[ T. Hewitt Key; classics ] Autograph Letter Signed T. Hewitt Key to unnamed correspondent asking for input concerning the pronunciation of :Latin.

T. Hewitt Key [ Thomas Hewitt Key, FRS (1799 – 1875), classical scholar.]
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21 Westbourne Square, W. [London], 9 Oct. 1869.
SKU: 23088

Two pages. fold marks, foxing, text clear, as follows: There exists a desire in many quarters that the pronunciation of Latin in this country should be brought into harmony with that which prevails abroad, and I have reason to believe that many of our best scholars at Cambridge and Oxford and in several of the great public schools favour the project. In the Catholic Church I have always understoiod that the continental pronumciation has been retained; but I have some doubts whether there be perfect consistency abroad in the pronunciation of the consonants. I am there fore about to make application to continental scholars for information generally on the subject; and if your time permits I should be much pleased to know what your pronunciation is, for which purpose to save trouble I have in the next leaf [sadly not present] written out a list of words which seem to include all the difficulties which can arise. Especially I am yet ignorant whether it be the practice to distinguish in quantity long and short vowels. [...]~120~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT LATIN PRONUNCIATION CATHOLICS~ ~0~OL60~ ~ ~ ~ ~