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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1002  Thursday, 26 May 2005

[1]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:15:41 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0992 Sigh

[2]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 07:47:05 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0992 Sigh


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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:15:41 +0100
Subject: 16.0992 Sigh
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0992 Sigh

Norman Hinton drew attention to "The Alchemist", II.i on High Dutch as
the Adamic tongue.  I can do no better than quote this from Charles W.
Bardsley's "Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature" (2nd ed, 1888):

 >Colonel Cunningham, in his annotations of 'The Alchemist,' says, speaking
 >of the New Englanders bearing the Puritan prejudices with them: 'So deeply
 >was it rooted, that in the rebellion of the colonies a member of that
State
 >seriously proposed to Congress the putting down of the English
 >language by law, and decreeing the universal adoption of the Hebrew in its
 >stead.'

The curious will, of course, have to seek out Cunningham's edition of
Jonson's Works, Vol. ii, p. 33, to discover which State it was!

John Briggs

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 07:47:05 -0700
Subject: 16.0992 Sigh
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0992 Sigh

Thanks to Phyllis et. al. for pointing out my poor validation of
sources. Dang, I just hate promulgating these types of things.

OTOH, thanks to Bob Haas for suggesting that this one might just be
worth promulgating and making me feel slightly less abashed. And thanks
to others for the great early precedents. What a great list this is.

Now maybe we should stop troubling Hardy with this?

Thanks,
Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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