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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1827
Sydney Smith to Lady Grey, [February] 1827

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Edinburgh, 1827.
My dear Lady Grey,

You are so kind, that I am sure you will be glad to hear that Mrs. Sydney bore the rest of her journey well, though she is not yet off the sofa.

Dr. Thompson advises as follows for you:—

Broiled meat at breakfast, an egg, and chocolate.
At twelve, a basin of rich soup.
At two, a meat luncheon and a tumbler of porter.
A jelly at four.
Dinner at six; four or five glasses of claret.
Tea and a whole muffin.
Hot supper and negus at ten.
Something nourishing at the side of your bed.

I have been today to an exhibition of Scotch portraits. High cheek-bones are not favourable to the fine arts.

I found it dreadfully cold from Alnwick to Edinburgh. My companions were a captain of a man-of-war and a sherry merchant from Cadiz. My vendor of sherry told me that all the accounts of Ferdinand’s sending regiments were most absurd; that he could no more send men than send angels; that he was not devout; that, in fact, the Spanish nation did not exist; that the French and the monks in the south of Spain
were most unpopular; that the people at large ardently desired a Constitution; and that he had sherry at all prices from £27 to £57 per butt.

And so, dear Lady Grey, God bless you! Read cheerful books, play at cards, look forward two hours, and believe me always most truly yours,

Sydney Smith.