10 MAY 1935, Page 25

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

SIR,—" If the King is the Supreme Head of the Church of England 'why does He not Consecrate the Archbishop of CanterburY ? " is a question put to me by a 13-year-old boy this morning during Prayer Book lesson in our elementary school. I came home and read your paper and the note by Janus saying that membership in the Church of England and the Presbyterian is not mutually exclusive. Surely no one can claim effective membership of the Church of England without signing a declaration that he is "not a member of any denomination not in communion with the Church of England."

A Presbyterian cannot exercise membership of the Church of England at a Parochial Church meeting unless he has made a false declaration.

The boy referred to above was surprised to hear that the English people quickly disdained the authority of an official whom they had reverenced for years as soon as he made their king" Defender of the Faith."—I am, yours faithfully,


The Lee Vicarage, Great Missenden, Bucks.