18 OCTOBER 1968, Page 30

Sir: Mr Buchanan (Letters, 27 September) spoke of my inanities

in carrying on 'mere word-war' about Biafra. In my reply of 11 October I placed 'mere' in quotes, implying that perhaps the pen had more weight than Mr Buchanan allowed. Your printer turned it into 'mere' world-war, than which, if indeed I had written it, nothing could well be more inane! May I have this corrected, please?