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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1809
Sydney Smith to John Allen, 21 February 1809

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Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
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February 21st, 1809.
Dear Allen,

I have received from you two or three very kind
letters, for which I thank you; and should have done so before, had I not taken a gay turn lately, and meddled much in the amusements of the town.

I am glad to find that it has pleased Providence to restore you to your reason, and that you are coming home. You may depend upon it, there is no country like this for beauty, and steadiness of climate, as well as for agrémens of manners; we are a gay people, living under a serene heaven.

I have had thoughts of writing a political pamphlet, but have adjourned it to another year. From time to time I will make a resolute and lively charge upon the enemy.

The Edinburgh Review for February is come. It is the best, I think, that has appeared for a long time; ‘Burns and Warburton,’ by Jeffrey; ‘Code de la Conscription,’ by Walsh, Secretary to the American Ambassador; ‘Spanish America,’ by a Mr. Mill;* ‘Society for the Suppression of Vice,’ by a Mr. Sydney Smith; ‘West Indies,’ by Brougham; ‘Steam Engine,’ by Playfair; ‘Sanscrit Grammar,’ by Hamilton; ‘Copenhagen,’ I believe, ditto. The Quarterly Review is out also; not good, I hear.

The division upon the Orders in Council has surprised everybody, and St. Stephen told Brougham he thought it decisive of their repeal. Three bishops voted with Lord Grenville. Something of this division may be attributed to Mrs. Clarke and the Duke. The conversation of the town for the last fortnight has, as you may suppose, been extremely improper. I

* James Mill, Esq., author of ‘British India.’ Mr. Mill was intimately acquainted with General Miranda, from whom he doubtless derived much, information about Spanish America.—Ed.

have endeavoured as much as I can to give it a little tinge of propriety, but without effect. I think the Duke of York must fall. Believe me, my dear
Allen, ever yours most truly,

Sydney Smith.