codicil gentlemen (minor correction for the fastidious)
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Jan 13 23:39:33 UTC 2005
It was "gentlemen", not codicil, that was italicized.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
----- Original Message -----
From: George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2005 6:37 pm
Subject: codicil gentlemen
> COMMUNICATION. It is said that a MASQUERADE is held two or three
> timesin the week, at the large house in Warren-street, composed of
> white,black and yellow, to the great annoyance of the neighborhood
> and public
> in general -- besides the total destruction of all the
> servants, 'prentice-boys and codicil gentlemen in the city. --
> Where is
> the usual vigilance of our Magistrates, that this growing evil is
> permitted to go on?
> Commercial Advertiser, January 16, 1800, p. 3, col. 2
> "Codicil" is italicized in the original, as is white, black,
> yellow and
> I don't see a meaning for "codicil" in the OED that explains this.
> Perhaps the family scapegrace who is allowed a small allowance in the
> codicil to his unhappy father's will?
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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