What are these 19th century terms?
September 2, 2009 11:50 AM Subscribe
I am working on republishing a 19th century memoir but I have come across a few terms I don't understand. Please help me figure out if they are typos in the original manuscript or real terms.
posted by clockworkjoe to Writing & Language (22 answers total)
Here's they are. I've bolded each term I don't understand. The memoir is written by an Irish priest, Father John Joseph Hogan, who became the first bishop of Kansas City.
In 1496 the English statute, 1o King Henry VII, known as the Poyning Law, from its promoter Edward Poyning, an Englishman, Lord Deputy for Ireland, enacted that Englishmen should govern Ireland...
At nightfall the good ship Berlin rounded the Holyhead Capes, was the next morning out of the Irish Sea and into St. George’s Channel; thence south-westward, out of the cold fogs and mists of northern Europe, she cleaved the waves onward to the Azore Islands, which she reached on the eighth day of the voyage, Thursday, 16th November; 1,500 miles from Liverpool, at average rate of sailing 7f miles per hour.
From Abaco, leaving the islands of Andros and New Providence on the left, we sailed towards the Florida Reefs, by which we coasted until we were to southward of Key West, which was on Monday morning, December i ith. The course we had sailed from Abaco to Key West was necessarily very oblique, as it lay between and around islands and along the great curve of the Florida coast. The distance sailed was about 300 miles. Time, from 6 P. M. Friday to 10 A. M. Monday, 40 hours; average sailing per hour, 7j miles.