Sir,—Those of us who know the need of encouragement for higher education, if we are to repair the waste of brain power through this cruel war, and those who have had experience of the joy given to thousands by the preserving, open to the public for ever, places of historic interest or natural beauty, cannot help hoping that you will lend us your powerful aid in urging that two forms of possible memorial to our heroic dead shall not be forgotten.

  1. The endowing of our unendowed secondary schools with scholarships that will admit the brighter scholars who are otherwise quite unable to do so to pass to our universities.
  2. The obtaining of some beautiful view-point or open space or place of historic interest to be dedicated to the public in memory of the brave men of the locality who have given up their lives for King and Empire.

An offer has just reached me, which will be laid before the National Trust at their next meeting, of 20 acres of glorious moorland within reach of one of our large Lancashire cities, and this in memory of one known to be a lover of nature who has fallen in the war.

I feel so sure that this good example would be followed, to the great advantage of future generations and to the imperishable honour of the dead if only the idea can become current, that I dare to ask of your kind insertion of this letter.  

(Times, 4 February 1916, p. 7)