22 DECEMBER 1939, Page 21


Snt,—I have today received my copy of The Spectator of November 3rd, and have just read Sir Arnold Wilson's interesting review of Mr. W. Ivor Jennings' book Parliament. May I be allowed to point out that Sir Arnold is incorrect in assuming that the Parliament at Westminster is the only one which is opened with prayer? The Parliament at Cape Town is also opened daily by prayer read by the Speaker— one day in English and one day in Afrikaans. The prayers include the famous one used by Van Riebert, the first Governor of the Cape of Good Hope. The Senate is also opened by prayer read by the President.—I am, Sir, your