[Ads-l] Fw: [Non-DoD Source] Re: help wanted: information on a mid-18th C English dictionary

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 1 15:23:59 UTC 2021

>  The Society of Gentlemen could be The Royal Society of Arts.

>  SD

The reference is "A" Society of Gentlemen, not "The" Society of Gentlemen.  A "Society of Gentlemen" was a common way of describing patrons and sponsors, and didn't necessarily mean a specific group.

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