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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1840
Sydney Smith to Roderick Impey Murchison, [September] 1840

Author's Preface
Chapter I
Chapter II
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, 1840.
Dear Murchison,

Many thanks for your kind recollections of me in sending me your pamphlet, which I shall read with all attention and care. My observation has been necessarily so much fixed on missions of another description, that I am hardly reconciled to zealots going out with voltaic batteries and crucibles, for the conversion of mankind, and baptizing their fellow-creatures with the mineral acids; but I will endeavour to admire,
and believe in you. My real alarm for you is, that by some late decisions of the magistrates, you come under the legal definition of strollers; and nothing would give me more pain than to see any of the Sections upon the mill, calculating the resistance of the air, and showing the additional quantity of flour which might be ground in vacuo,—each man in the meantime imagining himself a

Mrs. Sydney has eight distinct illnesses, and I have nine. We take something every hour, and pass the mixture from one to the other.

About forty years ago, I stopped an infant in Lord Breadalbane’s grounds, and patted his face. The nurse said, “Hold up your head, Lord Glenorchy.” This was the President of your society.* He seems to be acting an honourable and enlightened part in life. Pray present my respects to him and his beautiful marchioness.

Sydney Smith.

Since writing this I have read your Memoir,—a little too flowery, but very sensible and good.