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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1809
Sydney Smith to Francis Jeffrey, [26] December 1805

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Heslington, December, 1809.
My dear Jeffrey,

Will you be so good as to send me the names of the original contributors to the Review?

I have scarcely any belief in a change of Administration if they get Canning; if they do not, they are surely as blamable as a man who, intending to go a journey with great expedition, does not hire a chaise-and-four.

I like Playfair’s review, though I comprehend it not; but, as a Dutchman might say, who heard Erskine or you speak at the bar, “I am sure I should be pleased with that man’s eloquence, if I could comprehend a word he said.” So I give credit to Playfair for the utmost perspicuity and the most profound information, though I understand not what he says, nor am at all able to take any measure of its importance.

God bless you, my dear Jeffrey! Your affectionate friend,

Sydney Smith.