Edward Smedley was the second son of Edward Smedley (for 46 years one of the ushers of Westminster school). He was educated at Westminster and Trinity College Cambridge (B.A. 1809; M.A. 1812). He became Fellow of Sidney College (1812) where he resided before his marriage in 1815. Smedley won the Seatonian prize in 1813, 1814, 1827, and 1828. He held minor clerical offices in London and wrote for the British Critic, which he edited from 1827. In 1822 Smedley undertook the editorship of the Encyclopedia Metropoliana; in 1827 he retired with his family to Dulwich after becoming deaf.
A few verses. English and Latin. 1812.
The death of Saul and Jonathan: a poem. 1814.
Jephthah. A poem. 1814.
Jonah: a poem. 1815.
Prescience: or, The secrets of divination. A poem. In two parts. 1816.
Religio clerici: a churchman's epistle. 1818.
A churchman's second epistle. 1819.
The parson's choice of town or country: an epistle to a young divine. 1821.
The preparation of the righteous. A sermon. 1825.
Lux renata a Protestant's epistle, with notes. 1827.
The marriage in Cana: a poem. 1828.
A very short letter from one old Westminster to another. 1829.
Sketches from Venetian history. 2 vols, 1831.
History of the reformed religion in France. 3 vols, 1832, 1834.
The history of France: from the final partition of the empire of Charlemagne, A.D. 843, to the peace of Cambray, A.D. 1529. 1836.
Poems by the late Rev. Edward Smedley, A. M.; with a selection from his correspondence and a memoir of his life. 1837.