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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1819
Sydney Smith to Francis Jeffrey, 17 May 1819

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Foston, May 17th, 1819.
My dear Jeffrey,

I wrote to you some time since, proposing for myself an article upon Tithes, to which you immediately consented. I learn from Brougham (through Allen however) that he had, above a twelvemonth since, with your consent, engaged this subject. Is this so? If it is, would it not be better to keep some memorandum of these sort of engagements?—(excuse the impertinence of the suggestion.) If it is not so, I will proceed. In the meantime, I will proceed upon an article of Mr. Dennis and the Church, and I have finished a short article of Heude’sTravels across the Desert, from Bagdad to Constantinople.’ I shall proceed with such sort of books till some interesting subject occurs to me of greater importance. I have already your consent to Mr. Dennis.

Poor Seymour!* Every year thins the ranks of

* Lord Webb Seymour, brother to the Duke of Somerset.

our old friends. Those who remain must take closer order.

I have read no article but Ross, which I like, and Laney, which I do not dislike, though I think it might have been more entertaining.

What a singular Parliament this is! It all proceeds from paying when they are not frightened. The severe scrutiny into evaded taxes has thickened the ranks of Opposition.

I long to see you, but locomotion becomes every year more difficult, because I get poorer and poorer as my family grows up. God bless you!

Sydney Smith.