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WIT AND WISDOM

OF THE

REV. SYDNEY SMITH

BEING

SELECTIONS FROM HIS WRITINGS

AND PASSAGES OF HIS

LETTERS AND TABLE-TALK

WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR AND NOTES

By EVERT A. DUYCKINCK

CO

REDFIELD
34 BEEKMAN STREET, NEW YORK

HARVARD COLLESE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
MRS. THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON
MRS. MARGARET HIGGINSON BARNEY

OCT 9 1940

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856,

By J. S. REDFIELD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern

District of New York.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The chief writings of the Rev. SYDNEY Smith are included in the original English editions in eight octavo volumes. These are his “ Two Volumes of Sermons,” 1809; the collection of his “Works” (embracing articles from the Edinburgh Review, the Plymley Letters, and other papers), 4 vols, 1839–40; a posthumous volume,“ Sermons preached at St.Paul's," &c., 1846 ; “ Elementary Sketches of Moral Philosophy, delivered at the Royal Institution,” published in 1850. To these are to be added “Letters on American Debts," 1843; “A Fragment on the Irish Roman Catholic Church," 1845; “Letters on Railway Management," and other topics, to the Morning Chronicle; Articles in the Edinburgh Review not collected in his “ Works ;” numerous Sketches and Essays printed in the “Memoirs,” by his daughter, Lady Holland; and the extensive series, of "Letters,” edited by Mrs. Austin. These have mainly furnished the material of the present volume. In the

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preparation of the Table-Talk, Memoir, and Notes, many collateral sources have been drawn upon.

Several of Sydney Smith's Writings, will here be found given entire; while the selection generally presents the most characteristic passages of his “Wit and Wisdom” from the whole. Numerous Miscellanies of much interest, are included which are not to be met with in any previous American collection of the author's works.

New YORK, May 20, 1856.

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