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Date Posted: 10:32:02 12/22/15 Tue
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: "letandue" in l'Étanduère letter
In reply to: Bob Legge 's message, "Re: "letandue" in l'Étanduère letter" on 14:46:57 12/18/15 Fri

>Hello Albert,
>
>Could the word be l'étendue
>
Thanks, Bob. Yes, it certainly seems that the modern spelling is "etendue." In my hard-copy dictionary, that word is under the verb "entendre," and I did not look there, or try other spellings in my on-line searches. I don't know whether Étanduère, like Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Norris, just did not have a good grasp of correct spelling in his language, or that's another word whose spelling has changed since the 18th century. English has a few words like that (it is startling to read about "smoak" in 1740's magazines and court-martial proceedings). Spanish is much worse, and admirals like Juan Pizarro also were, perhaps, better educated in seamanship than in contemporary spelling.

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