22 SEPTEMBER 1961, Page 16

SIR,—Would it be naive to suggest that the un- married

mother mentioned in your correspondence of September 1 would spare the midwives of this country a great deal of extra work, and her acquaintances from a dangerous level of indignation, if she adhered to two simple rules—first, to sleep only with a husband (her own); second, always to let it be known by what style or title she prefers to be addressed? The second of these, at any rate, does not demand unusual strength as suggested by your correspondent.