20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 20

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sts,—I should like to

point out to Mr. Clayton an aspect of sermons, however dull, he does not realize_ There are a large number of very lonely people in the world, they do not possess hooks, or do not read much; in speech they are probably very inarticulate. Such persons find in sermons a human touch of sympathy, contact with another soul, and the great relief of having thoughts and feelings they could not express, expressed for them.

The more a clergyman visits, and mixes with human beings, the better he will be able to do this, if he understands Christ himself.

Improve sermons, yes, but to do away with them would deprive many souls of their only contact with spiritual sympathy.—I am, Sir, &c.,

[We do not think Mr. Clayton had any intention of abolishing sermons ; he wrote only of their improvement.—En. Spectator.]