12 AUGUST 1972, Page 15

First-class mind

Sir: Simply for the record, I correct a mistake of your (by me unheard of) reviewer (Christopher Hudson, July 22): the editor of the Cornish anthology in question was anxious for me to contribute and sad when I declined.

Your reviewer's mistake is Characteristic, and reveals the Silliness of a condescending attitude on the part of the thirdrate. A sense of humour should tell them that it is they who are aPt to be wrong, and that their iudgements are as fatuous as their 'facts'.

And why doesn't it occur to them that they have something to learn from the first-rate?

A. L. Rowse All Souls' College, Oxford