22 JULY 1905, Page 13

Sin,—In the article " Editors and Reviews " in the

Spectator of July 15th you raise the question as to whether the phrase " adding a new terror to death," as applied to the irresponsible or spiteful biographer, was not Lord Westbury's mot a propos of Lord Campbell's "Lives of the Lord Chancellors." I have always understood it was first used by Arbuthnot in reference to Cur1L My authority is Thomas Campbell, the poet, who mentions it in his Life of Mrs Siddons. In any case, it is far older than Lord Westbury.—I am, Sir, &c., E. EARL.