The Two Smith's





A gentleman took lodgings in the same house with James
Smith, one of the celebrated authors of the "Rejected Addresses." His name

was also James Smith. The consequence was an eternal confusion of calls and

letters, and the postman had no alternative but to share the letters

equally between the two. "This is intolerable, sir," said our author, "you

must quit." "Why am I to quit more than you?" "Because you came last, and

being James the Second you must _abdicate_."





Coleridge, the Poet, once dined in company with a person who listened to

the conversation and said nothing for a long time; but occasionally nodded

his head, and Coleridge concluded him a thoughtful and intelligent man. At

length, towards the end of the dinner, some apple dumplings were placed on

the table, and the listener had no sooner seen them than he burst forth,

"Them's the fellows for me!" Coleridge adds: "I wish Spurzheim could have

examined the fellow's head."





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