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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Chapter VIII
Sydney Smith to Edward John Littleton, 7 November 1828

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Lower College Green, Bristol,
7, 1828.

“My dear Littleton,—Many thanks for your game,
and for your entertaining and interesting letter from Ireland. I direct to your country place, not knowing exactly where you will be, and presuming
Mrs. Littleton will know. Putting all things together, I think something will be done. The letter from the three foolish noblemen, the failure of Penenden-heath to excite a general and tumultuous feeling, are all very favourable. I share in your admiration of Lord Anglesey’s administration; I have reason to believe Ministers are a little dissatisfied with his disposition to oratory, which is thought undignified and rash in a Vice-King.

“At Bristol, on the 5th of November, I gave the Mayor and Corporation (the most Protestant Mayor and Corporation in England) such a dose of toleration, as shall last them for many a year. A deputation of pro-Popery papers waited on me today to print, but I declined. I told the Corporation, at the end of my sermon, that beautiful rabbinical story quoted by Jeremy Taylor, ‘As Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent,’ etc. etc., which, by the bye, would make a charming and useful placard against the bigoted.

“Be assured I shall make a discreet use of the intelligence you give me, and compromise you in nothing.

“Remember me, if you please, to Wilmot Horton when you write; I like him very much, and take a sincere interest in his welfare.

“Ever yours, dear Littleton, very sincerely,
“Sydney Smith.”