6 FEBRUARY 1948, Page 17


Snt,—Mr. Nicolson is, as all will agree, admirable as a rule in felicity of phrase. This week, however, he writes: " Lord Castlereagh, who with all his great lucidity of mind was unable to express his policy either in words or upon paper." With diffidence I ask how can lucidity of mind be expressed otherwise than in speech or writing ? Therefore, if a man cannot so express himself, how can he be described as having lucidity of mind, or a lucid mind at all ?—Yours faithfully, WILLIAM JAY. 5r Lancaster Gate, W.2.