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THE OFFER

OF

THE CLARENDON TRUSTEES.

 

'ACCOMMODATED: THAT IS, WHEN A MAN IS, AS THEY SAY, ACCOMMODATED; OR WHEN A MAN IS—BEING—WHEREBY—HE MAY BE THOUGHT TO BE ACCOMMODATED; WHICH IS AN EXCELLENT THING.'


 
Dear Senior Censor,

In a desultory conversation on a point connected with the dinner at our high table, you incidentally remarked to me that lobster-sauce, 'though a necessary adjunct to turbot, was not entirely wholesome.'

It is entirely unwholesome. I never ask for it without reluctance: I never take a second spoonful without a feeling of apprehension on the subject of possible night-mare[1]. This naturally brings me to the subject of Mathematics, and of the accommodation provided by the University for carrying on the calculations necessary in that important branch of Science.

  1. See page 10, Notes 1, 2.