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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1813
Sydney Smith to John Archibald Murray, 18 August 1813

Author's Preface
Chapter I
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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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August 18th, 1813.
Dear Murray,

It is my serious intention to lend such aid as I can lend to the Review, in Jeffrey’s absence. To render this intention useful, I hope he has left somebody who will look after the temporal concerns of the Review, and return an answer to those questions which a distant contributor must necessarily put. It was my intention to review Ferrier’sTheory of Apparitions;’ but it is such a null, frivolous book, that it is impossible to take any notice of it. I request therefore the choice of these subjects:—Milne’s Controversy with Marsh, Pouqueville’sTravels in the Morea,’ Broughton’sLetters from a Mahratta Camp,’ or Sir J. Porter’sAccount of the last Russian Campaign.’ I should prefer the first and the last. Pray let me know whether I may do them, or obtain, if you will be so good, an immediate answer for me from those with whom the power rests. I will take the first opportunity of returning Ferrier’s ‘Apparitions’ to Constable.

My brother and all his family are with me.

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your old friend; such losses are seldom or never repaired; a friend
made at a middle period of life is never like a friend made at its beginning. I am sure a run in the country in England would do you good. It is the misfortune of Edinburgh men, that they see no fools and common persons (I mean, of clever men in Edinburgh); I could put you on a salutary course of this sort of society. Ever most sincerely yours,

Sydney Smith.