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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1809
Sydney Smith to Lord Holland, 1 November 1809

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Chapter IV
Chapter V
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Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
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Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
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Howick, Nov. 1st, 1809.
My dear Lord Holland,

I would have answered your kind note sooner, but that it followed me here, after being detained for a day or two at York.


Whatever little interest or connection I may have shall be exerted in favour of Lord Grenville, to whom I sincerely wish success.

It will be doing a good action, I conjecture, if his lordship ever brings Peter Plymley out of Yorkshire; because, though the said Peter does not by any means dislike living in the country, he would, as I understand, prefer that the country in which he does live were nearer his old friends. I should not be in the least surprised if this grave writer, in some shape or another, made his appearance next spring, if the then state of affairs should enable him to write with effect and utility.

The noble Earl here is in perfect health, and so are all his family. I have been spending a fortnight with him, and think him in appearance quite another person from what he was last year.

I have a project of publishing in the spring a pamphlet, which I think of calling ‘Common Sense for 1810;’ for which I will lay down some good doctrines, and say some things which I have in my head, and which I am sure it will be very useful to say. If I do, I will write it here, and improve it when I obtain further information from you in town. But what use is there in all this, or in anything else? Omnes ibimus ad Diabolum, et Buonaparte nos conquerabit, et dabit Hollandiam Domum ad unum corporalium suorum, et ponet ad mortem Joannem Allenium.

Yours ever most truly,
Sydney Smith.