Sir, – As someone who, as a child, met Hurd Hatfield on several occasions, the article on Ballinterry House brought back many fond memories (Property, October 3rd).
I do recall on one occasion when Mr Hatfield came to dinner at our house and asked my father if my mother was his “second wife”, adding she looked far too young to the be the mother of six children. Of course my mother was delighted with his comment and so the evening commenced with greater frivolity than originally planned. Dorian Gray would surely approve. – Yours, etc,