[lg policy] Long S

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET
Thu Jul 24 18:08:15 UTC 2014

Esteemed colleagues, peers, etc.

I beseech thee for sincere opinions on a matter of great concern. Whereupon I hath 
need to scribe passages from archaic manuscripts originating some three centuries 
ago, wouldst thou permit as goodly, correct, and befitting of scholarly publication, 
accurately and faithfully to reproduce the long S, viz. < ſ > ?

I provide herein an example, from a manuscript in my custody:

"Mr. Martin Keigwin likewiſe, and his ſon Mr. John Keigwin, both inhabitants of the 
little fiſhing village of Moushole, and who had ſucked in the broken dialect with 
their milk, were ready upon all occaſions to clear up any doubts that might ariſe, 
and were generally fortunate in removing thoſe difficulties, which embarraſſed the 
other Gentlemen."

As can readily be observed from the foregoing passage, the orthography may eventuate 
in ambiguities to modern audiences, some vexatiously naughty.

I remain yours faithfully,
Dave J. Sayers

Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://swansea.academia.edu/DaveSayers
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