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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1831
Sydney Smith to Lady Holland, July 1831

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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Combe Florey, July, 1831.
My dear Lady Holland,

The weather here appears to have resembled the weather of the Metropolis. At present it is oppressively hot. All my family are here; I feel patriarchal.
Cholera has not yet come amongst us, but it is at either end of our line,—at Exeter and Plymouth, and at Bristol. Seeing but little company, and not hearing every day how Thompson, and Simpson, and Jackson were attacked, I think less about it.

Philosopher Malthus came here last week. I got an agreeable party for him of unmarried people. There was only one lady who had had a child; but he is a good-natured man, and, if there are no appearances of approaching fertility, is civil to every lady. Malthus is a real moral philosopher, and I would almost consent to speak as inarticulately, if I could think and act as wisely.

Read Cicero’s ‘Letters to Atticus,’ translated by the Abbé Mongon, with excellent notes. I sit in my beautiful study, looking upon a thousand flowers, and read agreeable books, in order to keep up arguments with Lord Holland and Allen. I thank God heartily for my comfortable situation in my old-age,—above my deserts, and beyond my former hopes.

Sydney Smith.