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NemoR
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Post by NemoR » December 25th, 2018, 12:37 pm

Hello fellow LV'ers!

I have a pronunciation question for anyone, but especially my British friends.

I'm currently recording a solo of letters that John Keats wrote to family and friends.

In one of the letters, excerpted below, I am puzzled on how to read the "pr." in the following:

My dear Dilke—Mrs. Dilke or Mr. Wm. Dilke, whoever of you shall receive this present, have the kindness to send pr. bearer Sibylline Leaves, and your petitioner shall ever pray as in duty bound.

Given under my hand this Wednesday morning of Novr. 1817.

John Keats.


Any help would be most appreciated!
Nemo

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Peter Why
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Post by Peter Why » December 25th, 2018, 1:41 pm

It might be an abbreviation for "per" or "per viam" ... "by" or "by way of".

... so you could conveniently pronounce it "prr", and be sort of correct with both the abbreviation and the expansion!

Peter
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