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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1843
Sydney Smith to John Archibald Murray, 9 November 1843

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56, Green-street, Nov. 9th, 1843.
My dear Murray,

I am afraid there is little chance of your coming so far as Combe Morey, but, if that could be done, it would give us sincere pleasure to show Mrs. Murray and yourself our very pretty country; in the meantime I shall look forward to the more probable chance of seeing you here.

Jeffrey’s legs have as little to support as any legs in the island; I cannot see why they should be out of order. I am delighted to find his general health so good. He is about to dedicate his Reviews to me. I said (what I sincerely felt) that I considered it as the greatest compliment ever paid to me. I shall be obliged to you for the herrings, and tell me, at the same time, how to dress them; but perhaps I mistake, and they are to be eaten naked.

Your exhortation comes too late. My letter in the ‘Chronicle’ was published before yours to me arrived.
It is generally found fault with, as being too favourable, and to this I plead guilty; but I find I get more mild as I get older, and more unwilling to be severe. But if they do not (in business phrase) ‘book up’ by Christmas, I shall set at them in good earnest. I have no sort of belief that they will ever pay, and I mean this week to sell out, I hope and believe at 61, five per cent, stock. Ever yours,

Sydney Smith.