18 DECEMBER 1886, Page 14

"THE SILENCE OF DEAN MAITLAND."

170 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.

Stn,—My attention has been directed to the striking resemblance which exists between the closing scene in "The Silence of Dean Maitland," recently reviewed in your columns, and an episode which occurs in my story of "Judith Wynne,"—that of a clergyman denouncing himself from the pulpit. The author of "The Silence of Dean Maitland" has boldly imported this incident into his book from mine without even taking the trouble to change the text on which the man bases his discourse. There is also a close similarity in his general treatment of this episode to that which I have adopted ; but I do not think it worth while to encroach further on your space to point it out.—I am, Sir, &c., C. L. PIRKIS, Author of "Judith Wynne."

The High Elms, Nutfield, Surrey.