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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1810
Sydney Smith to Francis Jeffrey, [3 July 1809]

Author's Preface
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Chapter III
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Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
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Heslington, July, 1810.
My dear Jeffrey,

Respecting my sermons, I most sincerely beg of you

* This refers to some outbreaks of insubordination among the students at Haileybury College.—Ed.

to extenuate nothing. Treat me exactly as I deserve. Remember only what it is you are reviewing,—an oration confined by custom to twenty or thirty minutes, before a congregation of all ranks and ages. Do not be afraid of abusing me, if you think abuse necessary: you will find I can bear it extremely well from you.

As for the Quarterly Review, I have not read it, nor shall I, nor ought I—where abuse is intended, not for my correction, but my pain. I am however very fair game: if the oxen catch the butcher, they have a right to toss and gore him.

I can only trifle in this Review. It takes me some time to think about serious subjects, not having my head full of all arguments on all subjects, like a certain friend of mine,—to whom all happiness!

Sydney Smith.

I get my hay in on Monday.