Letter: Wig for a little shaver

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Sir: Many years ago, when I was a young solicitor, I had occasion to appear in a local county court in adoption proceedings which were, of course, held in chambers.

The adoption order was duly made but, as we were leaving, I noticed that the small boy was about to burst into tears. Fearing that he was, perhaps, unhappy about the outcome, I inquired the reason. A few words between mother and son quickly brought the reply that he was bitterly disappointed that the judge was not wearing a wig. On hearing this, the kindly judge immediately donned his wig and mother and son went away happy.

Res ipsa loquitor, as we said in the law in those days.

Yours faithfully,


Bridgwater, Somerset