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Saint Sydney

posted on July 12, 2012

At The American Conservative, R.J. Stove profiles Sydney Smith, an early 19th century Anglican preacher and beloved political provocateur. Smith’s magazine, the Edinburgh Review, was so well respected in England that it was even “read by multitudes who abhorred his politics,” writes Stove. “A cause had only to be both sensible and apparently unwinnable for Smith to champion it,” which, according to Stove, included Smith’s defense of the rights of English Catholics to practice their religion and to hold public office. 

Read at The American Conservative