23 JULY 1927, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Snt,-In Mr. Michael Sadleir's delightful book about Anthony TrollOpe the following passage occurs on p. 198 :—

" At one place in his book on Thackeray Trollope declares that the little man would never have been a perfect editor, being at once

too soft-hearted, too sensitive and too unmethodical... . • .

Surely Thackeray was not a little man, but the very reverse? Will not some descendant of his, or of one of his intimates, give us an authoritative description of him ?--I remain,