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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1809
Sydney Smith to John Allen, 18 December 1809

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Hedington, Dec. 18th, 1809.
My dear Allen,

Whoever wants a job done goes to ——; whoever wants sense and information on any subject applies to you.

Do you think Canning’s pamphlet a fit subject for the Review? Does it appear to you, as it does to me, a very inefficient and unsatisfactory answer? Don’t you think, even from his own account, that he used Castlereagh ill in endeavouring for the first two months to ascertain whether or not he was informed of his (Canning’s) objections? Did he not behave very ill to the country in remaining so long a time in office with this (as he thought) bad minister? and in suffering him to retain the management of such an expedition? Do you not think that Lord Wellesley was waiting the result of this intrigue? I shall be very much obliged to you to give me your opinion on these points as soon as you can, that I may (if it shall appear expedient after the receipt of your letter) prepare a proper mixture for my friend.

Yours, dear Allen, most truly,
Sydney Smith.