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Smith, Sydney

Born: 1771 AD
Died: 1845 AD
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1771- Sydney Smith born on the 3rd of June at Woodford, Essex, the son of Robert Smith. Sydney was the second of four brothers and one sister. He was an English writer and clergyman.

1789 – He became a scholar of New College, Oxford.

1792 – Graduated and received a BA from New College.

1796 – Graduated and received a MA from New College.

       – He planned to read for the bar, but his father disagreed, and he was reluctantly compelled to take holy orders. He was ordained at Oxford, England.

       – Became curate of the village of Nether Avon, near Amesbury, in Salisbury Plain.

1800 – He published his first book, Six Sermons, preached in Charlotte Street Chapel, Edinburgh.

       – Married Catharine Amelia Pybus, They settled at 46 George Street, Edinburgh.

1802 – Remained long enough in Edinburgh to edit the first number of the Edinburgh Review. "The motto I proposed for the Review was Tenui musam meditamur avena. `We cultivate literature on a little oatmeal.` But this was too near the truth to be admitted, and so we took our present grave motto from Publius Syrus, of whom, none of us, I am sure, had ever read a single line."

1803 – He left Edinburgh for good, and settled in London.

1804 – 1806 – He lectured on moral philosophy at the Royal Institution for three seasons, and treated his subject with such vigour and liveliness that the London world crowded to Albemarle Street to hear him.

1807 – He published the first instalment of his most famous work, Peter Plymley`s Letters, on the subject of Catholic emancipation, ridiculing the opposition of the country clergy.

1826 – One of his most vigorous and effective polemics was A Letter to the Electors upon the Catholic Question.

1837 – Three Letters to Archdeacon Singleton on the Ecclesiastical Commission.

1843 – He wrote Petition and Letters on the repudiation of debts by the state of Pennsylvania.

1845 – He died on the 22nd of February at his house in Green Street, London and was buried at Kensal Green.

1850 – When he was done with his lectures from the Royal Institute, he threw them in the fire. His wife rescued them and they were published under the title Elementary Sketches of Moral Philosophy.

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