12 MARCH 1892, Page 17


[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." j SIR,—Referring to your remarks, in your issue of March 5th,. on Sir William Harcourt's speech at Greenwich, may I point out that it is not Pope who speaks of "an alacrity in sink- ing," but Shakespeare P In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act iii., sc. 5, Falstaff soliloquises : "You may know by my size that I have a kind of alacrity in sinking."—I am, Sir, &e.,

T. M. W.