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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1809
Sydney Smith to Lady Holland, 10 January 1809

Author's Preface
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Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
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January 10th, 1809.
My dear Lady Holland,

Many thanks for two fine Gallicia hams; but as for boiling them in wine, I am not as yet high enough in the Church for that; so they must do the best they can in water.

You have no idea of the consternation which
Brougham’s attack upon the titled orders has produced: the Review not only discontinued by many, but returned to the bookseller from the very first volume: the library shelves fumigated, etc.!

The new Review of Ellis and Canning is advertised, and begins next month.

We have admitted a Mr. Baring, importer and writer, into the King of Clubs, upon the express condition that he lends £50 to any member of the Club when applied to. I proposed the amendment to his introduction, which was agreed to without a dissenting voice.

You know Mr. Luttrell is prisoner in Fez. Mufti has been ill, but the rumour of a Tory detected in a job has restored him. Horner is ill. He was desired to read amusing books: upon searching his library it appeared he had no amusing books,—the nearest of any work of that description being The Indian Trader’s Complete Guide!

I cannot tell you how much I miss you and Lord Holland; for besides the pleasure I have in your company, I have contracted a real regard and affection for you,—wish you to get on prosperously and wisely,— want other people to like you, and should be afflicted if any real harm happened to you and yours.

Sydney Smith.