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A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Letters 1827
Sydney Smith to Elizabeth Fletcher, March 1827

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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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York, March, 1827.
My dear Madam,

Many thanks for your obliging note, and for the loan of the books. I really must persevere in my judgment of Tone’s conduct. His life had been spared by the Irish Government, who are generous enough to let him off with no other condition than that of expatriation; and the moment their generosity has set him free, he plots their destruction by calling in a foreign enemy. I must hold this to be bad morals. A tone of vulgarity pervades the whole narrative; yet, if the first error in morals be overlooked, there is devotion, heroism, courage, and perseverance in his conduct.

My sermons were little or nothing; their excellence is in your own desire to excel, and in your disposition to be pleased.

Politics, domestic and foreign, are very discouraging; Jesuits abroad—Turks in Greece—No-Poperists in England! A. panting to burn B.; B. fuming to roast C.; C. miserable that he cannot reduce D. to
ashes; and D. consigning to eternal perdition the three first letters of the alphabet.

Health and respect!
Sydney Smith.