Q: "coned", v. (past tense), 1741

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 27 00:49:47 UTC 2008

On Nov 26, 2008, at 4:35 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

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> What is "coned" in the following,a written by an intelligent and
> well-read 20-year old South-Carolinian miss in1742, describing her
> study of law from a book and writing wills for a few neighbors?
> "I know I have done no harm for I coned my lesson very perfect and
> know how to convey by will Estates real and personal and never forget
> in its proper place, him and his heirs for Ever ..."

"conned" 'knew'?


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