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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1812
Sydney Smith to Francis Jeffrey, [17] June 1812

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June, 1812.
My dear Jeffrey,

I feel that I owe you an apology for troubling you so often about the Review; but I am really desirous of doing something for it, and, in my search for new books, they turn up at different times, and compel me to make these different appeals to you. The subjects I have already mentioned are:—1st. Sir F. Burdett on the Law of Imprisonment for Libel; 2nd. The Statement of the late Negotiations; 3rd. The Duke of Sussex’s speech; 4th (and now for the first time), Halliday’sObservations on the Present State of the Portuguese Army;’ in which I propose to include some short statement of, and observations upon, Lord Wellington’s campaigns in Portugal. The last undertaking is the only one to which a fresh answer is required from you.

Horner is, I think, getting better. There never was a period when the hopes of good Whigs were so cruelly
disappointed. I dare say Lords
Grey and Grenville meant extremely well, but they have bungled the matter so, as to put themselves in the wrong, both with the public and with their own troops. The bad faith of the Court is nothing. If they had suspected that bad faith, they should have put it to the proof, and made it clear to all the world that the Court did not mean them well; at present they have made the Court the object of public love and compassion, made Lord Yarmouth appear like a virtuous man, given character to the Prince, and restored the dilapidation of kingly power.

I write from Cambridge, and shall be at York on Friday to dinner. Adieu! and believe me ever your sincere friend,

Sydney Smith.