"Sydney Smith, in case you don't know him, is well worth discovering,"
Sydney smith
Public DomainSydney Smith

 After graduating from Oxford, Sydney Smith (1771–1845) reluctantly took holy orders and in so doing greatly benefited the people of the village of Netheravon, where he was curate. He later settled in London, where he became a lecturer, preacher, and society figure. His lectures proved so popular that people would flock to see him. Considered radical in his own time, he preached on the education of women and the abolition of slavery.  His publications include:

1809. Sermons in two volumes

1839. The Ballot

1845. A Fragment on the Irish Roman Catholic Church

1846. Sermons at St Paul's ...

1956. The Selected Writings of Sydney Smith


Read some of his work here.