11 OCTOBER 1873, Page 14



SIR,—The article on " Epitaphs " in the last Spectator contains a just complaint that epitaphs seldom have a " touch of graphic form." In case you think that it may interest your readers, I send one, which for grotesque, graphic power may not easily be rivalled. It occurs on a tombstone in the churchyard of Wigtown, N.B., after a list of the deaths of different members of the faniily of an inhabitant of that town, and is said to have been written by the son whose memory it celebrates :-

"And his son John, of honest fame, In stature small, and one leg lame ; Content he was with portion small, Kept shop in Wigtown, and that's all."