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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1827
Sydney Smith to Messrs. Hunt and Clarke, [30 June 1827]

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Chapter V
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Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
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Foston, July 30th, 1827.

I have received from you within these few months some very polite and liberal presents of new publica-
tions; and, though I was sorry you put yourselves to any expense on my account, yet I was flattered by this mark of respect and goodwill from gentlemen to whom I am personally unknown.

I am quite sure however that you overlooked the purpose and tendency of a work called ——, or that you would not have sent it to a clergyman of the Established Church, or indeed to a clergyman of any church. I see also advertised at your house a translation of Voltaire’sPhilosophical Dictionary.’ I hope you will have the goodness to excuse me, and not to attribute what I say to an impertinent, but a friendly, disposition. Let us pass over, for a moment, all those much higher considerations, and look at this point only in a worldly view, as connected with your interests. Is it wise to give to your house the character of publishers of infidel books? The English people are a very religious people, and those who are not, hate the active dissemination of irreligion. The zealots of irreligion are few and insignificant, and confined principally to London. You have not a chance of eminence or success in that line; and I advise you prudently and quietly to back out of it.

I hate the insolence, persecution, and intolerance which so often pass under the name of religion, and (as you know) I have fought against them; but I have an unaffected horror of irreligion and impiety; and every principle of suspicion and fear would be excited in me by a man who professed himself an infidel.

I write this from respect to you. It is quite a private communication, and I am sure you are too wise and too enlightened to take it in evil part.

I was very much pleased with the ‘Two Months in
Ireland,’ but did not read the poetical part; the prosaic division of the work is very good.

I remain, Gentlemen, yours faithfully,
Sydney Smith.