- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: October 2014
- Print publication year: 2014
- Online ISBN: 9781107255951
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107255951
First published in 1855 and reissued here in the second edition of that year, this two-volume work celebrates the life of the author, wit and clergyman Sydney Smith (1771–1845). A founder of the second Edinburgh Review, Smith is best remembered for his entertaining observations and witticisms. The work comprises a memoir, written by Smith's daughter Saba Holland (1802–66), and a selection of letters, edited by Sarah Austin (1793–1867). Together, the volumes offer private insights into a man who lived much of his life in the public eye. Volume 2 includes Smith's letters to his friends and contemporaries. Forward-thinking on issues such as women's rights and child labour, he shows himself in these letters to be a wit, critic and 'champion of truth and freedom'.