I read the following in "The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I":
A portrait from Mr. Carlyle's portfolio not regretted by any who loved the original, surely confers sufficient distinction to warrant a few words of notice, when the character it depicts is withdrawn from mortal gaze.
Many words are confusing (to me, at least); "confer", "distinction", "warrant" and "mortal gaze".
- Does "confer" here mean "grant" or "bestow"?
- Does "distinction" mean "Excellence or eminence"?
- What does "warrant" and "mortal gaze" mean?
Does the speaker mean that Carlyle praised Erasmus Darwin? or the opposite?