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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Thomas Smith, 9 February 1815

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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Feb. 9, 1815.

THE speeches at Gloucester on the petition against the property tax are very creditable to your county. Very good use was made of the suggestion that the idea of this tax ought to be closely associated, or rather identified, with the idea of war, so that when people talk of hostilities and national glory, they may know what is to be calculated upon or expected.

“Edinburgh Review”

The following are the names of the articles of the last number of the Edinburgh Review as far as I know or can guess them:—

Art. 1. Jeffrey.
6. Brougham.
7. Playfair.
8. Part, I believe, by Mr. Pillans, master of the High School at Edinburgh, but a good deal by Jeffrey.
10. Brougham.
11. Chiefly Jeffrey.
12. Brougham.

There are all sorts of strange reports about changes of Ministers in which I am not in the least of a believer. They originate in the strange secluded life which the Prince has been living at Brighton, without any intercourse or communication with his official servants. I shall content myself with the quotation from Tacitus1 of a passage which is very justly admired by Gibbon. Have the goodness to show it to Miss Bailey.2

Domitianus3 vero,—“umbraculis hortorum abditus, sicut ignava animalia, quibus si cibum suggeras, jacent, torpentque, presentia præterita, futura, pari oblivione demiserat.”

I am at length putting the finishing hand to Mungo Park, after many interruptions. The work has been done by fits and starts and in a manner very unsatisfactory to myself, but it must take its chance.

1 Tacitus iii. Hist. c. 36.

2 A lady who lived with Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

3 Vitellius is the right reading.