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Re: Spear-treking
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0158  Saturday, 30 January 1999.

[1]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jan 1999 08:28:32 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jan 1999 11:21:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking


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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jan 1999 08:28:32 -0600
Subject: 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking

>Of course, Picard's tag "Make it so" is lifted from  _White Jacket_, so

>perhaps there has always been a little touch of Melville in their
>flight.

>Cheers,
>Brian Jay Corrigan"

Probably not.  "Make it so" is a command used by commanders in at least
the 18th and 19th century British (and probably other) Navy.  It is, in
any case, a standard naval command and needn't be derived from Melville.

William Proctor Williams

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jan 1999 11:21:58 -0500
Subject: 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0153 Re: Spear-treking

> Of course, Picard's tag "Make it so" is lifted from  _White Jacket_, so
> perhaps there has always been a little touch of Melville in their
> flight.

Not exactly to challenge "White Jacket" as a source, but us Patrick
O'Brien enthusiasts can cite you dozens of occurrences of the phrase in
those delightful yarns, and be moved by them to suppose that since this
was just the way early C19 English-speaking naval officers turned a
subordinate's suggestion or observation into an order, that there are
probably many other "sources" as well.

Dave Evett
 

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