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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1826
Sydney Smith to Catharine Amelia Smith, 19 April 1826

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Paris, April 19th, 1826.
Dearest Kate,
* * * * *

I called on the Duke of Bedford, who took me for
Sir Sidney Smith, and refused me; I met him afterwards in the street.

I have bought a coat-of-arms on a seal for six shillings, which will hereafter be the coat-of-arms of the family; this letter is sealed with it.*

I called upon Dumont, who says that our hospitality to his friends has made us very popular at Geneva, and that M. Chauvet gave a very entertaining account of us.

Paris is very badly lighted at nights, and the want of a trottoir is a very, great evil. The equipages are much less splendid and less numerous than in England. The Champs Élysées are very poor and bad; but, for the two towns, in spite of all these inconveniences, believe me, there is not the smallest possibility of a comparison; Regent-street is a perfect misery, compared with the finest parts of Paris. I think, in general, that the display of the shops is finer here than in London.

Of course my opinions, from my imperfect information, are likely to change every day; but at present I am inclined to think that I ought to have gone, and that we will go, to the Boulevards.

There are no table-cloths in the coffee-houses; this annoys me; (at least none for breakfast.)

I am very well; still a little heated with the journey. I have written regularly every day. God bless you

Sydney Smith.
April 20th.

The Duke of Bedford wrote me a note, saying there had been some mistake on the day I called,—that I

* Vide Memoir, p. 205.

had been mistaken for my namesake,—“as much unlike you as possible.” This note was carried to
Sir Sidney, who opened it, read it, and returned it to me, with an apology for his indiscretion, offering to take me to some shows, and begging we might be acquainted.

S. S.