Killing of King Ge­orge was se­cret un­til 1986

The Guardian - - JOURNAL -

In answer to Dr Si­mon Gibbs (Let­ters, 18 March), Lord Daw­son was not charged with regi­cide in re­spect of the death of King Ge­orge V be­cause no one knew about it. It was only in 1986, when Daw­son’s diaries were pub­lished, that the in­vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia came to light. In 1936, the royal fam­ily and the gen­eral pub­lic be­lieved that the king had died of nat­u­ral causes in his sleep. Pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus John Bryant Ex­eter

• Ian Jack’s ar­ti­cle (18 March) brought to mind the “ami­able pro­nounce­ment made by Charles Saun­ders, sec­re­tary of the Great Western, be­fore a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee in July 1839 that per­haps the com­pany would ar­range later on to con­vey the very low­est or­ders of pas­sen­gers, once a day at very low speed in car­riages of an in­fe­rior de­scrip­tion, at a very low price, per­haps at night” (taken from John Julius Nor­wich’s More Christ­mas Crack­ers 1992). Philip Brown­ing New­port, Shrop­shire

• I’m de­lighted with my Guardian can­vas shop­per (Let­ters, pas­sim) and it’s in reg­u­lar use. On Fri­day, while walk­ing to the li­brary, with the bag un­der my arm, a stranger stopped for a brief con­ver­sa­tion about the weather and cran­ing her neck, she spot­ted the slo­gan on the bag. De­lighted, she stretched out her arms and gave me a hug. Hazel Strange Totnes, Devon

• My mother used to make bread pud­ding (Let­ters, pas­sim) to sell in the cafe she and my fa­ther ran dur­ing the 1960s in Hox­ton. Cus­tomers used to re­fer to this as dust­man’s wed­ding cake. I don’t know whether the cur­rent in­hab­i­tants of Hox­ton would recog­nise this del­i­cacy. An­drew Krokou Lon­don

• I’m sur­prised that Delia rec­om­mends a crossword or a nat­ter while mak­ing zabaglione (Cook, 18 March). My friend’s nonna says that five decades of the rosary is the cor­rect ac­tiv­ity and will keep you prop­erly fo­cused. Jane Law­son Lon­don

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