Category Archives: 19th-century letters

Politeness strategies in valedictions

Epistolary fomulas were clearly a popular topic during last semester’s course on Late Modern English letters. Here is what Klazien Tilstra wrote about themin her second blogpost: This is not the first blog post on opening and closing formulae in Late Modern … Continue reading

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“Your ever attached …”

Below follows Marlies Reitsma’s second blogpost: I remembered seeing an unusual subscription in a letter written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning a while ago. I searched for the subscription again in the digital collection of the Browing Letters and found it: Your ever … Continue reading

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Call me ‘Ba’

While doing research on the correspondence between Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) and Sir Uvedale Price in the Browning Letters corpus published online by Baylor, I came across an interesting development in opening formulas. Sir Uvedale and EBB met when he was … Continue reading

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Children’s letters from EBB

Here is Christel Brouwer’s first blogpost: While looking through the Browning Letters corpus (Baylor) I found two very interesting children’s letters from Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB). The first letter was written in 1814 by an 8-year-old EBB, and it contains … Continue reading

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Terms of endearment in the nineteenth century

Ana Revan is another student in the Late Modern English letters course. This is her first blogpost. Nowadays we see people on TV use a wide range of pet-names for their loved ones, and we do the same ourselves in our … Continue reading

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ESL in the Late Modern Netherlands

Today we are visiting the Dutch Royal Family Archives in The Hague, to be able to study the English letters the former Dutch queen Wilhelmina wrote to her governess Miss Saxton Winter. An edition of the letters was published in 2012, … Continue reading

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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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