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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1839
Sydney Smith to Lady Carlisle, September 1839

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Combe Florey, September 1839.

May I ask how my old friends do, and whether they are come back in good health and spirits?

I have done nothing since you went away but write little pamphlets; some, by your order, against Ballot, and others, by that of my own insubordinate spirit, against Bishops.

I think you will find the Whigs damaged. I date their fall in public estimation from their return to office after resignation. Gallantry and the chivalrous spirit are admirable in all the common courtesies of life; indispensable, when ladies are to be handed to their carriages, or defended from rudeness; but it ought not to meddle with politics. Most of the changes are bad. The appointment of will offend the aristocracy here, and the Canadians. There is no prestige in it. If good sense be the only thing wanted, send an attorney at 6s. 8d. per day. is a bad ingredient too.

We are both tolerably well. Mrs. Sydney a little worse than her years,—myself a little better.

Sydney Smith.