James Joseph Sylvester to Benjamin Leigh Smith

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Autograph letter, signed, 2½pp. 8vo, Athenaeum Club letterhead to Benjamin Leigh Smith

'My dear Smith, I have forwarded you a few copies of my memorial [asking to have his Cambridge degree awarded, now that the disabilities of Jews and dissenters had been lifted]. Can you aid me in bringing pressure to bear on the Government from their supporters? The decision really rests with [Robert] Lowe [later Viscount Sherbrooke (1811-1892), Chancellor of the Exchequer in Gladstone's first ministry] -- but I am advised to get as many parliamentary friends as I can to make a representation in my favor to [George Grenfell] Glyn [2nd baron Wolverton (1824-1887)] -- the Government whip --Justice counts for nothing with the present men -- (as I could prove by their / / own official admissions in my case) and they will only yield if at all to party considerations.'