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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1819
Sydney Smith to Lady Grey, 5 February 1819

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20, Saville-row, Feb. 5th, 1819.
Dear Lady Grey,

Tierney made a very good speech, very well calculated to get votes. Frankland Lewis did very well. Mr. Maberley introduced some very striking arguments, but got wrong toward the end. This is the Augustan age of aldermen. Alderman Heygate has far exceeded Waithman, who spoke very well.

Nothing will, I believe, be said, by way of eulogium, upon Romilly and Elliott; a foolish, parading practice, very properly put an end to.

When you come to town again, pray see the new Custom-house. The attractive objects in it are the long room, one of the finest I ever saw in my life; and the facade, towards the river. I have also seen, this day, the Mint, which I think would please you. Lord Grey’s Miss O’Neil is accused of ranting.

Antonio at last ran away and offered himself to Lady C—— L——. She has taken two days to consider of it.

Lord Grey will like that article in the Edinburgh Review upon ‘Universal Suffrage:’ it is by Sir James Mackintosh. There is a pamphlet on Bullion, by Mr. Copplestone, of Oxford, much read; but bullion, I think, is not a favourite dish at Howick.

Sydney Smith.