18 JANUARY 1957, Page 19

SIR,—Your 'Despised' correspondence reminds me of an occasion before the

war when I was staying at our Embassy in Rome. A young honorary attache, asked during dinner how he proposed to amuse us for the remainder of the evening, replied, 'Let's go round the native quarter.' By that, he meant the rest of Rome!—Yours faithfully,


Drayton House, East Meon, Hampshire