18 MAY 1912, Page 17


[To THE EDITOR or TIIE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Among those who will have read with pleasure the interesting article in your issue of May 4th on the late Professor A. J. Church there will probably he not a few who remember what they owe to him as his former pupils at University College, London. Few of us who were privileged to attend his more advanced classes there can fail to recall the inspiring manner in which, in particular, ho taught us Latin prose composition, passages from Merivale, Gibbon, or Burke being discussed and transformed before the class in so vivid a manner that at the end of the lesson one seemed almost to be thinking in Latin. They were giants in those days in the professoriate at University College : A. J. Church, Alfred Goodwin (whose early death in 1892 is one of the tragedies of English scholar- ship), Henry Morley, and E. S. Bcesly (still happily amongst us, though now in well-earned retirement at St. Leonards). With teachers such as these University College, London, has laid many an Englishman of the present day under a life-long

obligation.—I am, Sir, &c., C. T. KNAUS. 28 Marlborough Road, Bradford.