3 JUNE 1972, Page 28

Hudson referred to a work "that Sir: Your reviewer Christopher

would have Eric Partridge turning in his grave" (May 13). I would reassure Mr Hudson and your readers that Eric Partridge is alive and compiling for Routledge The Dictionary of Catchph rases.

Terence Lucas Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, London EC4 We apologise profusely to the great lexicographer. See 'Bookend.' — Editor, The Spectator.