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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Elizabeth Smith, 6 May 1826

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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May 6, 1826.

You will be pleased to hear that our friend Sydney Smith is now at Paris, for the first time, on a visit to Lord and Lady Holland. He had only seen some parts of the interior of France before, and that many years ago, for a short time. He writes to his friends that the name “Paris” is only an abbreviation of “Paradise,” and that he is exceedingly gratified by all that he sees, hears, and eats.

Calne Election, 1826

If you have seen the last number of the Edinburgh Review, you must have been entertained by the articles on “Waterton’s Wanderings” and “Granby,” which are written by Sydney Smith. There is another article much talked of on the “London University,” by young Macaulay,1 the son of Wilberforce’s friend. It is very spirited and able, but violent and exaggerated, and little calculated to serve the cause it espouses.

I called on the Hobhouses yesterday. They have Mr. and Mrs. Spencer with them, and seem all of them tolerably well. You must have heard of John Hobhouse’s Parliamentary success this year. I allude particularly to his speech on Lord John Russell’s motion,2 which is considered as one of the most spirited and effective of the present Session, and has given him a new rank and station in Parliament.