"HATE," AND THE REV. J. S. WATSON. lTo lux EDITOR
OF THE "SPECTATOR."]
SIR,—Has not the Spectator for once been unduly severe in attributing the murder of Mrs. Watson to " hate" ? Her hus- band had long been a hard brain-worker ; he was threatened with actual destitution through loss of pupils and advancing age ; and it seems most probable that the querulous temper of his unfortunate wife wrought him to a momentarily insane impulse of savage retaliation. Representations to this effect from friends and old pupils, who spoke of Mrs. Watson's violent temper and her husband's "most admirable patience," procured the commutation of his sentence. Possibly the Spectator has already been induced somewhat to modify its judgment on this particular case.—I am, Sir, &c.,
A LIFELONG LOVER OF THE "SPECTATOR."
[In what way does the existence of patience prove the absence of hate P—ED. Spectator.]