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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1807
Sydney Smith to Lady Holland, 9 December 1807

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Bath, December 9th, 1807.

War, my dear Lady Holland, is natural to women, as well as men,—at least with their own sex!

A dreadful controversy has broken out in Bath,

* The Archbishop, Dr. Markham, was just dead. Dr. Vernon, Bishop of Carlisle, succeeded.

whether tea is most effectually sweetened by lump or pounded sugar; and the worst passions of the human mind are called into action by the pulverists and the lumpists. I have been pressed by ladies on both sides to speak in favour of their respective theories, at the Royal Institution, which I have promised to do.

In the meantime, my mind is agitated by the nicely-balanced force of opposite arguments, and I regret that peaceable bigotry which I enjoy in the Metropolis, by living with men who are entirely agreed upon the greater part of the subjects which come under discussion. I shall regain my own tranquillity on Saturday night, and bid adieu to a controversy which is more remarkable for the ingenious reasoning by which it is upheld, than for the important results to which it leads.

The general idea here is, that we are upon the eve of reaping the good effects of the vigorous system of administration; and that the French, driven to the borders of insanity by the want of coffee, will rise and establish a family more favourable to the original mode of breakfasting. I have ventured to express doubts, but am immediately silenced as an Edinburgh Reviewer.

I found “the preceding phenomenon” well; or, to speak more classically, everything about him referable to the sense of seeing excited the same ideas as before; the same with the co-effect, or sister. Allen would say, the co-sequence, but he is over rigid: in loose, familiar writing we may say, the co-effect; co-sequence looks (as it seems to me) stiff and affected.

Sydney Smith.