Reverend Sidney Smith was a respected clergyman who worked steadily for Roman Catholic emancipation despite his own staunch Anglicanism. In 1802 he helped to found "The Edinburgh Review", which became one of the most powerful journals in Britain. This volume contains a selection of his writings together with extracts from his daughter's biography of him. Arranged thematically, the passages deal with "home" and "abroad", politics, social evils, education, religion, and health and happiness. As well as Sidney's renowned wit, the collection enshrines his common sense and eloquent preaching.
Norman Taylor was born in 1926, and educated at Bolton School. From 1944 to 1946 he served as an officer in the R.N.V.R. A scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he read history before going to Cuddesdon College, Oxford to prepare for ordination. He served his title at the parish church of Clitheroe in Blackburn diocese. For fifteen years he was Rector of Little Wilbraham in Ely diocese, before becoming Chaplain of St. Faith's School, Cambridge, and finally, honorary assistant priest of Chesterton Parish Church. He now lives in retirement in Lyme Regis, and serves on the Salisbury branch committee of the Prayer Book Society. He has also compiled the highly successful For Services Rendered: An Anthology in Thanksgiving for the Book of Common Prayer, also published by The Lutterworth Press. After serving as an officer in the Black Watch regiment Alan Hankinson worked for the BBC and ITV. He is now a full-time writer with several books about mountaineering to his credit. His most recent works are biographies of William Howard Russell, war correspondent of the Times, and the climber Geoffrey Winthrop Young.