Friday 23 March 2018

Swift to correct cathedral error

Sir -- The Oxford historian Dr John-Paul McCarthy contributed to last week's paper with a most interesting and perceptive review of The King's Speech. However I am puzzled by one reference and believe that he may have been misled and I quote: "Jonathan Swift might have worn out his ample gifts in the merest enmity in Christ Church if King George's mistress hadn't been bribed by proponents of William Wood's dodgy Irish copper coin patent in 1722".

I take it he refers to Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. If so he is mistaken because Jonathan Swift was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland.

Senator David Norris,

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