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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1813
Sydney Smith to John Archibald Murray, 12 July 1813

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Heslington, July 12th, 1813.
My dear Murray,

I understand you are one of the Commissioners for managing the Edinburgh Review, in the absence of our small-bodied, great-minded leader. He has made to me an affecting appeal for assistance, and, for such as I can afford, shall not make it in vain; the difficulty is to find books, and I will review any two of the following:—Clarkson’sLife of Penn,’ Buchanan’sColonial Establishment,’ Thompson’sTravels in Sweden,’ Graham’sResidence in India,’ or Horsley’sSpeeches.’ Have the goodness, if you please, to tell me which of these I shall take, and at what time I shall send them, giving me all the time you can, for I really am distressed for that article.

My situation is as follows:—I am engaged in agriculture without the slightest knowledge of the art; I am building a house without an architect; and educating a son without patience! Nothing short of my sincere affection for Jeffrey, and pity for his transatlantic loves, should have induced me to draw my goose-quill.


My new mansion springs up apace, and then I shall really have a pretty place to receive you in, and a pleasant country to show you. Remember me very kindly to all my friends, and believe me, my dear Murray, ever most sincerely yours,

Sydney Smith.