Category Archives: 18th-century letters

Sennight a dialect word?

This week, in the MA course on Late Modern English letters I teach, we read an article by Frances Austin about how William Clift (1775-1849) quickly lost any traces of his original dialect when he moved from his native Bodmin … Continue reading

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Joseph Banks in a Dutch Track Shoot

About a year ago, I gave a workshop to our second-year students here at Leiden on eighteenth-century letter writing. To practice their newly acquired skills, the students had to produce a transcription of a letter by Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), whose letters … Continue reading

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From Letters to Legislature

Do you love 18th/19th century letters and/or documents? Do you love to transcribe? If you answered Yes, then the Transcribe Bentham Initiative might be just up your alley! Transcribe Bentham is an initiative started by University College London, with the … Continue reading

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Officially out today

Though the book was published several weeks ago already, the true publication date, so its actual birthday, is today, 20 February 2014. For a description of the book’s contents, look at OUP’s website, and feel free to get in touch if … Continue reading

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Just out

Earlier this week, my book In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters (OUP) was published. This is how it is described in the OUP linguistics catalogue that came in today: And here is the missing image:

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Letters to Sir Joseph Banks

This year, in our course Philology 3 (History of the English Language), the students did a project on the correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Banks is described on Wikipedia as a “naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences” … Continue reading

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The spelling of a president’s daughter

Inge Otto, research master student at the University of Leiden, wrote her BA thesis this summer on the letters of Abigail Adams, the daughter of one of the presidents of the United States. What follows is a summary of her … Continue reading

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