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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] was pleased to see Janus' remark : "Whoever may have

been responsible for the decision that none of the Duke's relatives and no British official in an official capacity should attend the ceremony, it was a most deplorable ruling."

Probably the great majority of the loyal subjects of King George VI desired on that notable occasion to assure his royal brother that they did not forget him, and that they wished him

happiness commensurate with his supreme act of renunciation in stepping down from the most splendid throne in history.

What prevented them, you ask ? The spirit, unhappily alive in the Church today, which finds suitable expression in the Scottish Archbishop Gavin Dunbar's curse of excommuni- cation:

"I curse their head and all the hairs of their head ; I curse their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their belly, their hands, their feer, and every part of their body from the top of their head to the sole of their feet, before and behind, within and without. I curse them walking, and I curse them riding ; I curse them standing. and I curse them sitting. . . ."

—Yours faithfully, J. B. Jo:4Es.

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