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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1813
Sydney Smith to John Allen, 1 January 1813

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January 1st, 1813.
My dear Allen,
* * * * *

As to politics, everything is fast setting in for arbitrary power. The Court will grow bolder and bolder; a struggle will commence, and if it ends as I wish, there
will be Whigs again, or if not, a Whig will be an animal described in books of natural history, and
Lord Grey’s bones will be put together and shown, by the side of the monument, at the Liverpool Museum. But when these things come to pass, you will no longer be a Warden, but a brown and impalpable powder in the tombs of Dulwich. In the mean time, enough of liberty will remain to make our old-age tolerably comfortable; and to your last gasp you will remain in the perennial and pleasing delusion that the Whigs are coming in, and will expire mistaking the officiating clergyman for a King’s messenger.

But whatever your feelings be on this matter, mine for you will be always those of the most sincere respect and regard. Yours,

Sydney Smith.