can also mean “excellence”, and is sometimes used to betoken moral excellence along the lines of virtus (I suppose in the sense of having a beautiful nature.) We have to remember that these chaps, and Pitt particularly, were steeped in the Latin authors. Pitt would have known their works inside out, and would have been familiar with every nuance. The application of the nickname to a certain person could have had a significance to those who knew him that we can’t even guess at now.

I say “him” because I’d be surprised if Pulchritudo turned out to be a woman. If there was an unmarried (presumably) woman in their party, I think she’d have to be a sister of one of them. Did Pretyman have a sister? I’ve no idea. Steele had two, both married by 1783. That leaves Harriot, and I somehow can’t imagine Pitt referring to his own sister in that way. The only other possibility that occurs to me is the Duchess of Gordon, who was something of a beauty and also possibly unconventional enough to go on holiday with three unattached young men! ;-)

anoondayeclipse:

Whilst re-reading The Private Papers of William Wilberforce, I came upon a letter Pitt wrote to Wilberforce from Brighthelmstone (known as Brighton in modern times) dated Wednesday, August 6, 1783. Now, there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the letter apart from a name, or rather a…

Lol, I’ve been wondering this for years! Pulchritudo is the Latin for Beauty, and it’s always seemed to me that it ought to refer to Pretyman (being perhaps a pun on his name), except that Pitt mentions him separately. So, I don’t know. But it would take a LOT to persuade me that he snuck a woman down to Brighton…

Dear anoondayeclipse, I see what you did with that quotation. :)) There’s quite a chunk missing where Pitt talks about some of the other visitors. It ends “Mrs. Johnstone and Mrs Walpole are left to dispute the prize here. The first is clearly the handsomer woman, but the husband of the latter looks the quieter man, and the better part of love as well as valor is discretion.” I don’t think this has any reference to the mysterious Pulchritudo, but it’s still puzzling. What does Pitt mean? That it makes more sense to seduce Mrs W, even though she’s plainer, because her husband is less likely to make a fuss?? Or is he saying the unpretentious W’s probably have a stronger relationship than the loud and showy J’s?

Oh well, no doubt it all made perfect sense to Wilberforce.

anoondayeclipse:

From the Government Art Collection’s description: “His Majesty and the Officers of State Receiving The Turkish Ambassador and Suit Is humbly Dedicated by His Graces most devoted Servant, Daniel Orme (1797).”

Pitt is pictured on the left, facing the King, and the ambassadors. This was originally painted by Mather Brown in about 1793. 

I love Pitt’s blue suit in this one!

Aaaand Gillray’s version:

Presentation of the Mahometan credentials -or- the final resource of French atheists, 1793.

slobbyandredandinpain:

William Pitt the Younger
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Life Span: Born 28th May 1759, Kent; Died 23rd January 1806, London

Star Sign: Gemini
Famous As: Britain’s Youngest Prime Minister

Childhood & Education:
 Pitt was the second son of the Earl of Chatham. He was a delicate child and was educated at home until he was fourteen when he went to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge and graduated at the age of seventeen and called to the Bar in 1780. Unfortunately at Pembroke Hall he became seriously ill and his doctors prescribed a bottle of port each day which created the nascent alcoholic he became and a taste for drink that would kill him.

Work: Pitt decided to make a career in politics but failed to gain a seat at Cambridge. He was elected for Appleby in 1781. At the age of 23 he became Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons. He did not get involved with the various factions, and he did not enjoy formal social gatherings, preferring to relax in the company of a few young men. In December 1783 the coalition government of Charles James Fox and Frederick North collapsed and George III asked Pitt to form a new administration. On 7th. December 1783 he became British Prime Minister and to date has been the youngest. In 1801, after seventeen years as Prime Minister, Pitt resigned after George III opposed the plan to allow Catholics into Parliament. Within three years he was persuaded to return to face the threat of invasion by Napoleon I. He was Prime Minister again from 1804 to 1806.

Friends & Relationships: In 1784 Richard Brinsley Sheridan caused uproar in the House of Commons by referring to Pitt as the King’s minion and comparing him with James I’s Duke of Buckingham. The jibe was taken up by Macauley who wrote that Pitt’s influence over George III equalled that of Robert Carr and Buckingham over James I. Scurrilous verses and lampoons appeared drawing attention to Pitt’s relationship with Tom Steele, a young man with whom he spent a number of holidays in Brighton. Pitt’s preference for exclusively male company was well known and was the subject of much gossip. The Prime Minister who “loved wine but not women” furthered the careers of many of his young friends, and Tom Steele was given the job of Secretary to the Treasury. 
After he left office he then went to stay Walmer Castle at Kent. His neice Lady Hester Stanhope, acted as his housekeeper, wrote “There are generally three or four men staying in the house. Military and naval characters are constantly welcome here; women are not, I suppose, because they do not form any part of our society” So there! He died of kidney failure due to excess drink , heavily in debt, such that the House of Commons raised £40,000 to pay his creditors.

Greatest Achievement: Reform of the economy and the abolition of slavery.


I’ll have to adimt I did not know he probably was gay. All the time I thought it was my shipperhappy mind that was seeing things while watching Amazing Grace.

Opinion is divided on this. But whether or not Pitt was gay, it’s certain he never got it on with Wilberforce. That said, though, they are indeed somewhat shippable (and I’m not talking about characters in a film here.)

Also, Pitt did not achieve the abolition of slavery. He died half way through Amazing Grace, after all!