THE CAMBRIDGE DIVINITY DOCTORATE.
[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR...]
Sza,—I hope sincerely Dr. Melville Scott may extract an answer from the Board for Theological Studies and a much-wanted explanation of their policy of obscurantism. With respect to theses, the treatment of which prejudices seriously the chances of an examinee, may I record my own experience in the eighties? I wrote an essay for the Maitland prize on the set subject, "The Opium Traffic." Unfortunately, it became clear to me, after the award, that the examiners did not wish an impartial treatment of the subject but a brochure in the interests of the Anti-Opium Traffic League. On its merits. apart from the line taken, I have no doubt that my essay, which was given a proxime accessit, and about which I had an extremely complimentary letter from the then Master of Peter- house, was the best and would under other circumstances hav6 obtained the prize. On the two following occasions I was