Annals of Westminster school: Volume 3
by John Sargeaunt
ISBN 1151889644 (1-151-88964-4)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...at language oriental, Yet in my soil the Hebrew root Has scarcely made one single shoot." The colloquial use of Latin decayed in the eighteenth century, but was alive in Nicoll's days. When Maittaire was training Philip Stanhope for Westminster, the boy's father had no fears on the score of Latin. "Pray, mind your Greek particularly," he wrote, " for to know Greek very well is to be really learned. There is no great credit in knowing Latin, for everybody knows it, and it is only a shame not to know it." The colloquial power was sometimes put to a strange use. Ten years after leaving school Cowper, in a letter to Clotworthy Rowley, sent to his friend Alston a message, which, in the vulgar tongue, would have exceeded his utmost enterprise. The knowledge of Greek, too, seems to have advanced under Nicoll. "Since you mention Greek," wrote Carteret to Swift in 1737, "I must tell you that my son, not sixteen, understands it better than I did at twenty; and I tell him 'Study Greek rat oCSev ovSeirore Taireivov evOvftriQcru ovre ayav erriQvfiricreis Twos' He knows how to construe this, and I have the satisfaction to believe he will fall into the sentiment; and then, if he makes no figure, he will yet be a happy man." Lord Carteret's phrase will perhaps show why Gulliver had great difficulty in understanding Alexander's Greek when he met him at the Court of Glubbdubdrib. If Carteret was no master of Greek composition, his enthusiasm was undoubtedly genuine. The scene described by Robert Wood, well known as it is, will yet bear repetition. The Under Secretary of State brought to the dying Lord President the preliminary articles of the Treaty of Paris. Despite his languor Carteret insisted that they should be read to him, q...
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