14 FEBRUARY 1880, Page 15


[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] 'SIR,—Are there, or are there not, two Mrs. Oliphants ? Or is "A Beleaguered City" written by the accomplished authoress of the " Chronicles of Carlingford, &c., &c. ?" The styles being so different, and, moreover, the books being sent out by different publishers (if I mistake not), puzzle me so, that I should like to ask you whether there are, or not, two Kings (or rather, queens) of Brentford P—I am, Sir; &c., PUZZLED. [" A Beleaguered City" is certainly by Mrs. Oliphant, the author of the "Chronicles of Carlingford;" and the great difference in style, corresponding to the great difference of sub. ject, is precisely the point which excited our admiration.— En. Spectator.]