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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1838
Sydney Smith to Sir George Philips, [September?] 1838

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About September, 1838.
My dear Philips,

You will be glad to hear that I have had a fit of the gout, but I cannot flatter you with its being anything very considerable. The Miss Berrys and Lady Charlotte Lindsay are here, and go tomorrow to Torquay. I have by this post had a letter from John Murray, who seems to rejoice in his Highland castle.

I have just written a pamphlet against Ballot, and
shall publish it with my name at the proper time. I have done it to employ my leisure. No politics in it, but a bonâ fide discussion. I am an anti-ballotist. It will be carried, however, write I never so wisely.

Lord Valletort possessed of Mount Edgecumbe, and bent double with rheumatism! there is a balance in human conditions! Charles Wynne is a truly good man. Pray remember me very kindly to Lushington, and beg he will come, with all his family, Professor and all, to Combe Florey. The curses of Glasgow are, itch, punch, cotton, and metaphysics. I hope Mr. Lushington will discourage classical learning as much as he can.

Nickleby is very good. I stood out against Mr. Dickens as long as I could, but he has conquered me.

Get, and read, Macaulay’s Papers upon the Indian Courts and Indian Education. They are admirable for their talent and their honesty. We see why he was hated in India, and how honourable to him that hatred is. Your sincere friend,

Sydney Smith.