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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1821
Sydney Smith to Lady Grey, 9 February 1821

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February 9th, 1821.
My dear Lady Grey,

There is an end for ever of all idea of the Whigs coming into power. The kingdom is in the hands of an oligarchy, who see what a good thing they have got of it, and are too cunning and too well aware of the tameability of mankind to give it up. Lord Castlereagh smiles when Tierney prophesies resistance. His
Lordship knows very well that he has got the people under for ninety-nine purposes out of a hundred, and that he can keep them where he has got them. Of all ingenious instruments of despotism, I most commend a popular assembly where the majority are paid and hired, and a few bold and able men, by their brave speeches, make the people believe they are free.

Lord Lauderdale has sent me two pamphlets, and two hundred and thirty pounds of salt-fish.

I hear you have taken a house in Stratford-place. The houses there are very good. You will be much more accessible than heretofore. A few yards in London dissolve or cement friendship.

Sydney Smith.