He had his failings—who has not?  He was an autocrat almost to a fault—if generals are not to be autocrats ex-officio—and sometimes he seemed to be unable to see the other side of a question.  He occasionally took curious antipathies to boys who were worthy, and honoured those we thought less honourable; but he always acknowledged true work of any kind; always delighted in any true self-sacrifice; and I never yet met the Uppingham boy who did not, as he got into life, admire with deeper admiration the heroic, unswerving character of the master, firm at his post, doing whatever of truth he knew unflinchingly; nor have I seen the Uppingham man who did not feel that, wherever he was, were he but doing his duty, he was assured, though all the world were against him, that he had his old Headmaster’s surest sympathy.  Thring taught the bond of fellowship the wide world over, for work, for truth, for life, and righteousness. (pp. 56-57)

(Edward Thring: Teacher and Poet, pp. 9-61)