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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1807
Sydney Smith to Francis Jeffrey, [Late summer 1804]

Author's Preface
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
Editor’s Preface
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No date: supposed 1807.
Dear Jeffrey,

Concerning the Review, I think the whole number exceedingly good. Playfair’s article is very much liked, and does not owe its success to its attack upon a bishop against whom everybody sympathizes, but has genuine merit. Were I to criticize it at all, I should say it was rather Doric. Brougham’s is most able, and the censure amply merited. Locke’sTennant’ I should suspect to be very green and crude, though I have not yet read much of it. These are all the articles of which I have heard any opinion, or which I have noticed. There are several Scotticisms in Playfair’s review. I like —— very much, without caring about meeting him. I think his subjects of charcoal and chalk are very inferior ones, and that there is a good deal of bad taste in him, though that is in some degree atoned for by his propensity to the good and the liberal. I have no alloy to mingle in my approbation of Playfair. Brown is an impracticable, excellent creature. Of —— I can really form no tolerable opinion: contrasting him with his high character; his ordinary nullity, with his occasional specimens of extraordinary penetration, fine taste, and comprehensive observation, I am puzzled to silence: he is a man whom I cannot make out. Brougham impresses me more and more with a notion of his ta-
lents and acquisitions. No change has happened to me in my prospects. I sincerely hope your journey to the country will quite re-establish
Mrs. Jeffrey’s health; and I beg you will let me know in your next letter. There is nothing I long for so much as to pay you a visit in the North: the first acquisition of riches with which I am visited shall be consecrated to that object.

Sydney Smith.