SIR, — May a product of King's, London (whose green
lawns—if any—disappeared un- der a hard surface long ago), express sympathy with Mr. Robert Blake and his fellow Oxonians?
It should be of some comfort to reflect that the real work of a university is not dependent on the amenities that Oxford fears she may lose, as London and the Scottish Universities surely prove.
What a pity that the controversy flared up just at the time when Oxford should have been thinking mainly of Latimer, Ridley and John Wyclif !
The Master of Balliol who cocked a spook at the Pope and told even John of Gaunt where he got off, has so horrified succeeding generations of Oxonians by his blunt manner that they have neglected his theology. Yet it was so important that it made Balliol and Oxford internationally famous, and the Re- formation inevitable.
If Oxford loses her meadows and parks, she can recover something far more valuable—a theology Catholic and Biblical well suited to guide the world-wide Anglican Coinmunion.— Yours faithfully,
VICTOR H. BEATON
Rougham Rectory, Bury St. Edmunds. Suffolk