19 NOVEMBER 1910, Page 15


[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sxn,—The Spectator is so accurate and so commonly quoted as an authority that I wish to correct a statement in the last issue to the effect that the Archbishop of York, according to precedent, will have the privilege of crowning Queen Mary. I believe that the only precedent besides the Coronation in 1902 is the Coronation of the consort of William I., who was crowned by the Archbishop of York owing to the patriotism (or contumacy) of Archbishop Stigand. I think there was some interesting correspondence in the Press on this point about the time of the Coronation of the late King, the general opinion of correspondents of a mediaeval turn of mind being that, in claiming any such right, the Archbishop would be intruding in the Southern Province.—I am, Sir, &c.,