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Stephen Grove (Letters, 12 November) says Laurence Binyon makes use of the phrase “contemn” in For the Fallen. I've inherited a 1939 edition of the Oxford Ebook of English Verse. Edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, it accommodates the poem, complete with the road “Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.” I also have a later version. Similar poem, similar line. I’ll keep on with “condemn”. Anyway, why would the years “contemn” anybody?
Danny Tanzey
Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire

• Chard may be higher recognized for smiley-faced vacuum cleaners these days, however in the town of her start Margaret Bondfield continues to be celebrated by an exhibit in our native museum, a road named after her and a blue plaque (Letters, 12 November). I have lived in Chard all my life and she or he has all the time been recognized to me as the first feminine cabinet minister. Bondfield’s father was a political activist and was involved with the Chard Lace Riots when the army have been referred to as out. Chard might have adopted Peterloo (a decade earlier) into the historical past books.
Dr Peter Glanvill
Chard, Somerset

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