A Rejoinder

MAY a very occasional Contributor interrupt the conversations of the Club ?

I read, on my piazza, with great interest, what Mr. Froude says about free nations, and what follows their conquest of barbarous nations; also, about the “suggestive coincidence” that Alfred’s and Caesar’s celebrations come just a thousand years apart.

But there seemed a passage left out, — lost in the “ make-up,” perhaps. Did not the Contributor mean to add that without Cæsar there would have been no Alfred ? Winchester, the Venerable Bede, Augustine, Boethius, — all were there because Mr. Cæsar had stepped in with his legions and his architects and his Latin language, and because Rome had followed up the business of carrying such light and life as she had to the uttermost parts of the world ? Lucky for some of us who live in Shawm-ut that the people of Rome (seven hills they had) were not satisfied to maintain their own “ freedom ” as Mr. Froude suggests they could have done.