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For details of what the Speculative Society is about (your report, 26 March), may I refer to the book, ­History of the Speculative Society – Bicentenary Edition 1968 (Printed By T & A Constable).

Having read the book I do not recognise the words “secret society” as being at all apposite. Representation of the legal profession? The statistics, as published in the book, show that of the 1,755 members (from 1764-1965), 1,054 or about 60 per cent were engaged in the legal profession. In a photograph dated 1962 of the 20 senators of the College of Justice, eight were indicated as members of the Speculative Society. No attempts at secrecy here.

Robert M Dunn

Edinburgh

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